Indiana upsets No. 18 Missouri, 31-27

The Hoosiers earned the biggest win during the Kevin Wilson Era on Saturday afternoon, upsetting No. 18 Missouri 31-27 on the road. It was IU's first win over a ranked opponent since 2006. Read the full story here.

For the last four years, Indiana football coach Kevin Wilson has been looking for that signature win that would help him turn such a struggling program around.

On Saturday, he finally got it.

Indiana went on the road and shocked the country with a 31-27 upset win over No. 18 Missouri at Faurot Field. It was IU's first win over a ranked opponent since 2006 (Iowa).

The Tigers (3-1) won the SEC East last season and returned much of that same team. Indiana (2-1) was coming off a terrible loss to Bowling Green. But the Hoosiers rebounded with the best win for the program in recent history.

Trailing 27-24 with just 2:20 remaining, Indiana got the ball back for one final drive. The Hoosiers would make the most of it.

IU worked it to a 3rd-and-1 at its own 34, but Anthony Corsaro committed a false start penalty that made the situation more difficult for the Hoosiers. They failed to convert on 3rd, and on 4th down, Nate Sudfeld threw incomplete. But a late flag came in for defensive pass interference, and the Hoosiers had new life.

That would be the only break the IU offense would need.

On the very next play, Sudfeld completed a swing pass to running back Tevin Coleman, who broke three tackles and ran for 44 yards to the Missouri 13. A facemask penalty was added to the end of the play to put IU on the 7.

Two plays later, D'Angelo Roberts leaped over the pile and into the end zone for the game-winning score. Roberts had 65 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. Coleman, who missed much of the first half after leaving with an injury, carried the ball 19 times for 132 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 57 yards.

Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld completed 18-of-33 passes for 252 yards and a score. The Hoosiers did not have a turnover in the game. Missouri had forced at least one turnover in 47 straight games.

While it was the IU offense that won the game for the Hoosiers at the end, they would not have been in that position had it not been for the defense. After a poor performance against Bowling Green in which it gave up 45 points, the IU defense put together its best performance in years.

The Hoosiers kept Maty Mauk and Missouri off the board for the entire third quarter, and with the game on the line late, forced the Tigers to kick a field goal. They blitzed often and never let Mauk get completely comfortable, even while dealing with several injuries.

It was a huge win for Indiana and Wilson, one that very few saw coming.

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