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Wisconsin Badgers Game Day: Indiana

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Game Day Vitals:

Opponent Vitals


Key Players:

LEADING PASSER QB Cameron Coffman (So.) 158-of-249 (63.5% comp.), 1,699 yards, 10 TD, 4 INT
LEADING RUSHER RB Stephen Houston (Jr.) 123 car, 573 yards (4.7 ypc), 9 TD
LEADING RECEIVER WR Cody Latimer (So.) 39 rec, 645 yards (16.5 ypc), 5 TD
LEADING TACKLER CB Greg Heban (Jr.) 65 tackles (5 for loss), 2 INT, 8 PBU, 1 FR
LEADING SACKER DT Adam Replogle (Sr.), DT Larry Black Jr. (Sr.) 4.0 sacks, 19 yards; 4.0 sacks, 24 yards

2012 Schedule/Results:
  • Last week: W 24-21 vs. Iowa. Indiana continued to ratchet up the pressure in the Leaders Division with its fourth win of the season and its second in Big Ten play. Coffman, who finished 21-of-33 with 315 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions, tossed a 31-yard score to Latimer to put the Hoosiers ahead for good with 10:58 left. Indiana out-gained Iowa, 473-345, with 406 of those yards coming through the air. Freshman quarterback Nate Sudfeld, who has pushed Coffman for playing time, also finished 10-of-16 for 91 yards and one interception. Latimer also earned Co-Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors (with Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martines) after finishing with seven catches for 113 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Biggest win: Week 9 at Illinois, 31-17. Illinois has been very far from competitive in the Big Ten, but Indiana carried a five-game losing streak into its game in Champaign. Sudfeld came off the bench after Coffman was benched in the first quarter, tossing two touchdowns to cap an efficient 10-of-15 game. Last week's win over Iowa set the stage for this weekend's huge showdown vs. Wisconsin, but Indiana wouldn't be battling for much if it hadn't righted the ship against Illinois.
  • Biggest loss: Week 7 vs. Ohio State, 52-49. All but one of Indiana's losses came by four or fewer points -- Week 5's 44-29 loss at Northwestern is the outlier -- though none carried greater implications than Week 7 vs. Ohio State. Indiana's wins (vs. Indiana St., at Massachusetts, at Illinois and vs. Iowa) are generally impressive, and who knows what boost a win against Ohio State would've provided. The Hoosiers still, of course, are fighting for their Leaders Division lives, but one more win would've put even more pressure on the Badgers this weekend.
  • Outlook: Indiana has three games left, and the first two -- vs. Wisconsin and at Penn St. -- are pretty daunting. The Hoosiers end the season with an in-state battle at Purdue, though their season essentially boils down to Saturday's game vs. the Badgers. A win keeps them alive in the Big Ten Championship Game picture, while a loss essentially relegates the 2012 campaign into the pile of recently poor seasons.

Sat, Sept. 1 Indiana State W 24-17 1-0
Sat, Sept. 8 @ Massachusetts W 45-6 2-0
Sat, Sept. 15 Ball St. L 41-39 2-1
Sat, Sept. 29 @ Northwestern L 44-29 2-2 (0-1)
Sat, Oct. 6 Michigan St. L 31-27 2-3 (0-2)
Sat, Oct. 13 #8 Ohio State L 52-49 2-4 (0-3)
Sat, Oct. 20 @ Navy L 31-30 2-5 (0-3)
Sat, Oct. 27 @ Illinois L 31-17 3-5 (1-3)
Sat, Nov. 3 Iowa W 24-21 4-5 (2-3)
Sat, Nov. 10 Wisconsin 11:00 a.m. CT
Sat, Nov. 17 @ Penn St. 11:00 a.m. CT
Sat, Nov. 24 @ Purdue TBD