Nov 26, 2022; Bloomington, Indiana, USA;  Indiana Hoosiers quarterback Dexter Williams II (5) is carted off of the field with an injury during the first quarter against the Purdue Boilermakers at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana QB Dexter Williams II (leg) hospitalized after serious knee injury

Indiana quarterback Dexter Williams II was carted off the field and transported to a hospital after sustaining what appeared to be a severe injury to his right leg during the Hoosiers’ game against Purdue on Saturday in Bloomington, Ind.

Williams sustained the injury when he immediately fell to the ground after he planted his foot to throw a pass during the first quarter. He wasn’t hit on the play.

Williams, was carted from the field on a stretcher with his leg in an air cast.

Before being injured, Williams completed his lone pass for 5 yards, in addition to rushing for 9 yards on four carries.

Williams missed the 2021 season after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during spring drills.

Williams, a redshirt sophomore, was making his second straight start for the Boilermakers after going 2-for-7 passing for 31 yards, in addition to rushing for 86 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, in a double-overtime win against Michigan State last week.

Williams was replaced by Connor Bazelak.

–Field Level Media

Michigan State's head coach Mel Tucker looks on during the first quarter in the game against Rutgers on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in East Lansing.

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Michigan State in position to bowl over Indiana

A bowl berth seemed like a longshot for Michigan State a few weeks ago.

It’s now well within reach.

A victory against Indiana in their home finale on Saturday will give the Spartans (5-5, 3-4 Big Ten) enough victories to participate in the postseason. If they lose, they’ll have one more shot when they journey to Penn State the following weekend.

The Spartans have won three of their last four games, pulling out single-digit victories over Wisconsin, Illinois and Rutgers.

While qualifying for a bowl might seem to be the primary goal for his team, Spartans coach Mel Tucker doesn’t want to discuss the elephant in the room.

“We talked (Monday) morning about not really talking about becoming bowl eligible,” he said. “We’re just focused on playing our best game of the season, our best 60 (minutes) of complementary football, and focus on what it takes to be able to get what we want on Saturday. And that’s the process.”

Tucker’s aim is a simpler one.

“Our goal is to play our best football in November,” he said. “We want to finish strong.”

So far, so good. The momentum from the road upset of the Fighting Illini on Nov. 5 carried over to their victory over the Scarlet Knights, at least offensively. Payton Thorne threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns, while running backs Jalen Berger and Jarek Broussard combined for 165 yards on 27 carries.

Indiana (3-7, 1-6) will look to snap a seven-game losing streak. The Hoosiers had the misfortune of facing Penn State and Ohio State on back-to-back weekends and got pummeled each time.

It’s uncertain whether Indiana will go with Connor Bazelak, who has started most of the season, or Dexter Williams II at quarterback this week.

The Spartans have won 11 of the last 13 meetings with the Hoosiers. The winner will get the traditional trophy, the Old Brass Spittoon.

“Not every program has the opportunity to play trophy games and rivalry games,” Indiana coach Tom Allen said. “It’s a great opportunity for us to play for the Brass Spittoon, a trophy we’ve had twice since I’ve been here and they currently have it right now. Much, much to play for.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 5, 2022; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Kaytron Allen (13) runs for a touchdown past Indiana Hoosiers defensive back Jonathan Haynes (17) during the first half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Goddin-USA TODAY Sports

No. 15 Penn State beats down Indiana, 45-14

Kaytron Allen finished with three rushing touchdowns and 158 yards from scrimmage as No. 15 Penn State cruised to a 45-14 win against host Indiana on Saturday in Bloomington, Ind.

Allen racked up 86 yards on the ground and hauled in two receptions for another 72 to lead the Nittany Lions (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten) to their eighth win in the last nine games against the Hoosiers (3-6, 1-5).

PSU quarterback Sean Clifford recorded 229 yards and an interception on 15-for-23 passing, and Mitchell Tinsley had five catches for 63 yards.

Indiana utilized three quarterbacks — Jack Tuttle, Brendan Sorsby and Dexter Williams II — who combined to complete 16 of 29 passes for 131 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.

Tuttle’s 11-yard TD pass to AJ Barner and Jaylin Lucas’ 1-yard scoring rush provided the Hoosiers’ only points of the game.

