Whoo… alrightnow — let’s get rolling.
Yeah, this was a big win for a lot of reasons… but let’s not put this one in the time capsule. Anytime you get a win of the road in the Big Ten you’re happy, especially if you haven’t had one in a season and half. This was a Big Ten win that IU brought home when the offense still wasn’t playing at it’s full potential. Nate Sudfeld came on to keep the ball moving, and we were able to create own opportunities to score through a number of key plays, but still it didn’t feel that we hand the full handle that we’ve shown at times in previous, like during the Ohio State and Navy games. The best take away from this game was what we saw on the other side of the ball — leaving Champaign it’s hell of a thing to know that the defense stepped up and held the line.
We’re happy for the seniors, guys like Replogle, Black, & Matte who’ve given their left nut for this team, and we’re happy for the younger kids who got a lesson on how to win and who are starting to feel they’re getting to payback for their work. We’re happy for everybody on the defensive side of the ball who showed that they could finish a game own their own and we’re happy for Ekeler & Mallory who didn’t have to come into The NEZ on Sunday morning with their tails between their legs.
Dap goes out to all those Hoosier football fans who’ve invested in this team — tweets came from probably close to 200 #iufb fans who were spent the rest of Saturday celebrating with #tallboys and #victorybacon. People are beginning to take notice of what’s going on in Bloomington. Just like this team has bought in, we’ve got a core of fans who’ve bought in who know that this is process. Stick with these Hoosiers — every step up, each chunk of work, takes us to the next level, so let’s keep those eyes forward. It ain’t going to be easy, and probably not a fast as some want, but it will be worth it… and there will be bacon.
Stephen Houston, RB, three touchdowns in the first half. Running full steam through a lot of trash.
Nate Sudeld, QB, three quarters of heads-up play — not the big numbers that some might have expected, but he took care of the ball and did what it took to win.
Greg Heban, S, 13 tackles, fumble recovery, just a same ol’ Saturday of phenomenal effort.
David Cooper, MLB, career high 12 tackles.
Adam Replogle, DT, controlling the Illinois O-line
The whole damn Defense — who during the 4th Quarter made the every slapdick in the stadium know that they were in charge.
Let’s get after these questions….
@Gerb3X Exactly how many #VictoryTallboys did you consume last night?
You’ll have to ask my boys Spike & Ike about that — they’re the ones in charge of the recycling, but I think they did pretty well when they were raking the leaves on Sunday… and I think the deer I saw Saturday night might have been one of the dogs wearing antlers.
@DaveStultz: Coach will you let us in on the post game speech? Congrats on a good road win!
Short but sweet, man. Appreciation for the seniors, reminders that we stlll have work to do, usual bunch of coachspeak, sprinkling of f-bombs, handful of dammits, blah blah blah, finished up with a big growl & the fight song.
@barge55: Where can I get a Larry Black jersey? #top5names #ever
I believe there a number of legit options available — just don’t try to pay with tattoos.
@sammyj108: Is Sudfeld the starter rest of the year?
Standard coach answer: we’ll see how it plays out in practice this week. Real answer: Sudfeld’s to lose, and how you lose it (like Coffmann did) is through turnovers. We’ll see how Nate does using a bigger part of the playbook — on Saturday, Littrell slowed things down for him and pushed the balance of play-calling towards the run side. No doubt, Iowa is going to be bigger, faster, and more organized. Don’t be surprised if you still see us playing two quarterbacks on Saturday.
@scottygee0903 I’m hearing the winner gets the Old Broken Bucket … Any truth to that?
I think we’ve got the receptacle angle covered — I think we should be playing for the pink slips on Terre Haute and Danville.
@TheDrJohn: Can you remind them to continue to play to win and not switch to play to not lose mode? #iufb
Hope you DVR’d the game… Go back and watched the 4th quarter. We’ll wait…. Fine. Happy now, slapdick?
@DaveNovakWGCL: Coach – why don’t you make all your opponents make stupid plays like personal fouls and fumbled punts?
Not too hard to see that Illinois is pretty much at the same place we were last year — hell, they might even be a smidge better in terms of talent, but when damn near nobody is on the same page in every phase of the game, shit falls apart fast. Doesn’t go to say that we haven’t done our part — like our ongoing miracle involving no fumbles. Maybe we’ve still got the element of surprise working for us — maybe teams are still looking at this team as “just Indiana”, a team that doesn’t require a full effort. Maybe things are lining up that we catching teams when their arrows and trends are pointing the other way from ours — and right now our arrow is nailed to the wall pointing up.
Listen folks, since the whistle blew in Champaign there’s been a whole lot of ball-tickling going on regarding what might be possible the rest of the season, stuff about games three & four games out. A lot of this talk has come from the same kind of people who bitch and moan about having their high hopes let down by #iufb. What you’re going to hear for the next five days is the usual collection of ‘effed out coaches cliches — the “one game at a time” stuff. This week it actually applies. — just keep your eyes on this Saturday and Iowa.
Everybodygood? Everybodycool? See you on Saturday.