Hoosier Comeback Falls Just Short

    Go Hoosiers! Sophomore Cody Latimer celebrates one of his two touchdown catches.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Sophomore Cody Latimer celebrates one of his two touchdown catches.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 16, 2012

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Ball State pulled out of Bloomington with a 41-39 win after kicking a game-winning field goal with one second remaining. The Hoosiers scored 14 points on two Nate Sudfeld led drives in the fourth quarter to take a 39-38 lead, before the field goal.

    The Hoosiers rallied from a 14-3 first-half deficit to take a 25-24 halftime lead, then fell behind 38-25 late in the third quarter. Sudfeld, just the third true freshman quarterback to play in IU history, rallied the Hoosiers. He threw a 70-yard TD pass to Cody Latimer with 4:03 to go, and after getting the ball back with 1:42 left, took the Hoosiers 77 yards in six plays.

    He capped the drive with 2-yard TD pass to wide receiver Shane Wynn with 49 seconds left in the game. Mitch Ewald converted the extra point to give the Hoosiers a one-point edge.

    "Our guys were ready," Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson said. "We tackled well the first half. We had 12 penalties for 127 yards, defensive interferences, holdings, personal fouls - things that we have to get corrected. I'm very proud of our kids, I thought all along we played well. I thought we had played pretty well offensively. I appreciate the way they hung in there and battled."

    Cameron Coffman made his first major college start at quarterback. He completed 24-of-35 passes for 251 yards and two TDs.

    The Hoosiers gained 558 yards of total offense, topping 500 yards for the second straight game. IU got 102 yards and a touchdown from Stephen Houston on the ground and 115 yards and two touchdowns on four catches from Latimer.

    Kofi Hughes caught a 9-yard touchdown from Coffman in the first quarter, and Latimer scored his first touchdown on a 3-yard pass from Coffman at the end of the half. IU scored a two-point conversion on that drive, a 1-yard plunge from Houston.

    Ewald scored the first points of the game, making a 46-yard field goal, the 32nd made three-pointer of his career.

    Hughes finished with 88 yards on seven catches. Receptions were made by 10 Hoosiers in the contest.




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