Indiana falls flat on the road to North Texas

September, 24, 2011
9/24/11
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It's looking like it could be an awfully long year in Bloomington.

North Texas 24, Indiana 21: We all knew Kevin Wilson had a lot of work to do to get the Hoosiers back to respectability. Maybe we didn't understand how Herculean the task truly was.

It's one thing to lose at North Texas, which has been one of the most hapless teams in the FBS for the past few seasons. It's another to get manhandled by the Mean Green for most of the game. The Hoosiers trailed 24-0 before finally scoring on an interception return in the fourth quarter. Their offense didn't produce a touchdown until a few minutes later with backup quarterback Dusty Kiel in. Then they scored again -- a long Kiel touchdown pass to Kofi Hughes, who ran past a defensive back fiddling with his loose shoe -- with a little more than a minute left to create some drama.

Kiel replaced Edgar Wright-Baker, who completed only 23 of his 40 pass attempts. Kiel's younger brother is a prized recruit for the Hoosiers. This quarterback situation just got interesting.

Top receiver Damarlo Belcher didn't make the trip for IU, and we're still awaiting the official word as to why. That was a big blow to the offense. But there's still little excuse to play this poorly against such weak competition, even on the road.

These Hoosiers are young, and they're still learning Wilson's style. But the bad news is that Big Ten play arrives next week when Penn State comes to Bloomington. After this showing, it's fair to ask whether IU will win another game this year.

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