Despite big day from Coleman, Indiana falters in 45-29 loss at Iowa

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Indiana knew it needed a big day out of Tevin Coleman to beat Iowa.

The Hoosiers got 219 yards rushing out of their star running back — and not much else from the rest of the roster.

Jake Rudock threw for 210 yards and two touchdowns and Iowa rolled past Indiana 45-29 on Saturday for its third straight win. Mark Weisman had a pair of short TD runs for the Hawkeyes (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten), who scored all but seven of their points in the first half.

Tevin Coleman had TD runs of 83, 69 and 45 yards and became the first Indiana player in 13 years with 1,000 yards rushing.

But Hoosiers quarterback Nate Sudfeld left with a separated non-throwing shoulder in the first half and never returned.

Freshman Chris Covington was just 3 of 12 for 31 yards and two picks in relief.

"They made more big plays then we did. I know the game stats make it seem kind of close but they made more explosive plays," Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said.

Coleman and the Hoosiers (3-3, 0-2) had their moments on offense.

But their defense played awful against what had been one of the Big Ten's worst attacks.

Iowa scored 28 points in the first quarter — surpassing its total in each of its first four games against Power 5 schools — and led by as much as 21. Indiana pulled within 28-21, but Weisman closed the first half on a 1-yard TD run to give Iowa a 38-21 lead.

"We played uphill all day," Wilson said.

Iowa had neither scored nor allowed more than 24 points in a matchup with a fellow Power 5 school all season.

But the Hawkeyes and Hoosiers combined for seven touchdowns — including three one-play drives — in less than 20 minutes.

Rudock opened the scoring with a 12-yard TD pass to Jake Duzey. Iowa's Desmond King took his first career interception back 35 yards for a touchdown, putting Iowa up by 14 just 64 seconds later.

Rudock then silenced critics who questioned his ability to throw the long ball, finding Damond Powell for a 72-yard TD and a 21-0 lead.

Coleman responded, slipping through a few blocks and bolting 83 yards for a touchdown, the longest of his career. Iowa answered with a 60-yard sweep from Jonathan Parker to make it 28-7.

Sudfeld then threw a 62-yard pass to Shane Wynn, and Nick Stoner's 13-yard TD grab pulled Indiana within 28-14.

Sudfeld's subsequent departure didn't matter much at first, as Coleman ran for a 45-yard touchdown on freshman quarterback Covington's first snap.

But Covington only made the switch from linebacker to quarterback in preseason camp, and the Hawkeyes soon realized that they didn't need to worry about him beating them with his arm.

The Hoosiers hung around in the second half, but Jordan Lomax's interception with 1:16 left sealed it for Iowa.

"It limited some things obviously but it opened up some other opportunities because of what (Covington) brings to the run game," Wilson said. "It's tough because both those guys are different."

The Hawkeyes are now tied with atop the Big Ten with Minnesota.

Indiana is 0-2 with Michigan State, Michigan and Penn State up next.


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