The Nittany Lions outgained Indiana 483-196.

Sorsby threw an interception on Indiana’s second drive of the second half. Thanks in large part to Allen’s 45-yard catch-and-run, Penn State marched 96 yards to the end zone. Allen capped the seven-play drive with a 6-yard rushing TD.

Backup quarterback Drew Allar later threw a 1-yard touchdown to Harrison Wallace III and a 4-yard score to Theo Johnson at the beginning of the fourth to secure the victory.

Allar totaled 75 yards through the air, with two touchdowns on 9-for-12 passing.

Allen rushed for a pair of scores in the second quarter before Jake Pinegar kicked a 50-yard field goal with 50 seconds left in the first half to send the Nittany Lions into the break with a 24-7 lead.

PSU’s defense was dominant through the first 30 minutes of action, picking up six sacks. Tuttle exited the game with an apparent shoulder injury following one of those sacks. He completed 9 of 12 passes for 82 yards and a TD before Sorsby took over.

–Field Level Media

Sep 24, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Indiana Hoosiers wide receiver Cam Camper (6) extends to catch a pass against the Cincinnati Bearcats in the third quarter at Nippert Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kareem Elgazzar/Cincinnati Enquirer via USA TODAY NETWORK

Indiana WR Cam Camper (ACL) to miss rest of season

Indiana leading receiver Cam Camper will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL in his knee.

Hoosiers coach Tom Allen said the injury occurred in a loss to Rutgers on Oct. 22. Indiana had a bye last weekend.

“He’ll have surgery in the near future,” Allen said at Monday’s weekly press conference. “He did that in the first half against Rutgers. Obviously, we feel terrible for him. He’s a huge part of our team. He’ll be beginning that long road to recovery and our staff will do a great job of getting him ready for the fall.”

Camper leads Indiana with 46 receptions and 569 yards. He had two touchdown catches in seven games.

The junior college transfer had two huge performances, making 11 catches for 156 yards in his Hoosiers’ debut against Illinois and collecting 10 receptions for 126 yards against Cincinnati in his fourth game.

Camper played two seasons at Trinity Valley Community College in Texas before joining the Hoosiers.

Also, Allen said standout linebacker Cam Jones remains week-to-week with a foot injury. Jones was injured against Nebraska on Oct. 1 and has missed the past three games.

Jones ranks second on Indiana with 54 tackles despite his absences.

The Hoosiers (3-5, 1-4 Big Ten) have dropped five straight games. They host Penn State (6-2, 3-2) on Saturday.

–Field Level Media

Sep 17, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Gavin Wimsatt (2) throws a pass against the Temple Owls in the first half at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports

Rutgers hopes to have QB Gavin Wimsatt back vs. Indiana

Promising young quarterback Gavin Wimsatt has healed up and is available to play for Rutgers when it hosts Indiana on Saturday in Piscataway, N.J.

Wimsatt sustained a lower-body injury in the Scarlet Knights’ third game of the year and missed the past month. A four-star recruit in the Class of 2021, Wimsatt threw his first collegiate touchdown pass and ran for 62 yards for Rutgers (3-3, 0-3 Big Ten) against FCS Wagner, but he was injured early in the following game against Temple.

Rutgers has rotated Evan Simon, Noah Vedral and Wimsatt at quarterback this year, though Simon has taken the lead while the other two were injured. All three will be ready for Indiana, and coach Greg Schiano said the program isn’t moving away from the quarterback platoon, even after changing offensive coordinators earlier this month.

“It’s the same every week. Whatever it takes to win the game,” Schiano said. “And certainly, I don’t claim to have all the answers. So sometimes what we think is the best thing to win the game may not be. But we spend 18 hours a day trying to figure that out.”

Rutgers last played Oct. 7, when it grabbed a 13-0 halftime lead over Nebraska at home but gave it away in the second half and lost 14-13.

Indiana (3-4, 1-3) is also coming off a close conference loss, falling 38-33 to visiting Maryland last Saturday for its fourth straight defeat.

The Hoosiers led 17-14 at intermission and 27-24 midway through the fourth quarter before Maryland used some big runs and recovered a critical Indiana fumble to build just enough cushion.

