Once again, Gophers defense outmatched

first_imgThe Hoosiers scored a field goal or better on their first five drives of the game – they only had six drives in the entire first half.The lone drive the Hoosiers failed to score on was the last one of the half, as Lewis kneeled the ball twice to use up the last minute of clock.“We’ve got to start getting stops where they have to punt the ball and not get field goals,” VanDeSteeg said. “In the first half we couldn’t stop them.”The second half wasn’t any better for Minnesota as the struggles persisted, but there was a high point when freshman free safety Kyle Theret intercepted a pass on Minnesota’s 25-yard line and returned it down to the Indiana 41.However, the Gophers couldn’t take advantage of the turnover and gave the ball back to the Hoosiers four plays later.Theret’s interception was Minnesota’s only takeaway of the game, one of two defensive problems, along with tackling, that have plagued the team all year.“We have to turn the ball over, we only got one today and had a chance for a couple more,” Theret said. “We’ve got to create more turnovers.”The defense did see an improvement when it came to pressuring the quarterback, as the team combined for two sacks in the game, one from VanDeSteeg and the other from senior strong safety Dominique Barber – it had just three on the season coming into the contest.Brewster didn’t make any excuses in defeat, but said he would find the positives in the game as he always does.“We all understand it’s about winning. We’re not looking for moral victories, we’re not looking for anything but W’s,” he said. “We came in here expecting the win, and we didn’t win.” Once again, Gophers defense outmatchedMinnesota’s secondary was no match for Indiana’s receiving core. Brian DeutschOctober 8, 2007Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrint;BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Minnesota football coach Tim Brewster repeated a regular saying after Minnesota’s 40-20 loss to Indiana on Saturday.“We need guys to make plays,” he said.In a game where the defense could have made a statement by shutting down one of the conference’s most dangerous quarterbacks, sophomore Kellen Lewis, the only guys making plays were Lewis and the Hoosiers.up next Northwesternwhat: Footballwhen: 11 a.m., Saturdaywhere: Evanston, Ill.Minnesota held the Indiana quarterback to only 26 yards in the first half, but the sophomore chalked up 62 additional rushing yards in the second half. Lewis also went 24 of 36 through the air for 235 yards and one touchdown.“He’s a playmaker,” junior defensive end Willie VanDeSteeg said. “He likes to make plays on his feet, and he can throw it in the air. He’s just a good player.”On his second pass of the day, Lewis set the tempo when he hit wide out James Hardy with a 51-yard completion over the head of freshman cornerback Ryan Callado. Hardy, who stands 6-feet-7-inches, was simply too tall for the Gophers’ secondary, where the average height is under 6 feet.His next reception was Indiana’s first touchdown of the game, when Lewis lofted a pass into the corner of the end zone. Senior defensive back Jamal Harris, who spotted Hardy 7 inches, tried to defend the play, but the height advantage was too much, as Hardy easily pulled down the ball.“(Lewis) has some great guys to throw it to,” Brewster said. “Hardy was a chore out there.”With such an advantage over the secondary, it’s not hard to see why the Minnesota defense was unable to stop Indiana’s high-powered offense.The Gophers defense failed to shutout a Hoosiers drive in the first half as Indiana managed to put points on the scoreboard in basically every realistic possession.last_img read more

Oliver scores Stock Car win at Benton County Speedway

first_imgThe IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main event win went to 18-year-old Kaden Reynolds on Sunday night. Reynolds found the extreme high side of the multi-grooved track to his liking in sailing to the win. Reynolds took the lead away from birthday celebrant Joren Fisher and went on to hold off several challenges by Nathan Ballard in scoring the win.   The IMCA Modifieds saw 21 drivers take the initial green flag with Austin Kuehl from Cave Creek, Ariz., leading several laps before BCS regular Troy Cordes took over the top spot. Cordes’ lead was short lived as one of Iowa’s hottest Modified drivers took over the top spot. Tom Berry Jr. advanced from a ninth position start and took the lead just past the midway point and went on to score the a hard fought win over Cordes and Kuehl.   Sunday, Aug. 16 will be another full night of racing at The Bullring on kids’ “Back To School Night.” Backpacks loaded with back to school supplies will be among the many giveaways for the kids plus Power Wheel races will return for the second time this season. Hot laps will take to the track at 6 p.m. with racing to follow. Another 21 car starting field took the green flag in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods on Sun­day night. Kyle Olson led early from his outside front row starting spot before giving way to Ben Chapman. The 1JR of Chapman has been a frontrunner all year but Sunday night was his first win of the season. Joe Docekal, who also was recorded as the leader during the main event, set­tled for second ahead of Tony Olson. center_img John Oliver Jr. broke the stranglehold of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car field by the Murty family. Oliver held both Dallon and Damon Murty at bay in recording the win. Oliver took the lead when the green flag waved from his outside front row start and led flag to flag in recording the win ahead of Dallon and Damon Murty.  VINTON, Iowa (Aug. 9) – The Benton County Speedway hosted 114 race teams on a warm and sultry night that saw a great crowd witness a wildly entertaining night of racing.last_img read more