BLOOMINGTON – Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said his team would be different. He expected it to be.
And it is.
IU beat Indiana State by just seven points a year ago, and on a humid night in Bloomington on Thursday, the Hoosiers whalloped the Sycamores 73-35.
IU (1-0) set a Memorial Stadium record for points scored at the venue. It also set a record for touchdowns in a game with 10 in the rout. IU strung together 632 yards of total offense in the victory.
A year ago, ISU played IU to within one touchdown. This season, it didn't stand a chance.
Sophomore running back Tevin Coleman went for 169 yards and two touchdowns on a paltry 14 carries as the Hoosiers' offensive line pummeled ISU. Four different receivers caught touchdowns Thursday, with tight end Ted Bolser and wide receiver Shane Wynn scoring multiple times.
Wynn had three total touchdowns, with a 58-yard punt return to his credit, as well. He was forced out of the game after an illegal hit on a punt return by Carlos Aviles. Aviles was ejected for the hit, which came after Wynn called a fair catch and well before the ball reached him.
The Hoosiers played all three of their quarterback options, with sophomore Nate Sudfeld leading the way. Redshirt sophomore Tre Roberson went 3 for 6 for 71 yards and two touchdowns, and junior Cam Coffman was 2 for 7 with an interception and 29 yards to his credit.
Sudfeld, meanwhile, was prolific.
The 6-foot-5 signal caller threw for 219 yards and four touchdowns on a 12-for-17 day. He also threw an interception.
Wilson called off most of his starters with 14 minutes left in the fourth quarter. IU still managed another 10 points.