UPDATE: Hoosiers' Game With FIU Canceled Due To Aftermath Of Hurricane Irma
Due to the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Indiana's game with Florida Int'l scheduled for this weekend has been canceled. Now Indiana is working to lock down an opponent for their previously scheduled bye week October 7th.
The Golden Panthers have been in Birmingham, AL after their game against Alcorn State last weekend. According to Mike Miller with the Herald-Tribune in Bloomington, IU athletic director Fred Glass offered to pay for FIU to fly to Indianapolis for the week leading up to the game, but FIU respectfully declined.
Statement from IU Football press release:
"Fred Glass and FIU Athletic Director Pete Garcia have been in regular communication since Sunday about the situation, and with FIU classes being canceled, several FIU players and coaches being from the South Florida area, along with the considerable logistical hurdles to overcome in traveling to Bloomington, the decision to cancel the game was made late on Monday evening."
BLOOMINGTON, IN -- Indiana head coach Tom Allen is praising his team's "determination and grit" this week after their win over Virginia in their first true road game of the regular season on Saturday.
The win followed a 49-21 loss to #2 Ohio State in their home-opener the previous week, a game that was much more competitive than what the final score would indicate.
"We experienced some adversity, which is part of the growth process of a football team," Allen said Monday. "I'm really excited how we responded to that, staying with it until our offense got going in the second quarter. I'm really pleased with our total team effort."
Saturday started with a scoreless first quarter, thanks to an early interception thrown by starting quarterback Richard Lagow.
Backup Peyton Ramsey anchored the Hoosiers' offense to 17 unanswered points after going down 3-0 early in the second quarter. He would not look back, finishing the day with 173 yards through the air and two touchdown passes in a 34-17 win. He also added 42 yards on the ground and another rushing touchdown.
Ramsey's break-out game adds some new questions as to who will be the main man in the backfield for the Hoosiers moving forward.
Allen believes he's able to rely on both Richard Lagow and Peyton Ramsey.
"We've got two good quarterbacks that have two different skill sets," Allen said. "It (Ramsey's performance) threw them a curve ball. They were expecting one thing and got another. When you have two individuals that can play the position at a high level, you know that's where you wanna be."
Allen says the team will make decisions on the quarterback position as it happens, but guarantees that both are going to play as the season rolls on.
Now, the Hoosiers turn their attention to Florida International, who will be back at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington this Saturday. It will be the third year in a row that the Hoosiers face FIU, which is something Coach Allen says is "unusual".
"It's unusual to play a non-conference team three years in a row," Allen said. "It's the same quarterback that they've had, so we're familiar with him. A couple of the same receivers, same tailback, but a new coaching staff so you've got a difference in overall scheme."
Allen was quick to mention that in the last two games Indiana has played against the Golden Panthers, the Panthers had the lead into the fourth quarter. In both cases, the Hoosiers were able to come back and grab the win.
Kickoff for Saturday's game in Bloomington is at 3:30 p.m. EDT. You can listen to all the action over on 107.5 FM and 1070 The Fan.
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