3 reasons the Hoosiers beat Western Kentucky in overtime

BLOOMINGTON — Indiana let it down dramatically on Saturday afternoon, needing a fourth-quarter comeback and a 51-yard field goal in overtime to get past spirited Western Kentucky, 33-30.

Here are three reasons why:

Prolific offense, not efficient

It was almost by any measure Indiana’s best offensive performance of the season.

Connor Bazelak threw for 364 yards, spreading the ball to a dozen different receivers and mixing their depths. The running game, while not explosive, at least gave the Hoosiers some of the explosive plays sorely lacking in the Week 1 win over Illinois. Cam Camper, Donaven McCulley and Josh Henderson all made good individual plays.

And whether it’s because of bugs or inconsistencies, IU didn’t do enough with it. There was a drive that ended when Shaun Shivers dropped a winger from Bazelak and made a small effort to cover it before Western Kentucky could. A late-half series stalled due to a sack. Indiana scored just nine points on two turnovers.

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