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IU / Purdue notebook

Red-zone offenses best in league

– Indiana and Purdue have both found success in the red zone, with the teams tied for first in the Big Ten in red-zone offense.

The Boilermakers have scored in each of their 13 red-zone chances, with 12 touchdowns (five rushing, seven passing) and one field goal.

The Hoosiers are 12 for 12 in red-zone chances, with 10 touchdowns (five rushing, five passing) and two field goals.

“We’re doing some nice things on offense, but we’re still not close to being good,” IU coach Kevin Wilson said during his weekly teleconference Wednesday.

“I say that because I think we should score more based on the way we’ve moved the football.

“It’s nice to be first in the score zone.”

Boilers get votes

Purdue appeared in the “others receiving votes” list for The Associated Press Top 25 poll with five points. Coach Danny Hope believes the Boilermakers are a Top 25 team.

“I think we potentially are a very good football team. I’m excited about the way we have played so far,” Hope said. “If you look at our stats and numbers and how we compare to other teams in our league at this point in time, I think the competition has been comparable.

“We have played a top-10 team in Notre Dame, and played them well, and we had our chances to win at their place.

“Then we have also played some MAC-level teams, and we have won and won big against the teams that we were supposed to beat.

“We’re in the upper half of the league in almost every statistical category and ranked in the top two or three in many statistical categories. I think we’re playing well and the key for us is to continue to get better.”

Coach to Cure MD

Coaches at Indiana and Purdue will wear patches Saturday as part of Coach to Cure MD, a partnership between the American Football Coaches Association and Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy that helps raise awareness and money for Duchenne muscular dystrophy research.