Hoosiers Win Spring Game, 27-24

    Go Hoosiers! Senior wide receiver Damarlo Belcher grabbed a 12-yard touchdown on Saturday.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior wide receiver Damarlo Belcher grabbed a 12-yard touchdown on Saturday.
    Go Hoosiers!

    April 16, 2011

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Hoosiers knocked off Indiana, 27-24, in the team's annual Spring Game at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Head coach Kevin Wilson's team will conclude its spring with its 15th and final practice on Tuesday.

    Today's game will be televised at 7 p.m. ET Sunday on the Big Ten Network. Don Fischer (play-by-play) and Buck Suhr (analyst) called the action.

    Additionally, the Big Ten Network will have highlights and analysis at 8 p.m. ET tonight on the Big Ten Spring Football Report with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith.

    Here is a look at some of today's highlights:

    First Quarter
    Indiana jumped out to a 7-0 lead as sophomore quarterback Dusty Kiel connected with sophomore wide receiver Kofi Hughes for a 28-yard touchdown to wrap up a 75-yard drive.



    Sophomore defensive back Greg Heban made a diving interception and fifth-year senior defensive end Fred Jones recorded the game's first sack.

    The Hoosiers made it a 7-6 game as sophomore quarterback Edward Wright-Baker hit fifth-year senior wide receiver Dre Muhammad in stride from 41 yards out.

    Fifth-year senior punter Chris Hagerup pinned Indiana at its own 7-yard line, but Kiel got the offense out of its own end with a perfectly thrown 52-yard pass to sophomore wide receiver Duwyce Wilson.

    Second Quarter
    Indiana concluded the 93-yard drive in the second quarter with junior wide receiver Damarlo Belcher hauling in a Kiel 12-yard TD pass by reaching over a defender at the 13:23 mark to make it 14-6.

    Sophomore cornerback Lawrence Barnett brought the Hoosiers within a point after snaring a deflected pass and returning it 25 yards to paydirt.

    Behind the running of redshirt freshman running back Matt Perez, Indiana pushed its lead back up to eight points before the half. Perez powered into the end zone from four yards out with 2:30 remaining. The Park Ridge, Ill., native recorded three 10-plus yard runs on the scoring drive.

    Junior defensive end Kevin Bush recorded the defense's second sack.

    Third Quarter
    After a 10-minute intermission, junior defensive tackle Larry Black, Jr., stymied the offense's first drive of the half with a 5-yard tackle for loss. Sophomore punter Chad Roggeman followed that up with a 53-yard punt.

    The defense held serve for most of the third quarter, holding the offense to a Mitch Ewald 34-yard field goal. Kiel engineered the 68-yard scoring drive.

    Fourth Quarter
    Fifth-year senior quarterback Teddy Schell trimmed the Indiana lead to 24-20 with a 13-yard scoring scamper. Schell kept the 75-yard drive alive with a critical 16-yard completion to redshirt freshman wide receiver Logan Young on fourth down and four at the Indiana 33-yard line.

    Jarrell Drane, a fifth-year senior safety from Plantation, Fla., recovered a fumble at the Indiana 42 to set up the Hoosiers' game-winning score.

    Junior quarterback Adam Follett hit redshirt freshman tight end Leneil Himes for 16 yards on a fourth and three. Follett then found redshirt freshman wide receiver Tim O'Conner for 18 yards on a third and three to reach the Indiana 3-yard line.

    Follett and Himes connected once again, this time from 12 yards out on a screen pass for the 27-24 victory with just 24 seconds remaining.


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