Offense dreadful in 13-7 loss to Penn State

Indiana's defense gave the team every chance to win the game, but quarterback Alexander Diamont and the offense couldn't come through.

The Indiana defense put together one of its best performances in years, and it didn't matter.

IU's offense is just that bad.

The Hoosiers failed to score an offensive touchdown and fell to Penn State 13-7 at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Indiana has now lost four straight games and is 0-5 in Big Ten play.

The Hoosiers (3-6, 0-5 Big Ten) had a 7-0 lead in the second quarter after safety Mark Murphy intercepted a Christian Hackenberg pass and returned it 47 yards for a touchdown.

That's when the IU defense made its only mistake of the afternoon.

After Indiana forced Penn State (5-4, 2-4 Big Ten) to start from its own 8-yard line on a great special teams play, Bill Belton ran 92 yards untouched for the only offensive touchdown of the game. It was IU's lone defensive mistake, but it proved to be one too many.

Freshman quarterback Alexander Diamont, making his third straight start, had another rough day for the Hoosiers. He completed 13-of-27 passes for 68 yards and two interceptions, including one deep in IU's territory in the fourth quarter. Diamont also rushed for 58 yards on 14 carries.

The IU defense created a defense late in the fourth that gave the Hoosiers the ball at their own 48-yard line, but Diamont threw two straight incomplete passes and then was sacked on third down, forcing IU to punt the ball right back to the Nittany Lions.

The Hoosiers got another quick stop, but Diamont threw an interception and the game was over.

Tevin Coleman finished with 74 yards on 20 carries, breaking his streak of 10 consecutive games with at least 100 yards.

Terry Hutchens will have plenty more coverage from Memorial Stadium later this afternoon. Top Stories