NCAAF Game Recap - Rutgers at Indiana
Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

Ala
47
TxAM
28
F
FlaSt
14
Clem
45
F
SCar
20
UGA
17
F(1OT)
Fla
28
LSU
42
F
Okla
34
Tex
27
F
MSU
0
Wisc
38
F
USC
27
ND
30
F
PSU
17
Iowa
12
F
Colo
3
Oreg
45
F
Hawaii
37
Boise
59
F
Utah
52
OreSt
7
F
Mich
42
Ill
25
F
WaSt
34
AzSt
38
F
Lou
62
Wake
59
F
UVA
9
MiaFL
17
F
TxTch
30
Bayl
33
F(1OT)
Mem
28
Temp
30
F
Cin
38
Hou
23
F
App
17
ULLaf
7
F
Syr
10
NCSt
16
F
ULMon
24
TxSt
14
F
ColSt
35
NM
21
F
MiaOH
16
WestMI
38
F
Toled
7
BGSU
20
F
MisSt
10
Tenn
20
F
MD
14
Purd
40
F
Rut
0
Ind
35
F
GATec
23
Duke
41
F
Ball
29
E Mi
23
F
OD
17
Marsh
31
F
NMSt
28
C Mi
42
F
NIU
39
Ohio
36
F
Kent
26
Akr
3
F
BYU
23
SoFL
27
F
UConn
7
Tul
49
F
SJSU
38
Nev
41
F
UNLV
34
Vand
10
F
IASt
38
WVU
14
F
URI
17
VaTec
34
F
MidTN
13
FlAtl
28
F
GASt
31
CoCar
21
F
UAB
33
UTSA
14
F
Fres
24
AF
43
F
Army
8
W Ky
17
F
NorTx
27
SMiss
45
F
Miss
27
Mizzu
38
F
UMass
21
LaTec
69
F
Char
23
FLInt
48
F
Navy
45
Tuls
17
F
Neb
7
Minn
34
F
Ark
20
KY
24
F
Wyo
22
SDSU
26
F
Wash
51
Ariz
27
F

Oct 12, 2019, 12:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Rutgers (1-5)

0

0

0

0

0

Indiana (4-2)

21

0

14

0

35

Indiana wastes no time, races to a 35-0 home rout of Rutgers
Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:41 PM

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Reakwon Jones couldn't believe his eyes. There was the football, rolling on the Memorial Stadium tuff on the very first play from scrimmage of Indiana's Big 10 game with Rutgers on Saturday.

Despite his initial disbelief, Jones recovered enough to scoop up the loose ball and carry it 17 yards to the end zone for a 7-0 Hoosiers lead 10 seconds into the contest. That touchdown sparked a 35-0 rout of the Scarlet Knights.

"It's not something you expect at the beginning of a game," said Jones, who had just one thought when he saw the loose ball. "I gotta go get it. I gotta score this."

The touchdown was the fastest in Memorial Stadium's 60-season history.

Demarcus Elliott caused the fumble with a hit on Rutgers' Johnny Langan, setting a defensive tone that allowed Rutgers pass offense just one net yard gained for the entire game.

And the quick score was the first of three Hoosiers touchdowns in the opening 6:52.

"It was 21-0 before you could blink," said Indiana coach Tom Allen.

After a Rutgers three-and-out, Indiana (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten) needed just 47 seconds and two plays to cover 70 yards as Michael Penix Jr. completed a 56-yard pass to Whop Philyor and then a 14-yard TD pass to Peyton Hendershot.

After another Rutgers three-and-out, Indiana took a bit more time, needing five plays to cover 59 yards in 2:43 with Nick Westbrook scoring on a 19-yard Penix pass.

Rutgers (1-5, 0-4) has been outscored 165-7 in conference play, including 117-0 on the road this season and now has lost 16 straight Big 10 Conference games.

In just his second game as interim head coach after Chris Ash was fired September 29, Nunzio Campanile was at a loss for words.

"Not a lot of great things to say after that," he said. "I don't know that I've been a part of too many games where the offense played so poorly. One hundred percent on me."

No Big Ten team has been shut out more since 2000 than Rutgers (10), and the Scarlet Knights didn't join the conference until 2014.

Langan had only 1 yard passing. Convinced they couldn't pass, the visitors repeatedly called running plays in third-and-long situations. It's the ninth time since 2016 that a Rutgers quarterback has passed for less than 50 yards in a game.

"Obviously we only threw for 1 yard," Campanile said. "I don't know, that's almost impossible.

