Underdogs at home, Indiana was coming off an embarrassing home loss to Missouri and certainly had its doubters. Critics said the defense was still not good enough to compete in the Big Ten, and Penn State would move to 17-0 all time against the Hoosiers.
It all added up to the perfect recipe for an upset.
Indiana used an explosive offense, a bend-but-don't-break defense and opportunistic special teams play to beat the Nittany Lions for the first time in school history, 44-24, Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Save for the Bowling Green win, the IU defense had by far its best performance of the season. The Hoosiers forced Penn State to punt four times and stopped the Nittany Lions four times on fourth down.
Less than 90 seconds later, Indiana responded when Tevin Coleman busted one up the middle and scampered 44 yards for the touchdown. A Tre Roberson QB keeper gave Indiana the 2-point conversion and a 21-14 lead.Roberson struck again early in the fourth quarter, scoring on a two-yard keeper to give Indiana a 28-17 lead. On the ensuing kickoff, returner Eugene Lewis coughed it up on a hit by Steven Funderburk.
Cody Latimer recovered and on the next play Roberson sprinted nine yards to the left for his second rushing touchdown of the game.
Indiana's defense put the icing on the cake with 5:40 left in the game. Christian Hackenberg was pressured and dropped back in the end zone before Nick Mangieri forced a fumble. It was recovered by Penn State for a safety.
Roberson had 12 yards on five carries. Tevin Coleman led the way with 92 yards on 20 carries and a rushing touchdown to go along with seven catches for 55 yards.
Cody Latimer posted his third straight 100-yard receiving game with nine catches for 140 yards. Nate Sudfeld finished 22-38 for 321 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
It's the seventh straight 300-yard passing game for Indiana dating back to last season, extending the program record.
There's plenty of coverage to come this evening. Stay tuned.