Indiana retains Old Oaken Bucket with 23-16 win over Purdue

As he high-stepped into the end zone with 27 seconds remaining in Saturday’s game, Zander Diamont shook off the weight of a frustrating season for Indiana football.

Diamont’s one-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter provided the go-ahead score and helped IU retain the Old Oaken Bucket with a 23-16 win over Purdue at Memorial Stadium.

The victory sends Indiana into the offseason with its first and only conference win of the year.

Indiana’s final drive went 65 yards in eight plays. Former Bloomington North star D’Angelo Roberts took the Hoosiers to the door step with back-to-back carries totaling 29 yards. That set up Diamont’s one-yard run and another year’s possession of the Bucket.

Tevin Coleman finished with 29 carries for 130 yards, ending the season with 2,036 yards and becoming the 18th player in FBS history to surpass the 2,000-yard mark.

The teams went scoreless in the first quarter for the first time since 1995. Both Indiana’s Griffin Oakes (38) and Purdue’s Paul Griggs (47) missed field goals on their team’s second drive of the game.

Griggs eventually put Purdue on the board with a pair of second-quarter field goals, hitting both from 26 yards.

Austin Appleby threw three interceptions, but Indiana didn’t cash in until his third when Tegray Scales picked him off over the middle thanks to pressure off the edge by Zack Shaw. IU took over at the Purdue 23, but couldn’t get any closer than the Boilers’ 6. Oakes connected on a 23-yard field goal for IU’s first points.

But Akeem Hunt broke free for an 82-yard touchdown run on the first play of the ensuing series to give Purdue a 13-6 lead. Oakes added another midway through the third quarter on a 41-yard attempt to cut Purdue’s lead to 13-6.

Shane Wynn tied the game late in the third quarter on a well-executed, 41-yard reverse that stood as Indiana’s first offensive touchdown at Memorial Stadium since the second quarter of the Michigan State game on Oct. 18

The teams traded field goals into the fourth quarter to knot the score at 16-16, and then Coleman, Roberts and Diamont did the rest.

Indiana outgained Purdue 358-351. Diamont completed 15 of his 24 passes for 119 yards. In their final games, senior receivers Shane Wynn and Nick Stoner combined for 10 catches for 87 yards.

13 comments

  1. Yeah, Tevin will need a lot of luck. As great as he is, there’s just not a lot of spots on NFL rosters for running backs. Let’s hope he stays for his senior year.

  2. Congrats on beating Purdue. Congrats too on beating Missouri the SEC Eastern champ, and maybe the next SEC champ, earlier in the year. You were moving along until Sudfeld got injured. Unfortunately,Tre wasn’t available. That hurt, too. It presented you with some big challenges. But you didn’t run away from they. You didn’t quit. You showed us you have spine and the heart of a champion. So celebrate this victory, Then get ready to work through next year’s challenges,too.

    Oh, and don’t listen to the IU doomsday fans. Though loud, they represent a small segment of the IU fan base. You’ll never please them. So avoid paying attention to them. Focus on what you can do to continuously improve yourself and IU’s football program. Then, next season,raise the program to another level. For you’re on the right path with Coach Wilson and staff. And next year, we’ll see you in a bowl game.

  3. i guess we’ll know by noon tomorrow if wilson will be brought back. i, for one, think he deserves another year. had roberson stayed, i believe we eek out a bowl game.

    meanwhile, roberson is tearing up division 2 football. he is a shoe-in for conference player of the year while leading his team to a one loss season and the playoffs for the national title. he is also on the watch list for national player of the year.

    if sudfeld were to get injured next year, i still don’t know if we have a quality back up qb. diamont showed improvement and promise, but his arm weak and he is about 30lbs short of big 10 size. still, i admire his heart.

    nice win fellas. really enjoyed watching that game.

  4. Coach V, I did not know there was any question wether Wilson would be brought back. I assumed he would be win or lose against Purdue.

  5. i don’t know if there is a question. just because glass publicly endorsed wilson recently doesn’t mean he won’t get canned. i recall many times an owner or ad publicly backed the coach just before firing him. an ad saying he supports the head coach is the standard company line. how can they ever say anything different?

  6. interessting note: indiana’s win at missouri effectively knocked them out of consideration for the national championship. if missouri beats us they are ranked top 5 and still playing for the national title. that must be killing missouri fans.

  7. Good win and I’m especially happy for Diamont, but let’s be honest, those were obviously two B1G wanna-be QBs and two bottome-dweller teams this season.

    Think there’s no question Wilson is back, but I think next year has to be the breakthrough, 6 win campaign. Otherwise, the seat will be heating up. D did show some signs of progress, but still a lot of work to be ready for prime time in B1G.

  8. Coach V, I understand what you are saying and that is true in many situations. However, I do not think it applies in this specific situation. Not even a close call.

  9. “…wether Wilson would be brought back.”

    wether
    noun
    1. a castrated male sheep

    It clearly appears ‘t’ believes Wilson will be axed.

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