2015 New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Duke 44 Indiana 41 F/OT

Photo credit: Indiana University Athletic Department
Photo Credit: @IUBloomington

Indiana University Football summed up in a matter of 90 seconds, lose in overtime on a missed field goal attempt. This should come as no surprise to IU Football fans…

In a stunning turn of events, Indiana University ends their season in recognizable fashion, missing a field goal in overtime to lose the 2015 New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium Saturday. The best kicker in the Big Ten, Griffen Oakes, misses 2 field goals on Saturday after only missing one the entire regular season. The most important and controversial miss came in overtime when the ball sailed over the top upright declaring that the field was no good. The play was also unreviewable, which Oakes clearly argued that he made.

Indiana University Kicker Griffen Oakes
IU K Griffen Oakes argues with referees who exit the field after the controversial field goal to end the Pinstripe Bowl  Photo Credit Rich Barnes – USA TODAY Sports

The loss for Indiana is about more than just the missed field goal, but the inability to stop the run. Duke rushed for 373 yards compared to Indiana’s 278 yards on the day. The ability to stop the run has been a frustration for IU’s defense the whole entire season. Closing out games for IU has been difficult and heartbreaking.

With that said, this season has been a success. IU makes their first bowl game since the Insight Bowl in December of 2007 where they suffered a 49-33 loss to Oklahoma State.

Playing without first-team All-Big Ten running back Jordan Howard seemed to be an incredible loss to football fans that are unfamiliar with the depth of Indiana. MVP of the Pinstripe Bowl would have to go to RB Devine Redding. His statistics are as followed (impressive):

Indiana Hoosiers

 RB Devine Redding – 35 carries, 227 yards, TD

Duke Blue Devils

 RB Thomas Sirk – 20 carries, 155 yards, 2 TD

RB Jela Duncan – 13 carries, 109 yards

RB Shaun Wilson – 9 carries, 103 yards, TD

Indiana University's running backs Jordan Howard (left) and Devine Redding (right) rushed for both 1,000+ yards. Photo Credit: @HoosierFootball
Indiana University’s running backs Jordan Howard (left) and Devine Redding (right) rushed for both 1,000+ yards.
Photo Credit: @HoosierFootball

If there is one positive to take away for Indiana Football’s future, it is in the core of running backs with Jordan Howard (NFL eligible, not indicated) and Devine Redding (Sophomore). The explosive running game that Indiana brings is the brightest spot of this emerging team.

Special Congratulations from The Balance Team to the following Indiana Football Players:

#8 RB Jordan Howard – First Team All-Big Ten

#67 G Dan Feeney – First Team All-Big Ten; ESPN First Team All-American

#78 OT Jason Spriggs – Second Team All-Big Ten; FWAA First Team All-American

 

Written by Jordan Maly

SBO BABY!

If you missed this mornings show, make sure you catch here,or blog-talk radio http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-balance

We had a great conversation with Kinion Bankston from Southern Boyz Outdoors http://southernboyzoutdoors.com

If you like hunting alligator, hog, squirrel, turkey, deer, Frog gigging, fishin, or anything outdoors then Southern Boyz Outdoors is for you. Kinion really is a down to earth guy. Married 27 years to his wife Tanya and has 2 kids and 2 grandkids. A real family man. Southern Boyz Outdoors began in 2009 and first appeared on social media in 2011. He and his crew are big supporters of Veterans. They enjoy teaching kids and families about gun safety and safe hunting. Big Supporter of Hunters support Hunters. I was really impressed with the work they do with wounded warriors I cant say enough good things about Kinion and SBO. Take some time to check them out!, SBO BABY!!!!

Great conversation with Evan Williams from Purdue University, Evan is one of our college basketball contributors. Evan was on campus this week during the campus shooting that claimed the life of Andrew Boldt, 23. Evan was in his fraternity house and was safe however he was able to give us the student point view. Evan also gave a great perspective of Boiler Basketball this year, and today’s top 25 games

Walt Ferber from WITZ/WQKZ RADIO gave us look at this weeks IU/Illinois game. The question was asked is Coach Crean the right guy for Indiana. As good of a coach as coach Crean is can he lead the Hoosiers to a “MARCH DANCE” What are you thoughts? I agree with Walt “he may not be the best, but who could be better”?

Finally one of our favorite guest Jeff Curts from Bears Claws, a Chicago Bears site, and Publisher of The Slant…2014 NFL Draft Guide, gave us a great insight the up and coming NFL stars, and report from the Senior Bowl in Mobile AL. Make sure you get your copy today from http://www.theslantdraftguide.com.

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Happy New Year from The Balance

As we draw to the close of 2012 and we move into 2013. It’s a time for all of us to pause and reflection where we have been and where we are going.

