The Indiana Hoosiers (1-3) lost what some are calling one of the worst losses in program history. The loss apparently has some on the coaching staff embarrassed about their team’s performance.
“There is no depth chart at this point,” Indiana defensive coordinator Mike Ekeler said following Indiana’s 24-21 loss to North Texas. “We’re not gonna watch that. That’s not gonna be representative of who we are. We’re gonna fix it. That’s why we were brought here. That’s not the standard we’re gonna set.”
Indiana dug a 21-0 hole by allowing three touchdowns in the second quarter, including touchdown passes of 83, 17 and 32 yards by Mean Green quarterback Derek Thompson. North Texas rushed for 226 yards as well in the victory over the visiting Big Ten squad.
“We didn’t come to play,” Ekeler said. “That’s on me. I take it very personal. I’m embarrassed that that tape is out there on how we looked on defense. We had guys playing like they were scared. Scared to put their face on somebody.”
“I think, to a man, we’re not communicating well enough, and we’re not lining up and playing fast,” Indiana defensive tackles coach Mark Hagen said. “When you don’t communicate, you’ve got guys on different pages. It might just be one guy, but that’s enough to cost you.”
What’s more, Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson has confirmed that defensive end Kevin Bush has left the team. Bush struggled to gain playing time in the new defensive system and Wilson said he tried to convince Bush to stay with the team but respected his decision to leave the program. Bush served time in the U.S. Army and spent time in Iraq and Korea while enlisted. The loss of Bush, 26, hurts the depth of the Hoosiers heading in to the Big Ten slate.
Heading in to the Big Ten and Leaders Division opener for both teams, Indiana knows they have work to do in order to come up with their first win against Penn State in program history. With Penn State’s passing game finding a rhythm last weekend and with the ability to run the ball with Silas Redd, Penn State’s offense could be lined up for a big day.
“I am excited,” Redd said when asked about starting Big Ten play this weekend. “That is where the fun begins. We have [Indiana] coming up and we have had their number for the past couple of years now, but I am excited to get it going.”
D’Anton Lynn probable
Penn State listed cornerback D’Anton Lynn as probable for this weekend’s game with a head/neck injury. Lynn was carted off the field in Saturday’s win against Eastern Michigan and was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center. He was released later in the day and will be evaluated by doctors as the week progresses before an ultimate decision is made on his status for Penn State’s road game at Indiana.
Source: The News Sentinel, IndyStar.com
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