University of Missouri

Game report: Indiana 31, No. 18 Missouri 27

Indiana running back D’Angelo Roberts tossed the ball to the referee after scoring the game-winning touchdown in the final minute against Missouri on Saturday in Columbia.
Indiana running back D’Angelo Roberts tossed the ball to the referee after scoring the game-winning touchdown in the final minute against Missouri on Saturday in Columbia. The Associated Press

First quarter

Key play: One play after Missouri lost starting left guard Anthony Gatti to injury, quarterback Maty Mauk’s 45-yard touchdown heave to wide receiver Jimmie Hunt tied the game at 7-7.

Key stat: Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld was nine of 12 for 107 yards in the first quarter, fueling a 147-93 edge for the Hoosiers in total offense.

Second quarter

Key play: Missouri junior running back Russell Hansbrough shot through a hole up the middle and outran the Indiana defense on a 68-yard, game-tying touchdown. He had 111 yards on three carries at that point.

Key stat: Missouri settled down on both sides of the ball, outgaining Indiana 176-110 in the period. The Tigers averaged 8.8 yards per play compared with 4.2 for the Hoosiers.

Third quarter

Key play: Either Tevin Coleman’s 49-yard rush or J-Shun Harris II’s 33-yard touchdown from Nate Sudfeld. The two plays accounted for the entirety of Indiana’s 82-yard touchdown drive for the only third-quarter points.

Key stat: Missouri had the ball for 10 minutes, 8 seconds in the third quarter but failed to come away with any points. In fact, the Tigers were outgained 125-84 in the period and averaged a meager 3.2 yards per play.

Fourth quarter

Key play: One play after a pass-interference penalty on Missouri cornerback John Gibson kept the drive alive, the Hoosiers burned the Tigers’ defense on a screen pass to Coleman for a 44-yard gain. Two plays later, Indiana scored the go-ahead touchdown.

Key stat: Missouri had three of its season-worst 10 penalties in the fourth quarter. In addition to Gibson’s pass interference, junior Brad McNulty had a false start as the Tigers settled for a field goal with 2:20 left, and senior Braylon Webb had a facemask on Coleman’s screen pass.

Player of the game: Indiana junior running back Tevin Coleman. He finished with 19 carries for 132 yards and a touchdown. Coleman also caught three passes for 57 yards, including a critical 44-yard screen pass in the fourth quarter. All this despite missing a quarter and a half because of cramps.

Reason to hope: It wasn’t a conference loss, so Missouri can still win a bad SEC East. Punter Christian Brinser also was pretty good and Missouri’s defense only allowed Indiana to convert one of 14 third downs.

Reason to mope: It’s not a game Missouri should lose. Indiana hadn’t won a road game against a ranked team since 2004. It’s also not a game Markus Golden’s absence should impact quite so much.

Looking ahead: Missouri opens SEC play with perhaps its toughest test on the schedule next Saturday at South Carolina. A win puts the Tigers in control in the SEC East race despite the Indiana loss.

| Tod Palmer, tpalmer@kcstar.com

Report card

C-

Offense

Missouri had 498 total yards, but the offensive line left quarterback Maty Mauk hung out to dry and the run game averaged 1.88 yards per carry aside from Russell Hansbrough’s two long runs. Indiana had 11 tackles for a loss.

C-

Defense

Indiana had 493 total yards and exploited defensive end Markus Golden’s absence by gashing Missouri on the right edge. When the Tigers’ defense needed to make a play, it came up short.

B

Special

teams

Punter Christian Brinser dropped four of eight punts inside the 20, and Andrew Baggett’s clutch 40-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter might have been the game-winner. There were no game-changing plays either way.

D+

Coaching

Missouri never solved its protection problems and couldn’t limit big plays on defense, especially in critical spots. Not calling a timeout and wasting 20 seconds before Indiana’s go-ahead touchdown and a go-nowhere final play were curious.

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