Coleman gets 307 but Rutgers beats IU, 45-23

Tevin Coleman rushed for a career-high 307 yards Saturday afternoon at Rutgers but it wasn't enough. It wasn't even close. Rutgers scored 35 second-half points and raced to a 45-23 win.

Indiana had its share of superlatives Saturday afternoon at Rutgers.

Tevin Coleman ran for a career-high 307 yards and a score. Zander Diamont, who had 103 yards total passing in his first three games, erupted for 179 yards and a score against the Scarlet Knights. And wide receiver Shane Wynn hauled in 11 catches for 120 yards and a touchdown.

And Indiana lost 45-23 to Rutgers in Big Ten football action in Piscataway, N.J.

IU led 13-10 at the half and increased that lead to 16-10 when it had to settle for a chip shot field goal after a first-and-goal situation at the 5 on the first drive of the second half.

Rutgers then got it going and ran off 21 unanswered points.

The Hoosiers closed to within 31-23 when Diamont connected with Shane Wynn from 28 yards out for his first career touchdown throw but the Scarlet Knights would tack on a couple of extra TD’s and win going away.

Coleman, who was held under a 100 yards for the first time this season last week against Penn State, had two big runs en route to his career day. He had a TD run of 67 yards late in the first half and a 68-yard scamper early in the third quarter that set up Griffin Oakes’ chip shot field goal.

Indiana (3-7, 0-6 Big Ten) lost for the fifth game in a row. Rutgers (6-4, 2-4) got bowl eligible with the win for the ninth time in the last 10 years.

Coleman’s 300-yard rushing game is the second in IU football history. Only Anthony Thompson ever gained more. Thompson had 377 at Wisconsin in November of 1989.

Coleman now has 1,695 yards rushing this season with two games to play. That puts him third all-time in single season yardage and within 110 yards of tying Vaughn Dunbar’s all-time record of 1,805 yards.

And the way Coleman runs the ball, his dream of having a 2,000-yard season is still very much alive.

For the first quarter and a half, it was a 3-3 tie. And then things got crazy.

Rutgers scored a late first half touchdown to take a 7-point lead and it looked like IU was going to be down a touchdown at the break.

Instead the Hoosiers finished the half with a field goal and then a 67-yard touchdown run by Coleman and Indiana led 13-10 at the half.

IU had to survive a 46-yard field goal attempt on the final play of the first half that hit the cross bar and bounced back.

Coleman was limited to 12 yards on seven carries in the first quarter. In the second quarter he had six carries for 110 yards. He has 13 carries for 122 yards and one score in the first half.

Indiana opened the game with an onsides kick and Griffin Oakes recovered his own kick. That drive resulted in a 48 yard field goal by Oakes to give the Hoosiers a 3-0 lead.

Rutgers tied the game at 3 with 3:12 to play in the first quarter on a 33-yard field goal.

The Scarlet Knights scored a touchdown late in the second quarter after a Rutgers punt hit junior Andre Booker in the back and was recovered by the home team. That gave them a short field at the IU 44 and six plays later they scored a 2 yard touchdown to make it 10-3.

On the next drive Coleman got it in gear. His first four carries on the drive resulted in 54 yards gained. Eventually Oakes would connect on a 36-yard field goal to make it 10-6.

IU got a great defensive stop on back-to-back plays at the IU 32 on the next drive. Rutgers had third-and-1 and fourth-and-1 and both times failed to convert. IU got the ball back with 29 seconds to play at is own 33.

On the first play, Coleman went the distance for a touchdown and it was 13-10.

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