Lynch hopes defense can be fixed to make late run

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Indiana coach Bill Lynch is focusing on fixing a defense that has allowed over 35 points per game in Big Ten play.

The 3-6 Hoosiers have struggled to stop opponents since the season's second game, primarily because of an inability to stop the run. Opponents have averaged more than 193 yards rushing in conference play, the second worst among Big Ten teams.

And last week, Central Michigan's backup quarterback Brian Brunner threw for a school-record 485 yards and four touchdowns.

Starting safety Austin Thomas and starting cornerback Chris Phillips are out for the season, and backup safety Jerimy Finch has missed four games and is questionable again this week.

The Hoosiers take on 4-5 Wisconsin on Saturday.

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