Oct. 27, 2012
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -
The Indiana defense held Illinois to three second-half points en route to a 31-17 road victory in Champaign. Stephen Houston reached pay dirt three times for the Hoosiers (3-5, 1-3).
True freshman quarterback Nate Sudfeld entered in the first quarter. His second scoring pass, a 17-yarder to Shane Wynn midway through the fourth quarter, put the Hoosiers up 31-17 and finished Illinois.
The Illini (2-6, 0-4) were led by Donovonn Young's career-high 124 rushing yards. Illinois has lost five in a row.
Indiana entered the game with just 12 sacks in seven games. But on Saturday, Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase scrambled for his own safety. Scheelhaase finished 12 of 27 for 176 yards and was sacked seven times.
The last sack sealed the win. Down 31-17, Illinois stayed alive with a drive to the Hoosiers 4 with just over 2 minutes to play. On first down, defensive end Ryan Phillis punched through the Illinois line and put Scheelhaase on his back for an 11-yard loss. The Illini came no closer to the end zone and Indiana took over with nothing to do but drain the clock.
Sudfeld finished with 107 yards on 10-of-15 passing. His efficiency pulled the Hoosiers from a 14-7 deficit to a second-quarter lead they never gave up.
Illinois went up 14-7 early in the second on a 5-yard touchdown run by Scheelhaase and were set to stick Indiana with a three-and-out on the next series before Justin Staples was called for a late hit out of bounds on a third-and-3 play at the Hoosier 33. Sudfeld wasted no time, hitting Cody Latimer deep over the middle on the next play for 48 yards and a first-and-goal at the Illinois 6.
Two plays later, Stephen Houston took a screen pass from Sudfeld and dove into the end zone, squeezing just inside the right pylon. With the point after, the Hoosiers tied it at 14.
Indiana soon took its first lead after Greg Heban dove on a muffed punt from Illinois. Houston's third score of the day came a few plays later to push IU ahead for good.
Indiana returns home to face Iowa next weekend, while the Illini had to Ohio State.