INDIANA 44, PENN STATE 24
at Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, Ind.
Penn State`0`7`10`7` — 24
Indiana`7`6`8`23` — 44
Time of Possession`35:11`24:49
RUSHING — PSU, Zwinak 17-72, Belton 10-31, Robinson 1-10, Lynch 3-7, Hackenberg 6-(minus 19), Team 1-(minus 31). IU, Coleman 20-92, Houston 4-34, Roberts 3-27, Roberson 5-12, Team 3-(minus 6), Sudfeld 6-(minus 9).
PASSING — PSU, Hackenberg 30-55-0-340. IU, Sudfeld 23-38-1-321, Roberson 1-1-0-15.
RECEIVING — PSU, Robinson 12-173, Carter 6-79, Lewis 6-35, Anderson 3-29, Belton 3-24. IU, Latimer 9-140, Coleman 7-55, Hughes 4-85, Houston 1-22, Bolser 1-18, Stoner 1-11, Roundtree 1-5.
IU — Isaiah Roundtree 5-yard pass from Nate Sudfeld (Mitch Ewald kick), 3:05. Drive: 4 plays, 66 yards, 0:44. Analysis: Both teams get stuffed on fourth down in field goal range in the early going, and when the Nittany Lions do try to line up for a kick, a low snap flies past the holder for a loss of 31. The Hoosiers finally get things on track, running their lightning-fast no-huddle offense to perfection late in the first. Cody Latimer hauls in a 33-yard pass to get Indiana in business and Sudfeld has no problem hitting Roundtree underneath at the goal line on first-and-goal. INDIANA 7, PENN STATE 0.
PSU — Allen Robinson 46-yard pass from Christian Hackenberg (Sam Ficken kick), 9:16. Drive: 4 plays, 56 yards, 1:38. Analysis: No doubt that Robinson, the All-America candidate at receiver, is Penn State’s MVP through the first month of the season. He hammers that point home with the Lions offense surprisingly floundering. Hackenberg dumps a simple screen to him on the left side and Robinson embarrasses the IU defense from there, spinning away from the first tackler and then escaping a trap at the sideline with a hard cut to the middle of the field, leaving the rest of the defense looking lost in his wake. It’s almost a carbon copy of a TD he scored against the Hoosiers a year ago on a screen. IU 7, PSU 7.
IU — Ewald 24-yard field goal, 6:43. Drive: 8 plays, 68 yards, 2:33. Analysis: The ground game is doing nothing for the Hoosiers, but one big pass sparks the offense. Latimer converts a tough third-and-long and then Kofi Hughes comes open during a Sudfeld scramble for a gain of 37. With the Lions reeling, Indiana appears to find the end zone on a short pass to Shane Wynn, but a flag for an ineligible man downfield erases the score. It proves to be a huge flag as the Penn State defense gets a breather and holds on to force the field goal attempt. It’s only the second field goal attempt by the Hoosiers all year, and it’s good. IU 10, PSU 7.
IU — Ewald 27-yard field goal, 0:00. Drive: 11 plays, 65 yards, 1:48. Analysis: A bizarre first half ends with … another field goal? Penn State lines up for a second try with time winding down. A second bad snap is negated by a timeout before the play, but Indiana blocks the actual try after the stoppage. The Hoosiers’ entire offense is basically one big two-minute drill so there’s no surprise when they’re able to turn the block into points. Indiana again reaches the red zone only to be turned away at the last moment, opting for an easy three for Ewald as time expires. IU 13, PSU 7.
PSU — Robinson 26-yard pass from Hackenberg (Ficken kick), 9:18. Drive: 13 plays, 80 yards, 3:28. Drive: Robinson continues to painfully torture Indiana, quickly building toward his three-score day against the Hoosiers a year ago. On third-and-long, Robinson beats his man down the hash and Hackenberg delivers his best ball of the day to hit him right in stride toward the back of the end zone. Penn State was benefitted by a disputed third-down pass interference flag against the Hoosiers, ultimately turning a Lions punt into seven points. PSU 14, IU 13.
