by Kent Sterling
For the third time in three tries, Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld moved the Hoosiers offense up and down the field like a very confident quarterback, but today was his first chance to do it from the very beginning.
The Hoosiers got off to an inauspicious start as a punt block (it was really more a matter of the Bowling Green player scooping the drop and hauling it into the end zone) and a field goal gave the visitors a 10-7 lead early in the second quarter. From that point forward, the Indiana defense was stout, and the offense relentless.
Sudfeld finished 17-26 for 335 yards and two touchdowns, but his performance in postgame press conferences is as spectacular as anything he does on the field. Some guys try to say the right things, and others try to sound like badasses. A few try to squabble with the media. The sophomore from Modesto, California, answers questions specifically and completely, and sure carries himself like a leader of this team.
Whether Sudfeld can thread the needle, and hit fade routes perfectly against Missouri next week or the balance of the schedule against Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, and the rest is left to be seen, but he sure talks like a confident guy who knows when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em.
Sudfeld is equally generous in praising teammates and admitting responsibility for bad reads or errors in judgment.
Tre Roberson showed a lot of class in coming out to answer questions from the media, but all the questions had been answered on the field as Sudfeld led the Hoosiers to a decisive win against a very good MAC team.