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 in 2012, and after a half on opening night, the Hoosiers lead the Sycamores 45-21.
Quarterbacks Tre Roberson and Nate Sudfeld have two touchdowns apiece. Tight end Ted Bolser has two touchdown catches, and wideout Shane Wynn has scored on a punt return and a 43-yard reception. Wide receiver Nick Stoner got into it, too, with a 44-yard score on a go route from Sudfeld.
The defense, maligned on the second drive of the game, has been dominant since save a few plays. And although ISU is a Football Championship Subdivision team, the Hoosiers have the look of a much better squad – a dangerous squad – after one half.
Indiana scored its first six touchdowns in just 7:44 of game clock combined.
The IU record for points scored at Memorial Stadium stands at 58, and that mark could be in jeopardy in the final 40 minutes.
The Hoosiers have already had their first punt return since 2006 courtesy of Wynn, who also became the first player to score on a punt and reception since 1990. They scored 45 points in a half, the most since records started in 1949.
But there have been ugly moments.
The IU defense gave up a 75-yard drive on the second possession of the game. Cornerback Michael Hunter was beaten badly for a 17-yard score late in the second half. And a messy play by freshman Laray Smith led to a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, which the Sycamores brought in for a score.
That said, the offense has been electric. The defense, overall, has been stout. And despite one bad play on special teams, the Hoosiers have looked dangerous as a unit on special teams.