Oct 2, 2021; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Indiana Hoosiers quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (9) drops back to throw a pass against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the first quarter at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Penix Jr. announces transfer to Washington

Former Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. announced Tuesday that he’s transferring to Washington to reunite with new head coach Kalen DeBoer.

Penix, who made the announcement on social media, has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

DeBoer was named the new head coach of the Huskies late last month.

Penix played for DeBoer when he was Indiana’s offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach in 2019. Penix completed 68.8 percent of his passes and threw for 1,394 yards with 10 touchdowns in just six games under DeBoer’s guidance.

Overall, Penix threw for 4,197 yards with 29 TDs against 15 interceptions in 20 games at Indiana. He added another six rushing scores.

He played in just five games in 2021 after suffering a shoulder injury on Oct. 2 against Penn State. All three of Penix’s previous seasons at Indiana ended early due to injuries. He suffered ACL tears in 2018 and 2020 and a collarbone injury in 2019. He finishes 12-5 as the starter in Bloomington.

Penix also visited UCF last weekend.

–Field Level Media

Oct 16, 2021; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Indiana Hoosiers head coach Tom Allen yells to pump up. His team during warmups before the match against the Michigan State Spartans at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana coach Tom Allen takes pay cut, OC fired

Indiana offensive coordinator Nick Sheridan is out and head coach Tom Allen is taking a pay cut after a disappointing season that saw the Hoosiers finish 2-10.

“I want to thank Nick for his work and commitment to our football program,” Allen said in a statement Sunday, a day after the Hoosiers were trampled by Purdue, 44-7, to finish 0-9 in Big Ten play.

“He is a good football coach and a man of tremendous character, but we are in the need of a reset on the offensive side of the ball. We will begin our search for Nick’s replacement immediately.”

Sheridan, 33, had been on the coaching staff since 2017 and took over as offensive coordinator in 2020.

Indiana scored one touchdown or fewer in six games on the season.

Allen, 51, also agreed to restructure his contract. It will still go through the 2027 season, but his salary will be decreased each year from 2022-25.

“We did not meet the standard that I expect from our football program, and that starts with me,” Allen said. “This season was not acceptable and we will work to address it.”

In five-plus seasons at Indiana, Allen has a 26-32 overall record, including an 0-3 mark in bowl games. The Hoosiers were 6-2 in the coronavirus-shortened season in 2020 and entered this season ranked No. 17.

–Field Level Media

Purdue defensive end DaMarcus Mitchell (15) celebrates a stop during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021 at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette.

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Aidan O’Connell throws four TDs as Purdue smashes Indiana

Aidan O’Connell completed 26 of 31 passes for 278 yards and four touchdowns, lifting Purdue to a 44-7 win over rival Indiana in Big Ten play at West Lafayette, Ind.

The Boilermakers (8-4, 6-3 Big Ten) took back the Old Oaken Bucket for the first time since 2018 behind the passing of O’Connell, who was on point all afternoon. With the win, Purdue achieved its first eight-win season since 2007. Running back Zander Horvath added 15 carries for 49 yards and one touchdown for Purdue.

Indiana (2-10, 0-9), which began the year as No. 17, finished the season with eight straight losses and posted its first winless Big Ten season since 2011. Walk-on Grant Gremel made his first career start at quarterback for Indiana, completing 18 of 30 passes for 147 yards and one interception.

Purdue took the game’s opening kickoff and drove 75 yards on 13 plays, going up 7-0 on a 1-yard TD run by Horvath. O’Connell completed 6 of 7 passes for 56 yards on the drive. Indiana answered with an 11-play, 75-yard drive, capped by a 2-yard scoring run by quarterback Donaven McCulley, to tie the score at 7.

In the second quarter, after a Jaylin Williams 77-yard interception return for a TD for Indiana was wiped out on a pass interference penalty, O’Connell found tight end Paul Piferi on an 18-yard TD pass to put the Boilermakers up 14-7.

Purdue extended its lead to 17-7 on a 32-yard field goal from kicker Mitchell Fineran. Indiana had a chance to cut into Purdue’s lead late in the half, but Charles Campbell’s 40-yard field-goal attempt with two seconds left in the half sailed wide left, allowing the Boilermakers to take a 10-point lead into halftime.

In the third quarter, O’Connell remained hot, completing all four of his pass attempts on a four-play, 51-yard TD drive. O’Connell finished the drive with a 21-yard TD pass to Jackson Anthrop, putting the Boilermakers up 24-7.

