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HoosierIllustrated Live Blog: FINAL OT – Illinois 48, Indiana football 45



Indiana football

Indiana football returns on the road as their travel to Champaign, Illinois to face the Fighting Illini in week 11 of the college football season.

The Hoosiers are coming off their biggest win of the season with the upset victory over Wisconsin last weekend. Indiana football is needing to win out their remaining weeks in order to become bowl eligible.

Kickoff is at noon on BTN.

Below is the full live blog

Pregame Notes

OUT (Indiana): DB Jamier Johnson. DB Noah Pierre, WR Cam Camper, WR Omar Cooper Jr

OUT (Illinois): QB Luke Altmyer. Sixth-year transfer John Paddock gets the start.

First Quarter

Illinois got the ball first. Went three-and-out.

Indiana would go three-and-out the next drive. James Evans would punt the ball 34 yards.

Illinois WR Pat Bryant would catch a ball and go 33 bomb.

Indiana football would force a third down stop on the 5-yard line and but would get get called for pass interference. Indiana’s defense would bounce back and force Illinois to kick a FG. The kick would be good.

Illinois leads Indiana 3-0 at the 8:59 mark.

Indiana would go three-and-out and punt however, they would recover the dropped punt and swing a little bit of momentum. Indiana ball on the ILL28.

Indiana would get their first, first-down of the game with Trent Howard 5-yard rush.

Illinois would call a timeout.

Indiana would go onto score with Trent Howard 1-yard rush. Play would go under review but be determined to be good.

Hoosiers lead 7-3 at the 3:54 mark.

Illinois would score almost instantly to take the lead. Isaiah Williams would catch a 67-yard bomb followed by a Reggie Love III 8-yard TD rush. They would miss the extra point, however.

Illinois 9-7 at the 3:19 mark.

Indiana ball at the IND26.

Brendan Sorsby would throw a 41-yard pass to Donavan McCulley.

Josh Henderson would rush for 10-yard and get IU to the 3-yard line.

Quarter would end.

End 1Q: Illinois 9, Indiana football 7

Second Quarter

Sorsby would complete a 6-yard pass to to McCulley for a TD and Indiana would take the lead back.

IU leads 14-9 at the 14:32.

Illinois would march down the field again and get in IU territory.. Been a real shootout at this point.

Indiana’s defense would come up and hold Illinois to a FG attempt. The kick would be good. 27-yard conversion.

Indiana leads Illinois 14-12 at the 11:24 mark.

Jaylin Lucas would have a big kickoff return but would get called back for holding. Tom Allen was furious on the sideline. Hoosiers have the ball on IND31.

McCulley would complete a 23-yard reception. Jalying Lucas would follow it up with a 10-yard catch and run to get another IU first-down.

Timeout Indiana football. 8:53 left in the half.

Touchdown Indiana with a 6-yard completion to Donaven McCulley. This was McCulley’s second TD of the game.

Hoosiers lead 21-12 at the 8:22 mark.

Indiana football would get a massive turnover with an interception from Louis Moore.

Brendan Sorsby would capitalize from the turnover with a 18-yard TD rush. Indiana would miss the PAT.

Indiana leads 27-12 with 5:44 left.

Illinois would run it back but would get called for a hold.

However, Illinois would respond in a big way and march down nearly the entire field and score a TD.

Indiana leads 27-19 at the 3:05 mark.

Timeout Illinois with 2:13.

Sorsby would get sacked at the Hoosiers would have to punt. James Evans punts it out 48-yard.

Illinois ball on the ILL27 yard-line. 1:32 remaining.

Illinois would score a TD with a 13-yard reception from Pat Bryant. In an odd move, they would go for the PAT and convert.

Indiana leads 27-26 with 18 seconds left.

At the half: Indiana football 27, Illinois 26


Third Quarter

After a numerous flags on Indiana’s first possession, Illinois recovers a fumble on an exchange between Brendan Sorsby and Josh Henderson. Illini take over at the its own 39-yard line.

Indiana holds the Illini who will have to punt. Indiana takes over on its own 20.

Donaven McCulley up to nine catches for 109 yards and two touchdowns midway through the third quarter.

After a few positive plays, Indiana has to punt. Illinois takes over at its own 14.

The biggest theme from this afternoon so far has been the missed tackles from the Indiana football defense.

Illinois takes advantage of a pass-interference call on Indiana with a 42-yard touchdown to Isaiah Williams. The Illini re-take the lead, 33-27.

This Indiana defense has been a complete mess today. Illinois averaging 22.8 yards per completion and 11.0 yards per play. Ball State transfer QB John Paddock has now thrown for a Big Ten-high this year, 411 yards.

Brendan Sorsby overthrows Andison Coby and it’s picked off by Illinois. The Illini take over at their own 34.

So much talk this week was regarding the second half offense against Wisconsin and how that can’t happen this week. We’re trending that way … again. Indiana was up 27-12 and has been outscored 21-0 since. IU has gone: Punt, Half, Fumble, Punt, INT.

Illinois goes for it on 4th-and-1 on the Indiana 37 and picks it up.

End 3Q: Illinois 33, Indiana football 27

Fourth Quarter

First play of the fourth quarter results in a 37-yard rushing touchdown for Reggie Love and Illinois. Illini take a 39-27 lead.

On 3rd-and-12, Indiana get an 18-yard run by Trent Howland.

After an Illinois defender is ejected for spitting on EJ Williams, Brendan Sorsby punches it in from five yards out. He carried three defenders into the end zone with him. Hoosiers cut it to five with 12:25 left.

Indiana holds Illinois to another field goal inside the redzone. It’s a 42-34 Illinois lead with 5:04 left.

Josh Henderson goes for 17 yards on second down, followed by a 14-yard completion to Donaven McCulley. Hoosiers up to the Illini 44.

Indiana goes for it on 4th down and fail to convert. Illinois takes over at its own 37 with 2:58 left.

Indiana holds Illinois and will take over with a chance to tie the game. IU’s drive will start at its own 15. 1;37 left in the game.

Indiana has moved the ball all the way down to the Illinois 26 yard line with 30 second left.

Sorsby connects with Dequece Carter for a 26-yard touchdown. Indiana need to covert the two-point conversion to tie.

Sorsby to EJ Williams to tie it up at 42-all. 28 seconds left.

End of regulation: Indiana 42, Illinois 42.

Overtime coming.


Indiana gets the ball first but does nothing with the drive. Chris Freeman hits a 41-yard field goal.

Illinois connects on a 21-yard touchdown to win. Indiana has been eliminated from bowl contention.

FINAL: Illinois 48, Indiana 45

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Kyler Staley is a Basketball Recruiting Analyst for Hoosier Illustrated, a comprehensive site covering news, updates and recruiting for Indiana University athletics. Kyler has been in the basketball recruiting industry since 2019 and is a credentialed media member. He has covered Indiana since 2021 while continuing to also work for Prep Hoops Indiana. He has previously worked for Rivals.