Last week against Michigan, IU running back Jordan Howard accounted for 238 yards and three total touchdowns. Against Maryland, he sustained a knee injury on the fifth play of the game and did not return.
Without a major piece to its offense, Indiana (5-6, 1-6 Big Ten) saw senior quarterback Nate Sudfeld step up to and throw for 385 yards and four touchdowns (plus one rushing) to lead the Hoosiers to a 47-28 win over Maryland (2-9, 0-7) in College Park, Md.
The win is the first conference road victory for the Hoosiers since defeating Illinois in Champaign, Ill. in 2012 and ends a six-game losing streak.
But by the way the game started, it almost looked like Indiana wouldn't pull off the feat.
Maryland needed just two plays on its first offensive drive to take an early 7-3 lead after running back Brandon Ross took a handoff 75 yards for a touchdown. Overall, Ross accounted for 259 yards, more than half of the Terrapins' total yards as a team.
Touchdowns on the next two possesions put the Terrapins ahead 21-3 late in the first quarter.
But the Hoosiers responded with 27 unanswered points and never trailed the rest of the way.
With Howard out for the remainder of the game, Indiana relied primarily on running back Devine Redding and also gave snaps to Mike Majette. Redding finished with 24 carries for 130 yards, while Majette had nine for 32.
Wide receiver Simmie Cobbs' nine receptions for 192 yards set a new career high, exceeding previous high of 108 set at Michigan State last month. Fellow receiver Mitchell Paige had five receptions for 64 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Maryland also didn't expect without an injury to a key starter of its own. Already without quarterback Perry Hills, who had mononucleosis, the terrapins lost second-string quarterback Caleb Rowe to injury early in the second quarter.
Shane Cockerille replaced Rowe on the next offensive series and stayed in the game since Rowe was unable to return. Cockerille completed 11-of-22 passes for 82 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions.
Indiana closes the regular season in West Lafeyette against Purdue in the Old Oaken Bucket game. A win would help the Hoosiers' chances of reaching a bowl game for the first time since 2007.