O’Connell’s third TD pass, a 5-yard strike to T.J. Sheffield, extended Purdue’s lead to 31-7 with 8:37 left in the third quarter. His fourth TD pass, a 20-yard strike to David Bell, put Purdue up 37-7 while wrapping up an easy win.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2021; Bloomington, Indiana, USA;  Minnesota Golden Gophers tight end Brevyn Spann-Ford (88) is tackled by Indiana Hoosiers linebacker Cam Jones (4) during the first quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Balanced effort on offense leads Minnesota past Indiana

Tanner Morgan passed for 196 yards and two touchdowns and Ky Thomas added 105 yards rushing and two TDs, leading Minnesota to a 35-14 win Saturday over Indiana at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Ind.

The Golden Gophers (7-4, 5-3 Big Ten) kept their Big Ten West Division title hopes alive with a balanced offensive effort, passing for 196 yards and rushing for 195.

The Hoosiers (2-9, 0-8) dropped their seventh straight game. Donaven McCulley rushed for 72 yards and one TD but struggled throwing the football, completing just 3 of 7 passes for 17 yards, with two interceptions, before being replaced by Grant Gremel in the fourth quarter.

Gremel, a sophomore, threw a 29-yard TD pass to receiver Malachi Holt-Bennett in the closing seconds of the game for his first career TD pass.

After coming up with a fourth-down stop on the Hoosiers’ 8-yard line to thwart a Minnesota scoring drive, Indiana answered with a 14-play, 92-yard TD drive, capped by an 11-yard TD run by McCulley with 17 seconds left in the first quarter.

Of Indiana’s 14 plays on the drive, 13 were on the ground. McCulley rushed for 53 yards on seven carries, fooling Minnesota’s defense on a series of quarterback draws.

Minnesota tied the score in the second quarter on a 12-play, 68-yard TD drive, capped by a 2-yard TD run by Thomas that knotted the score at 7 with 6:04 left in the second quarter.

Later in the quarter, Morgan found Brevyn Spann-Ford on a 48-yard pass down to Indiana’s 4-yard line, setting up a 1-yard TD run by Thomas to put Minnesota up 14-7 with 46 seconds left.

Indiana then had a costly turnover on its next series, as McCulley threw an interception that Minnesota’s Tyler Nubin returned 18 yards to the Indiana 31-yard line.

Minnesota then put together a quick three-play, 31-yard TD drive, with Morgan connecting with Chris Autman-Bell on a 14-yard TD pass with nine seconds left in the half to put Minnesota up 21-7 at the break.

In the third quarter, Morgan connected with Autman-Bell again on a 9-yard TD pass to extend Minnesota’s lead to 28-7. Mar’Keise Irving put Minnesota up 35-7 in the fourth quarter on a 3-yard TD run.

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Nov 6, 2021; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Indiana Hoosiers head coach Tom Allen reacts during the first half against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana looks to snap five-game losing streak, hosts Rutgers

Indiana has failed to win a Big Ten game so far this season, taking a significant step back from last year’s six-win campaign.

But after a difficult stretch, the Hoosiers will look to break through Saturday against a Rutgers team that has also struggled to find its footing in conference play.

Indiana (2-7, 0-6 Big Ten) dropped its fifth straight game, falling 29-7 at Michigan on Saturday. The loss dropped the Hoosiers out of bowl consideration after Indiana posted back-to-back January bowl appearances following the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

“There’s no doubt this has been a major disappointment and frustration, way different than any of us ever expected, thought, even imagined would happen,” Indiana football coach Tom Allen said.

Allen is stressing to the Hoosiers to finish the season strong. Starting quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (shoulder) and backup Jack Tuttle (foot) both returned to practice this week and will split reps with true freshman quarterback Donaven McCulley, who has started Indiana’s last two games against Maryland and Michigan.

“Whoever is in there is going to need to be able to be healthy, and we’re not going to put them out there if they’re not,” Allen said. “But number two, it is what do we’ve got to do to be able to help us be successful on Saturday.”

Rutgers (4-5, 1-5) is coming off a 52-3 home loss to Wisconsin on Saturday. During the game, the Scarlet Knights lost wide receiver/kick returner Aron Cruickshank to a season-ending injury and could be without starting quarterback Noah Vedral, who sustained an undisclosed injury in the third quarter and did not return.

“I think Noah is going to progress during the week. I think he will be available,” Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said. “But I can’t tell you that for sure.”

If Vedral can’t play, Rutgers could turn to Cole Snyder, Evan Simon or true freshman Gavin Wimsatt at quarterback.

Though Rutgers has struggled at home in conference play, the Scarlet Knights did post a 20-14 upset at Illinois on Oct. 30.

