BLOOMINGTON – In Indianas four wins, quarterback Ben Chappell hasnt thrown an interception.
In Indianas three losses, the senior quarterback has been picked off six times. Three came in Saturdays 43-13 loss at Illinois, a game in which the Hoosiers had five turnovers.
Illinois returned two of Indianas four interceptions for touchdowns, including a 66-yard return off redshirt freshman quarterback Dusty Kiel for the final score.
If you are a team that turns the ball over week after week, then you have to take a good look at what were doing wrong here. It doesnt make me feel any better, but I saw where (New Orleans Saints quarterback) Drew Brees threw a bunch of (interceptions Sunday, he had four) and a couple of them went back for scores. Thats pretty uncharacteristic there, too, IU coach Bill Lynch said.
That doesnt make me feel any better, but those are correctable, too, and nobody knows that more than Ben.
Dustys at the end, hes a young kid who has played very little, so Im not worried about that one, either. It would be different if we were a team that was consistently fumbling the football or those kinds of things.
The Hoosiers have 12 turnovers, tied with Penn State and Michigan for the third most in the Big Ten, trailing Illinois (15) and Purdue (13).
Northwestern (5-2, 1-2), IUs opponent Saturday, has forced 15 turnovers (10 interceptions, five fumbles), third best behind Ohio State and Michigan State.
The Hoosiers had two punts blocked against the Illini. The second resulted in a safety.
We have the advantage of sitting down, studying it and watching every punt all season. The breakdowns we have are all correctable, and we spent a great deal of time (Monday morning) as a group that works with special teams, much more time than usual. I am confident we will get it straightened out, Lynch said.
Its a combination of things. The first one was a poor snap that took (punter Chris Hagerup) out of the box. The second one was a breakdown on our protection in the certain punt rush they had. You are always looking to speed things up, but to point the finger at any one particular thing wouldnt be right.
Indiana ranks last in the Big Ten in net punting with a 33.3-yard average.
Dedmond ruled out
Tight end Max Dedmond will miss Saturdays game with a knee injury. He has five catches for 37 yards and two touchdowns.