Nov four, 2017; Bloomington, IN, USA; Indiana Hoosiers defensive lineman Robert McCray III (6) sacks Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Alex Hornibrook (12) at Memorial Stadium.(Photo: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)
BLOOMINGTON – IU’s final probability at choosing off a ranked opponent sailed nicely large of the mark Saturday, in a 45-17 loss to No. four Wisconsin.
Turnovers, penalties, sacks and accidents all rallied in opposition to Indiana (Three-6, Zero-6). Here are Three Reasons Why Saturday was so exhausting on the Hoosiers:
Nobody may decelerate Jonathan Taylor
Taylor was questionable coming into the sport, after choosing up an harm final week at Illinois. The Badgers struggled on the bottom in his absence in Champaign, lending Indiana hope of bottling up Wisconsin’s harmful dashing badault Saturday.
Taylor rendered any debate pointless from the start, warming up and taking part in with out bother. The Hoosiers couldn’t trigger him far more.
The Big Ten’s main rusher started the sport popping off a 45-yard run and by no means slowed down, sprinting by means of arm tackles and previous hapless Hoosiers. He completed with 183 yards on 29 carries, plus a landing.
His success helped arrange Badgers quarterback Alex Hornibrook, who moved previous an early interception to complete with 158 pbading yards and two scores of his personal. Another week, one other ranked crew, one other opponent the Hoosiers merely couldn’t transfer away from its offensive strengths.
Too many missed alternatives
There was Hornibrook’s midfield fumble when the sport was nonetheless inside one rating, a fumble Hornibrook himself beat a number of IU defenders to. There was one other Badger fumble on their subsequent drive, once more recovered by Wisconsin. That drive led to a landing.
IU coach Tom Allen has all season lamented his protection’s issues capitalizing on turnover alternatives. There’s little Allen values extra on that facet of the ball than game-changing takeaways, but the Hoosiers have spent most of this season lifeless final within the Big Ten in turnover margin and entered play Saturday with simply six pressured turnovers in eight video games.
The offense has had its personal issues with ball safety, however that turnover margin quantity (minus-10 now) is reflective of a protection that was simply superb forcing turnovers a yr in the past and all of a sudden can not discover sufficient of them to make the affect it needs.
It’s commendable that the Hoosiers are so good at forcing three-and-outs. But this offense isn’t the record-setting outfit of two or three years in the past. It wants badist. Help it’s too typically not getting.
Indiana started the day within the backside half of the Big Ten in penalty yardage, and solely sank because the afternoon wore on.
The Hoosiers completed with 10 penalties for 98 yards, setting themselves again with expensive errors on each side of the ball. Saturday had just a little little bit of all the things — false begins, facemasks, chop blocks. IU overcame some, struggled to deal with others and watched nonetheless extra snuff out promising conditions on each side of the ball.
When you add all of it up, what you’ve is a crew that’s riddled with accidents, struggles to cease the run, struggles to persistently flip momentum on protection, creates its personal issues and falls quick in vital moments.
The arithmetic of defeat.
Follow IndyStar reporter Zach Osterman on Twitter: @ZachOsterman.
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