IU — Tevin Coleman 44-yard run (Tre Roberson run), 7:56. Drive: 5 plays, 75 yards, 1:22. Analysis: Penn State’s momentum is short-lived, and this time it’s a rare burst from the Hoosiers’ ground game. Right after snatching their first lead, the Lions give up two first downs through the air before being torched by Coleman. The talented sophomore starts right before spying a gaping hole on the left side and hitting it with good speed. The defenders can’t match his acceleration and Coleman powers through the middle of the field untouched for the touchdown. IU coach Kevin Wilson plugs in mobile backup Roberson in the shotgun to run a QB draw for the conversion. IU 21, PSU 14.
PSU — Ficken 30-yard field goal, 2:04. Drive: 11 plays, 42 yards, 4:02. Analysis: The defense provides a spark as Glenn Carson tips a ball intended for wide-open tight end Ted Bolser. Adrian Amos shows good reflexes to come up with the deflection and then holds on to the interception despite getting blasted by Bolser. Robinson continues to fuel the Penn State offense with another key third-down grab, giving him a career-high 11 receptions. The star wideout nearly comes down with a third TD but lands hard on his back at the back of the end zone. He’s forced to exit on third down and the ensuing sack leads to a field goal. No problems with the snap this time. IU 21, PSU 17.
IU — Roberson 2-yard run (Ewald kick), 14:10. Drive: Analysis: The Lions were wary of settling for field goals against a high-powered Indiana offense. That comes to bear early in the fourth quarter as the defense begins to tire after the offense settles for three points. Indiana takes control with a balanced 11-play drive that turns the tide in the game. Penn State has been strong in the red zone all day, but the Hoosiers throw in a wrinkle on third-and-goal by having Roberson replace Sudfeld on a keeper, squeezing up the middle for a score that’s upheld by replay. IU 28, PSU 17.
IU — Kofi Hughes 36-yard pass from Sudfeld (Ewald kick), 10:42. Drive: 2 plays, 33 yards, 0:48. Analysis: Desperate and recognizing his defense is tiring, Bill O’Brien goes for it on fourth-and-2 from his own 33-yard line. Hackenberg looks to go over the middle, but his pass is swatted down at the line and disaster ensues for the Lions. It takes just two plays for the Hoosiers to provide the dagger as Sudfeld scrambles around and delivers a deep ball to Hughes, who makes a very tough catch behind Trevor Williams for the score. IU 35, PSU 17.
IU — Roberson 9-yard run (Ewald kick), 10:30. Drive: 1 play, 9 yards, 0:06. Analysis: Penn State’s self-destruction continues. With the game already feeling out of reach, Eugene Lewis has the ball jarred loose on the ensuing kickoff and Indiana quickly pounces on it. Capping off the worst sequence for the Lions under Bill O’Brien, the Hoosiers score immediately against a defeated defense as Roberson runs another keeper and scores untouched off the left end. IU 42, PSU 17.
PSU — Bill Belton 14-yard pass from Hackenberg (Ficken kick), 7:44. Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 2:46. Analysis: Penn State tries to save some amount of dignity as Hackenberg converts fourth-and-3 over the middle to Kyle Carter, getting a roughing the passer flag in the process. Hackenberg then connects with Belton in the back corner of the end zone as the shifty tailback does a good job of getting a foot down in bounds. IU 42, PSU 24.
IU — Safety, Hackenberg sacked in end zone by Nick Mangieri, 5:40. Analysis: Throwing one last dash of salt in the wounds, Indiana pins Penn State deep on a punt and Mangieri nails Hackenberg to force another fumble. Left tackle Donovan Smith falls on the loose ball in the end zone to prevent another Hoosiers touchdown. IU 44, PSU 24.