Indiana Hoosiers junior quarterback Richard Lagow threw for a school-record 496 passing yards on Saturday in the team’s 33-28 loss at home to Wake Forest. Lagow finished the game 28-for-47 with 496 passing yards and three touchdowns, but threw five interceptions, which led to the Hoosiers getting their first loss of the season.
A transfer from Cisco College in Cisco, Texas, Lagow entered a pass-happy system for Indiana, led by head coach Kevin Wilson. Rated as a three-star, pro-style quarterback, the 6’6″, 240-pound Lagow is the prototypical pocket passer. He had drawn offers from other high-octane offenses such as Arizona State and Cal, but also budding programs such as Memphis and Colorado State, before ultimately choosing Indiana.
The offensive explosion on Saturday was unexpected, as Lagow had thrown for 504 passing yards in his first two games with four touchdowns and zero interceptions. He now ends Saturday with exactly 1,000 yards through the air, but his five interceptions sunk the Hoosiers.
The Hoosiers are stuck with the conundrum few schools have: being a Power 5 school, but one that is classified as a “basketball” school. Stuck in hoops country, Indiana holds the unenviable record of having the most all-time losses in the history of any NCAA football program.
Things haven’t exactly improved under head coach Kevin Wilson, who has gone 21-41 entering his sixth season as head coach in Bloomington. They last won a conference title back in 1967 and haven’t had a head coach with a winning record in his tenure since Bo McMillin was at the helm from 1934-1947.