It wasn't nearly perfect, but Indiana did enough to win its fourth football game of the season Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
The game was in doubt early in the second half when the Fighting Illini (3-6, 0-5) erased a seven-point halftime deficit with back-to-back touchdowns to take a 28-21 lead. But the Hoosiers (4-5, 2-3) would respond.
They scored 31 of the game's final 38 points to move within two wins of bowl eligibility. Most of Indiana's damage came on the ground with both Tevin Coleman and Stephen Houston going over 100 yards for the second consecutive game.
Coleman had 215 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries before leaving the game late in the fourth quarter with an undisclosed injury. He needs only 42 yards to become Indiana's first 1,000-yard rusher since 2001.
Houston ran for 150 yards and two scores on 17 carries.
Earlier in the game, the Hoosiers went to 6-foot-3 wide receiver Cody Latimer time and again. Latimer burned the Illinois defense for 189 yards on 11 catches and three touchdowns. Latimer has eight touchdown grabs on the season.
Indiana's defense still gave up a number of big plays, but it made some big stops when it needed to, especially in the fourth quarter.
We will have plenty more coverage from Indiana's win later tonight.