BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Even with Bowling Green's traditional struggles against the Big Ten, coach Dave Clawson thought a trip to Indiana would allow his team to continue an early-season surge.
Instead, the Falcons endured their worst loss since a 37-0 drubbing at Virginia Tech last September.
Bowling Green (2-1) allowed 601 yards of total offense and failed to score an offensive touchdown, and the Falcons' quest for their first 3-0 start since 2003 went up in smoke with a 42-10 loss Saturday.
"All the things we've been doing well the first two games we didn't do well today," Clawson said. "We got beat bad. We are extremely disappointed. As a coach you want your team to play up to its abilities."
Bowling Green fell to 5-16 all-time against current members of the Big Ten. Following a surprising opening victory over Tulsa and a rout of Kent State, the Falcons collapsed after seizing an early lead against the Hoosiers. From the 11:06 mark of the second quarter, Bowling Green was outscored 35-0.
"We just never got it going," quarterback Matt Johnson said. "We expected to come in here and walk out with a win. We knew IU was a good team. We thought we were better."
About the only thing that went right was a blocked punt by Paul Senn, which he scooped in midair and returned 56 yards for a touchdown that tied it at 7 with 4:36 left in the first quarter. It was the 15th punt Bowling Green has blocked in Clawson's five-year tenure. Senn burst unblocked through the right side of the formation.
"I saw a chance and I took it," Senn said. "Coach said we needed plays against a Big Ten team. That is what I was trying to do. I thought (the touchdown) would give us momentum. We thought we were going to win."
After Senn's play, though, Indiana (2-1) had its way.
With two missed field goals, two turnovers and no scores in three trips to the red zone, Bowling Green never had a chance. To make matters worse, star linebacker Gabe Martin was lost to a leg injury in the first half and finished with just two tackles. Bowling Green produced just three points in 11 offensive series.
Johnson went 26 of 46 for 256 yards, but he was intercepted once and didn't throw a touchdown. Shaun Joplin had 104 yards on seven receptions. Running back Travis Greene was limited to 43 yards on 11 rushes.
"I did not help us today," said Johnson, a sophomore who had performed well this season after replacing three-year starter Matt Schilz. "Indiana played well but we shot ourselves in the foot."
Even center Chief Kekuewa, considered one of the best linemen in the Mid-American Conference, played a part in the struggles. He missed a block on middle linebacker T.J. Simmons on a fourth-and-1 from the Indiana 22 midway through the second quarter. Simmons dropped Johnson for a 5-yard loss.
Meanwhile, Bowling Green's defense, which fielded eight starters Saturday from a unit that allowed only 15.8 points per game in the 2012 regular season, struggled to slow an Indiana offense that marched up and down the field time and again.
Hoosiers quarterback Nate Sudfeld threw for 335 yards and two touchdowns in his first start and Cody Latimer had a career-high 137 yards receiving. Running backs Stephen Houston and Tevin Coleman combined for 284 yards and two scores in a monster effort on the ground.
"They ran, they threw, they made big plays," Clawson said. "In the first half we didn't get off the field on third downs, which killed us."
Sudfeld's 33-yard touchdown pass to Latimer with 10:11 left in the third quarter stretched the lead to 28-10 and allowed the Hoosiers to coast the rest of the way. Sudfeld completed 17 of 26 passes to bring his season completion percentage to 70.5.
"I thought it was a team we matched up against well," Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said.
Although they were outgained 366-210 in the first half, the Falcons hung around courtesy of Indiana mistakes and went into halftime trailing 21-10. Tyler Tate's 45-yard field goal gave Bowling Green its only lead at 10-7. He missed from 45 and 38.
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