Not all fairytales have a happy ending. Once again, the Indiana Hoosiers could not secure the win and lost to the Penn State Nittany Lions 41-24. Starting out, the Hoosiers were in the game but by the second half, the magic of playing in FedEx Field wore off and they went back to being a mediocre college football team.
In the first quarter, the Nittany Lions rushed for two yards to score a touchdown. At the start of the second quarter, they scored again. Quarterback, Matthew McGloin, completed a pass to Brett Brackett for another touchdown.
The Hoosiers’ Trea Burgess answered by rushing for four yards to score a touchdown. Mitch Ewald’s kick was good as the Hoosiers put seven points up on the board.
Penn State’s next drive was out of range so they opted for a field goal attempt. Collin Wagner’s 42-yard kick was good.
Before the two-minute warning in the first half, Indiana scored their second touchdown of the game to cut Penn State’s lead to three points. Quarterback, Ben Chappell, completed a 12-yard pass to Terrance Turner for a touchdown. At the half, the score was 17-14 Nittany Lions.
The Hoosiers’ defense charged onto the field for the second half and stopped Penn State at 4th and 2 to get the ball back to the prince of Bloomington. Chappell came up with a big pass to Duwyce Wilson for 28 yards. Followed by two incomplete passes, the Hoosiers turned to Ewald for a field goal attempt. He kicked a 49-yard field goal, the longest of his career, to tie the game at 17.
Penn State’s offense returned to the field and McGloin threw a 21-yard pass for a touchdown.
It was clear the Hoosiers, led by Chappell, were not giving up that easily. Tandon Doss rushed for 39 yards to the Penn State 11 for a first down. After a play that was called a touchdown was turned into a third down, Chappell threw to Doss for the real touchdown. Even though there was some confusion on the field, Indiana tied the game 24 all.
At the end of the third, the Nittany Lions scored a touchdown. Their kick for the extra point was good, making it 31-24 going into the fourth quarter. Three minutes into the fourth, Penn State’s Wagner kicked a 36-yard field goal. To secure their lead, they scored a touchdown with 3:20 left on the clock to put them up by 17 points.
With one game left in the season, Indiana will look to their game against Purdue next week in hopes of getting their first Big Ten win. The Hoosiers have had a season of upsets, and by that, I mean they have been upset because they have not won a single conference game. Will Indiana and head coach Bill Lynch be able to end their season happily ever after? Indiana fans, we will have to wait until next Saturday to see what happens. Kickoff is at noon and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
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Written by Katherine Sarasohn