“Tackling stuck out to me,” Hoosiers coach Tom Allen said. “I know they’ve got a lot of good athletes and that makes it more challenging. I get that. But just too many missed tackles.”

It was the fifth straight game in which Indiana allowed 30 or more points, but Schiano still voiced his respect for Allen as a defensive-minded coach.

“I followed him when he was an assistant defensive coordinator,” Schiano said. “They play really, really hard. I’ve read where they’re concerned about their tackling, but I look at them, and they’re a very physical team.”

Indiana quarterback Connor Bazelak ranks third in the Big Ten in passing yards (1,889) but has just a 54.6 percent completion rate with 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Rutgers ran away with last year’s meeting in Bloomington 38-3 to stop a five-game losing streak in the series. Indiana leads the series 5-3.

–Field Level Media

Indiana's Connor Bazelak (9) is sacked by Michigan's Michael Barrett (23) during the Indiana versus Michigan football game at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022.

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J.J. McCarthy’s big day leads No. 4 Michigan over Indiana

J.J. McCarthy passed for a career-best 304 yards and three touchdowns, two to Cornelius Johnson, as No. 4 Michigan downed Indiana 31-10 on Saturday afternoon in Bloomington, Ind.

McCarthy completed 28 of 36 passes, while Blake Corum rushed for 124 yards on 25 carries and scored his 11th rushing touchdown this season. Ronnie Bell caught 11 passes for 121 yards and Luke Schoonmaker had nine receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown for the Wolverines (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten). Johnson added four catches for 58 yards.

Michigan’s defense recorded seven sacks and held the Hoosiers (3-3, 1-2) scoreless in the second half. The Wolverines overcame a season-high 10 penalties.

Indiana’s Connor Bazelak completed 25 of 49 passes for 203 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Emery Simmons led the receiving corps with seven catches for 57 yards.

The game was tied 10-10 at halftime.

The Wolverines scored a touchdown on the first possession. Corum weaved his way through the Indiana defense on a 50-yard run, then scored from a yard out on the next play.

Indiana tied it up with a 10-day, 76-yard drive. Cam Camper had a 33-yard reception during the drive and Bazelak threw an 11-yard pass to Josh Henderson to finish it off.

The Wolverines answered with a Jake Moody 44-yard field goal before the quarter ended. The Hoosiers tied it again with a 41-yard Charles Campbell field goal in the second quarter.

Moody had a 26-yard attempt blocked midway through the second quarter. The Wolverines returned the favor, blocking a 29-yard Campbell attempt on the ensuing drive.

The Wolverines took a 17-10 lead with 7:39 left in the third quarter on McCarthy’s 29-yard pass to Johnson. That capped an 11-play, 98-yard drive.

Michigan had a chance to extend the lead later in the quarter but Devon Matthews intercepted a McCarthy pass in the end zone.

The Wolverines got some breathing room on McCarthy’s 9-yard scoring pass to Schoonmaker with 9:43 remaining.

McCarthy connected with Johnson on a 6-yard touchdown pass with 2:54 left.

–Field Level Media

Oct 1, 2022; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Indiana Hoosiers quarterback Connor Bazelak (9) throws a touchdown pass during the second quarter  against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports

Nebraska runs away from Indiana in fourth, 35-21

Trey Palmer highlighted a career-best showing by catching a tiebreaking 71-yard touchdown pass from Casey Thompson in the fourth quarter as host Nebraska beat Indiana 35-21 Saturday night in Lincoln, Neb.

The Cornhuskers (2-3, 1-1 Big Ten) got their first win under interim coach Mickey Joseph. They bounced back from getting blown out by Oklahoma two weeks ago by surviving 12 penalties for 111 yards. Nebraska also scored on its first blocked punt since 2009 while taking a 21-7 lead in the second quarter.

Palmer finished with eight receptions for 157 yards.

Palmer helped Nebraska recover from blowing a 14-point lead in the first half. He streaked down the middle of the field on a third-and-9 and easily blew past Indiana defensive back Phillip Dunnam for a 28-21 lead.

Palmer also caught a six-yard pass that set up quarterback Thompson’s 1-yard TD run for a 35-21 lead with 6:53 remaining.

