It was a wild week for college football in the state of Indiana this week. Here is your one stop shop for scores and stats in the Hoosier state.
Ball State 14, Ohio 52
There wasn’t much going for the Cardinals on Thursday in front of the 13,774 fans packed into Peden Stadium on the campus of Ohio University. Ball State scored two touchdowns in this game, one in the first quarter and another in the fourth quarter. In the first quarter, quarterback Riley Neal delivered an 18 yard pass to wide receiver Riley Miller.
With 2:43 left in the game, Ball State second string quarterback Drew Plitt took it to the end zone himself for a touchdown to make the final score 52-14.
Indiana 31, Minnesota 38
With 1:34 left in the game, Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan tossed a 67 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Rashod Bateman to stick a dagger in the hearts of Indiana football players and fans as the Gophers took the late lead in the game on Friday.
The Hoosiers put 22 points on the board in the fourth quarter to keep the game close, as it had been all Minnesota throughout. Indiana quarterback Peyton Ramsey went 29/44 and tossed 2 touchdowns and 232 yards in a losing effort..
Indiana State 43, Youngstown State 17
Indiana State’s defense came through in a huge way in Saturday’s bout with the Penguins of Youngstown State. Heading into the final quarter, Indiana State led YSU by a score of 23-17. The Sycamore defense held Youngstown State to a goose egg in the fourth quarter. It certainly helped when Sycamore linebacker Jonas Griffith recovered a fumble and took it 80 yards to the house to seal the game with just over a minute left in the game.
Indiana State quarterback Ryan Boyle passed for 325 yards and 3 touchdowns. Two of those touchdowns and 186 of those yards went to wide receiver Dante Hendrix as, he led the Sycamore receiving corps in yards and touchdowns.
Butler 28, Dayton 38
Although Butler outscored Dayton 21-17 in the second half, it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback. Dayton scored 3 times in their first 4 possessions as well as putting up 17 points in three of their last 4 drives. Butler looks to improve on their 3-5 record as they travel to Jacksonville next week.
Purdue 13, Michigan State 23
It was a tough day for Boilermaker quarterback David Blough and the rest of the Purdue squad as they struggled to keep the momentum up after the upset over Ohio State last Saturday night. Blough passed for 277 yards with no touchdowns and choked up three interceptions. One of those interceptions came in the fourth quarter as Purdue was in scoring range.
As I was tuning into this game, it appeared to me that Purdue struggled in many areas of the game. This loss ended Purdue’s 4-game win streak.
#3 Notre Dame 44, Navy 22
This was all Notre Dame from the start. With a score of 27-0 at halftime, Navy needed to desperately make a change to compete with the third ranked team in the nation. They attempted to mount a comeback, but it just wasn’t enough when it seemed that the Fighting Irish matched the Midshipmen whenever they scored.
Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book played lights out, going 27/33 (82%) for 330 yards and 2 touchdowns. The star of the game though, was Irish running back Dexter Williams. By rushing for 3 touchdowns in the first half and ending with 142 yards on the ground, Williams nearly single-handedly knocked out Navy.
Notre Dame normally has a tough time when they take on the Midshipmen, but that just was not the case this time. The Irish remain undefeated on the season; a season in which they hope to stay in playoff contention.