BLOOMINGTON, In. (WDRB) - Indiana backup quarterback Zander Diamont's potential game tying touchdown pass was deflected in the end zone on 4th down with time running out. That's all that stood between the Hoosiers efforts to go to overtime and possibly shock top-ranked Ohio State, but Diamont says a win would not have shocked him at all.
"I know a lot of people outside of this building don't believe (that we thought we could win), but we thought we were going to beat Ohio State. And we could have beaten Ohio State," Diamont said after the 34-27 loss to the Buckeyes.
Diamont replaced starting quarterback Nate Sudfeld, who was sidelined with what head coach Kevin Wilson calls a minor ankle injury. Diamont finished 6-14 for 76 yards passing, but electrified the crowd of nearly 53,000 with a 79-yard touchdown run that brought the Hoosiers within a touchdown of the Buckeyes in the 4th quarter.
The Hoosiers (4-1) were able to come within striking distance with leading rusher Jordan Howard also limited by an ankle injury. Sophomore running back Devine Redding was able to put two touchdowns on the board, finishing with 45 yards rushing on 30 carries.
Wilson is optimistic Sudfeld and Howard will be ready to play when the Hoosiers visit Penn State October 10th. Wilson is also optimistic his team is on the right path despite the loss.
"We're mature, we're strong we've got some depth," said Wilson. "What we have not done (in the past) is be a consistent team and this team is a little bit more consistent."
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