Oct. 1, 2011
Final Stats |
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Indiana coach Kevin Wilson wanted to see touchdowns Saturday.
For the second straight week, the Hoosiers failed to score a touchdown in the first three quarters, then rallied late and fell short in a 16-10 loss to Penn State.
"We can't put our defense consistently in those positions and expect them to hang in there because they battled for us today," Wilson said. "We need the offense, and I'm an offensive guy, to hold the rope and pull their end of the bargain here."
Indiana (1-4, 0-1 Big Ten) has lost two in a row.
And again, it was because of the Hoosiers' inability to score touchdowns.
Dusty Kiel was solid in his first career start at quarterback, going 22 of 45 for 184 yards with one TD and one interception. The Hoosiers' only TD came on a 5-yard pass from Kiel to Ted Bolser with 3:51 left.
Kiel also gave Indiana a chance to win the game in the closing seconds, but his desperation heave into the wind came up 5 yards short of the goal line and went through Damarlo Belcher's hands anyway.
"He came and showed up and got off to a good start," running back Stephen Houston said of Kiel. "I was proud of him. He kept his composure. He had everybody in the right spots and he just made plays whenever he could."
It wasn't just Indiana struggling to score.
Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin watched agonizingly as Penn State squandered its scoring chances before taking matters into his own hands.
After he re-entered the game in the third quarter, McGloin made the right read and the perfect throw on his first play, hooking up with Derek Moye on a 74-yard TD pass that turned the game.
McGloin finished 10 of 22 for 204 yards with the touchdown and no interceptions, though it still may not be enough for the former Penn State starter to beat out Rob Bolden for his old job.
Both defenses were stingy.
Though the Nittany Lions had 241 yards and a 2-1 advantage in possession time during the first half, they only managed one score -- a 22-yard field goal that tied the score at 3 with 2:57 to go.
Penn State finally took the lead after recovering a fumble at the Indiana 13 early in the third quarter. But after gaining only three yards, Fera made a 27-yard field goal to give Penn State a 6-3 lead.
"Dusty played well," Wilson said. "He needs his supporting cast to play better, but he also has some glitches and as he plays, he'll keep coming along."