November 17, 2012 at 6:06 PM
If Penn State's no-huddle look is called "NASCAR," then Indiana's offense is the equivalent of drag racing.
The Hoosiers wasted no time between plays and got back to the line of scrimmage in a hurry in their 23-point loss. Penn State allowed 478 yards of total offense, but limited Indiana to 22 points.
"It was one of the fastest offenses I've ever seen in my life," defensive end Deion Barnes said. "You got tired after about a seven-play drive. It was so fast, they didn't care what play they were running, they would just run it as soon as the referee put the ball down. It was like the fastest thing I've ever seen in my life."
Indiana was able to run 85 plays in 26:14, and all the success the team had came in the passing game. Cameron Coffman threw the ball 59 times, completing 33 of those passes for 454 yards and two touchdowns.
Penn State was able to limit the Hoosiers to about 10 points below their season average and kept them off the scoreboard in the first and fourth quarters.
"They move the ball on just about everybody," defensive coordinator Ted Roof said. "They're going to get yards because they go so fast."
Indiana's longest drive of the game — which ended in a first-quarter punt — lasted 3:40, and the average length of the team's five scoring drives was 1:14.
While Coffman had success through the air, the running game was a non-factor for the Hoosiers. On the ground, Indiana was limited to a total of 24 rushing yards on 26 attempts.
"We knew they were going to get some points, we knew weren't going to pitch a shutout, we knew it wasn't going to be pretty," Morris said. "We came to play today as a secondary, and as a defense."