The Indiana Hoosiers took on the Northwestern Wildcats today. The Wildcats beat the Hoosiers 20-17, despite Indiana’s quarterback, Ben Chappell, leading The Big Ten in passing yards. Chappell has thrown for over 2,445 yards this season. His hard work and determination were not enough to secure the Hoosiers a win today.
The Hoosiers’ Mitch Ewald, kicked a field goal to score the only points in the first quarter. At the beginning of the second quarter, the Wildcats answered with a touchdown. With a minute left in the first half is where things really got interesting. Northwestern had been playing their standard conservative defense, which allowed Indiana to slowly but surely make their way down the field. With 48 seconds left, Chappell rushed for five yards and ran the ball himself to secure a touchdown for the Hoosiers. Ewald came on the field to kick the extra point; he has never missed an extra point in his collegiate career. Northwestern challenged the touchdown call but did not get it overturned. Instead, they ended up kicking a field goal to tie the game at 10 going into halftime.
In the second half, Indiana’s defense proves once again why they have a shaky reputation. No one was covering Northwestern’s Jeremy Ebert, who caught a 30-yard pass for his second touchdown of the game. A frustrated Hoosier defense roughed up Wildcat quarterback, Dan Persa with a little less than nine minutes to go in regulation play. Backup quarterback, Evan Watkins took the field for Northwestern in hopes of doing some more damage to the Indiana secondary. Northwestern kicked a 45-yard field goal to put them up by 10 points.
Just as Chappell’s emotions started to take over, he regrouped and threw the ball to Duwyce Wilson for a touchdown with 44 seconds left to go. Ewald once again kicked the extra point, cutting Northwestern’s lead to 3. Unfortunately, the Hoosiers ran out of time and suffered a tough loss to the Wildcats.
Indiana’s next football game will be Saturday November 6, 2010. They will host Iowa at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington.
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Written by Katherine Sarasohn