Indiana's Nate Sudfeld threw four touchdown passes, and Tevin Coleman rushed for 169 yards and two more TDs in Thursday night's record-breaking 73-35 victory over Indiana State.
The Hoosiers (1-0) scored 45 points in the first half, their highest total since the school started keeping records in 1949, and broke the Memorial Stadium scoring record by topping the 69 points Nebraska scored in 1978.
They made it look easy, too. The Hoosiers used only 3 minutes, 57 seconds to score six first-half touchdowns. Ted Bolser caught two TD passes to extend his own school record for tight ends, and Shane Wynn added three more with TD catches of 43 and 3 yards and a 58-yard punt return.
Shakir Bell ran 18 times for 113 yards for Indiana State (0-1) but left late in the first half with a separated right shoulder that could keep him out a couple of weeks.
Indiana delivered on its promise Thursday night. They were better than last year.
The Hoosiers showed how much they've improved during the offseason by dominating overmatched Indiana State in the record-breaking season-opener.
Tre Roberson and Nate Sudfeld each threw touchdown passes, while Shane Wynn and Ted Bolser each scored twice and the Hoosiers' usually maligned defense forced two turnovers and constantly harassed the Indiana State quarterbacks. And that was just in the first 30 minutes.
Indiana (1-0) produced its highest first-half point total (45) since the school started keeping track in 1949, broke the Memorial Stadium scoring record (69) by Nebraska in 1978 and would have broken the school's all-time scoring record (76) if the Hoosiers hadn't taken a knee four straight times inside the Indiana State 20 in the closing minutes.
Shakir Bell led the Sycamores with 18 carries for 113 yards before leaving late in the first half with a separated right shoulder. The two-time Walter Payton finalist is expected to miss a couple of weeks.
Ball State 51, Illinois State 28: Quarterback Keith Wenning keyed a third-quarter comeback as the Cardinals (1-0) won their season opener.
Wenning threw for 340 yards and three scores and rushed for two more touchdowns.
Ball State trailed 21-16 at halftime, then Wenning keyed a 21-0 third-quarter run. He threw touchdown passes of 9 and 40 yards to Willie Snead then ran it in from 3 yards out to give the Cardinals a 37-21 lead.
Redshirt freshman Kyle Schmidt (Chesterton) punted three times for a 46.7-yard average with a long of 59 yards.
North Dakota 69, Valparaiso 10: At Grand Forks, the Fighting Sioux stormed to a 42-0 third-quarter lead before the Crusaders got on the board with a 36-yard Josh Young field goal. Valpo's only touchdown came on a 41-yard pass from Ben Lehman to Fred Gladney. Jake Hutson rushed for 72 yards on 20 carries. The Crusaders were outgained 541 yards to 174.