MADISON, Wis. — In his first ever career start, Indiana quarterback Jack Tuttle led the No. 10 Indiana Hoosiers to victory in Camp Randall. Indiana takes down its third ranked opponent of the season for the first time since 1945.

It was also IU’s first victory in Madison since 2001. While not the prettiest game by either team, Tuttle’s 130 yards off of 13-of-20 passing and two touchdowns was enough to give Indiana’s defense the opportunity to win the game.

College football pundits wrote off the Hoosiers after news was released that Michael Penix Jr. would ruled out for the rest of the season after a torn ACL. Of course, that didn’t stop Coach Allen in believing in his players.

If anything, that fueled up an energy-rich man even more.

Tom Allen said in the post game conference, “So, so proud of Jack and his ability to step in, and most people wrote us off because we lost Michael Penix who is truly a tremendous player and better person. But we are a football team and I think that team showed up tonight, and that team hung together, prepared well this week and just feel so blessed to be the leader of this group.”

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The Hoosiers did this all with the help of their quarterback Jack Tuttle, who had to be tagged in to finish the win against Maryland last week. As expected, the first few snaps required a period of acclimation.

“On the first drive I was feeling things out and seeing how they were going to play us. After that I feel like we got into a rhythm and got going. We made some mistakes here and there but we also took advantage of some opportunities,” Tuttle said after the game.

Tuttle took a big hit in the second half the game on a play that was originally flagged as a personal foul and targeting, but both the penalty and the targeting call was retracted. Tuttle visited the medical tent and then the locker room to get evaluated due to the impact to his head.

Tuttle commented on returning back to his team, “I just wanted to get back on the field. That is really it to be honest. I love my team and I just wanted to be back on the field.”

“Jack made some really good throws, did a lot of great things, but I really was not surprised. I believe it Jack. Jack is a special player. A lot of talent and he just had not played a lot in college,” head coach Allen said.

Hoosiers will finish off the 2020 regular season with a final home against against in-state rival Purdue next week. One of the biggest topics of conversation next week will be Indiana’s eligibility for the Big Ten championship game, which is currently cloudy based on Ohio State’s game next week against Michigan and any potential Big Ten ruling adjustments late into the season.

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