No. 8 Cincinnati to face Indiana after “some adversity”

Indiana expects another shot at a ranked opponent will yield better results and get its season back on track.The Hoosiers (1-1) host No. 8 Cincinnati (2-0) on Saturday at Memorial Stadium, where Indiana has gone 8-2 since the start of the 2019 season.Indiana faces its highest-ranked non-conference opponent since playing at home against No. 2 USC on Sept. 19, 1981.After losing at No. 5 Iowa 34-6 to start the season, Indiana bounced back with a 56-14 victory in its home opener against Idaho. The Hoosiers scored two of their eight touchdowns on special teams — a blocked punt and 81-yard punt return for a touchdown by D.J. Matthews.”You have an opportunity Week 1 (against Iowa), and we’re going to have many opportunities as you see the polls come out as the season unfolds to be able to play against top teams in the country,” Indiana football coach Tom Allen said. “And our schedule is full of them. And this is the next one.”To seize that opportunity, Indiana will need a big game from quarterback Michael Penix Jr., who got back on track somewhat after throwing three interceptions in the Iowa loss. Penix completed 11-of-16 passes for 68 yards with two TDs passing and one TD rushing against Idaho before being pulled in the third quarter with the Hoosiers comfortably ahead.”As far as progress from Week 1 to Week 2, I feel like we just executed better, executed at a (higher) level,” Penix said. “We just continued to play the full 60 minutes. We made sure that we didn’t let up.”Cincinnati (2-0) is coming off a 42-7 win over Murray State. The Bearcats got off to a slow start offensively, with the game tied 7-all at halftime, before pulling away with 35 unanswered points in the second half.

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