BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Charleston Southern was unable to overcome Indiana's passing attack and defensive presence on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium as the Buccaneers fell to the host Hoosiers, 27-0.
Indiana (3-2) took the 24-0 halftime lead following a pair of Peyton Ramsey-to-Taysir Mack touchdown passes and the Hoosiers kept the Bucs (2-3) off the scoreboard for just the second time in the 2017 season in the CSU loss. The Hoosiers held the 478-134 advantage in yards and 30:44-29:16 advantage in time of possession in the win.
Ramsey was 32-of-41 with 321 yards through the air to pace the Hoosiers offensively, but the Bucs' defense provided several highlights in the contest with Shadarius Hopkins setting up a pair of turnovers. Hopkins forced a fumble recovered by Sekwan Jenkins in the first half, while his deflection in the third quarter turned into Anthony Ellis' second interception of the season.
Ronnie Harris led the Bucs offensively with a career-high 71 yards on 10 carries. Harris averaged 7.1 yards per carry to pace the CSU rushing efforts. Terrence Wilson finished with a team-high 14 carries for 15 yards in the game.
Demetri Royer returned to the lineup for the Bucs and led CSU's tackling efforts with a career-high 13 tackles. Zane Cruz added two tackles for loss, a sack and forced a fumble to go with six tackles. Brandon Rowland added a forced fumble and Ellis added a fumble recovery in the contest.
How They Scored
- Griffin Oakes put the Hoosiers on the board with a 30-yard field goal with 10:56 left in the first quarter to cap IU's first drive of the game.
- Peyton Ramsey capped off a 5-play, 32-yard drive with a 12-yard touchdown pass over the middle to Taysir Mack with 3:26 left in the first quarter.
- Zane Cruz came through with a big hit for the Bucs at the CSU 2 yard line and forced a fumble, but Ramsey fell on the loose ball in the end zone to cap an 11-play, 90-yard touchdown drive to give IU the 17-0 lead with 8:00 left in the half.
- Ramsey and Mack connected again just before the end of the first half as Mack tiptoed down the sideline for the 45-yard score to give IU the 24-0 lead at the break.
- Oakes connected on his second field goal of the game to cap a 17-play, 90-yard drive with a 21-yard attempt from the right hash mark in the third quarter.
Inside the Numbers
- Shane Bucenell and the Bucs struggled to move the ball through the air on Saturday afternoon as CSU went 0-for-9 through the air in the contest.
- Demetri Royer was back in double-digits in tackles with his 13 tackle performance against Indiana on Saturday. Royer opened the year with back-to-back 12 tackle games against Mississippi State and Elon before missing two games due to injury.
- Terrence Wilson finished the contest with his first double-digit carry contest after leading the Bucs with 14 carries in the game.
- J.D. Sosebee (11) and Solomon Brown (11) were both in double-digits in tackles in the game for the Bucs on Saturday.
- IU quarterback Peyton Ramsey led the Hoosiers with a team-high 54 rushing yards on 15 carries.
- Receiver Simmie Cobbs had 10 catches for 98 yards, while Taysir Mack broke the 100-yard mark with seven catches for 111 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
- The Bucs forced three turnovers in the contest, while CSU held on to the ball and didn't record a turnover against an FBS opponent for the second time in the 2017 season.
News and Notes
- Charleston Southern fell to 0-20 against FBS programs following the loss on Saturday against Indiana. It was also CSU's second loss against FBS competition this season following their opener against Mississippi State.
- The Bucs also fell to 0-2 against the Big Ten. CSU previously fell 44-0 to Illinois in the 2013 season.
- It was the first time CSU allowed a field goal on the opponents' opening possession. CSU's defense had previously gone touchdown, missed field goal, fumble, and punt in the first four games of the season.
- It was CSU's first loss on an artificial playing surface in the 2017 season. The Bucs entered the contest with a 2-0 record on turf after posting back-to-back home wins over Point and Mississippi Valley State at Buccaneer Field.
- CSU went 1-2 against first time opponents in 2017. The Bucs fell on the road against Mississippi State and Indiana, while topping Mississippi Valley State last weekend, 58-7, at home.
- Sekwan Jenkins was involved in his third turnover of the season as the freshman safety scooped up a fumble midway through the first quarter. Jenkins entered the contest with two interceptions, including a 70-yard touchdown return last weekend against MVSU.
- The Bucs failed to convert a fourth down play for the first time in the 2017 season as CSU was unable to continue their third drive of the contest. CSU had previously been 2-for-2 on fourth down this season.
- Anthony Ellis recorded his second interception of the season on Indiana's first drive of the second half as the senior defensive end caught the deflection from Shadarius Hopkins. It was Ellis' second deflection pick of the season with the first coming in the second half against Elon.
- Weather played a factor in the second half as a torrential downpour settled over the field midway through the third quarter. It was CSU's first game in the rain in the 2017 season.
- CSU did not complete a pass in the contest and was held without a passing yard in the game for the first time since the 1992 season when the Bucs did not record a passing yard against Methodist.
Charleston Southern opens Big South play next weekend in Clinton, S.C. as the Bucs travel to take on the Presbyterian Blue Hose on Saturday afternoon at Bailey Memorial Stadium. Kickoff on Stadium is set for noon.