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Stopping the big plays

Indiana coach Bill Lynch reviewed the big plays the Hoosiers allowed in Saturday's 42-35 loss to Michigan. The Wolverines had three touchdowns of at least 56 yards.

"There are always reasons for it anytime you are exposed with big plays like that. Unfortunately, if you play in the secondary you, are the last guy seen in the play. The difference was I think eight plays or maybe nine," Lynch said. "I think they had over 400 yards in eight or nine plays. Their other 37 they got about 135 yards. What we needed to do was cut those big plays in half. Give up a couple less.

"We knew going into it they were going to get some big plays on us. They are a great football team. I don't think you heard me during the week saying we were going to stop them. You are going to need an unbelievably good football team to stop that offense. That's what it came down to, and that's why it was a huge discrepancy in time of possession (IU won in that department 41:47 to 18:13).

"A lot of it was credit to Michigan's kids. They got us in some one-on-one situations and they beat you quick, and the rest is our guys chasing them and they're very fast. They're correctable mistakes and things we'll learn from and move on. The other thing is that we have a lot of guys that are older but haven't played a lot on that side of the ball, and certainly haven't played anyone with that kind of speed on that side of the ball. That will make us better come this week."

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