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September 21, 2013

Quick thoughts: Missouri 45, Indiana 28

Indiana's hopes of having a winning record after four non-conference home games dissipated quickly tonight as Missouri scored 24 unanswered points to blow open a close game and win at Memorial Stadium 45-28.

The Hoosiers (2-2) start Big Ten play Oct. 5 against Penn State, which beat Kent State 34-0 today to improve to 3-1. That is the final of five consecutive home games to start the season for the Hoosiers, who were projected by many to go to a bowl this season with eight home games on the schedule.

Missouri's 623 yards of total offense are the most ever by an opponent at Memorial Stadium. The previous record was 616 by Northwestern in 2011.

Indiana and Missouri were tied at 14 when the Tigers went on a 75-yard touchdown drive to take a 21-14 lead. A possession later, Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy jumped up and snagged a Nate Sudfeld pass at the line of scrimmage and raced 49 yards for a touchdown and 28-14 Mizzou lead.

Indiana, which had scored at least 35 points in each of its first three games, had just 14 points well into the fourth quarter.

Sudfeld got his second career start but was replaced by Tre Roberson, who started the first two games.

Sudfeld entered the game leading the Big Ten in passing yards and touchdown passes and had thrown just two interceptions. He was picked off three times by Missouri and had just one touchdown pass.

The Hoosiers struggled mightily on offense for most of the game.

Of IU's first 13 possessions, only two went for more than 30 yards.

Greg Heban kept Indiana in it early, intercepting two passes inside the IU 5-yard line.

Missouri quarterback James Franklin had a career-high 343 passing yards. His previous best was 325 at Baylor in 2011.
Both Dorial Green-Beckhman (105) and Marcus Lucas (101) had more than 100 yards receiving each.

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