Indiana upsets No. 18 Missouri, 31-27

COLUMBIA, Mo — It all became real inside the arms of Indiana linebacker Tegray Scales on a game-ending tackle that turned the Hoosiers from punchline to punchers.

Scales wrapped up Missouri receiver Marcus Murphy near midfield to seal the win, as his teammates spilled from the sideline to celebrate Indiana’s 31-27 upset victory over the No. 18 Tigers. As he stood up, Scales waved his arms from side to side, signaling that it was over. Then he ran to a small pocket of Hoosier fans in the corner of the stands at Faurot Field, tore off his helmet and looked up toward the section of crimson-clad supporters.

There, he spotted his parents and made sure he could share an unforgettable moment with them both.

“I was pointing up to them, showing them love for making the seven-hour drive,” Scales said.

Anyone who made the drive to Columbia on Saturday, anyone who watched on television, witnessed one of the most important upsets in program history. The victory is the Hoosiers’ biggest win over a ranked opponent on the road since toppling No. 9 Ohio State in 1987. Saturday marked Indiana’s first win over a ranked opponent since beating No. 15 Iowa in 2006. The win also snapped a streak of seven straight road losses.

“Guys played hard,” IU coach Kevin Wilson said. “We made good plays at the end. Good win, good team. Our team’s got a lot to grow and gain on it. It’s nice to finally play hard and get on the ride side.”

Bloomington’s own D’Angelo Roberts sparked the win when he dived three yards into the end zone with 22 seconds remaining in regulation. Roberts flew over the Hoosier offensive line, placing years of painful memories and narrow defeats on pause. It was all set up by the play of the game — a 44-yard reception off a screen pass by Tevin Coleman.

“To be honest, I was prepared to run somebody over because I noticed a lot of people were on the ground,” Roberts said. “At that point in time, I figured I might as well jump, because I have a 40-inch vertical. Why not use it?”

The Hoosiers were in control of the game for much of the afternoon, never yielding momentum to a big-play Missouri offense and highlight-leading quarterback Maty Mauk. One week after being embarrassed in a road loss to Bowling Green, the Indiana defense authored one of its most memorable efforts in recent memory. The Hoosiers finished with 11 tackles for a loss and presented a reinvigorated pass rush that kept Mauk from establishing any degree of consistent momentum.
Mauk and the Tigers still managed to post 498 yards of total offense — five more yards than Indiana — but they were met by a Hoosier defense that played aggressive, blitzed and flew around the field aiming to make plays.

Indiana defenders still yielded a few big plays that turned into Missouri scores. After Tevin Coleman’s one-yard touchdown run put the Hoosiers on the board first, Missouri answered with a 45-yard pass from Mauk to Jimmie Hunt.
Then they lost Coleman.

The IU running back was cared off due to substantial cramping, but was backed up by a strong tandem of Roberts and freshman Devine Redding. Redding ran for a team-high 49 yards in the first half and picked up 27 yards to set up a one-yard touchdown run by Roberts early in the second quarter for a 14-7 IU lead.

Coleman led Indiana with 132 rushing yards, while Roberts finished with 65 yards and two touchdowns.
The Tigers answered with another big play — this one a 68-yard touchdown run by Rus Hansbrough, who exploited a heavy IU blitz. The teams traded field goals to end the half, including Aaron Del Grosso’s 23-yarder for IU as time expired, sending them into the locker room tied at 17-17.

Indiana blew a major opportunity to start the second half when Mark Murphy intercepted Mauk on the first play of the third quarter. Starting at the Mizzou 25, Sudfeld was sacked by Tigers rush end Shane Ray and freshman kicker Aaron Del Grosso missed a 41-yard field goal — his third miss of the season.

Indiana took a 24-17 lead late in the third quarter, when it went 82 yards on two plays. Tevin Coleman’s 49-yard run through the middle of the field set up a 33-yard touchdown pass from Nate Sudfeld to J-Shun Harris. Missouri fired back on its next drive, going 71 yards in eight plays and scoring on a one-yard pass from Maty Mauk to Sean Culkin.

The Tigers broke the 24-24 tie when Andrew Baggett connected on a 40-yard field goal with 2:20 left to play in the fourth quarter. There was still plenty of time for the Hoosiers, but they nearly didn’t go far at all.

IU’s game-wiing drive was nearly stopped on fourth down in the Hoosiers’ own territory. Facing 4th-and-6 at the 29, Sudfeld looked over the middle to Dominique Booth, who drew a pass interference call against Mizzou’s Braylon Webb. The penalty gave life to the Hoosiers, who used Coleman’s big gain to reach the door step. Roberts dived in for the score two plays later.

Then there was reason to celebrate for an IU program that has been its own worst enemy too many times to recount.

But for one night, at least, all was right.

“From our standpoint, it’s not a surprise that we won, but it was a big upset in reality,” Scales said. “I think we’re very excited to know we could do that.”

4 comments

  1. NOW THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT!!!

    After I blasted the Defense for not showing up after the L to BGSU last week, it’s time to give kudos to the D this week for keeping the game close and allowing Tevin Coleman and the IU Offense an opportunity to win the game.

    Congrats to CW and the entire IU Football team for a great win! Now let’s keep it rolling…just WIN baby!!

  2. It is soooo very nice to see an Indiana football team FINISH THE DEAL!! Great job by the players, coaches and Head Coach Wilson! There seemed to be 100’s of new guys on the field that played big time football against a top 20 SEC team: Scales, Clark, Booth, Cobbs, Fant, Fields, Walton, Dutra, Redding, Heffern, Hoff, Fuchs, Cooper, Corsaro, Latham etc. (my apologies to those I have onitted)! It is hard to believe that this is the same team that gave up 45 points to Bowling Green. Don’t let up. This is a good football team. Go for greatness!

  3. What a game. Higgi, I agree about the defense showing up today. First half defensive backs were playing way too soft on Missouri’s receivers, but IU made great adjustments in 2nd half playing tighter on them. The entire defense played with more energy, flying around. Here’s hoping they remember what this feels like so they can repeat this type performance again and again. Devine Redding was a real shot in the arm stepping in for Coleman. Great effort from punting, kicking, extra points, defense and offense! Way to go IU!

  4. Great job Hoosiers! A true team victory. That was a different team than the one that took the field last week. They should be very proud of themselves.

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