IU Falls in Happy Valley (11-15-03)
November 15, 2003
University Park, Pa.- The Indiana Hoosiers scored on their first possession for the second straight game before Penn State reeled off 52 unanswered points to pick up the victory 52-7 at Beaver Stadium. Indiana falls to 2-9 overall and 1-6 in the Big Ten, while Penn State improves to 3-8 on the year and 1-6 in conference play.
Freshman running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for a career-high 203 yards on 42 carries. He finished the first half running the ball 24 times for 123 yards. It marks the 23rd time a Hoosier has rushed for over 200 yards in a game and Green-Ellis became the 11th player to accomplish the feat. The 42 carries ties for the ninth most in a game by a Hoosier with Brett Law, who did it in 1992 against Missouri.
For the second straight game, the Hoosiers opened the game by scoring on their first drive of the ball game. Junior quarterback Matt LoVecchio found senior wideout Glenn Johnson in the left corner of the endzone from 11 yards out to give the Hoosiers a 7-0 lead. LoVecchio made two big plays on the drive on third down. The touchdown pass came on third-and-six from the 11-yard line, and earlier in the drive, LoVecchio scrambled for seven-yards on third-and-seven in their own territory. The drive went 13 plays, 80 yards and took up almost six minutes.
Green-Ellis almost broke for the Hoosiers' first score around the 12-minute mark of the first quarter. The New Orleans, La., native took a handoff and went 16 yards off the right side, before Yaacov Yisrael made a shoe-string tackle to save the touchdown. On the drive, Green-Ellis had eight carries for 45 yards.
LoVecchio finished the game 14-of-27 for 112 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. Johnson had three catches for 28 yards and a touchdown, while junior wideout Courtney Roby finished with three catches for 13 yards.
Penn State responded by scoring on its first three drives, all by way of the pass. Zach Mills hit Tony Johnson on the first two TD strikes, while finding Maurcie Humphrey on a 33-yard pass for the third score. The three drives were helped by the Nittany Lions ability to pass. Mills found Humphrey on a 41-yard pass during the opening drive to get the ball down to the Indiana 17-yard line. Running back Michael Robinson, a converted quarterback, found Mike Lukac on a 57-yard pass to put the Nittany Lions inside the IU 5-yard line to set up their second score. The pass offense had two 30-plus yard gains on the third drive, both on passes from Mills to Humphrey.
The Nittany Lions came out of the locker room and reeled off a 31-point third quarter. Robbie Gould added a 37-yard field goal to open the scoring in the second half. Yisrael blocked a Tyson Beattie punt attempt and Andrew Guman returned the block six-yards for a touchdown. Robinson's 10-yard touchdown run pushed the Penn State lead to 38-7. Robinson helped on the next scoring drive, as he hit Tony Johnson on a 33-yard pass play, giving Johnson his third TD pass of the game. Paul Posluszny intercepted a LoVecchio pass and returned it 15-yards to cap the Nittany Lions impressive third quarter.
Mills finished the game 12-of-19 for 173 yards and three touchdowns. Humphrey and Johnson led the Penn State receivers with five catches for 121 yards and three catches for 47 yards, respectively.
The Hoosier defense was led by freshman Will Meyers and junior Herana-Daze Jones, who registered eight and seven tackles, respectively. Senior cornerback Duane Stone finished with five tackles and two pass break ups for the Hoosiers. Freshman linebacker Jake Powers, junior linebacker Josh Moore and senior defensive tackle Courtney Young each picked up tackles for loss for Indiana.
The Hoosiers will return to Bloomington to battle the No. 10 Purdue Boilermakers for the Old Oaken Bucket. The meeting will be the 106th between the two interstate rivals. The game will be televised, but the time and station for the telecast well be announced on Monday. The game will also be carried on the IU Radio Network with Don Fischer (p-b-p), Dan Thompson (analysis) and Joe Smith (pre game, halftime, post game).
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