BLOOMINGTON, In. (WDRB) - It's a troubling trend for the Indiana Hoosiers: play a team close but lose late in the game. It happened again Saturday when Iowa (9-0, 5-0 in Big Ten) scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to beat IU 35-27.
"Is it psychological...is it a play or two more?," Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson wondered aloud in the postgame media conference.
The question that must be answered now is if Indiana can pick up two wins in the next three games and secure a bowl bid. Quarterback Nate Sudfeld says he knows what's at stake, but he's not feeling the pressure.
"It's Indiana, so nobody really expects much of us, so we're holding each other accountable as brothers," said Sudfeld, who had 180 yards passing with a touchdown and an interception against Iowa. The touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter was his 49th career scoring pass, making him the all-time leader at Indiana.
The Iowa defense had given up only one rushing touchdown all season coming into Saturday's game with Indiana. IU running back Jordan Howard scored two touchdowns on the ground in the first half, but was struggling in the second half.
"Physically, I feel good. I just have to get my stamina back from being out so long and not being able to run," said Howard, who has been slowed by an ankle injury. He rushed for 174 yards Saturday, including a season long 37 yard scoring run. That was the junior's fifth 100-yard rushing game this season.
The Hoosiers (4-5, 0-5 in Big Ten) host Michigan Saturday and wrap up the season with road games at Maryland and at Purdue.
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