Halftime thoughts

Austin Cumblad

Let’s check in on how Minnesota is doing on the keys to the game I laid out earlier: Contain Kellen Lewis – Check Keep Decker on the move – Check No explosive plays – Oops. Minnesota’s defense was as stout as I have ever seen it until late in the second quarter when Indiana back-up quarterback Ben Chappell found running back Marcus Thigpen, stationed in the slot on the play, for a 77 yard touchdown strike. Strong safety Kyle Theret broke on the short route leaving Thigpen with no one near him over the top. Until that point, the Gophers had not allowed a first down. Funny how things can change just that fast. So Minnesota and Indiana enter the half tied 7-7, with no team having the clear upper hand. Even with the 77 yard play, Indiana has gained only 101 yards of total offense. Minnesota, meanwhile, isn’t having a much better time. The Gophers sit at only 164 yards of offense themselves. Adam Weber has been sacked three times and has been hurried all game, but is still 15-of-19 for 150 yards. Injury note: After defending a pass beautifully down the sideline, cornerback Marcus Sherels was pulled down and appeared to suffer a shoulder injury, possibly a dislocation. He has yet to return.