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Indiana will try to fix 3rd-down plays vs Gophers


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana's second-half success comes down to two rules.

Convert third downs on offense and the Hoosiers score. Stop opponents on third down and they won't score.

So the Hoosiers are scrambling to shore up both areas as they begin their next quest: To become bowl eligible for the first time since 2007. It starts Saturday against Minnesota.

Perhaps no other team in the Football Bowl Subdivision has such a stark contrast. Indiana is on pace to break the school's single-season scoring record at 42.2 points per game.

But the Hoosiers also are allowing 37.1 points and 221 yards rushing per game, both league highs and numbers that don't bode well against Minnesota's strong ground game.

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