Not just because it got Indiana it’s fifth win in seven tries, their first time to achieve such a feat since the 2007 season.
It was more than that, this was a game Indiana typically fails to take advantage of. A game you look back upon at seasons end as a game that you should have won, not one that you did win.
They would have plenty of excuses if they did win too, especially when star freshman quarterback, Michael Penix Jr. went down early in this one to yet another injury.
Yet luckily for Indiana, they have Peyton Ramsey waiting on the sidelines.
Ramsey played about as well as you could’ve asked a back-up quarterback to play, converting on 20 of his 27 passing attempts for 193 yards and a touchdown along with 46 yards on the ground on 8 carries.
He’s not Penix, and no one is going to confuse the two, Penix has the bigger arm and it’s clear when he’s in the game the Indiana offense is more dynamic. Yet Ramsey has routinely proved that when he’s called upon, he’s more than up to the challenge.
Stevie Scott did his part to help carry the offense in the absence of Penix, carrying the ball 18 times for 108 yards and a pair of scores. Scott and the Indiana rushing attack were mysteriously absent for the beginning of the season, yet in the last couple of weeks it has become a driving force behind the Indiana offense.
Now onto the defense.
They deserve their fair share of blame, or praise, depending upon which half of the game we’re talking about.
In the first half Indiana was gashed by Maryland’s offense routinely, giving up 21 first half points and looking most on several occasions.
The second half was a different story, the Indiana offense scored stalled and scored just ten second half points, yet the Indiana defense did the opposite, bunkering down and holding the Maryland offense to just seven points.
Coming into the season, Hoosier fans were hoping for just six wins and a bowl appearance. Now sitting at five wins in October, Hoosier faithful might be setting their sights just a little bit higher. With winnable games down the stretch against Nebraska, Northwestern, and Purdue, Indiana has the potential to achieve the breakout season that Tom Allen has long sought.