Bucket game live updates

That’s a final. The Hoosiers can’t claim the bucket or the sixth win they need to become bowl eligible. Coach Hoeppner is understandably upset after speaking to his team and says these seniors are taking their final loss as hard as any group he’s ever coached.

It has certainly been a long, strange trip for those guys, full of coaching changes and other adversity. They all seemed pretty shocked to realize it was over. 


4:58 left, game: Dorian Bryant’s score on an end around pitch makes this a two-score game.

Do the Hoosiers have any magic in them? 



9:29 left, game: Kellen Lewis just failed to convert the 2-point conversion. On a designed keeper he was swallowed up at the line.

James Hardy scored the touchdown on fourth down, hopping up to take a jump ball out of the air.

Hoosiers need a stop. 


Because this game hasn’t had enough action: Porter intercepted the first pass by Purdue, and then McCray took the ball from his own 45 down to the 2-yard line. They’re trying to punch it in now. 


Once again Kellen Lewis orchestrated a nice drive, getting the Hoosiers all the way down to the eight-yard line. But on third down he locked on James Hardy and threw a pass that should have been intercepted.

And instead of nailing Purdue on its mistake and taking those three points, Austin Starr botched the field goal, flubbing it wide left. 



0:46 left, third quarter: The scoring is coming quickly now. Austin Starr hit a 31-yarder for Indiana.

On third and seven from 13, Lewis was flushed from the pocket and began rolling right. He probably could have gotten the first down but tried to throw a pass back across his body to an open Andrew Means. It sailed high. 



2:46 left, third quarter: Decisive drive by the Boilermakers. Curtis Painter really had control of the offense and has figured out a lot of what Indiana is doing. On one play he audibled was able to find Orton as he hit the soft spot in the zone for a 16-yard gain.

Kory Sheets finished the drive with a loooong 2-yard stretch run to the right, ducking inside the pylon at the last second. 



6:56 left, third quarter: And the Hoosiers have responded. Hoeppner put the ball in Lewis’ hands and he carried the team to a score. He capped it with a 16-yard touchdown off a fake handoff/bootleg right.  



9:13 left, third quarter: The Boilmakers got it together for a drive and cruised down the field, going 70 yards in eight plays.

Painter found Greg Oron open in the front of the end zone from 14-yards out for the score.

Indiana needs a quick response. 


It is half time and I am trying to digest what I just saw. As well as a hot dog. Which was excellent.

Terry Hoeppner is undoubtedly trying to erase that half from his player’s memories. They just need to forget it happen and pretend they’ve got a clean slate. That they’re fortunate to be down only four points and at the same time unlucky to not be ahead by two touchdowns is bizarre but irrelevant right now.

This season rests on two quarters now. 


Forget Michigan-Ohio State.

The Strangest Football Game in the History of the World is taking place in West Lafayette right now.

Let me try to recap. I will fail to come close to recreating the absurdity.

Marcus Thigpen ran a for a three-yard gain. Purdue players claim he fumbled. Joe Tiller challenges the play. The officials decide it was a fumble and give the ball to Purdue.

On the very next play, Curtis Painter runs a nice little option and pitches out to Jaycen Taylor, who storms down the field. But he fumbles at about Indiana’s 30 and Tracy Porter picks it up.

Porter picks his way all the way down to Purdue’s 20, spinning and breaking tackles, before someone punches the ball out of his hands from behind and the ball goes sailing through the back of the end zone.

End result? Purdue gets the ball again at the 20. But Indiana stops the Boilermakers and again has the ball. 


So, Ray Fisher catches a pass on first down and promptly fumbles.

Just as promptly, Curtis Painter throws a terrible pass into double coverage and Troy Grosfield makes the interception.

Indiana ball, first and ten, their own 39. 


A knocked down pass and sack by William Patterson forced Purdue to punt, and Tracy Porter caught the ball at the 30 and took it all the way to the Boilermaker’s 49.  



8:27 left, first half: The Hoosiers just went 65 yards — the bulk of it picked up on a long run by Kellen Lewis — to set up a 31-yard field goal by Austin Starr.


Alright. Fortunes have changed. Selwyn Lymon tried to go up and make a grab but the ball slipped through his hands. Leslie Majors tipped it again and before Will Meyers grabbed it, making it his second interception of the day.

In other news, Kellen Lewis went over 2,000 yards passing on the year with his completion to Andrew Means before the fumble.


Demetrius McCray just fumbled on the one-yard-line and Purdue recovered. No, I’m not just screwing around with you, throwing out some scenario that just seems likely and hoping you’ll believe it. This really happened.

Worst-case scenario, it was.  


Kellen Lewis took a monster hit from DE Anthony Spencer and had to miss a play. The Hoosiers are lucky it was only that. Spencer, Purdue’s superb end, came around the blind side untouched and simply unloaded. But Lewis completed the pass and the Hoosiers are now driving. 


Oh by the way…Indiana has been shuffling its offensive line. Charlie Emerson is back at right tackle and Pete Saxon has returned to left guard. 



5:58 left, first quarter: Jaycen Taylor ran three yards to put Purdue on the board. 

A 29-yard pass caught by Purdue junior Dorien Bryant — who, like Hardy a few plays ago, had tight coverage on him — set up the play. In big rivalry games, it’s all about making big plays.


Yeesh. The Hoosiers did not need that.

After James Hardy dropped a very catchable ball that would have set up a chance in the red zone, Tyson Beattie’s punt got blocked. Purdue is threatening. 


Looks like the Hoosiers have come to play today. Will Meyers just timed his jump perfectly and came down with an interception at his 16-yard-line.

Hoosiers have it at their 46 after a return. 


Hoosiers again go three-and-out. Lewis’ pass on third down is ill-advised and almost picked off. The pace of the game so far favors them. If they can hold off an early surge they’ll figure out a way to move the ball. 


Purdue moved the ball a little bit but eventually stalled when QB Curtis Painter overthrew and open receiver on third down. The subsequent punt should have been downed inside the five yard line but was misplayed. Hoosiers will take over on their own 20.

Anybody out there today? 


Indiana chose to receive the opening kick but failed to gain any momentum on its first drive. The Boilermakers got into the backfield immediately on three straight plays, forcing a punt. They’ve got the ball to start at their own 44. 


Hola, Hoosier faithful. Chris here. This is my first taste of football rivalary served Indiana style. First impression: I think West Lafayette is a nicer town than many Bloomingtonian’s give it credit for. Seems like a nice enough place.

Well, the fans are piling in a little late. They had the senior day introductions and all that jazz and the teams are now milling about on the field getting ready to start this battle for the bucket.

Care to make a last minute prediction? I’ll go with Purdue 42, Indiana 30.


In addition to LT Rodger Saffold missing his second straight game because of an unspecified illness, LG Pete Saxon is apparently out because of a head injury suffered last Saturday. That apparently puts Lafayette native Scott Anderson starting at LT, John Sandberg at LG, Justin Frye at C, Chris Mangiero at RG and Kyle Thomas at RT. The emergence of Saxon and Saffold was a big reason for the improvement of IU’s running game as this season progressed, and their loss will likely be important.
We’re up in the spacious pressbox at Ross-Ade Stadium waiting for the start of IU-Purdue. A pregame radio show is being played in the pressbox and the local radio guys are giving the Hoosiers no chance whatsoever. 17 minutes to kickoff.


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