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Tre Roberson threw for a career-high 280 yards and one touchdown, ran for another and led Indiana past in-state rival Indiana State 24-17 Saturday night in the season opener for both teams. The win ended the Hoosiers’ nine-game losing streak. Indiana State dropped to 0-4 all-time against the Hoosiers and 0-10 against Big Ten schools. The Sycamores were led by Shakir Bell, who ran 24 times for 192 yards including a 54-yard touchdown run for the game’s first score.
Throughout Saturday’s Week 1 action, I offered my snap reactions to all the Big Ten games. Here are my thoughts from the Big Ten’s early games and the afternoon games. Under the lights, Indiana held off instate foe Indiana State to match its 2011 win total, while Michigan was no match for reigning national champ Alabama. See my snap reactions to Indiana’s victory in this post.
Tre Roberson had a productive quarter for Indiana. He threw for 82 yards and ran for nine yards and one touchdown, and the margin is still seven, as the Hoosiers lead 24-17. Indiana opened up the lead, 24-10, after Roberson turned a quarterback sneak into a one-yard touchdown run to end an 11-play, 75-yard drive. Roberson topped 200 yards passing for the game in the quarter, and has plenty of time to add to his 245 total yards through the air.
Indiana’s Stephen Houston led the offense in the second quarter. He ran for 28 yards and one touchdown, and the Hoosiers now lead 17-10. Houston ran 15 yards to paydirt to break the 7-7 standoff in favor of Indiana. The play put the finishing touches on an 11-play, 74-yard scoring drive. The Hoosiers expanded their lead to 17-7 thanks to a 16-play, 65-yard drive that ended when Mitch Ewald made a 31-yard field goal.
Indiana State’s Shakir Bell ran for 103 yards and one touchdown and caught one pass for 15 yards in the quarter, and the two teams are tied 7-7 at the end of the first. The Sycamores got on the scoreboard first, rattling off a five-play, 84-yard drive that ended in a score when Bell pounded in a 54-yard touchdown run.
This is the first edition of a new weekly post where I will look at one key question for each team in a piece called: 12 Teams, 12 Questions. I’ll roll these out every Tuesday and look forward to hearing what you think about your team and your team’s games.