“They’re a very physical football team, play hard,” Allen said. “Coach has done a great job there getting those guys and changing their whole mindset and how they play and how they compete for 60 minutes. So know that that’s going to be the case this week.”

–Field Level Media

Michigan Wolverines defensive end Aidan Hutchinson (97) and linebacker David Ojabo (55) force a fumble by Indiana Hoosiers quarterback Donaven McCulley (0) during first half action Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021 at Michigan Stadium.

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Hassan Haskins’ career day lifts No. 7 Michigan over Indiana

Hassan Haskins rushed for a career-high 168 yards and a touchdown and tight end Luke Schoonmaker caught two TD passes, lifting No. 7 Michigan to a 29-7 win over Indiana in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Haskins took on the bulk of the run game after sophomore running back Blake Corum suffered an injury in the first quarter and did not return.

Even without Corum, Michigan (8-1, 5-1 Big Ten) rolled up 188 rushing yards and 411 yards of total offense to avenge a 38-21 loss at Indiana last season. Quarterback Cade McNamara passed for 168 yards and two TDs. McNamara connected on a 50-yard pass to Cornelius Johnson early in the fourth quarter, then an 8-yard TD pass to Schoonmaker to put the Wolverines up 29-7.

Indiana (2-7, 0-6 Big Ten) dropped its fifth straight and is still seeking its first conference win. Freshman quarterback Donaven McCulley, making his second career start, finished with 88 yards passing and 37 yards rushing. Michigan’s defense harassed McCulley for much of the night, recording two sacks and nine pressures.

Haskins rushed for 117 yards in the first half, helping Michigan build a 17-7 halftime lead.

After a 34-yard Jake Moody field goal put Michigan up 3-0 to end the first quarter, the Wolverines took advantage of a short field off a turnover to score their first TD. Linebacker David Ojabo came up with a strip sack of McCulley, which Michigan recovered at Indiana’s 25-yard line. Four plays later, Haskins plunged in on a 2-yard TD run, putting the Wolverines up 10-0.

Indiana answered with a 10-play, 75-yard TD drive, sparked by the arm and legs of McCulley. A 24-yard run by McCulley got Indiana down to the Michigan 2, and Chris Childers scored on a 1-yard TD run, cutting Michigan’s lead to 10-7.

But Michigan responded with a quick four-play, 75-yard TD drive, sparked by a 62-yard run from Haskins. McNamara capped the drive with a 12-yard TD pass to Schoonmaker, putting Michigan up 17-7 with 6:28 left in the second quarter.

Indiana lost starting running back Stephen Carr in the first quarter to a leg injury.

–Field Level Media

Oct 9, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Maryland Terrapins quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa (3)throws during the first half against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

QB issues abound as Maryland hosts Indiana

Quarterback play will be under the microscope on Saturday when Maryland faces Indiana in College Park, Md., in a matchup of two skidding Big Ten East teams.

Hoosiers quarterback Jack Tuttle is week-to-week after sustaining a foot injury during last Saturday’s 54-7 beatdown at the hands of No. 5 Ohio State. Tuttle has been the starter for Indiana (2-5, 0-4 Big Ten) since Michael Penix Jr. suffered a shoulder injury three weeks ago against Penn State.

Penix remains week-week as well, according to coach Tom Allen.

Indiana played true freshman Donaven McCulley and walk-on Grant Gremel at quarterback after Tuttle exited last week. Who starts for the Hoosiers on Saturday is a mystery outside the program.

“Without letting Maryland know the rotation of players, we have to get everybody ready to play,” Indiana offensive coordinator Nick Sheridan said.

The Hoosiers only mustered 114 yards of total offense and allowed the Buckeyes to score 44 points by halftime en route to losing their third straight game to a division opponent ranked inside the top 10.

Allen said his approach after grading Saturday’s tape was to “flush it and press on with our guys.”

On the opposing side is Maryland (4-3, 1-3) — like Indiana, a loser in three straight — where starting QB Taulia Tagovailoa has struggled following a torrid start to the campaign.

In last week’s 34-16 loss at Minnesota, Tagovailoa completed 17 of 27 passes for 189 yards with one touchdown and a lost fumble. It was his first game without an interception since Week 3 against Illinois.

“I’m going to stand up here and protect him like the papa bear,” coach Mike Locksley said of his starter. “He has not probably played his best in the Iowa game (a 51-14 loss on Oct. 1), made some mistakes. I thought Ohio State, he took a step forward. And then I thought this game (against Minnesota), he’s as close to what he’s been. But you also have to realize, some of the pieces aren’t around him.”

