Final score: Indiana 27, Purdue 24

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IU’s players are in the center of the field with fans from the student section circling around them. Lots of arms in the air. Indiana is bowl-bound for the first time in 14 years. We won’t find out what bowl it will be until Dec. 2, but it’s a virtual certainty that IU will receive a bid.

The Hoosiers also broke their five-game losing skid in the Old Oaken Bucket rivalry. They had some shaky moments in the fourth quarter, but junior kicker Austin Starr came through with a career-long 49-yarder to save the game.

It’s now several minutes after the game and the field is close to half full with celebrating fans and players. I have to head down to the post-game press conference, but we’ll be back with more reports later tonight. I imagine this will be a crazy night in Bloomington. This is probably the biggest IU sports celebration we’ve witnessed since the NCAA basketball Final Four run in 2002.

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Purdue was set to start at its 30 with 23 seconds left, but a penalty flag is thrown after the kickoff. A personal foul is called on Purdue. That’ll move it back to the 15.

  • Purdue gains 13 yards on a first down pass and then throws an incompletion. 7 seconds left. 2nd and 10 at the 28.
  • It’s over. IU wins. 27-24.
  • Fans are all over the field.

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Not surprisingly, the Boilermakers are really fired up now. They swarm James Bailey at the IU 24 on the kickoff and the bench explodes.

  • Ray Fisher pulls in a pass that could have been picked off on first down for a nine-yard gain.
  • On 3rd and 1 at the 33, Lewis scrambles for three yards.
  • Lewis hits Hardy over the middle for seven yards. Second and 3 from the 43.
  • Thigpen picks up a first down with a 7-yard run to midfield.
  • A 9-yard pass to Thigpen down the sideline gives IU a 2nd and 1 at the Purdue 41. But Thigpen loses four yards on the next play. 3rd and 5 at the 45 with 1:53 left.
  • Lewis finds Hardy over the middle for a crucial first down. 12 yard gain. 1st and 10 at the 33 with 1:32 left.
  • Thigpen loses a yard on first down. A 4-yard pass to Bailey. 3rd and 7 at the Purdue 30.
  • Lewis loses 1. Officials throw a flag, but pick it up. Starr wil attempt a long field goal, 47 or 48 yards, with 35 seconds left to try to put IU ahead.
  • Starr hits a 49-yard with 35 seconds left and Memorial Stadium is the loudest its been all year. IU ahead 27-24.

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Purdue takes over at the IU 36 after the fumble.

  • Disaster continues to strike the Hoosiers. Leslie Majors is called for pass interference against Taylor, giving Purdue a first down at the IU 15 with 3:50 left.
  • Purdue ties with the game at 24 with 3:39 left, on a five-yard pass to Jake Standeford.

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Indiana starts at its 27.

  • Burgess fumbles on first down. Lewis recovers. No game. Hoosiers looking shaky with 5:25 left. They call time out.
  • Lewis rifles the ball to Hardy and runs for a crucial first down to the IU 38. An 11-yard gain.
  • Thigpen fumbles. Purdue recovers. The Boilermakers have the ball at the IU 36, trailing 24-17 with 4:18 left.

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Purdue takes over at its 25.

  • Sheets gains four yards on second down.
  • The fans rise for this 3rd down. Purdue needs five yards. Painter looks to his main target, Bryant, and is rewarded with a fantastic catch.
  • Sheets up the middle this time for a gain of two.
  • Painter finds Keller heading toward the sideline, and he breaks one tackle and keeps going. He gains 31 yards.
  • Purdue is down to Indiana’s 31. Painter uses the middle of the field, to Keller again. Nine-yard gain.
  • Sheets with a powerful run up the middle. Late flags. Probably a face mask. It is, and the personal foul 15-yard type.
  • Painter on a keeper, goes right. Stopped by Thomas a yard shy.
  • Sheets runs in from the one, making it 24-17 with 6:15 left. It’s a tight game again.

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Porter fields a bouncing punt and returns it 23 yards to the Purdue 40.

  • Lewis has plenty of time. But no one open.
  • Thigpen finds a hole up the middle, again. Purdue’s linebackers are vacating quickly, in favor of the pass. Indiana is exploiting it.
  • Trae Burgess, the fifth-string running back, is now in the game. That means that Demetrius McCray, Josiah Sears and Bryan Payton are all hurt.
  • Lewis sacked on 3rd. Austin Starr in for a 42-yard field goal. He misses. For the first time in 16 tries.