"We've got a get a lot tougher on offense. We've got to get a lot more physical. In order to play in this league, I think that's a requirement."

Indiana was inspired after having two weeks to dwell on a 40-31 loss at Michigan State in which the underdog Hoosiers had tied the game with 2 minutes remaining. The victory snapped a four-game conference losing streak.

"Our defense was excellent from start to finish," Allen said.

Penix completed 20 of 29 passes for 282 yards and three TDs with one interception. Indiana sophomore running back Stevie Scott III, a former Rutgers recruit who backed out of the commitment, ran for 164 yards on just 12 carries, an average of 13.7 yards per carry.

The Hoosiers had a 557-75 advantage in total yards.

THE TAKEAWAY

Rutgers: Five consecutive lopsided losses make it difficult to accentuate any positives. If the Scarlet Knights are going to be competitive again, or have a chance at another win, it will likely have to come in the next three games (Minnesota, Liberty, at Illinois) because they finish against three of the Big Ten's strongest teams (Ohio State, Michigan State, at Penn State).

Indiana: A program that hasn't been to a bowl game since 2016 and just 11 in 120 years is now two wins away from becoming bowl eligible with six games remaining. Head coach Tom Allen's first game as an interim coach taking over for the fired Kevin Wilson in 2016 was a 26-24 loss to Utah in the Foster Farms Bowl.

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Philyor caught 10 passes for a career-high 182 yards to become the first Indiana receiver with back-to-back 100-yard receiving games since Ricky Jones in 2016. The junior had 14 receptions for 142 yards and two scores against the Spartans.

He should have scored a second-quarter touchdown as Rutgers botched coverage and allowed him to run uncovered down the middle of the field. But Penix's pass was poorly underthrown and Philyor had to dive back for a 31-yard gain. The play was initially ruled incomplete, but upon review, the receiver was able to get his hands under the football for the grab.

UP NEXT

Rutgers: At home next Saturday versus Minnesota.

Indiana: Visits Maryland next Saturday.

Passing

Rut Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Langan 13 5 38.5 0 1 4 0 46.6
Ind Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
M. Penix Jr. 29 20 69.0 3 282 56 1 120.2
P. Ramsey 6 4 66.7 0 15 7 0 70.1

Rushing

Rut Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
I. Pacheco 14 44 3.1 28 0
A. Young 5 29 5.8 12 0
Ind Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
S. Scott III 12 164 13.7 57 0
S. James 7 36 5.1 9 1

Receiving

Rut Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
A. Young 3 4 1.3 4 0
B. Melton 1 -1 -1.0 0 0
Ind Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
W. Philyor 10 182 18.2 56 0
N. Westbrook 5 50 10.0 19 1

Fumbles

Rut F FL
J. Langan 1 1

Returning

Rut KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
A. Young 4 18.8 0 25 0 - 0 0
Ind KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
W. Philyor 0 - 0 0 2 4.0 0 8
B. Fitzgerald 1 13.0 0 13 0 - 0 0

Punting

Rut Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Korsak 10 473 47.3 68
Ind Punt Yds Avg LgPu
H. Whitehead 4 172 43.0 55

Takeaways

Rut Int Yds InTD
D. Hayes 1 8 0
Ind Int Yds InTD
R. Jones 0 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

Rut Ind
Points For 0 35
Total Yards 75 557
Rushing Yards 74 260
Passing Yards 1 297
Passing Completions / Attempts 5/13 24/35
Turnovers 1 2
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 1/1 1/1
First Downs 6 25
Penalties - Yards 4/45 7/54
Time Of Possession 42:42 18:18
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 0/11 6/12
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/1 0/2
Punts - Average Yards 10/47 4/43

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Rut Ind
Ind 0:10 TD Reakwon Jones 17 yd fumble return (Logan Justus kick) 0 7
Ind 2:46 TD Peyton Hendershot 14 yd pass from Michael Penix Jr. (Logan Justus kick) 0 14
Ind 6:52 TD Nick Westbrook 19 yd pass from Michael Penix Jr. (Logan Justus kick) 0 21
2nd Quarter Rut Ind
No scores this quarter
3rd Quarter Rut Ind
Ind 2:05 TD Ty Fryfogle 10 yd pass from Michael Penix Jr. (Logan Justus kick) 0 28
Ind 10:58 TD Sampson James 1 yd run (Logan Justus kick) 0 35
4th Quarter Rut Ind
No scores this quarter

Game Information

Stadium: Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, Indiana
Attendance: 37,055
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