Indiana dominated Rutgers on Saturday for a 41-0 victory in Bloomington, Ind. The Hoosiers jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the game’s first 7 minutes and never looked back. The Hoosiers improved to 5-6 and are one game away from bowl eligibility, while Rutgers fell to 4-7 and saw its bowl hopes fade away.
Below find key plays from the Week 12 game:
Indiana-Rutgers live updates, score
Indiana 41, Rutgers 0, 8:27: The game has returned and so has Indiana to the end zone. Cole Gest runs in from 8 yards out for another Hoosiers touchdown.
The game went into a weather delay around 2:22 p.m.
Indiana 34, Rutgers 0, 4:19: It got even worse for Rutgers. Indiana scores again, this time Ellison takes it in from a yard away. It’s a full on rout.
Indiana 27, Rutgers 0, 11:38: Not much has changed after halftime. Indiana turned another Rutgers turnover (a fumble) into an early touchdown in the 3rd quarter. Lagow found Luke Timian for a 20-yard touchdown this time to make it 27-0.
Indiana 20, Rutgers 0: Indiana completely dominated the first half. The Hoosiers jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead and totaled 268 yards of offense in the first 30 minutes. Rutgers, meanwhile, was held to 112 yards.
Indiana 20, Rutgers 0, 9:09: Griffin Oakes kicks another field goal, this time from 20 yards out to make it 20-0 Hoosiers.
Indiana 17, Rutgers 0, 2:29: Make it a 3-score game. Indiana tacks on 3 more points with a 26-yard field goal which caps a 12-play drive.
Indiana 14, Rutgers 0, 8:17: Indiana is jumping all over Rutgers early. Hoosiers’ QB Richard Lagow finds Ian Thomas for a 57-yard touchdown to put Indiana up by 2 scores less than 7 minutes into the game.
Indiana 7, Rutgers 0, 11:12: Indiana capitalizes on a fumbled Rutgers punt. After taking over on the Scarlet Knights’ 6-yard line, Indiana RB Morgan Ellison runs for a touchdown on the first play following the turnover.
Indiana-Rutgers game time, information
Indiana and Rutgers play at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 18.
Time: 12 p.m. ET
Location: Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, Ind.
Date: Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017
Indiana and Rutgers are playing for bowl eligibility. Both teams enter Saturday’s game at 4-6 and need wins in their last 2 games to become eligible for postseason play. The loser of Saturday’s game will have its 2017 season come to an end the following week.
Rutgers has not been to a bowl game since the 2014 season when the Scarlet Knights won the Quick Lane Bowl. But second-year coach Chris Ash doesn’t want to focus to be anywhere but on his team’s next opponent.
“Worried about Indiana. That’s it. We’ve got to play our best football, and we’ve got to keep getting better,” Ash said. “If a bowl game is in the cards because we played our best football and it’s given us a chance to win, then great. But we’re more concerned about Indiana, and we have to play better. We can’t make the same mistakes that we made this last week against Penn State or Indiana will beat us too.”
Rutgers enters the game off a 35-6 loss at Penn State. Ash’s team controlled the game at Beaver Stadium for the first quarter but gave up 35 unanswered over the final 3 quarters.
Indiana, meanwhile, is fresh off its first Big Ten win of the season. The Hoosiers snapped a 6-game conference skid in a 24-14 win at Illinois last week. Even with the struggles in Big Ten play, Indiana is still in decent shape for bowl eligibility due to a 3-0 nonconference slate. The Hoosiers are 11-point favorites against Rutgers and a win could set them up for a chance to hit the 6-win mark against Purdue in the regular season’s final week.
But first, Indiana must get past Rutgers, which already has 3 conference wins.
“They are a much better football team for sure after watching them on film,” first-year Indiana coach Tom Allen said of Rutgers. “Just following them throughout the season, you can tell there’s a big difference. Coach Ash has done a great job there and their kids are buying into what he’s doing. Last year we were down by 11 at their place and had to fight to get that one up there. We know it’s going to be a tremendous opportunity for us, tremendous challenge wrapped up into one.”
Saturday will be senior day at Indiana, and the program will honor a group of players that includes linebacker Tegray Scales. Scales has racked up 315 tackles, 16 sacks and 8 interceptions in his 4-year career with the Hoosiers. Scales is one of 22 seniors who will be honored.
“They’ve meant so much to the program, so many quality young men and great players that have really laid a tremendous foundation for us and have really changed the perception of the program, the expectations and the performance,” Allen said of Indiana’s seniors. “Just want to see those guys finish on a high note at home and finish the season strong.”