Indiana Hoosiers Survive a Scare, Beat EKU 19-13

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent ISeptember 7, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, IN - NOVEMBER 01:  Bryan Payton #27 of the Indiana Hooisers carries the ball during the game against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Memorial Stadium on November 1, 2008 in Bloomington, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

On a night when they should have had their way, Indiana looked at times like a team that was not ready for the season to begin.

However, they still made a number of big plays, on both sides of the ball to ensure victory.

IU had a solid first half, but a very poor second half, with many turnovers and three-and-outs, as well as not being able to stop EKU on third-down situations

As we saw last year, not making stops on third down is critical to winning games, and the longer your defense is on the field, the less of a chance you have to score.

IU quarterback Ben Chappell didn't look comfortable yet as a starter, even though this was his chance to shine.

He did throw for an impressive 326 yards on 27-of-36 passing, with one touchdown.

But he did throw two interceptions, one was a pass way overthrown, and another was a pass thrown way to the right of where the receiver was.

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And although the stats look good, he was very hesitant on his passes, and when he did pass it, sometimes it was a second too late, and made it hard for the receiver to gain any more yards.

The Hoosiers running game wasn't too good, gaining only 73 yards on 31 carries, an average of 2.4 yards per carry.

Part of this was the lack of run blocking, which was pretty abysmal, and could be a big issue for the rest of the season. If the O-line can't do its job, the rest of the offense will suffer.

The play of the game occurred near the beginning of the fourth quarter, where converted cornerback Ray Fisher forced a fumble on the five-yard line in their own territory, which Jammie Kirlew recovered.

This helped stop the forward momentum by EKU and certainly a possible touchdown for the Colonels

All in all it was just the first game of the season, but Indiana must improve for next week's game vs. Western Michigan.