Indiana Hangs Tough Before Falling to Penn State, 31-20
Nov. 14, 2009
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Linebacker Navorro Bowman had a momentum-turning 73-yard interception return for a touchdown, Evan Royster scored twice and the sloppy Nittany Lions overcame four first-half turnovers - including two fumbles on special teams - to defeat Indiana 31-20 on Saturday.
Senior quarterback Daryll Clark added a 13-yard touchdown pass to Royster but threw two picks and didn't look sharp in his final game at Beaver Stadium.
After Collin Wagner's field goal bounced off the right upright in the third quarter, Indiana quarterback Ben Chappell engineered a nice drive into Penn State territory - until his screen pass was tipped in the air by running back Trea Burgess.
Bowman snatched the ball at his own 27, then rumbled down the field with an escort of blockers for a touchdown to give Penn State its first lead, 17-10 with 6:54 left in the third quarter.
Royster finished with 95 yards on 17 carries and 39 yards receiving on four catches.
Indiana responded with a nice drive to the Penn State 21, but the Nittany Lions' defense came up big again on third down when safety Nick Sukay stopped receiver Mitchell Evans at the goal line, causing the Hoosiers to settle for a field goal.
Penn State (9-2, 5-2 Big Ten) tried to help Indiana (4-7, 1-6) by fumbling away two punt returns in the first half.
Chappell finished 32 for 51 passing for 298 yards, plus one interception and two TDs, while Belcher had nine catches for 95 yards.
Matt Mayberry led the Hoosiers with 15 tackles in the game, the fifth time this year he has posted double-digit tackles in a conference game. He also added his third interception of the season.
Clark's TD pass to Royster near the end of the first half tied the game at 10. Clark was 17 for 28 for 194 yards, along with 29 yards rushing and a score on seven carries.
But momentum finally turned Penn State's way about eight minutes later thanks to Bowman's big play. He finished with 12 tackles.
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