It was a little too close for comfort for much of the night, but a late pick-six from Jameel Cook helped Indiana survive with a 36-22 win over Florida International on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
Indiana (2-0) led just 29-22 with just over four minutes remaining and Florida International driving. FIU had a 4th-and-goal from the Indiana 2-yard line, poised to head in for the game-tying score. But Cook had other ideas.
The Indiana safety intercepted a floating FIU pass and returned it 96 yards for the game-sealing touchdown. Cook's return was the fourth longest INT return for a TD in school history.
Nate Sudfeld wasn't great, but he was good enough for IU. The QB completed 19-of-33 passes for 234 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Sudfeld also had two rushing touchdowns. Jordan Howard carried it 27 times for 159 yards in his second game as a Hoosier.
Indiana had 439 yards of total offense to 406 to FIU. The Hoosiers had 11 penalties for 110 yards, something they will have to clean up moving forward.
Indiana is back in action against Western Kentucky at 4 p.m. next Saturday. WKU features one of the best passing attacks in the country, so the Indiana defense will certainly be tested. Stuart Jackson will have more coverage on tonight's game later.