Big Ten: Keith Wenning

IU drops third straight to Ball State

September, 16, 2012
Ball State walked away with the upset the last two times it faced off against Indiana, and for most of the game it looked like it would be more of the same. The Hoosiers might've been the first to get on the board with a field goal, but they would spend the next 60 minutes playing catch up to the Cardinals.

But with one second remaining and a 42-yard field goal teed up, it was actually Ball State that had to come back for the win. With the field goal, fifth year senior kicker Steven Schott managed to secure the win for Ball State, 41-39.

And while it was the final kick that gave the Hoosiers their first loss of the season, it was Ball State's 440 yards against the Indiana defense that led to it.

The Cardinals were about as balanced as it gets with 45 passing attempts and 44 rushes. Junior quarterback Keith Wenning was 26-of-44 and threw for three touchdowns and no interceptions. He methodically worked through the offense and Indiana never seemed to really get into the kind of rhythm that is expected when a Big Ten school plays a mid-major school.

And while the momentum and scoring during the game was back and forth, one trend that seemed to permeate the Hoosiers’ entire game was their penalties, 12 in total which added up to 127 yards.

So even though Indiana sophomore quarterback Cameron Coffman showed improvement from last week after stepping in for Indiana sophomore Tre Roberson, who will be out the rest of the season with a broken leg, his progress seemed to be nullified by penalties elsewhere.

The Hoosiers now have a week off before they head into conference play at Northwestern before hosting Ohio State and Michigan State.
Going out on a limb here, but don't expect Indiana to make a return trip to Lucas Oil Stadium on Dec. 3.

Certainly not after ...

Ball State 27, Indiana 20: The Kevin Wilson era got off to a rocky start as Indiana flat-lined in the second half against Ball State. The Hoosiers scored only three points after halftime and Ball State executed a balanced offensive attack under the direction of quarterback Keith Wenning (23-for-29 passing, 173 yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 1 rushing touchdown). Edward Wright-Baker got the start for the Hoosiers at quarterback, and he ended up being the only IU signal caller to play Saturday night. Wright-Baker put up decent passing numbers (20-for-32, 272 pass yards, touchdown) and likely merits another start, but Indiana didn't get much from its run game, a problem throughout the past few seasons. Neither team committed a turnover, but Ball State dominated possession time (36:33) as Indiana couldn't get off the field. You knew Wilson had a lot of work to do this season, but losing to a MAC team that went 4-8 last season really stings. It will take time to change the culture in Bloomington, and this could be a long season for Wilson's crew.