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September 14, 2013A week after being lit up by Navy, Indiana's defense responded in a big way.
The Hoosiers held Bowling Green to an offensive field goal, and Nate Sudfeld make his first college start at quarterback an impressive one as IU rolled this afternoon at Memorial Stadium, 42-10
The Hoosiers (2-1) play SEC foe Missouri (2-0) at 8 p.m. (Big Ten Network) on Sept. 21 at home.
A week after forcing zero punts and allowing 41 points, the Hoosiers gave up just three offensive points in the first half against a team that scored 34 and 41 points its first two games.
Bowling Green's six offensive first half possessions yielded two punts, two missed field goals, a turnover on downs and a field goal.
Up 28-10, Indiana had another stop on fourth down late in the third quarter. Bobby Richardson made a tackle for loss on fourth-and-1.
The Hoosiers were down 10-7 when Bowling Green had a fourth-and-1 at the IU 22. Linebacker T.J. Simmons stopped Matt Johnson for a five yard loss.
The Hoosiers went on to score 35 consecutive points for a 42-10 lead.
Simmons' stop not only was key in the moment, it was the kind of play - short yardage on third or fourth down - on which IU had no success against Navy's triple option.
Defensive end Nick Mangieri was among a number of Indiana defensive players with nice games. He had a pass batted down that stopped a drive and a diving interception off a bobbled ball and a tackle for loss.
Greg Heban had 12 tackles, and David Cooper had 10.
Sudfeld threw for 335 yards and two touchdowns against zero interceptions. He was 17-for-26 passing. That came a week after he threw for 363 yards after replacing starter Tre Roberson on IU's third series against Navy.
The Hoosier had some offensive issues, even though they scored 42 points.
Two drives reached the Bowling Green 1 but both times, Indiana was stopped on downs for zero points.
Indiana had a punt blocked for a touchdown.