Thompson completed 18 of 27 passes for 270 yards and two TDs, including a 34-yard score to Oliver Martin less than two minutes in.

Anthony Grant rushed for 136 yards on 32 carries for his fourth 100-yard game this season as Nebraska totaled 385 yards.

Indiana (3-2, 1-1) dropped its second straight and played without its two top receivers, Cam Camper (illness) and D.J. Matthews Jr. (undisclosed injury).

Connor Bazelak completed 22 of 44 passes for 223 yards but Indiana converted just two of 15 third downs and gained 67 yards on the ground.

Indiana tied the game when Miles Jackson recovered a fumble by backup quarterback Chubba Purdy in the end zone with 12:17 left in the first half.

Nebraska regained the lead with 10:03 left in the second when Chris Kolarevic blocked a punt and Malcolm Hartzog returned it 30 yards for the score. The Cornhuskers went up 21-7 a little over four minutes later on Jaquez Yant’s 1-yard run.

Indiana cut the deficit to 21-14 with 3:09 remaining when Emery Simmons caught a 13-yard pass in the back of the end zone. Indiana then tied the game in the final minute on a 1-yard TD by Shaun Shivers.

–Field Level Media

Indiana's Tiawan Mullen (3) celebrates a backfield tackle during the Indiana versus Idaho football game at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022.

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Connor Bazelak tosses 2 TDs to lead Indiana past Idaho

Connor Bazelak threw two touchdown passes and Indiana snapped out of the doldrums with a sizzling start to the second half to overcome visiting Idaho in Saturday night’s 35-22 victory at Bloomington, Ind.

Bazelak completed 16 of 29 passes for 197 yards with an interception and running back Shaun Shivers gained 155 yards on 20 carries with a touchdown.

Quarterback Gevani McCoy of Idaho threw three touchdown passes among his 204 passing yards on 13-for-23 passing.

Receiver Donaven McCulley finally put the Hoosiers (2-0) on the board with a 4-yard run off a direct snap with 10:31 to go in the third quarter. A safety less than a minute later added to Indiana’s momentum and then Bazelak passes of 43 yards to AJ Barner and 26 yards to D.J. Matthews sent the Hoosiers to a 23-10 edge.

Barner’s go-ahead touchdown came when he bounced off two defenders at the Idaho 25 and from there went untouched to the end zone.

That was 23 points in less than six minutes after putting up 23 total points in a season-opening win against Illinois before failing to score in the first half against Idaho.

Idaho’s first three possessions of the second half resulted in minus-2 yards of offense and a safety for Indiana. The Vandals had a punt, safety, another punt and turned the ball over on downs on a failed fourth-and-8 play from its own 41.

Then the Hoosiers built their lead on Josh Henderson’s 8-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter.

But Idaho (0-2) struck back with a 12-play, 75-yard drive that ended on McCoy’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Roshaun Johnson with 7:38 to play. A two-point conversion failed.

Idaho’s onside kick didn’t work. Shivers ran 46 yards for a touchdown on the next play.

Idaho scored first on McCoy’s 1-yard pass to Jordan Dwyer with 13:18 left in the second quarter. The Vandals added to the lead at the 2:19 mark of the second quarter on Ricardo Chavez’s 29-yard field goal.

Indiana managed only 110 yards of total offense in the first half.

The game started after more than a 30-minute weather-related delay.

–Field Level Media

Sep 2, 2022; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Indiana Hoosiers quarterback Connor Bazelak (9) drops back to pass the ball while Illinois Fighting Illini defensive back Sydney Brown (30) defends in the first quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Shaun Shivers’ late TD lifts Indiana over Illinois

Stymied throughout the second half until the final seconds, Indiana rallied for a 23-20 victory over Illinois on Friday night in Bloomington, Ind.

Shaun Shivers scored on a 1-yard touchdown run with 23 seconds left, capping a 12-play, 75-yard drive that the Hoosiers completed in just under two minutes.

Indiana quarterback Connor Bazelak, who was not announced publicly as the starter until just before game time, threw for 330 yards on 28-of-52 passing. He tossed one touchdown pass and one interception.

