Hoosiers Fall to No. 7 Nittany Lions on the Road
Nov. 15, 2008
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Heavy underdogs coming into Beaver Stadium, Indiana (3-8, 1-6 Big Ten) trailed just 10-7 at halftime in large part because the Hoosier defense forced Penn State (10-1, 6-1) into miscues. One drive ended after Clark fumbled at the Indiana 1, while Kevin Kelly missed a 40-yard field goal to foil another effort.
Tailback Evan Royster bounced off three Indiana tacklers like a pinball on a 19-yard touchdown run to put Penn State up 17-7. Royster finished with 63 yards on 12 carries.
The defense then pinned Indiana deep on the next drive with a three-and-out. Kelly kicked a 36-yard field goal to extend the lead to 13 with 8:20 left in the third quarter before Clark hit Deon Butler on a slant from 6 yards out to push Penn State ahead 27-7 about five minutes later.
Williams had a 39-yard touchdown catch over the middle to give Penn State a 7-0 lead, and he added a 36-yard scoring run on an end-around in the fourth quarter. The senior captain finished with 62 yards on four receptions, and 61 yards rushing on four carries.
Yet the Hoosiers still had designs on an upset after hanging tough through the soggy first half.
Thigpen bounced out from a crowd on a run up the middle and found two blockers around the edge to escort him untouched down the sideline for his long TD run that silenced the crowd and evened the score at 7-7. He finished the game with 72 rushing yards on just eight carries.
Junior defensive end Jammie Kirlew and junior middle linebacker Matt Mayberry led the Hoosiers with a game-high 11 tackles. Kirlew also forced a fumble along with senior defensive end Ryan Marando, who also added two sacks.
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