The silence on the bus told Bill Lynch that his team wasn’t satisfied with a close loss, and that was exactly what he wanted to hear.
Because that meant that Indiana didn’t mistake it’s closer-than-expected loss to Michigan on Saturday for a victory.
“You could tell on the locker room, you could tell on the bus, how quiet it was for five hours on the way home, that it really hurt,” Lynch said Monday night on his radio show. “To me, that’s a good sign. They prepared to win. They went out and it didn’t happen and they felt bad about it.”
According to an Indiana spokesman, and an Indiana release that’s coming out shortly, IU is down to about 1,000 student tickets and just over 5,000 reserve seat tickets for Saturday’s game against Ohio State. This game, of course, is always close to a sell-out, but IU’s performance against Michigan certainly helps.
Not that Indiana did anything Saturday to change his mind, but in case you’re wondering, ESPN’s Mark Schlabach still has Indiana headed for the Insight Bowl in his latest bowl projections. Bruce Feldman, though, still isn’t biting.
Ohio State safety Kurt Coleman has been suspended for Saturday’s game by the Big Ten for a late helmet to helmet hit against Illinois. You can read the Columbus Dispatch’s story on the suspension here.
Donnell Jones’ status for Saturday is unresolved and will be updated on IU’s injury report tomorrow, but the reason he isn’t on the depth chart is his hamstring injury, which he re-aggravated against Michigan.
Darius Willis’ big day against Michigan was enough to put the redshirt freshman atop the depth chart.
Senior Demeterius McCray had been the listed starter since the season opener, but after Willis ran for 152 yards and two touchdowns against Michigan on Saturday he is listed first among running backs on IU’s depth chart, which was released Monday.
Since Indiana’s 36-33 loss to Michigan on Saturday, there has been much consternation among the suddenly optimistic fans* over Indiana’s failure to convert in the red zone. It advanced to or beyond the Wolverines’ 20-yard line five times and scored only one touchdown.
(*It is amazing how quickly a group can turn from “Oh lord I hope our players make it home ok!” to “We must now dissect the footwork of our backup right guard to figure out where this game got away!” But that’s the beauty of rooting.)
Here’s a breakdown of Indiana’s red zone trips:
2:57 1st quarter: Tandon Doss’ long reception brings Indiana to the 11-yard-line
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