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Hoosiers raise the bar with victory

  • Article by: JIM JOHNSON
  • Associated Press
  • November 3, 2012 - 11:59 PM

BLOOMINGTON, IND. - The idea of Indiana competing for a Big Ten title got a bit more realistic Saturday.

The first task was knocking off Iowa, and Cameron Coffman totaled 315 yards on 21-for-33 passing and three touchdowns in a 24-21 Hoosiers victory.

Indiana has a chance to tie Wisconsin in the Leaders Division when it hosts the Badgers next week.

But that's still not good enough for Indiana coach Kevin Wilson.

"Our business right now is we're a 4-5 football team, we're 2-3 in the Big Ten and that's not very good," Wilson said. "We're going to keep working hard to get better. That's not coach-speak; that's what the kids hear every second that they're in here.

"Wisconsin's awfully good, and we'll need to play better. We needed to play better today than we did last week, and I think we did. We have to keep making strides."

Cody Latimer, who had 113 yards on seven receptions for Indiana, caught all three of Coffman's touchdown passes, including the 31-yard go-ahead score with 10:58 left to give the Hoosiers a 24-21 lead.

"We missed their quarterback, but that's a credit to him," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. "He got away from us."

James Vandenberg was 21-for-34 for 249 yards passing and a touchdown for Iowa (4-5, 2-3).

Damon Bullock ran for 83 yards on 25 carries for the Hawkeyes, who played without running back Mark Weisman.

"We got off to a great start," Ferentz said. "I think all in all, our guys really played hard and competed hard, but the bottom line is that we didn't play well enough to win."

The Hoosiers took a 17-14 lead, but Iowa regained the lead early in the fourth quarter on a Bullock 4-yard touchdown run, making it 21-17.

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