3:07 p.m. – Connor Bazelak rushed to avoid taking a sack in his own end zone, and his pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. That’s 24 unanswered points for Rutgers. RUTGERS 24, INDIANA 14
3:05 p.m. – The Indiana defense comes in with a huge save, as Bradley Jennings slips the ball in 3rd-and-5. Indiana’s offense will have yet another chance.
3:00 p.m. – With a chance to tie the game, Charles Campbell hooks a 52-yard field goal with 7:37 left in the game.
2:54 p.m. — On three second-half possessions, Indiana’s offense ran nine plays for three yards. As a result, the defense has been on the pitch the entire half and is starting to wear thin. The Hoosiers get the ball back with 9:10 left in the game.
2:32 p.m. – It’s three more and out to Indiana. The Hoosiers ran six plays for minus two yards in the second half.
2:27 p.m. – Freshman running back Samuel Brown charges forward for a two-yard rushing touchdown. He has 26 carries for 92 yards and a touchdown, and he’s been the go-to guy in short-range situations. Indiana doesn’t have a solution for him right now. RUTGERS 17, INDIANA 14
2:24 p.m. – Rutgers lands a crucial first down on a route to Johnny Langan, who dives across the line to win. Aron Cruickshank takes an eight-yard sweep to bring the Scarlet Knights inside the 10.
2:15 p.m. – Indiana comes out three times on its first possession of the second half. Designed runs with Bazelak worked a few times in the first half, but he was stifled by a quarterback run on this drive. Rutgers takes over on its own 44-yard line.
2:06 p.m. – A defensive holding penalty on Noah Pierre in the 3rd and 7th gives Rutgers another round of downs on the first possession of the second half. Rutgers is flagged for illegal man in the field, and the player stops with two Vedral misses. Rutgers kicker Jude McAtamney’s striker from 49 yards is good. INDIANA 14, RUTGERS 10
1:27 p.m. – Happy to go to halftime, Indiana and Rutgers run the ball to clear the clock. As halftime approaches, INDIANA 14, RUTGERS 7
1:24 p.m. — Bazelak starts practice with an 11-yard completion to Cam Camper, who was injured two plays later. Rutgers blasted a screen pass to Andison Coby and Indiana punted for the fourth straight drive.
1:17 p.m. — Solid Indiana secondary coverage gives Noah Vedral nowhere to throw, and the Indiana defense comes in with three more and goes out.
1:12 p.m. — The Hoosiers offense hands the ball back after a winless AJ Barner completion, followed by two misses from Bazelak. Indiana’s offense looked unstoppable on its first practice of the game, but it was a dramatic change with three straight threes and some outs.
1:09 p.m. – Indiana forces a quick three and from. Nice pass break from Bradley Jennings in 3rd and 4th.
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1:05 p.m. – After a defensive holding penalty on Rutgers, Bazelak throws three incompleteness in a row. He took a huge hit on the 3rd try. Indiana punts.
12:55 p.m. – Redshirt rookie Matt Hohlt stuffed the run on 3rd-and-2, but Rutgers goes there on fourth and gets the first down. Vedral throws a perfectly placed pass to Sean Ryan in the back corner of the end zone for a Rutgers touchdown. It looked like Ryan may have popped the ball, but officials didn’t examine it. Not sure why. The call could have gone either way. INDIANA 14, RUTGERS 7
12:49 p.m. – Vedral’s 28-yard and 16-yard sideline completions to Sean Ryan bring Rutgers close to the red zone. A truly impressive pair of holds for staying in bounds.
12:41 p.m. — Indiana’s offense was moving the ball well on its second possession, but will have to clear after a 3rd and 29 runs with Lucas going seven yards. Races with Lucas and DJ Matthews came to nothing on first and second down, then blocking and false start penalties pushed it all back.
12:30 p.m. – Bryant Fitzgerald nearly intercepts Noah Vedral’s pass on the 3rd and 10th, and Indiana forces another quick punt. A nice tackle in the open field from Chris Keys a few games before.
12:26 p.m. — I have to think that was Indiana’s best opener of the season as an offense. Instead of trying to force the ball down the middle, Indiana attacked the edges well with screens and sweeps. Some easy finishes for Camper and Coby. Bazelak is showing mobility that we haven’t seen much this season.
12:21 p.m. – Connor Bazelak fakes a transfer and guards it himself, beating the Rutgers defense at the pylon. The 7-yard run is his first rushing touchdown of the season. INDIANA 14, RUTGERS 0
12:17 p.m. — Indiana moves the ball well in its first practice of the game. Emery Simmons landed a first down on a throw sweep on 3rd-and-2, and Shaun Shivers picked up 24 yards on a screen pass. Connor Bazelak hit Cam Camper on a hitch road to bring the Hoosiers into the red zone.
12:13 p.m. – Josh Sales starts at right tackle, with Khalil Benson next to him at right guard. They replace Parker Hanna and Tim Weaver, who have started the last handful of games.
12:08 p.m. – Noah Vedral is at quarterback to start the game for Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights rotated Vedral, Evan Simon and Gavin Wimsatt throughout the season.
12:06 p.m. — Real freshman Jaylin Lucas broke an arm tackle, and Rutgers had no chance of catching him on the opening kickoff. A 92-yard touchdown. Indiana needs to keep giving Lucas chances in the open field. INDIANA 7, RUTGERS 0
12:04 p.m. – Indiana will receive the opening kickoff with Jaylin Lucas in depth.
11:55 p.m. — Indiana will be without three key defensive players today: linebacker Cam Jones, defensive end Beau Robbins and safety Josh Saunguinetti. Cornerback Jaylin Williams and tight end AJ Barner were both dressed during warmups.
11:30 a.m. – We’re about 30 minutes away from kickoff between Indiana and Rutgers at SHI Stadium. Follow our live blog and check out our pre-match preview stories below.
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