The Old Oaken Bucket comes back to Bloomington and the Hoosiers get their first and only Big Ten win of the season; not a bad Thanksgiving weekend. The Indiana Hoosiers beat the Purdue Boilermakers 34-31 in overtime.
To start things off, the Boilermakers scored an early touchdown. The Hoosiers followed suit and scored a touchdown of their own about two minutes later. Purdue tacked on two more touchdowns in the first half. The last scoring play before halftime was a four-yard pass from Indiana’s quarterback, Ben Chappell, to wide receiver, Tandon Doss.
In the second half, Chappell threw to Doss for six yards and Indiana scored another touchdown. Purdue then scored, followed by another Chappell-Doss touchdown combination. That was the last touchdown of the game. Both Purdue and Indiana scored field goals before regulation ended, leaving the score tied at 31.
In overtime, Mitch Ewald kicked a 31-yard field goal to give Indiana the win.
Chappell went out with a bang in his last game as a Hoosier. He passed for 330 yards and three touchdowns. This season he passed for 3,295 yards, which is a new Indiana record. He is the all time leader in completions, completion percentage, and pass attempts. Despite his phenomenal stats, the most important is that Chappell went out with a win.
Today’s game ended a disappointing season on a high note. Head Coach Bill Lynch also earned his 100th career victory as the Hoosiers’ coach. The Hoosiers have a lot of work to do in the off-season but for now, they will bask in their glory of beating Purdue, their long time rival. To my fellow Indiana fans, there is nothing sweeter than victory.
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Written by Katherine Sarasohn