After Indiana’s first two games of the year, I meandered my way toward the duty of watching the broadcast of the game. And when I did get around to watching the wins against Western Kentucky and Murray State, my suspicions were confirmed: those games revealed almost nothing about the Hoosiers. (Though watching those games did make me hungry for Ro*Tel.)
Saturday’s loss to Ball State, on the other hand, wiped away much of the talk that has surrounded this team. The defense is not vastly improved; it was pushed around all day Saturday by a MAC team. IU’s running game has not really made strides; the three primary backs are inconsistent. Kellen Lewis was not able to overcome the time he missed while suspended; he’s very uncomfortable on the field right now. The no-huddle offense doesn’t guarantee an opponent will tire or struggle to react; Ball State was barely fazed by it. And the list goes on.
Obviously we’ll have coverage of where Indiana must go from here all this week.
For now, here are some observations from my viewing experience today.
Armstrong Stadium bathed in sunlight as we get ready to start. Feel free to follow along here and on the Big Ten Network. Today’s soccer celebrity in the house is former Hoosier Pat Noonan. That’s enough name-dropping for now. Game will kick off a few minutes after 3 p.m.
We’re off and kicking in this Big Ten opener for both teams. Hoosiers are using the same lineup as the last four games with Rich Balchan at defender and Daniel Kelly at forward. Captain Brad Ring is back in the lineup after leaving early in last Sunday’s game against San Diego. Hoosiers 0, Badgers 0
Ball State has released this update on wide receiver Dante Love, who was carted off the field last night after taking a hit early in the second quarter.
This seems like it is good news, given the circumstances.
Dante Love was examined by a team of neurosurgeons, who consulted with the Ball State medical and athletic training staffs, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis late Saturday night and early Sunday morning.Â Dante underwent surgery early Sunday morning, which lasted approximately five hours.
â€œDante Love suffered a cervical spine fracture and spinal cord injury which required surgery to stabilize the fracture.Â He is currently moving all four extremities.â€
– Dr. Jay Matchett, Ball State team physician and orthopedic surgeon.
â€œWe were told the surgery went well.Â Sunday morning Dante was alert and extremely tired.Â His attitude and spirits are good, and we are praying for him right now.â€
– Ball State head football coach Brady Hoke, who was at the hospital with Dante throughout the night.
With just under 30 minutes to play at Armstrong Stadium, the Indiana women’s soccer team leads Loyola U., 1-0. The Hoosiers’ goal was by Christie Kotynski off a corner kick. Hoosiers 1, Ramblers 0
No sooner do I hit save than Loyola ties it up. The Hoosiers have looked a bit sluggish in the second half and it costs them. Hoosiers 1, Ramblers 1
GOING TO OVERTIME
Indiana picked up the pace down the stretch, mounting several opportunities but could not finish. Hoosiers 1, Ramblers 1
FINAL â€” SUDDEN DEATH OT
Remember those missed opportunities? Well, IU didn’t miss this time as Kristin Arnold scores the game-winner after just two minutes. Hoosiers 2, Ramblers 1
We’ll be back with our live pregame report SaturdayÂ here atÂ The Hoosier Scoop.
Starting at 5:30 p.m., we’ll be broadcasting from The Bus on the west side of Memorial Stadium. Join us here for discussion of the game, the pre-game festivities and some special guests.
I’ll bring you a report on the 1988 Liberty Bowl team that’s having its 20-year reunion at Saturday’s game and we hope toÂ have a player or two from that team join our Webcast. Buck Suhr, who was an assistant coach for that team and will be a part of the reunion, will join us to talk about this year’s team and what should be be a very interesting gameÂ against Ball State.
Another guest will beÂ John Decker from HoosierNation.com. John will give us some updates and his thoughts aboutÂ the progress of IU’sÂ basketball and football recruiting, and what he sees as the keys to Saturday’s football game.
We’ll also have our chatÂ open tomorrowÂ during the game where you can discuss all of the action on the field.Â Please join us. Â
Check out Jared Poertner’s preview by clicking here.
It includes full rosters and lineups on a PDF, which you can print out if you’re going to the game.Â One update to the starting lineup is that it appears unlikely that safety Austin Thomas will play for the Hoosiers.
Coach Bill Lynch said Wednesday that the availability of Thomas will be a game-time decision. But with Thomas wearing a protective boot on an injured foot or ankle on the sidelines at practice – and Joe Kleinsmith saying he expects to start in place of Thomas – it looks like Thomas will be out Saturday.