We thank you, the fan of  The Balance, for being minion in 2012. It has been a pleasure covering your favorite sport Teams. We are grateful for fans like you, who make our work satisfying and enjoyable.

We look forward to a even better year of coverage in 2013 and contributing.

It is our mission to bring you best coverage of all the sports, and we are proud to bring you the fan place where you have a voice.

So if your a fan you can count on The Balance in 2013.

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We wish you a prosperous and happy new year!

 

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Hoosier Hysteria is Back!

Growing up in Indiana with legendary names such as Bobby Knight,Scott May,Steve Alford, and Calbert Chaney. That’s just to name a few of the greats to wear and coach the Cream and Crimson.

As I sat in my living room last night with my IU gear on watching the Hoosiers dominate The Tar Heels. I was taken back to a time as a kid watching IU Basketball, remembering my Grandmother rooting for IU, and everywhere you went there was signs of IU basketball.

Mike Woodson said it best…. “Every yard had courts, little basketball hoops in the yard. If you didn’t have it, you had neighbors two doors down that had it. You had parks in every area of town where you could go get a pickup game”

Hoosier Hystreia was more than just a saying it was way of life!

Do you remember names like Steve Green, Kent Benson and Quinn Buckner

During Bob Knight’s 29 years as head coach at Indiana, the Hoosiers won 662 games, including 22 seasons of 20 or more wins, while losing but 239, a remarkable .735 winning percentage. In 24 NCAA appearances at Indiana, Hoosier teams under Bob Knight won 42 of 63 games (.667), winning titles in 1975-76, 1980-81, and 1986-87, while finishing third in 1973 and 1992. While at Indiana, a total of 23 different players under Coach Knight’s tutelage received All-American and All-Big Ten honors. For 10-consecutive seasons, a player made the All-American Academic and All-Big Ten Academic Teams, and a total of 18 players were so honored. Nine Indiana players won  Big Ten Most Valuable Player honors.

Kent Benson of the 1976 NCAA Championship team scoring in a Big Ten game against Illinois in 1977
I realize there is still a lot of Ball left to play…but there is something special about this IU team…gives me goose bumps just thinking about it…Could it be..Could IU be National Champions once again

Now Fist Bump me and get back to work!

This Week on The Balance – 10/27

 

The Balance  
Airdate: October 27, 2012
Host: Tom Marquis

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9:05-9:30: Radio Speed Talk
9:30-10:00: Evan Williams – Purdue University
9:30-10:00: Jimmy “The Intern” Cavanaugh – Indiana University
10:00-10:05: Elizabeth the Greek
10:05-10:15: – NFL/Colts
10:15-10:30: – MLB
10:30-11:00: Indy Pro Sports Fantasy Football Huddle with 2 Dollar Bill Josh, Sparky, and more

You don’t want to miss this week’s show. You can catch it LIVE on Blog Talk Radio on Saturday 9a-11a EST here – http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-balance/2012/10/20/the-balance. Also, feel free to call in to discuss racing, college football, Elizabeth the Greek, NFL, MLB, and/or Fantasy Football with host Tom Marquis at (917) 889-8516.

This Week on The Balance – 10/20

 

The Balance  
Airdate: October 20, 2012
Host: Tom Marquis

The Balance and Indy Pro Sports
1209 Country Club Rd
Country Club Industrial Park
Indianapolis, IN 46234
Phone (317) 903-8063
Email tom@indyprosports.com

9:05-9:30: Radio Speed Talk
9:30-10:00: Evan Williams – Purdue University
9:30-10:00: Jimmy “The Intern” Cavanaugh – Indiana University
10:00-10:05: Elizabeth the Greek
10:05-10:15: – NFL/Colts
10:15-10:30: – MLB
10:30-11:00: Indy Pro Sports Fantasy Football Huddle with 2 Dollar Bill Josh, Sparky, and more

You don’t want to miss this week’s show. You can catch it LIVE on Blog Talk Radio on Saturday 9a-11a EST here – http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-balance/2012/10/20/the-balance. Also, feel free to call in to discuss racing, college football, Elizabeth the Greek, NFL, MLB, and/or Fantasy Football with host Tom Marquis at (917) 889-8516.

Four days of Basketball coming up in Indianapolis.

How will how the BIG TEN conference tournament  play out, we have an exciting four days of basketball coming up in Indianapolis.

During the season, Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan tied for first place.

Wisconsin and Indiana finished just one and two games behind first place, respectively, making it five Big Ten teams in the Top 15 in the country.

Don’t forget about Purdue and Northwestern, who both have a good shot of making the NCAA tournament too.

Madness will clearly ensue for all four days (official bracket and schedule), and while studs like Draymond Green, Jared Sullinger, Jordan Taylor and Cody Zeller will get the attention, here’s a look at some underrated players to keep your eye on.