Indiana Looks at Home in Second Half vs. Akron, Gets First Road Win Since 2007

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent ISeptember 22, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, IN - NOVEMBER 3: Ray Fisher #7 of the Indiana Hoosiers runs for a touchdown after a reception against the Ball State Cardinals during the game at Memorial Stadium November 3, 2007 in Bloomington, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Hoosiers fans couldn't have asked for a better performance. 

With so many question marks on this team, Indiana stepped onto the field, and outperformed expectations by many. 

The Hoosiers now have established a solid running game, with Darius Willis, Trea Burgess, and Demetrius McCray combining for 170 yards on the ground in the 38-21 win versus Akron. 

Along with that, Ben Chappell had another good outing, going 18-for-28 with 163 yards passing, and two touchdowns. 

But even more, Indiana showed up on defense, where they were in the quarterback's face all game, forced four interceptions, and scored 21 points off the turnovers. 

Akron started the game with sophomore QB Matt Rodgers, making his first start for the Zips because of the indefinite suspension of senior QB Chris Jacquemain. 

The Hoosiers got off to a great start when senior CB/KR Ray Fisher returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown. 

A Nick Freeland field goal made the score 10-0, but then Akron came back. They got a 49-yard TD pass from Rodgers to senior WR Deryn Bowser, and a blocked punt which was recovered in the end zone.

This gave the advantage to Akron, who now had a 14-10 lead.

But just before the end of the half, Chappell led the offense 77 yards down field, finishing with a 10-yard TD pass to junior utility man Mitchell Evans to give the Hoosiers a 17-14 lead at halftime. 

After that, Indiana never looked back. 

The Hoosiers scored three unanswered touchdowns to put the game away, and only a touchdown by Akron with 35 seconds remaining salvaged some pride for the home side.

So the Hoosiers now have a 3-0 record and some confidence as they head into "the Big House" to face the University of Michigan. 


Post Game Notes

• Indiana scored a touchdown in the second half for the first time since last season in week two versus Murray State.

• Indiana won a game on the road for the first time since September 29, 2007 at Iowa. 

• RS freshman Darius Willis scored his first touchdown in his young career.