Things aren’t looking too bad for Indiana Football who has now won two straight games, with a dominant 41-0 shutout win over Rutgers. To become bowl eligible, the Hoosiers were going to need to win three straight games to do so. They are now one win away from another bowl game.
The lead grew fast and in a hurry for Indiana. On their first drive in the first quarter, they had to punt but Rutgers fumbled the punt. On technically their second drive of the quarter, they ran one play and rushed the ball in for a 6-yard touchdown. Later, in the quarter, IU ran another short drive which only took up 3 plays and 50 seconds of time. Richard Lagow completed a 57-yard bomb to Ian Thomas for a touchdown, giving the Hoosiers a 14-0 nothing lead. On their following drive, they would strike again with a 12 play 81-yard drive that ended with a 26-yard field goal make, extending the IU lead to 17-0.
The second quarter was a slow one for both sides, with IU being the only one to score with a 20-yard field goal with a little over 9 minutes to go before halftime.
The second half opened with a collapse for Indiana, throwing an interception after a short drive. IU would become extremely lucky, and forced a fumble on the next play which led them to another touchdown. Richard Lagow this time completed a 20-yard pass to Luke Timian resulting in a touchdown. On their next drive, they ended with yet another touchdown coming off a long 11 play 80-yard drive ending with a one-yard rushing TD from Morgan Ellison.
Later, in the fourth quarter, Indiana tacked on their fifth offensive touchdown on a 7 play 57-yard drive ending in a Cole Gest run for 8 yards and the TD. That gave Indiana a guaranteed win, with a 41-0 lead over Rutgers. There was no chance of a comeback, and the defense held up securing IU the win.
Richard Lagow finished his day, completing 17-of-28 passes for 236 yards and 2 touchdowns. Lagow did throw the one pick which didn’t matter because Indiana got the ball right back.
Morgan Ellison was the leading rusher for both sides, with 15 carries for 149 yards and two touchdowns. Cole Gest added 23 rushes for 104 yards and one touchdown. Ellison and Gest combined for over 250 yards and three touchdowns in a strong ground performance for Indiana.
Ian Thomas was the leading pass catcher for IU, with 4 receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown. Whop Philyor added 4 catches and 70 yards, while Luke Timian caught 3 passes for 35 yards and a TD.
The defense not only was exceptional for holding the Rutgers scoreless but also for the pressure on the quarterback. The Hoosiers sacked both Rutgers quarterbacks 4 times and hurried the QB 4 times. The defense added 52 total tackles and 5 pass deflections.
UP NEXT: IU has an incredibly big game coming up next Saturday when they travel to Purdue. Both teams are competing for a bowl game, each needing one win to secure that big achievement. The game will be a tough one for the Hoosiers in enemy territory, but it should be a fun game to watch. Kickoff is slated for 12:00 PM Eastern on ESPN 2.