Indiana 34, Purdue 31

WEST LAFAYETTE — Indiana claimed the Old Oaken Bucket with a 34-31 overtime win on Saturday.

Mitch Ewald kicked a 31-yard field goal in the first overtime, taking back the Bucket for the first time since 2007.

It was a chaotic game, in which Indiana overcame a 14-point deficit (the largest comeback under coach Bill Lynch) and trailed entering the fourth quarter (the first comeback in the final quarter under Lynch).

Middle linebacker Jeff Thomas, who admitted after the game he did not know about the Old Oaken Bucket until he arrived in Bloomington from California earlier this year, intercepted a Purdue pass to end the first series of overtime. Indiana had won the toss and elected to go second.

The Hoosiers (5-7) trailed Purdue 28-21 entering the fourth, but quarterback Ben Chappell found  Tandon Doss in the back of the endzone for his third touchdown of the game. Purdue’s Carson Wiggs kicked a 36-yard field goal with 6:17 remaining to go up 31-28.

Indiana came back though, finally fulfilling the offseason motto of finishing. Ewald kicked a 26-yard field goal with 13 seconds remaining to send the game into OT.

It was a stirring win, the first in West Lafayette since 1996. Indiana snapped a 12-game Big Ten losing streak and. Indiana fans filling up the makeshift post game press conference room and cheering Lynch as he left the podium. On the hot seat entering the game, Lynch’s job status is not yet known for next season.

Wide receiver Damarlo Belcher said after the game that he will be back next season, and hopes Lynch is as well. Doss said he will make a decision on his future in the next couple of weeks.

7 comments

  1. I’ll gamble and bet if Lynch stays, Doss stays and if Lynch is gone, then Doss is gone. Doss with Wright-Baker next year could be exciting because W-B’s mobility should open the passing game much more.

    Great win today guys!!!! LOVED IT!!!! Without a bowl game, a win over Purdue is ALWAYS the next best thing!!!!

  2. Just glad for Lynch no matter what happens ….and I just can’t stand Purdon’t !!! I don’t like that city, campus or their big-headed mascot …. Indiana …We’re All for You …IU !!!

  3. Great win today! Stepped onto a flight and had to shut off my phone just as OT started. Landed to find an IU victory. Best flight ever! Saw another person in an IU sweatshirt at O’Hare and we spontaneously high-fived. Winning is so much better…wish we did it more often!

  4. Glad to see Chappell, T. Replogle, and the rest of the seniors go out with a hard fought victory! Too bad Belcher didn’t hang on to that last minute pass in the Iowa game or IU may be heading to a bowl game this year. BTW – I’m guessing Bill Lynch survives another year, unless Glass believes he can convince Brady Hoke to move to Bloomington.

  5. I felt like I was watching Depauw vs. Wabash considering it was a rivalry game, both teams wore red/white vs. black/gold, and the players are Division 3 level talent.

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