BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WCIA) — The Panthers offense started slow, and never picked up in a 52-0 loss to Indiana.
The Panthers knew Indiana was going to be a challenge. EIU hasn’t won a single Big Ten game in program history, and this marked their ninth loss for those matchups. While it seemed like there wouldn’t be many positives to take away from a 52-nothing loss, head coach Adam Cushing walked off the field with a smile.
“What choice do I have right? Not our best day, there’s one thing to get beaten, and we just left a lot of players out there, and we talked about it,” head coach Adam Cushing said. “You play a really good opponent like this, and you gotta make the plays. And we didn’t make the plays, and you got to give them credit, they did. They made a lot of great plays, they’ve got some really good playmakers and that’s a really good football team.”
The Hoosiers defense held the panthers to five first downs, and 116 offensive yards. On the other side of the ball, they put up more than 500 yards, but the silver lining of the day for the Panthers is the overall experience they’re hoping to learn from.
“The good thing to look at is, we were able to put some drives together, even before they put in their younger guys, so we got to look at those, and kind of take that as a positive and say we can do it against a Big Ten team,” offensive lineman Cole Hoover said.
“We’ll go watch film and learn from it, and take what we did wrong, and the good things, and go into the next week ready,” defensive lineman Terrell Greer said. “Make sure we have a great week at practice and go into the next game ready.”
The Panthers still on the hunt for their first win of the season, and Adam Cushing still looking for his first win as a Panther. They host rival Illinois State next Saturday.