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Purdue starts at its 7.

  • Painter threads a pass to Standeford for a gain of eight.
  • Taylor up middle for three and a first down.
  • Painter keeps and lowers his helmet into Nick Polk. Gain of eight.
  • Taylor again cleans it up, gaining three and a new set of downs.
  • Majors arrives at the same time as the ball, preventing Keller from holding on.
  • Painter finds Keller streaking up the seam open this time. And misses him, badly.
  • On 3rd and 10, Painter apparently goes down. There’s some controversy as the Purdue coaches think his knee never went down. But the ruling stands.

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Indiana starts at its 28.

  • Thigpen loses two on first down.
  • On second down, Lewis tries to step up in the pocket, but he’s got guys watching him. He loses two.
  • Hardy tries to make a play and looks very much like he’ll be able to, as he curves up into open space. But Josh McKinley came roaring in to make the tackle.
  • Hines gets off a punt that rolls 60 yards and pins Purdue.

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INDIANA 24, PURDUE 10 (1:47 third quarter)

  • 79 yards, 10 plays, 3:40

Purdue will get another shot to score its first touchdown.

  • The Boilermakers gets rolling, and tries a shot down the field. Painter throws to far for Orton.
  • Sheets, on second down, gains 11 through the middle.
  • Let’s say it again: Appreciate Tracy Porter while you can. Few guys make that sort of play as consistently as he does. He fought through the block and made a sure tackle.
  • Well, this is awkward. Porter gets torched. And called for pass interference. So, umm, yeah.
  • Now to Bryant on a quick screen, gets it to the Indiana 3.
  • Sheets powers it outside, carries a tackler or two and gets it to the 1-yard line. And gains a first down.
  • Sheets up middle for the touchdown.

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Indiana takes over at its 6.

  • Thigpen finds a hole, again, and gets out to the 29.
  • Thigpen again — Indiana needs to run the clock — this time bouncing outside for a gain of five.
  • Now Fisher on a quick screen.
  • Lewis keeps on an option wide left, gains four.
  • Lewis fumbles while faking the hand off. Thigpen jumps on it.
  • That makes it 3rd and 9. Lewis is pressured and has to dump the ball off toward Thigpen. No catch, no gain.

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Purdue starts from its 33.

  • Looks like the Boilermakers are committed to running the ball on this drive.
  • Late hit on Patterson for the late hit. That’s the type of play that sometimes hurts this team, mentally.
  • But the Hoosiers are strong on the resulting first down, as they get through the Purdue line and force a two-yard loss.
  • Purdue falters now, failing to get the snap off before the play clock ticks down.
  • Quick screen is sniffed out by Indiana and Adam McClurg fills his hole, causing another loss of yardage.
  • Painter tries to squeeze a pass over the middle, and it’s tipped in the air twice before Phillips catches it for an interception.
  • Guess what? It’s going to be reviewed. But the call stands.

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INDIANA 24, PURDUE 3

  • 72 yards, 3 plays, 47 seconds

Indiana begins this drive at the 28.

  • The reverse to Fisher works this time. He gains 19, punctuating the run with a hard hit along the sideline.
  • Marcus Thigpen with a burst up the middle. Then he changes direction a few times through the secondary and ends up with a 45-yard gain.
  • Now Lewis drops and, seeing nothing he likes, takes it himself. He weaves through the defense and into the end zone.

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Hines punts it 47 yards, putting Purdue at its 15.

  • Haven’t seen that much, as Kory Sheets runs right and gains eight.
  • Pass by Painter gets to Lymon. Majors had a shot at picking it but was a second late.
  • Sheets tries the middle this time, gains only two yards.
  • Painter throws short for Keller but can’t get it to him.
  • Lymon runs a streak and probably should have made that catch. Leslie Majors bothers him enough to prevent that, though.

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Indiana will receive with a chance to build a healthy lead. Thigpen helps the Hoosiers with a 17-yard return. They’ll start at the 37.

  • Then Thigpen gains a yard up middle on first down.
  • Lewis is pressured right away and has to throw the ball away. Purdue’s coaches were adamant about intentional grounding, but didn’t get the call.
  • Lewis lofts long for Means on a fly route, but he can’t catch up to it.

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  1. This site sucks why show a game score 2 years ago on the front page the day of the game. Very miss leading I wont revisit it again!

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