LINCOLN — We have gone final in Lincoln as Indiana takes down Nebraska by a final score of 38-31 and the Hoosiers are going bowling.
Let’s break it down:
Ramsey gets it done
My respect for Peyton Ramsey has gone through the roof because of his performance here today. He was 25-for-36 for 323 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. For a guy who has faced the critics week in and week out, Ramsey let his play this week speak for itself.
Obviously this team will want Michael Penix back as soon as possible as the offense just flows better with him at the helm. But Indiana can find peace of mind knowing Ramsey can still compete in the Big Ten.
Defense still searching for consistency
This area has been so hit-and-miss this season. Yes, they have come up big when it has mattered, but they have put themselves in a position where the defense HAD to make the game-changing play in order to win.
Whether it was the two takeaways at the end of Maryland today or the stops, and lack thereof, today against Nebraska, this is a unit that flat out needs to perform better for the full 60 minutes of play.
‘Grit’ defines this team
Yes. The Indiana football word of the year but also the perfect word to describe this Indiana football team the past two weeks. Both games have had adversity and things to overcome but both times the Hoosiers overcame.
This team has played with a chip on its shoulder. The Hoosiers play as if they are sick of being the underdog. This is an Indiana team that has played all season with heart and determination. Bottom line: this team is gritty and that is why.
The line of the week has been ‘This is not your grandpa’s Nebraska team.’ Well I’m going to change that up a bit. Indiana has six wins before November. ‘This is not you grandpa’s Indiana football team.’