The Indiana Hoosiers put up a strong fight against the Penn State Nittany Lions, but struggled towards the end of the game, losing 41-24. With this loss, the Hoosiers will not be eligible for a bowl game now this season, now down to a 4-7 record. The Lions improve to 7-4.
Penn State’s Matt McGloin played well, going 22-of-31 for 315 yards with two touchdowns.
James Van Fleet forced a block punt, recovered, and returned it all the way back for a touchdown in the game. Van Fleet’s run went for 21 yards as it put the Nittany Lions up, 31-24. They would score another ten points in the fourth quarter, ending the game at 41-24.
The Hoosiers almost came back and could have shocked Penn State. Down by 14 points, Indiana marched back. But it wasn’t enough.
The Hoosiers go down 0-7 in the Big Ten and have lost their twelfth straight conference game overall. The Hoosiers had another game of bad defense. Although, I must say, it is a much larger improvement than allowing 83 points last week to the Wisconsin Badgers.
The game took place at Washington Redskins’ Fedex Field. The Hoosiers took the $3 million payout to give them the rights as home team. There were way more Indiana fans supporting in red than the Nittany Lions fans, outnumbering them by 3-1.
The start for McGloin was his third. With his performance, it was the first-time this year that Penn State had a quarterback throw for 300 yards or more.
The Hoosiers went on a streak of allowing touchdowns. Their defense allowed touchdowns for 15 straight drives. 13 came from Wisconsin and the other two came here today in Fedex Field. But Indiana marched back.
After a pretty successful game played by Edward Wright-Baker last week, the Hoosiers decided to rotate quarterbacks with Ben Chappell and Wright-Baker. Chappell was injured and left early in the game last week. Chappell would end the game going 22-of-41 for 234 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. But they only rotated for one drive, as both QB’s had five snaps on the drive. They would drive 78 yards down the field, ending with a Trea Burgess four-yard touchdown.
Chappell would then hit Terrance Turner later in the game off a twelve-yard touchdown pass to cut the deficit to 17-14. The Hoosiers would tie the game later with a career-long 49-yarder by Mitch Ewald. It was then 17-all. But than McGloin hit Moye open for a touchdown to bring the Nittany Lions’ lead up to 24-17. IU would come back with Tandon Doss’ touchdown catch.
Then came the Van Fleet fumble, a field goal, and a one-yard touchdown followed by Penn State to end the game.
IU will face the Purdue Boilermakers next week as the final match-up of the college football season for them. Look forward to the win as Indiana battles for the Old Oaken Bucket.
Come on IU!