At his postgame press conference, a drained Mallory ran his fingers through his hair and said, as he has for several games now, "Hooo boy!" which translates somewhere between "Thank goodness that's over!" and "What next?"
Looking ahead, he said, "Our offense is strong and our defense is coming, and defense wins championships. Whether we can be a great defense, I don't know. But we can be a good, sound one." Mallory's D will certainly be tested in Indiana's remaining games with Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan State and Purdue. "They have all the tools to beat Michigan," said Gopher linebacker Jon Leverenz, who made 20 tackles. "They hit, and they execute."
Maybe even well enough to win the Big Ten's biggest artifact, a Rose Bowl berth, for the first time in two decades.