Hoosiers Drop Heartbreaker to Virginia, 34-31
Sept. 10, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Virginia scored 11 points in the final 96 seconds Saturday night, getting a 23-yard field goal from Robert Randolph as time expired to beat Indiana 34-31.
It was Mike London's first road win in two seasons as coach of the Cavaliers (2-0).
Indiana (0-2) rallied from a 20-point second-half deficit, but surrendered an 8-point lead in the final two minutes.
"I appreciate our young men because I believe they are trying to do what we ask, which was evident last week," said Head Coach Kevin Wilson. "There were some things they needed to bring out this week and I thought they brought it. We got to the point in the past where we were used to these games going south. We bowed up and got into a street fight in the end. We had a chance to win, but we did not execute or call the right plays every time.
"We played a great second half. For one, we started with a great bootleg pass. Virginia's very good defensive end came off of our tight end and Ed could not quite throw with the right velocity leading to a turnover. We had two turnovers, but to me I do like the fact that our team battled back."
Perry Jones had 3-yard TD run for Virginia with 1:36 remaining, and Michael Rocco threw to Paul Freedman for the 2-point conversion to tie the score at 31.
Indiana got the ball back, but on third-and-3 from its own 23, Cam Johnson stole the ball out of quarterback Edward Wright-Baker's hands. That gave Virginia the ball at the Hoosiers' 14, setting up Randolph's winning field goal.
Sophomore cornerback Greg Heban intercepted Virginia quarterback Michael Rocco twice on the night. He is the first Hoosier to pick off a pair of passes since Mitchell Evans pulled off that feat against Arkansas State on Oct. 16, 2010.
Redshirt sophomore cornerback Lawrence Barnett returned a fumble for 52 yards and a score early in the fourth quarter. It was the first time a Hoosier returned a fumble for six points since Nick Polk did so against Ball State on Sept. 20, 2008. Senior safety Jarrell Drane forced the fumble, the first of his career. It marks the first defensive touchdown for IU since Matt Ernest's pick-six vs. Towson on Sept. 2, 2010.
With two fumble recoveries and two interceptions, the Hoosiers forced four turnovers for the first time since they had two interceptions and two fumble recoveries against Penn State on Nov. 14, 2009.
Damarlo Belcher finished the night with four catches for 53 yards. Belcher now has 172 career receptions and with his third catch of the night moved into the second spot on the IU career list, surpassing Courtney Roby. IU career record holder James Hardy had 191 receptions.
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