Indiana: Game Review

Get a complete recap of the Indiana-Penn State game, a clash that was a back and forth affair between the Hoosiers and Nittany Lions. Get an recap here.


Indiana received the ball first, and on that drive, Penn State saw Jared Odrick leave the field with a right leg injury. Phil Taylor took Odrick's place on the defensive line.

Indiana moved the ball down the field on its first possession, including two third-down conversions, by utilizing the pass. Kellen Lewis tried a deep pass early to James Hardy, but Justin King made a nice breakup. However, Hardy would come back to haunt King and the Nittany Lions not long after.

Facing second and 7, Lewis scrambled out of the pocket and threw a touchdown to Hardy. Hardy's touchdown catch was his 10th of season and also marked his 30th of career, setting school record. In the end, it took the Hoosiers 10 plays to drive 80 yards for the score and 7-0 lead.

Next, Penn State quarterback Anthony Morelli started his game with two consecutive swing passes to Joran Norwood, both good for first downs. Once Penn State tried to establish a run game, the tone of the offense seemed to change and the Nittany Lions were forced to punt.

Penn State's defense then held Indiana to a three and out.

On the next series, Morelli threw an ugly interception in the end zone, as Indiana cornerback James Polk had time to adjust under the ball before picking it off. The ball was intended for Deon Butler. It was one of only two incompletions in the quarter for Morelli.

The Penn State defense forced another punt by Indiana. With the ball back, Penn State finally found its groove, as it moved the ball down to inside the Indiana 20-yard line as time ran out to end the quarter.

Indiana led. Penn State 7-0 at the end of one quarter.


With Penn State knocking on the door facing third and 7 on the Indiana 15-yard line, Morelli threw a beautiful pass over the middle to Terrell Golden for a touchdown. However, Kevin Kelly missed the extra point, bringing the score to 7-6 in favor of Indiana.

After a Maurice Evans sack, Indiana faced third and 12, where Kellen Lewis overthrew his receiver. Despite the fourth-and-12 situation on the Penn State 35-yard line, the Hoosiers elected to go for it and were unable to convert.

Once Penn State got the ball back, tailback Evan Royster made his initial appearance in relief of an ineffective Kinlaw. But the offense still struggled.

On Indiana's next offensive series, Lewis hit running back Marcus Thigpen for a touchdown, extending Indiana's lead to 14-6.

Later, Penn State responded with a touchdown run by Royster from inside the Indiana 5-yard line. Royster sparked the Nittany Lions' offense on that series with a series of tough runs.

After the Royster touchdown, the Penn State defense appeared to begin to click, as a big sack by Sean Lee and Evans pushed Indiana back within its 15-yard line facing a fourth and 17. The Hoosiers were forced to punt from their own end zone.

With the ball back just outside of Indiana territory and facing third and 5 with just under a minute left in the half, Morelli connected with Butler, who made a diving catch for the first down.

On the same drive, facing another third and 5, Morelli again connected with Butler, who juked three Indiana defenders for the first down to take it inside the Indiana 20-yard line. On the next play, Morelli hit Jordan Norwood over the middle, and the junior ran untouched into the end zone, putting Penn State on top for the first time on the day, 20-14.


Rushing: PSU 125, IU 5
Passing: PSU 143, IU 194
First Downs: PSU 18, IU 12

Anthony Morelli: 16 for 20 for 143, 2 TD, 1 INT
Evan Royster: 8 carries for 45 yards, 1 TD
Rodney Kinlaw: 11 carries for 38 yards
Jordan Norwood: 7 catches for 59 yards, 1 TD
Deon Butler: 4 catches for 38 yards
Terrell Golden: 3 catches, 33 yards, 1 TD


Penn State started the second half with a nice return by A.J. Wallace who got the ball out to the Penn State 35-yard line. The Nittany Lions started to move the ball well, including a third and long pass completion to Derrick Williams. However, facing a third and ten, Morelli was sacked back at the Nittany Lions' own 35-yard line and were forced to punt.

On the ensuing Jeremy Boone punt, Tracy Porter muffed a punt and Wallace pounced on the fumble. Despite the solid field position, Penn State settled for a 23-yard field goal by Kevin Kelly extending the Nittany Lions' lead to 23-14. The field goal marked the junior's 50th on his career, which ties a Penn State record.

Indiana did not back down, as the Hoosiers returned the ensuing kickoff to the Penn State 44-yard line. The Penn State defense remained stout, and forced a punt after a Phil Taylor sack on third down.

Once Penn State got the ball back, the normally sure-handed Evan Royster fumbled, turning the ball over to Indiana. Although Indiana had solid field position, Justin Kind made a nice pass nice break-up on third-and-1. Austin Starr hit the 33-yard field goal to bring the score to 23-17.

Penn State's offense was forced to punt on its next possession, and Indiana was able to move the ball inside the Penn State 20-yard line. However, on third-and-2, Maurice Evans crushed Kellen Lewis for a sack and forced a fumble. Evans picked up the ball and returned it to the Indiana 15-yard line.

Facing a third-and-5 situation inside the Indiana 10-yard line, time expired to end the third quarter. Entering the third quarter, Penn State maintains its lead 23-17.


Neither team backed down during the fourth quarter, but the Penn State Nittany Lions were able to hold on for a 36-31 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers.

Penn State started off the fourth quarter with a Kevin Kelly field goal, bringing the score to 26-17.

On Indiana's ensuing possession, Maurice Evans recorded his third sack and second forced fumble on the day, as he brought down a scrambling Kellen Lewis with one arm. Phil Taylor recovered the ball for the Nittany Lions. As had been the theme for the day, Penn State was unable to convert its field position and settled for a Kelly field goal, and extended its lead to 29-17.

The Hoosiers remained determined, however, and drove down the field capping off the series with a James Hardy touchdown, who out-jumped Justin King for the score and pulled in his second on the day. Indiana narrowed Penn State's lead to 29-24. Hardy finished the day with over 100-yards receiving for the twelfth consecutive game, a new school record.

Still, Penn State responded. Anthony Morelli led the Nittany Lions' offense from the Penn State 23-yard line. During the series, Matt Hahn left the field with what appeared to be a right knee injury after pulling of a 15-yard run to bring the Nittany Lions' once again within the red zone. This time, Penn State capitalized with a Rodney Kinlaw rushing touchdown with just over 4:00 left in the game, brining the score to 36-24.

The Lewis-led Indiana offense refused to quit. Facing a third-and-10 in its own territory, Lewis scampered for 56-yards and a touchdown with 2:57 left on the clock and pulling Indiana even closer to Penn State at 36-31.

On its ensuing possession, Penn State went three-and-out, punted the ball inside Indiana 5-yard line after Tracy Porter called for a fair catch but declined to catch the ball.

Indiana began to move the ball down the field, but Penn State capitalized on a fumbled snap out of the shotgun where Abe Koroma pounced on the ball with 40-seconds left in the game. Morelli took a knee and drained the remaining time off the clock and sealed the 36-31 victory for Penn State.

With the win, Penn State extends its win streak to three games at 6-2 on the season and 3-2 in the Big Ten. The Nittany Lions are also bowl eligible.


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