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Notebook: IU 56, Purdue 36

BLOOMINGTON -- Indiana coach Kevin Wilson was asked if he had given any thought to defensive coaching staff changes after his team's 56-36 win against Purdue on Saturday.

The Hoosiers (5-7, 3-5 Big Ten) finished the season on a high note, but failed to reach a bowl and featured the worst-ever Big Ten defense in terms of yards allowed with 6,335 over the course of the season. Defensive coordinator Doug Mallory appeared to be on the hot seat after a 63-47 loss to Michigan in which IU gave up more than 700 yards of total offense.

The Hoosiers did nothing to derail that train of thought over the latter part of the season. Even in the last game of the season, a mediocre offense flourished against IU. Purdue (1-11, 0-8) got a career day from freshman quarterback Danny Etling, who threw for 485 yards, four touchdowns and completed 33 of his 49 passes.

The Boilermakers averaged 261.7 yards entering the game and nearly doubled that figure against an IU defense among the worst in the country.

Below is a selection of thoughts from Wilson on what needs to change and where he sees the program at this time. He started off with some snark, but ended on some insight.

"I expect a lot of changes because we've got to get better. So what are those changes? Do we practice differently? Do we change majors and take tougher major classes? Do we put our left sock on first instead of our right sock? When you're not doing things the way you need to do them, you need to make an improvement.

"The first change we'll do is me reflecting here in the next couple of weeks in recruiting: where are we at and what's correctable? What can we fix? And then with that, we'll have some changes. ...

"I know this: Our guys have worked hard, and we've made some progress. Our schedule is reasonably competitive and we came up a little short, but our goal is not to be competitive – it's to win, and we weren't quite good enough this year. It's my job to look at the whole picture of what we can do and not have excuses, not point fingers, anything. We've got to keep pushing to win games. ...

"We've got a great school. This school's making a phenomenal commitment to our kids, to our program and to give our fan base a product. It's my job to manage it and not have excuses."

So that's the word on that for now. This will likely develop further as the offseason gets underway.

Roberson's career day propels Hoosiers

Indiana redshirt sophomore quarterback Tre Roberson had a career day against Purdue.

He had a game that ranked among the best in Hoosier history, too.

Roberson tied a program record with six touchdown throws, put up a career-high 154 rushing yards and led IU to its first win against the Boilermakers in the Old Oaken Bucket since 2010.

"I just had it going," said Roberson, who was 25 of 37 for 273 yards and also threw two interceptions. "It was amazing, and it was a total team effort. The offensive line blocked real well and the skill guys caught the ball and made the plays."

The Indianapolis native was told early Saturday that he would get the start against Purdue (1-11, 0-8 Big Ten), and he said he locked in as soon as he heard the news.

Junior wide receiver Shane Wynn, who caught three of Roberson's touchdown passes and had seven catches for 52 yards for IU (5-7, 3-5) saw that focus.

"Six touchdowns – y'all know how good that is, and Tre's worked hard all year, you know," Wynn said. "Tre got an opportunity today, and he took advantage of it."

Latimer mulling NFL prospects

Junior wide receiver Cody Latimer became the fifth IU player to rack up 1,000 receiving yards in a season with his 110-yard, seven-catch game against the Boilermakers.

The 6-foot-3 Ohio native has looked like a pro prospect all season, and Wilson has hyped him as such. After the game, he addressed whether he thought the time for that move was now.

"I'm just gonna sit back and just take in things, talk to my coaches, keep in contact with my family and just keep evaluating things," he said. "I don't know. We'll see what happens."

Latimer caught nine touchdowns this season and averaged a team-high 91.3 yards receiving per game. He could be a mid- to late-round selection if he were to leave this season.

For now, there's no timetable on a decision, nor is Latimer leaning either way.

"I have no idea yet," he said.

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