Indiana scored 31 consecutive points and rode the arm of quarterback Ben Chappell’s career-high of 366 passing yards en route to a convincing 38-21 road victory over Western Kentucky late Saturday afternoon. The win improves the Hoosiers to 2-0 on the year; the Hilltoppers remain winless at 0-3.
Coming off a 16-day break since their opening game, IU shook off the rust after falling behind 7-0. Western Kentucky’s Bobby Rainey, who entered the game as the nation’s fourth leading rusher, staked the Hilltoppers to the early lead with an 11-yard touchdown scamper that culminated a 92-yard drive.
Then Chappell calmly collected the Indiana offense and directed first half scoring drives that resulted in a 17-7 halftime advantage. The senior QB sliced up the Western Kentucky secondary, utilizing the size and athletic ability of talented wideouts Demarlo Belcher, Terrance Turner, and Tandon Doss.
Belcher caught 10 passes for 135 yards, both career highs, and a touchdown. Returning from injury, Doss contributed five catches for 62 yards and had a kickoff return of 87 yards. Redshirt freshman tight end Ted Bolser also factored in the passing game, as he caught his second touchdown in as many games, a nifty 11-yard pluck in the third quarter.
Chappell finished with an impressive stat line, completing 32-of-42 passes with three touchdowns. Indiana had only one punt on the evening, late in the fourth quarter as time was winding down.
The Hoosiers defense corralled Rainey after the first series, “limiting” him to 105 yards on 21 carries, most of which came in the initial Hilltopper possession.
IU returns home to entertain MAC foe Akron at “the Rock," Memorial Stadium, on Saturday evening. Toe-to-leather time is scheduled for 7 p.m.