Cream 27, Crimson 26

The ball goes off Polk’s hands in the end zone to end the game. It’s a wrap. Cream 27, Crimson 26. We’re headed down to the football offices under Memorial Stadium for interviews.
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Polk catches a 34-yard TD pass to cut the deficit to one point with 41 seconds left. The Crimson goes for two and cornerback Chris Phillips was called for interferring with Chris Banks in the end zone on a fade. So the Crimson will try again for a two-point conversion to win the game.
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Polk grabbed a pass and ran to the Cream 34. The Crimson has 52 seconds left to get into the end zone to tie this game.
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The Crimson defense has stopped the Cream offense, giving the Crimson a final chance to win or tie game. The Crimson has 1st down from its own 10 with 1:49 left, trailing by a touchdown.
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The Hoosier defenses were dominating this less than thrilling second half of football until receiver Terrance Turner just grabbed an 81-yard touchdown pass from Chappell. 27-20 Cream with 4:05 left in the game.
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It’s three and out for the Cream in the first possession of the fourth quarter. The No. 1 offense, after a big frist half passing the ball, hasn’t done anything in its first two possessions of the second half.
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And a scoreless third quarter comes quickly at an end. It’s still the Cream with a 27-14 lead.
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Crimson kicker Nick Ford was just well short on a 39 yard field goal attempt.
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With a running clock, the third quarter is already half over, even though only a few plays have been run. This half will be over in a hurry, which is probably a good thing for the perhaps 200 chilly fans still here.

The second half is underway with the Crimson having the ball. Running back Trea Burgess got the half started with a 22-yard run against the Cream defense.
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Some highlights of the halftime stats – Cream: Lewis is 8 of 18 passing for 242 yards. Hardy has five catches for 107 yards and Fisher four catches fo 92 yards, Bailey two catches for 49 yards. Thigpen three runs for nine yards, Sears two runs for 15 yards.

Crimson: Chappell 9 of 13 passing for 73 yards. Turner five catches for 65 yards, Polk two catches for 30 yards. Trea Burgess and Bryan Payton each have nine yards to lead the team. Both teams combined have just 42 rushing yards in the first half.
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The Cream, with the No. 1 offense, now has 289 yards passing. That’s good news for the IU offense, but looks bad for the No. 1 defense. Between both squads today, there’s only 47 yards rushing with barely a minute left in the half.
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Six yard touchdown pass from – get this – Josiah Sears to Hardy. 27-14 Cream with 1:31 left in the half.
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Here’s some excitement – a scuffle after a late shove by Geno Johnson on Kellen Lewis out of bounds. We had a fight between Johnson and Lewis at first and after that was broken up a fight between Johnson and James Bailey.
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The Cream is moving again. James Hardy with another long grab and some slow pursuit by the No. 1 defense in catching up with him downfield. It’s 1st and 10 at the Crimson 14.
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A Chappell fumble gave the Cream the ball deep in Crimson territory, leading to a five-yard Josiah Sears touchdown run. 20-14 Cream.
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James Bailey broke a tackle to make a 33-yard gain for the Cream. It’s 1st and 10 at the Crimson 28. You wouldn’t think this wet, cold day would be a good one for passing, but Kellen Lewis is having a big game so far. He’s over 200 yards passing with nine and a half minutes left in the second quarter.
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Polk is doing it all. He took a handoff in the backfield on a double reverse and threw a 35-yard TD pass to Terrance Turner on the first play of the second quarter. It’s 14-13 Crimson.
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End of first quarter – Cream 13, Crimson 7
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Nick Polk just caught his second pass for the Crimson. Polk is playing both ways – safety and receiver.
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The No. 1 offense has been all about big plays so far – Ray Fisher just got loose after catching a short pass and sprinted down the right sideline untouched for a 67-yard TD. Starr missed the extra point. It’s 13-7 Cream.
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Here’s a personnel update: Blake Powers is out for this game with a neck injury that is not considered serious.
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Lewis just threw an interception in the end zone, picked off by safety J.T. Owens with just under three minutes left in the quarter.
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The Crimson just made the first big mistake of the game. After failing to pick up a first down, the Crimson was going to punt from its own 30 when punter Chris Hagerup fumbled the snap and then got tackled at the 16. It’s 1st and 10 from the Crimson 16 for the Cream.
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The Cream comes right back with a quick 46-yard strike from Lewis to Hardy down the left sideline. It’s 7-7 with 5:52 left in the quarter.
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Aided by a late hit after a completion, the Crimson drove quickly for a touchdown, capped by a six-yard Ben Chappell run. 7-0 Crimson with 6:46 left in the first quarter.
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The Cream’s initial drive died with an incompletion on 4th and 5. James Bailey had about half a step on Leslie Majors, but couldn’t pull in the pass one-handed.
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The Cream team is moving the ball. Lewis had a 12 yard pass to Ray Fisher, followed a couple of players later by a 17-yard run by Marcus Thigpen. It’s 3rd and 5 right now at the Crimson 38.
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They just had the coin toss and the Cream will get the ball first. That means we’ll see Kellen Lewis and the No. 1 offense first against the No. 1 defense. As a reminder, the Cream team has the No. 1 offense and the No. 2 defense, and the Crimson has the No. 1 defense and the No. 2 offense.
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The team is out on the field warming up. One personnel note, second string offensive lineman James Brewer is on the sidelines on crutches. I had not heard anything about him being injured, but something must have happened during one of the practices this week, which were all closed to the media.
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As you might imagine, there aren’t a lot of people in Memorial Stadium about 20 minutes prior to the scheduled start of today’s Cream and Crimson game. The weather in Bloomington is miserable today – it’s 42 degrees and raining right now, a very tough afternoon to sit and watch an intrasquad scrimmage.