Alexander Diamont scored a touchdown with 27 seconds remaining and Indiana beat rival Purdue 23-16 on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium to keep the Old Oaken Bucket in Bloomington. IU hadn't led in the game before Diamont's one-yard touchdown run.
The Hoosiers (4-8) trailed 13-3 in the third quarter, but rallied late to win the game. Diamont's touchdown run was set up by long runs from Bloomington native D'Angelo Roberts, who played his final collegiate game on Saturday.
Indiana running back Tevin Coleman became the 18th player in NCAA FBS history to run for more than 2,000 yards in a season with his 130 yards on 29 carries against Purdue (3-9). Coleman, who finished the season with 2,036 yards, became the second active player to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season, joining Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon.
It was likely Coleman's final game as a Hoosier on Saturday. The junior is projected to be a first or second round pick in the NFL Draft.
IU wide receiver Shane Wynn caught six passes for 47 yards, and he finished tied for second in the program's history with 189 catches. He was just two catches shy of James Hardy's mark of 191 catches.
Purdue led 6-0 at the half and scored a touchdown at the 9:35 mark of the third quarter, but scored only three points in the final 24-plus minutes of the game. The IU defense did its job after allowing an 82-yard touchdown run from Akeem Hunt in the third quarter. Hunt finished with 171 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.
Indiana's defense forced four turnovers, including three interceptions, and it held the Boilermakers to field goals every time they got in the red zone.
Diamont turned in a gutsy performance on Saturday to help the Hoosiers earn the win. The true freshman completed 15-of-24 passes for 119 yards and also ran for 34 yards and the game-winning touchdown on 11 carries. Diamont took several hard hits in the second half, but stayed in the game and played well.
It was another tough season for the Hoosiers, but they made the most of their last game Saturday and gave fans something to feel good about during the offseason by beating Purdue. We will have plenty more coverage from the Bucket game later today.