The Indiana Hoosiers (2-8, 0-7 B1G) welcomed the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (5-5, 2-5 B1G) to Memorial Stadium in what may be the last game Indiana entered as the betting favorite for the remainder of the year. IU started the day as a 6.5-point favorite, and it is safe to say Rutgers did not take to kindly to that.
From the very first snap, it was obvious that it just was not the Hoosiers day.
On the first play of the game, freshman Donaven McCulley faked the handoff and fumbled the ball inside their own 20-yard line. Four play later Rutgers punched it in the endzone to go up seven with an 8-yard touchdown run by Isaih Pacheco.
How did IU respond?
A well ran drive that consisted of a heavy run game that ended in…you guessed it…a missed 35-yard field goal by Charles Campbell.
After another Pacheco touchdown in the first quarter the Scarlet Knights found themselves up 14. Tom Allen responded by making a quarterback change. Jack Tuttle replaced McCulley late in the first quarter.
After the first two drives with Tuttle under center ended with 3-and-outs, the third possession ended in Tuttle’s first interception of the day. Rutgers capitalized off the turnover and added three more points to their score.
Rutgers led 17-0 with 14:10 left in the second quarter.
During what seemed to be a promising drive for the Hoosiers, Tuttle overthrew wide receiver Ty Fryfogle and was intercepted for the second time in the game. Tuttle was also injured on this play and did not return for the rest of the game.
Enter, once again, Donaven McCulley.
To end the half, McCulley led the Hoosiers on a 60-yard drive with under a minute left to set up a 47-yard field goal by Charles Campbell. After nailing the long field goal, the Hoosiers trailed 17-3 going into the break.
The second half started just like the first. An Indiana fumble that set up Rutgers inside of their own 15-yard line.
The only difference? It was a muffed punt, and it only took Rutgers one play to score this time around.
For the entirety of the game there was no offensive momentum to be found but it was especially true in the second half. The Hoosiers went scoreless in the second half, had some chances to take field goals, but felt as if they needed to put as many points on the board as possible and left with nothing.
With under a minute remaining in the third quarter, the Scarlet Knights ran a trick play and found their offensive lineman Raiqwon O’Neal on a lateral pass and O’Neal bullied his way into the endzone.
At the end of the third quarter, Rutgers led 31-3.
In the fourth quarter, no offense was to be found for Indiana still while Rutgers continued to pile on the points. With 7:00 remaining, the Scarlet Knights punched in another rushing touchdown to stretch their lead to 35-points.
In the final seven minutes of the ball game head coach Tom Allen made one last quarterback change that saw Grant Gremel taking snaps under center for the Hoosiers. Unfortunately, it did not matter who was throwing the pigskin or handing off the rock…points were near impossible to come by in this one.
The Hoosiers will look to forget about this game as soon as possible and shift their focus to their final home opponent of the year next week, the Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-3, 4-2 B1G). The timing for the game has yet to be determined.
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