Indiana’s gamble pays off in OT upset over No. 8 Penn State
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Michael Penix compelled additional time with a 2-point conversion run with 22 seconds left, then scored on a diving 2-point conversion to offer Indiana a season-opening 36-35 upset victory over No. 8 Penn State — ending the Massive Ten’s longest streak of consecutive losses to High 10 groups at 42.
The successful play went to a replay evaluation earlier than the officers introduced the preliminary name stood.
Indiana beat the Nittany Lions for the second time in 24 matchups, and beat a High 10 foe for the primary time since a 31-10 victory at Ohio State on Oct. 10, 1987.
And it took each trick within the e book to get it accomplished.
“All I’d seen was a chance, a chance to exit and present the world what the Indiana Hoosiers are all about,” Penix stated. “They had been taking part in man, so we’ve obtained to attain to win the sport and I wasn’t going to let my workforce down, so I went out and gave it my all.”
After Indiana failed to realize a primary down after Sean Clifford threw a go-ahead 60-yard landing cross to Jahan Dotson with 2:30 left, coach Tom Allen instructed his protection to let Penn State rating.
Devyn Ford obliged with a 14-yard run with 1:42 to go. Penix then took the Hoosiers down the sphere, scored on a 1-yard TD run with 22 seconds to go, added the 2-point conversion and ultimately wound up in additional time after Jordan Stout’s 57-yard subject aim got here up quick with 3 seconds left in regulation.
“In actually six years at Penn State and 10 years of being a head coach, we’ve not been a workforce to commit penalties and we’ve not been a workforce to get turnovers, and tonight we had each,” Penn State coach James Franklin stated. “We lastly obtained right into a rhythm within the second half somewhat bit, however you possibly can’t not play properly on the street within the Massive Ten towards good opponents.”
Penn State made it 35-28 when Clifford attached with Parker Washington in additional time, however Whop Philyor caught a 9-yard TD cross for the Hoosiers and Penix gained it when he dove for the aim line and the ball hit the pylon.
The errors had been overwhelming for Penn State. The Nittany Lions had three red-zone possessions that produced no factors, two interceptions, two missed subject objectives, one misplaced fumble, a a muffed punt and a fumbled kickoff return along with Ford’s late scoring play and the late defensive breakdowns. Coach James Franklin must get issues cleaned up quick.
As for Indiana, coach Tom Allen’s workforce took an enormous step Saturday. He knew they wanted to begin beating ranked groups and this one actually went a good distance. He took the gamble and it paid off. The protection performed properly however the offense was out of sync till the ultimate minutes. Indiana gained simply 211 yards and had the ball for 19:35.
Penn State will slip within the High 25, maybe precipitously. Although the protection was suffocating till late and will preserve the Nittany Lions shut all season, the offense and particular groups performed nowhere near a championship degree. Anticipate the Hoosiers to reappear within the High 25 subsequent week.