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NCAA Football

Ben Chappell Ends IU Career With Old Oaken Bucket and Career Day

What a day for Indiana Hoosiers’ quarterback Ben Chappell. In his final game as a College Football quarterback, Chappell had a good, record-breaking day with the Hoosiers. This helped as IU beat the Purdue Boilermakers for the Old Oaken Bucket in a 34-31 victory. It marked the first team since 1996 that the Hoosiers beat Purdue in an away game.

IU now ends the year with a 5-7 record and bump Purdue below them to 4-8. IU also won their first Big Ten game of the year, snapping a twelve-game losing-streak against the Big Ten teams. IU was close to having their first winless season in the conference since 1995. Good thing they won this.

With nine seconds to go in the game, kicker Mitch Ewald kicked in a field goal to send the game into overtime. It was the first overtime in this series’ 113-game history. However, Purdue ended up with the ball first. Quarterback Ron Henry, however, would throw an interception to linebacker Jeff Thomas. This would set up a game-winning drive as Chappell threw a 14-yard pass to receiver Ted Bolser. But the Hoosiers would fumble on the next play when Chappell tried to throw to Trea Burgess. Burgess recovered the fumble. A play later, Ewald came in to boot a 31-yarder. It was in and the Hoosiers won! The Hoosiers got the trophy!

Chappell played amazing, going 31-of-50 for 330 yards and three touchdowns. Chappell broke the record for most yards in a season for an IU quarterback, finishing with 3,295. He broke Kellen Lewis’ record of 3,040 yards in 2007. That was the season Lewis helped bring IU their first bowl game in a while after they knocked off Purdue in a 27-24 victory in the final seconds. Yesterday’s game was somewhat similar. Chappell’s career in Indiana is remarkable, as he is the school’s leader in all-time completions, attempts, and completion-percentage.

Tandon Doss and Damarlo Belcher both played great. Doss had eight catches for 64 yards along with three touchdowns. Belcher had eight catches for 83 yards. Both are juniors and they could declare for the NFL Draft. But I guess they could stay for one more year. Fifth-year senior Terrance Turner had a solid game in his final game as a college football player, having ten passes caught for 100 yards. He was named the team-captain for this game as well.

A great game by the Hoosiers. I wish the best of luck to Chappell and Turner with their careers and Belcher and Doss is they declare for the draft. They would have a good chance of getting recognition as both are leaders in the Big Ten, much thanks to Ben as well.

Great season Hoosiers! Although there wasn’t a bowl game, you guys ended on a high note!