Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Area College Football Roundup: Hoosiers Hold off SIUC

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Area College Football Roundup: Hoosiers Hold off SIUC

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Indiana may have left Memorial Stadium Saturday with more questions than answers following its season opener against Southern Illinois Carbondale.

The Hoosiers survived a failed two-point conversion try in the closing seconds to hang on for a 48-47 victory over a Football Championship Series foe. It was one of few plays Indiana made on defense.

SIUC quarterback Mark Iannotti completed 24 of 31 passes for 411 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 106 yards on 17 carries and another score. His 517 yards of total offense broke the school record of 443 yards set in 2007 by current SIUC quarterbacks coach Nick Hill.

The Hoosiers put up 595 yards of offense, including 349 passing by senior Nate Sudfeld, who missed the final six games a year ago with an injury to his non-throwing left shoulder.

Jordan Howard, a transfer from UAB, gained 145 yards on 20 carries and scored three touchdowns in his IU debut. Redshirt junior wide receiver Ricky Jones had six catches for 186 yards and a score.

Just before kickoff the Hoosiers released a statement saying they had suspended nine players for the game citing they had not lived up to their responsibilities to the program. Six were defensive players, including starting tackle Darius Latham and linebacker Tegray Scales.

Indiana trailed at halftime 32-21 after Iannotti scored on a 1- yard run on the final play of the half. Indiana outscored the Salukis 17-0 in the third quarter to take a 38-32 lead.

Perhaps the biggest play came with 12:24 to play after Iannotti hit freshman running back Daquan Isom on an 80-yard catch and run for a touchdown. On the extra point attempt, SIUC was penalized for having too many men on the field. After moving back 5 yards, kicker Austin Johnson was wide left on the extra point leaving the score at 38-all.

Indiana appeared to put the game away with 58 seconds to play on a 1-yard run TD run by Howard that put the Hoosiers on top 48-41. But Southern Illinois marched 75 yards in 5 plays with Iannotti hitting Jimmy Jones (Hazelwood East) for a 25-yard TD with 18 seconds to play.

Southern Illinois elected to go for the two-point conversion, and IU true freshman cornerback Andre Brown Jr. made the defensive stop at the goal line to prevent the Salukis from taking the lead.

"We thought we'd take that last shot and hope to make it work," SIUC coach Dale Lennon said. "Our guys did a good job of making plays when they needed to and that last drive was pretty impressive."

Memphis 63, Missouri State 7 * The notion that coach Dave Steckel's rebuilding task at Missouri State is going to take some time was reinforced in his first game, a thrashing at the hands of the FBS-affiliated Tigers.

Memphis stacked up 317 yards rushing, 202 passing and led 42-0 at halftime. Missouri State, which went 4-8 in coach Terry Allen's final season last year, managed only 125 total yards, including 18 rushing on 30 attempts. …

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