For the first time since 2010, the Indiana Hoosiers have won the Old Oaken Bucket. IU defeated in-state rival, the Purdue Boilermakers, in a lopsided 56-36 game to end the season.
The Hoosier offense marched up and down the field as they amassed 692 yards, a school record. The Boilermakers, who have struggled on offense all season long, couldn’t get anything going until the game was well out of hand.
IU outscored Purdue 35-9 in the first half of the game. It wasn’t until late in the third quarter when Purdue would start rattling off rapid fire touchdowns. The Boilers even managed 20 points in the fourth, but it was too little too late.
The Hoosiers running attack was in rare form, even without Tevin Coleman suiting up. Tre Roberson started for IU, and played most of the game. He led an option attack that the Boilers had no answer for as IU gained 401 yards on the ground.
Roberson, Stephen Houston, and D’Angelo Roberts all rushed for over 100 yards. Roberson led the stat sheet with 154 yards, while Houston managed to find the end zone twice. As a team, the Hoosiers had over seven yards per carry.
Roberson was even efficient as a passer, completing 25-of-37 passes for 273 yards. He also had six touchdowns passes, tying a record set in 1943 by Bob Hoernschemeyer.
Wide receiver Shane Wynn snagged three of Roberson’s TD tosses. He finished the day with seven catches for 52 yards.
Cody Latimer broke 1,000 yards receiving for the season as he hauled in seven passes for 110 yards and a touchdown.
Ted Bolser broke the record for catches in a career by a tight end Saturday. He had three receptions for 16 yards and a touchdown.
Despite the loss, freshman Danny Etling put together a solid game. He completed 33-for-49 passes for 485 yards and four touchdowns.
Deangelo Yancy still proved he’s Etling’s favorite target with 11 receptions for 125 yards and a touchdown. Danny Anthrop pulled in just five passes, but made the most of them with 151 yards and a touchdown.
Senior cornerback Ricardo Allen had a nice day with two interceptions. The second of which was a nice break on an inside slant that saved a potential fourth TD pass to Wynn.
While Purdue was able to pass the ball with ease, the Boilers couldn’t do anything on the ground. Purdue rushed for just 31 yards against a Hoosier defense that gave up 865 yards to Ohio State and Wisconsin over the past two weeks.
Neither team is bowl eligible this season. Purdue finishes at 1-10, with their lone win against an FCS team. IU’s record improved to 5-7, just a win away from making it to a bowl game. It was a disappointing season for both teams.
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