What They're Saying: Indiana 27, Charleston Southern 0

Jordan Wells, Staff Writer
The Hoosier

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Indiana cruised to a 27-0 home victory over Charleston Southern on Saturday.

TheHoosier.com looks at what media members are saying from both sides the day after the game.

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Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star: 3 Reasons IU Football Beat Charleston Southern, 27-0

"IU receiver Simmie Cobbs struck up a quick rapport with Ramsey that lasted all game. Cobbs would finish with 10 catches on 11 targets, and 98 yards.

"Beyond him, however, Indiana’s passing game was hamstrung by injuries Saturday. Wide receiver Donavan Hale and tight end Ian Thomas both sat out the win, possibly as much a precaution as anything. But that meant Ramsey needed to find other favorite targets.

"So he went to redshirt freshman Taysir Mack, one of the Hoosiers’ most promising young wideouts, and an opportunistic one this weekend.

"Mack grabbed seven passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns, all career highs. He atoned for an offensive pass interference penalty with a nifty comeback catch and run for the second of those scores, a 45-yard touchdown.

"Again, it’s possible (and perhaps even likely) Thomas and Hale won’t be sidelined much longer. There wasn’t much sense in risking them against a team already so outclassed as Charleston Southern.

"But Ramsey needs options, because all that’s left ahead of him at this point are Big Ten defenses. Striking up quick chemistry with Cobbs was important. Connecting so regularly with Mack was really encouraging."

Mike Miller, Bloomington Herald-Times - NOTEBOOK: Mack impresses in non-conference finale

"Against a Football Championship Subdivision team, Indiana didn’t need to be at full strength

"The Hoosiers rested several starters, while asking its second- and third-team players to take on more responsibilities.

"Freshman corner LaDamion Hunt made his collegiate debut, becoming the 10th IU true freshman to see the field this year. In addition to starting Ramsey, IU also gave tight end Ryan Watercutter and defensive tackle Mike Barwick their first career starts.

"Although freshman receiver Ty Fryfogle has played already this season, he made the most of Saturday’s opportunity and hauled in his first career catch for 13 yards. Backup linebacker Mike McGinnis also recorded his first career sack in the fourth quarter."

Andrew Hussey, IDS - COLUMN: IU in great position after three nonconference victories

"The rain came down in buckets at Memorial Stadium Saturday.

"With the rain, the first five games of IU’s season were washed away.

"In defeating FCS opponent Charleston Southern 27-0, IU has a clean slate heading into seven consecutive Big Ten games to finish the season.

"So far this season, IU has done its job, winning the games it was supposed to win and losing the games it was supposed to lose. Nothing more, nothing less."

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