Hoosiers roll past Indiana St. 73-35 in opener
Indiana's Nate Sudfeld threw four touchdown passes, and Tevin Coleman rushed for 169 yards and two more TDs in Thursday night's record-breaking 73-35 victory over Indiana State.
The Hoosiers (1-0) scored 45 points in the first half, their highest total since the school started keeping records in 1949, and broke the Memorial Stadium scoring record by topping the 69 points Nebraska scored in 1978.
They made it look easy, too. The Hoosiers used only 3 minutes, 57 seconds to score six first-half touchdowns. Ted Bolser caught two TD passes to extend his own school record for tight ends, and Shane Wynn added three more with TD catches of 43 and 3 yards and a 58-yard punt return.
Shakir Bell ran 18 times for 113 yards for Indiana State (0-1) but left late in the first half with a separated right shoulder that could keep him out a couple of weeks.
Bell landed hard on his shoulder at the end of long run with 1:20 left in the first half. He was helped to the bench and returned for the second half in street clothes.
He is expected to miss at least a couple of weeks. A team spokesman said X-rays for a broken collarbone were negative.
Bell, a two-time finalist for the Walter Payton Award, the Football Championship Subdivision's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. He ran 18 times for 113 yards before leaving and needs 429 yards to break the school's career rushing mark and 840 to break the Missouri Valley Football Conference career record.
Indiana State defensive back Carlos Aviles was ejected for "targeting" during the third quarter of Thursday night's season opener at Indiana.
Aviles was penalized when he raced down to cover a punt and slammed full speed, helmet-to-helmet into Hoosiers returner Shane Wynn. The junior receiver stayed down on the ground briefly, before walking to the bench. Fans booed as the replay was shown, and after announcing the penalty, the official announced Aviles had been thrown out - drawing cheers from the crowd.
Under a new NCAA rule, players who "target" and contact defenseless players will receive a 15-yard penalty and be ejected.
Aviles was the second player ejected from Thursday night. Indiana's Jake Reed was thrown out in the first half after officials spotted him throwing a punch.
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