Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

IU Coach Takes Blame for Poor Call ; Players Say They Need to Execute Better

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

IU Coach Takes Blame for Poor Call ; Players Say They Need to Execute Better

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The fallout from Saturday's late-game decision still was being felt Monday at Indiana. Coach Kevin Wilson again accepted blame for what he called a poor play call. Offensive coordinator Seth Littrell acknowledged he got "bluffed" by Minnesota's defense.

Senior tight end Ted Bolser and junior safety Mark Murphy said simply they and their teammates needed to execute better.

Whatever the explanation, it won't change the devastating 42-39 loss to Minnesota that left Hoosiers fans demoralized about the likelihood of missing out on a bowl party yet again.

"That's a tough deal, of course. You want them to hurt a little. The locker room was hurting a lot because it was like, 'Hey, man, that's the first time I've ever seen it like that,"' Wilson said.

"We had chances all game. We had a missed touchdown opportunity in the first drive. So we can talk about the last blunder, all it was. So we tried to, late Saturday night, snap out of it."

After trailing 35-13 in the third quarter Saturday, then rallying to take a 39-35 lead only to fall behind again, 42-39, the hopeful Hoosiers got one last chance by moving to Minnesota's 9-yard line in the final minute.

Following an incompletion and a Minnesota timeout, Nate Sudfeld threw a seemingly safe swing pass, which bounced off Tevin Coleman's hands. Brock Vereen pounced on the loose ball, which was ruled a lateral to seal the Golden Gophers' victory.

Kentucky: Coach Mark Stoops said the Wildcats will be minus two wide receivers for Saturday's game against No. 9 Missouri.

Stoops announced Monday freshman Alex Montgomery is out for the rest of the season after tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament in Saturday night's 48-14 defeat of Alabama State. Montgomery was injured after celebrating his 6-yard touchdown reception with several teammates, landing awkwardly and immediately grabbing his leg.

The coach also said freshman Ryan Timmons is out with a sprained ankle sustained against ASU.

"We're pretty banged up," Stoops said at a news conference Monday.

Junior receiver Javess Blue is expected back for Kentucky (2-6, 0- 5 Southeastern Conference) after missing Saturday's game with an eye injury sustained when he was hit by a football during pregame warmups. …

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