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HoosierIllustrated Live Blog: FINAL – Rutgers 31, Indiana 14



Indiana football vs Rutgers on Homecoming weekend live blog

Indiana football kicks off week eight of the season for homecoming weekend as they host the Rutgers Scarlett Knights. Indiana is 2-4 on the season, winless in the Big Ten while Rutgers comes into week eight 5-2 on the year including 2-2 in the conference.

Indiana football is coming off a very embarrassing 52-7 loss at Michigan last weekend so the Hoosiers will be looking to bounce back and get their first win in the conference.

Kick is set for 12:00 pm on BTN.

Below is the full live blog

Pregame Notes

Availability report for week eight.:

OUT: Jahmir Johnson

OUT: Kaiden Turner

OUT: Max Longman

Questionable: Dexter Williams II

Questionable: EJ Williams Jr.

Questionable: Josh Henderson

Questionable: Zach Carpenter

First Quarter

Brendan Sorsby was named the starter for Indiana football at QB.

Rutgers wins the toss and has elected to receive the ball at the second half. Indiana ball to start the game

Indiana ball at the 25-yard line to start. Crosby officially came out. First pass attempt was a completion to Cam Camper for 6. Indiana got a first down with a Christian Turner 6-yard rush.

Steady opening drive for Indiana. Sorsby with short, effective passes while Christian Turner is running the ball well.

Touchdown Indiana. Hoosiers went for it on 4th down and Sorsby scrambled to find Omar Cooper Jr. for the wide open TD.
35-yard TD. Nine plays, 75 yards on the opening scoring drive for Indiana football. Sorsby was 6-of-7 for 58 yards that series.
Indiana leads 7-0 with 11:28 left in Q1.
Rutgers ball at the Rutgers 25-yard line.
After Rutgers drove down the field and gained a first down on the Indiana 17-yard line, Indiana safety Noah Pierre was seen down on the field. Cart is came out. Not good at all.
Rutgers would score a TD and convert the extra point to tie it up at 7 with 3:09 left in the 1Q. Rutgers QB Gavin Wimsatt kept it on a QB sneak.
Indiana would go 3-and-out to end the quarter. Rutgers would receive the ball at the beginning of Q2.
End Q1: Indiana 7, Rutgers 7

Second Quarter

A disaster start for Indiana to start the quarter. James Evans had his punt blocked which led to a Rutgers scoop-and-score TD.

Rutgers leads 14-7 with 14:53 left in the Q2.

Short Rutgers kick led to Indiana starting on the IU 31-yard line.

Indiana would go 3-and-out again. The problem with this drive was that they elected to run it up the gut on 3rd-and-7 and did not get it. Indiana football fans were not pleased.

Indiana football defense would force a Rutgers 3-and-out. Rutgers would punt it and Indiana football would get the ball at the IU-38.

Indiana would have their third straight 3-and-out. Offense was tending down after a hot start.

It looked like Indiana football was going to get another defensive stop but a horse collar tackle was called on Aaron Casey. Another backbreaking penalty for Indiana this season.

Indiana’s defense came up with a big Rutgers 4th down stop. Turnover-on-downs. Indiana ball at the IU-41.

First offensive play on the series, a roughing the passer would be called. IU ball on the Rutgers-36.

Indiana would gain great momentum after that call. A couple of big runs would set them up inside the 5-yard line.

Brendan Sorsby with a QB keep and converted extra point tied the game at 14 with 3:58 left in Q2.

A crazy sequence happed on the Rutgers drive. There was a pass interference called on the offense however, Indiana football safety Louis Moore was called for targeting and was disqualified for the game.

The penalties offset and the Hoosiers lost one of their best defenders for the game.

However, Indiana would come up with a. big defensive stop. Things went bad with Jaylin Lucas muffing a punt and setting up Rutgers on the IU-20. Brutal, brutal, and brutal.

Indiana’s defense would hold Rutgers to a FG attempt, which they successfully converted.

At the half: Rutgers 17, Indiana 14. 

Third Quarter

Rutgers ball on the Rutger-25 to start the half.

Indiana’s Philip Blidi with a hands to face call to open up the half.

Indiana DB Phillip Dunnam went down on the field. That Indiana secondary has taken a beating all game. He walked off on his own power however.

Indiana would call a timeout with Rutgers about to score on the IU-1 yard line.

Rutgers would eventually score off a Gavin Wimsatt QB keep. Extra point was converted, as well.

Rutgers leads 24-14 with 8:45 left in 3Q.

Indiana would then go 3-and-out. Rutgers ball.

Indiana’s defense was able to force a punt from thus giving the offense another chance in the 3Q. Indiana ball at the Rutgers 12.

Camden Jordan actually replaced Jaylin Lucas not he punt return.

End 3Q: Rutgers 24, Indiana football 14. 

Fourth Quarter

Indiana football starts the quarter on the IU-49.

Hoosiers don’t convert on 3rd down and punt it out. Fair catch by Rutgers on the Rutger-15.

Gavin Wimsatt would do a QB keep and rush for a 80-yard TD. Pretty much put the nail in the coffin for Indiana football this game. Hoosier fans starting to file out.

Indiana would be forced to go for it on fourth down but would not covert. Should have been a pass interference called on Rutgers there but there was not.

In a twist, there was actually targeting called on Rutgers so Indiana football got another offensive chance.

Sorsby’s pass is complete to Turner but he is 3 yards short and Rutgers will take over on downs.

Rutgers would go on to win.

Box Score + Extended Box Score

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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.