NCAA Game Summary - Illinois at Indiana|
(Saturday, November 9)
Final Score: Indiana 52, Illinois 35
Bloomington, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Cody Latimer set career highs with 11
catches and 189 yards receiving and hauled in three touchdowns, as the Indiana
Hoosiers outlasted the Illinois Fighting Illini, 52-35, in a Big Ten
Conference tilt at Memorial Stadium.
For the Hoosiers (4-5, 2-3 Big Ten), Tevin Coleman rushed 15 times for a
career-high 215 yards and scored twice. It was most rushing yards by a Hoosier
in the last 10 seasons. Nate Sudfeld threw for 267 yards with three touchdowns
and an interception on 20-of-27 passing. Stephen Houston added 151 yards
rushing and two touchdowns on 17 carries for Indiana, as they snapped a three-
game losing streak.
Nathan Scheelhaase completed 38-of-57 passes for 450 yards and two touchdowns
to lead the Fighting Illini (3-6, 0-5), who lost for the fifth straight time
and extended their school-record conference losing streak to 19 games.
Scheelhaase added 45 yards and a score on the ground. Steve Hull finished with
224 yards and two touchdowns on nine receptions. Josh Ferguson carried the
ball 16 times for 90 yards and a touchdown.
The Hoosiers got on the scoreboard first with a big play, as Coleman scored on
a 64-yard touchdown run with 11 minutes left in the first quarter. The Illini
answered on the next possession with a nine-play scoring drive capped off when
Ferguson ran it in from 21 yards out.
Indiana came right back and scored on a two-yard run by Houston with 2:22 to
play in the first. Illinois finished of a high-scoring quarter with a
touchdown as Scheelhaase connected with Hull on a 60-yard touchdown pass with
31 seconds remaining in the first to knot the score at 14-14.
Sudfeld connected with Latimer on an 11-yard touchdown pass to put the
Hoosiers back ahead, 21-14, with just over four minutes left in the half, and
they went into halftime with that advantage.
On their first possession of the second half, the Illini evened up the score
when Scheelhaase hooked up with Hull on another big play, this time a 54-yard
touchdown strike to make the score 21-21 with 11:33 to play in the third. The
Illini took their first lead of the afternoon just three minutes later when
Scheelhaase ran it in from 14 yards out.
The Hoosiers answered with touchdowns on their next two possessions, as
Sudfeld found Latimer for a 41-yard touchdown pass with 5:17 to play in the
third, and three minutes later they combined again for third time in the game
on a 50-yard scoring strike.
In the fourth quarter, the Illini again tied the game, this time with a little
luck, as right tackle Corey Lewis recovered a Ferguson fumble in the end zone
to knot the score at 35-35 with just under 13 minutes to play in regulation.
The Hoosiers responded quickly, as Coleman dashed for a 75-yard touchdown run
just 10 seconds later to put Indiana back on top. After its defense forced
Illinois to turn it over on downs, Indiana tacked on another score when
Houston ran it in from the 2-yard line to give the Hoosiers a commanding 49-35
lead with 11 minutes left in regulation. Indiana added a 22-yard field goal
with 5:25 remaining to make the score 52-35, and the Hoosiers held on to win
by that final score.
Both teams finished with over 600 yards of total offense, with the Hoosiers
putting up 650 and the Illini right behind with 612. Illinois finished with a
distinct advantage on time of possession, holding the ball nearly 10 minutes
longer than Indiana, and it ran 21 more plays than the Hoosiers, 92-71.
11/09 21:09:50 ET