Now that Saturday's 44-24 victory over Penn State is beginning to settle in, we should take one more look back at a sequence of events within the game that absolutely put the stamp on it that Indiana was going to end its 0-16 streak against the Nittany Lions in football.
With the help of a video from AllHoosiers.com staffer Nolan Blair, here's a look at that game-changing sequence:
You can really go back to the very end of the third quarter. Indiana led 21-14 but Penn State was driving and had a first down at the IU 11. A few plays later, it was third down at the 7. That's when John Laihinen came up with one of IU's three sacks on the day. This was a 5 yard sack and forced the Nittany Lions to settle for a field goal.
The 30-yard field goal made it 21-17 Indiana with 2:04 to play in the third quarter.
This is when it started getting particularly interesting for the Hoosiers.
On IU's next drive, it went 75 yards in 11 plays with Tre Roberson coming in on third-and-goal at the 2 and scoring on a 2 yard run. In that drive though there was big play turned in by IU's No. 3 tailback D'Angelo Roberts. On third-and-2 at the Penn State 44, Roberts took a handoff and raced 20 yards for the first down.
Still, Roberson's TD run make it 28-17 Indiana with 14:10 to play in the game.
When Penn State got the ball back at its own 25, it quickly had a couple of false start penalties that put it in a hole. It was second-and-25 and then third-and-11 before Penn State got to the 33 and faced a fourth-and-2. That was when Bobby Richardson came up with a key defensive stop for the Hoosiers, batting down a ball at the line of scrimmage when the Nittany Lions chose to go for it on fourth down deep in their own territory.
That proved to be a costly decision for coach Bill O'Brien. Two plays later, Nate Sudfeld hit Kofi Hughes on a touchdown strike for 36 yards on a play where he rolled out of the pocket to the right and fired a perfect pass to Hughes who made a sliding catch. That made it 35-17 Indiana with 10:36 to play.
But the Hoosiers weren't done. On the ensuing kickoff, Steven Funderburk hit return man Eugene Lewis at the 12 and Cody Latimer fell on the ball at the Penn State. On IU's first play from scrimmage Roberson went the final 9 yards for the touchdown. That made it 42-17 Indiana with 10:30 remaining.
In a span of 3 minutes and 40 seconds, Indiana went from a 21-17 lead to a 42-17 advantage.
Here's that video that looks back at all of the key plays in the fourth quarter:
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