The Terrapins have lost wide receivers Dontay Demus Jr. and Jeshaun Jones to season-ending injuries. Redshirt freshman Marcus Fleming stepped up last week, leading Maryland with five receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown.

Maryland did surrender 326 rushing yards and four rushing scores — one each from four different Minnesota players.

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Oct 23, 2021; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes tight end Jeremy Ruckert (88) is lifted to the air by a teammate  after a touchdown against the Indiana Hoosiers during the second quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

No. 5 Ohio State crushes Indiana, which loses starting QB

Sophomore quarterback C.J. Stroud completed 21 of 28 passes for 266 yards and four touchdowns running back TreVeyon Henderson scored three touchdowns, lifting No. 5 Ohio State to a 54-7 win over Indiana in Bloomington, Ind.

Tight end Jeremy Ruckert added a pair of touchdown catches for the Buckeyes (6-1, 4-0 Big Ten), who rolled up 539 yards of offense. Stroud has posted a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 14-0 over his last three games.

Indiana (2-5, 0-4) lost starting quarterback Jack Tuttle to an injury in the first quarter. With freshman quarterback Donaven McCulley and walk-on quarterback Grant Gremel playing the rest of the game, the Hoosiers managed just 128 yards of offense.

Ohio State took the opening drive of the game 75 yards on 12 playing, going up 7-0 on an 11-yard touchdown run by Miyan Williams. Indiana answered with its own 75-yard TD drive, tying the score at 7 on a 7-yard pass from Tuttle to tight end Peyton Hendershot.

Tuttle took a shot as he released the touchdown pass and stayed down on the turf. He left the field under his own power before heading to the locker room. He returned briefly for two plays in the second quarter before sitting out the rest of the game.

After Tuttle’s injury, Ohio State reeled off 37 unanswered points to take a 44-7 lead into halftime. Henderson scored on a 21-yard run to put the Buckeyes up 14-7, then extended the lead to 21-7 on a 14-yard catch and run.

Ohio State then got a safety on a bad snap that resulted in Indiana punter Jared Smolar being tackled in the end zone.

The Buckeyes took advantage of getting the ball right back. Stroud connected with Chris Olave on a 16-yard touchdown pass to put the Buckeyes up 30-7. Henderson’s second score of the game, a 6-yard rush, gave Ohio State a 37-7 lead.

Then, with 31 seconds left in the first half, Stroud found Ruckert in the end zone for a 14-yard score.

Overall, Ohio State outgained Indiana 334-54 in the first half.

Ohio State tacked on 10 more points in the second half on a 2-yard touchdown pass to Ruckert and a 26-yard field goal by Noah Ruggles.

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Oct 2, 2021; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Indiana Hoosiers quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (9) walks off the field after suffering an injury during the third quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana QB Michael Penix Jr. (shoulder) out indefinitely

Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. is sidelined indefinitely after separating his throwing shoulder during Saturday’s loss to Penn State.

There isn’t yet a decision on whether or not Penix needs surgery on the left shoulder.

“I don’t know that you can rule that out at this point,” Hoosiers coach Tom Allen said during his Monday media availability. “There are some unknowns with the rehab process, surgery is definitely not felt to be necessary at this time. … At the same time, we don’t know all those answers at this point.”

Penix was injured in the third quarter when he was sacked by Penn State linebacker Brandon Smith during the 24-0 loss.

All three of Penix’s previous seasons at Indiana ended early due to injuries. He suffered ACL tears in 2018 and 2020 and a collarbone injury in 2019.

Penix has passed for 939 yards, four touchdowns and seven interceptions this season as well as adding two rushing touchdowns. He was 10-of-22 passing for 118 yards and one interception before leaving the Penn State game.

Overall, Penix has passed for 4,197 yards, 29 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 20 games (17 starts) with the Hoosiers. He also has six total rushing scores.

Indiana is entering a bye week. Jack Tuttle will be the starting quarterback when the Hoosiers (2-3, 0-2) play host to Michigan State on Oct. 16.

Tuttle has completed 8 of 18 passes for 168 yards, one touchdown and one interception in three games this season. He was 6 of 12 for 77 yards and an interception against Penn State after Penix departed.

Tuttle started two games last season after Penix’s knee injury — a win over Wisconsin in the regular-season finale and a loss to Ole Miss in the Outback Bowl. In three games last season, he passed for 362 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

“He’s highly respected by his teammates and he brings an energy as well,” Allen said of Tuttle. “I thought he gave us a spark even Saturday. I have great confidence in him and he has a great quality to always be ready to play whether it’s no snaps, one snap or 80 snaps.”

–Field Level Media