Nov. 26, 2011
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana closed out the 2011 season with a 33-25 loss to Purdue at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Stephen Houston rushed seven times for 129 yards and one score, and D'Angelo Roberts scored on two of his four carries for the Hoosiers.
Ralph Bolden ran for one touchdown, Antavian Edison scored twice and Carson Wiggs made four field goals for the Boilermakers.
"It was a disappointing loss," Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson said. "The guys played hard. We didn't get some offense going there for quite a while and we couldn't convert some third downs and got behind the chains. Defensively we battled pretty good, but gave up a couple of big runs without letting them get in the end zone. I thought the guys fought hard but it's disappointing."
Twenty Hoosier seniors took the field for the final time in front of 42,005. One of those seniors, tight end Max Dedmond, thinks the Hoosiers are headed in the right direction.
"They have a lot coming back," Dedmond said. "They have great, quality guys coming back. I have confidence in them and that they'll do fine. Just tell them to keep working, I felt like we did a great job since Coach Wilson got here to build our program up and we've got a lot of good, quality guys coming back. I have confidence that they'll do well."
Indiana true freshman quarterback Tre Roberson was 17 of 26 for 147 yards, and he added 68 yards on the ground. Houston posted his third 100-yard game of the season and his 802 yards this season are the most by a Hoosier running back since BenJarvus Green-Ellis totaled 938 in 2003.
His eight rushing scores are the most for a Hoosier since quarterback Kellen Lewis piled up nine in 2007. They are the most for an IU running back since Yamar Washington scored nine times in 2002.
Purdue quarterback Caleb TerBush was 16 of 25 for 192 yards with one TD and no interceptions, and Akeem Hunt ran 10 times for 100 yards after replacing Bolden.
What started as a wild shootout turned into a defensive struggle in the second half.
Houston opened the scoring with a 52-yard TD run, and Purdue answered with a 14-yard TD pass from TerBush to Edison.
Roberts followed that with a 6-yard TD run up the middle to make it 14-7, and after Raheem Mostert's 81-yard kickoff return, Bolden's TD tied the score at 17 with 8:37 left in the first half.
The Hoosiers could not return to Purdue territory the rest of the half, and Wiggs made field goals of 43 and 48 yards to give Purdue a 23-17 lead. Wiggs' fourth field goal, a 22-yarder, and Edison's 5-yard TD run made it 33-17 with 11:04 left in the game.
Roberts second 5-yard touchdown made and a two-point conversion from Roberson to true freshman accounted for the game's final points.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.