Saturday, September 8, 2012
Hoosiers win big but lose Roberson
By Adam Rittenberg
Indiana crushed Massachusetts to record its first win against an FBS opponent under Kevin Wilson and improve to 2-0 on the season.
But the victory came with a huge cost.
Hoosiers starting quarterback Tre Roberson will miss the rest of the season after suffering a broken leg in the second quarter of the team's 45-6 victory. Wilson said Roberson, a true sophomore, will redshirt the season and need three to four months to recover.
Roberson was off to a great start this season, following up a solid effort in the opener with three first-quarter touchdowns Saturday, including scoring runs of 50 and 39 yards. Wilson had been pleased with Roberson's development as a passer to complement his tremendous athleticism.
Indiana's quarterback situation is better than it was a year ago, and junior-college transfer Cameron Coffman could be a good option. Coffman played well in relief of Roberson on Saturday, completing 16 of 22 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown. Freshman Nate Sudfeld moves up to the No. 2 role.
It'll be hard to get a read on Indiana's offense until the competition improves. But Roberson is a significant loss, as it appeared he was headed for a big season.
The injury dampened the mood a bit for IU, but it was easily the best overall performance by the team under Wilson, even it came against highly suspect competition. Remember that the Hoosiers didn't beat a FBS team all last year, and though UMass has only played two games as a FBS member (losing them both badly), it still counts.
Indiana had 606 total yards and nearly pitched the shutout, which should add confidence for the defense. Wilson got to play a whole bunch of guys, as nine different Hoosiers carried the ball and 11 different players caught a pass.
The Hoosiers will look to go 3-0 next week at home against Ball State, which lost 52-27 to Clemson on Saturday. That won't be an easy game -- IU lost to Ball State last year, after all -- and Roberson won't be available. But Wilson's team finally has at least a little bit of forward momentum.