Cam Camper caught 11 of those passes for 156 yards, and D.J. Matthews Jr. snagged seven for 109 yards and a touchdown: a 52-yard strike in the second quarter. Bazelak went to those receivers for all eight completions on the game-winning drive.

The Fighting Illini scored early in the third quarter on Brian Hightower’s 16-yard touchdown catch from Tommy DeVito to take a 17-16 lead. Illinois’ Caleb Griffin added a 48-yard field goal with 2:16 left in the game.

DeVito completed 21 of 35 passes for 232 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Workhorse running back Chase Brown piled up 199 yards on 36 carries, including 107 yards in the second half as Illinois (1-1, 0-1 Big Ten) tried to hold the Hoosiers (1-0, 1-0) at bay in their season opener.

Isaiah Williams also had a scoring catch for Illinois. He finished with 112 yards on nine receptions.

The Illini racked up 448 yards in total offense to 362 for the Hoosiers and led in first downs 29-20.

Illinois staged a nine-play drive to the Indiana 1 early in the fourth quarter, but Brown lost 3 yards on fourth-and-1. The Hoosiers immediately went three-and-out, however.

The Illini were driving again with just under six minutes left in the game, but Josh Sanguinetti picked off DeVito at the 8-yard line. The Hoosiers were unable to capitalize, fumbling the ball away after a completion at their own 45.

Charles Campbell kicked a pair of 43-yard field goals in the last six minutes of the first half as Indiana edged to a 16-10 lead.

Indiana opening the scoring when Campbell booted a 39-yard field goal about five minutes into the game.

Illinois came right back with a 10-play, 83-yard touchdown drive, capped by DeVito’s 5-yard toss to Williams.

Set up by the second consecutive poor punt by Hugh Robertson, this one covering only 23 yards, the Hoosiers needed just one play to score: the strike from Bazelak to Matthews.

–Field Level Media

Indiana's Jack Tuttle (14) prepares to throw a pass during fall football camp at Indiana University on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022.

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Hoosiers try to keep Illini guessing until Friday night affair

Illinois broke in a new quarterback and crashed into the win column, and now Tommy DeVito and the Fighting Illini take the show on the road for the team’s first matchup with Indiana since 2017.

The Hoosiers are taking a page from Illinois coach Bret Bielema’s book by withholding the identity of the starting quarterback for the Friday night affair in Bloomington, Ind.

DeVito, a transfer from Syracuse named the starter for Illinois (1-0) days before the opener, leaned on Illini running back Chase Brown (three TDs) to bury Wyoming 38-6. The Illini’s bruising offensive line will be tested by the Hoosiers.

“Just impressed with what Coach Bielema’s done there in a short time he’s been there,” Indiana coach Tom Allen said Monday. “Their running back, Chase Brown, is very special. He had a great season last year and showed it again on Saturday.”

Indiana, 2-10 last season, follows Week 1 with home dates against Idaho and Western Kentucky before a Top 25 meeting at Cincinnati on Sept. 24. The stretch in September might allow the Hoosiers time to determine which quarterback gives the team the best chance to compete.

Fifth-year senior Jack Tuttle started two games in 2021 but wasn’t handed the starting job. He said he has carried himself “with a chip on my shoulder” since the end of last season, but he’s locked in a duel with Missouri transfer Connor Bazelak. The former Tigers quarterback made 20 starts at Mizzou and passed for 5,058 yards with 23 touchdowns, 17 interceptions and a 66.3 completion percentage.

“I’m not happy,” Tuttle said of the competition. “I’m motivated.”

DeVito played more of a game-manager role in the opener with Illinois running downhill at will against Wyoming. Allen’s defense has seven returning starters, and they largely will be keyed on Brown — 19 carries, 151 yards last week — and the ground game.

DeVito completed 27 of 37 passes for 194 yards and a pair of touchdowns against Wyoming.

“I liked Tommy’s demeanor. Thought he did some things that don’t go in the newspaper,” Bielema said. “Just getting rid of the ball on early downs so we don’t get in negative situations. He distributed the ball to a lot of players, 12 players caught passes.”

Indiana has won three consecutive games in the series, which is led by Illinois 45-24-2.

–Field Level Media