BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Jason Wright ran for 141 yards and four
touchdowns, including the winner in overtime, as Northwestern beat
Indiana 37-31 on Saturday.
The Hoosiers (1-6, 0-3 Big Ten) got the ball first in overtime
and were in position to take the lead when they drove to the 13.
But Matt LoVecchio's pass to Travis Haney was tipped and
intercepted in the end zone by Brian Heinz. The Wildcats (3-4, 1-2)
then won it with Wright's 4-yard scoring run.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis had 25 carries for 136 yards and three
touchdowns for Indiana, which was looking to win its first Big Ten
game since the 2002 conference opener against Wisconsin. Indiana
had 531 yards of total offense, including 327 yards rushing.
The Hoosiers had a chance to win in regulation, getting the ball
at their own 46 with 1:30 to play. But coach Gerry DiNardo elected
to keep the ball on the ground, and Bryan Robertson's 54-yard
field-goal try with time running out was well short.
Northwestern nearly squandered a big lead for the second week in
a row. Last week, the Wildcats took a 14-0 halftime lead against
Minnesota, but ended up losing 42-17.
Northwestern took a 17-0 lead against Indiana when Brett Basanez
hit Brandon Horn on a 77-yard TD pass at the end of the first
Indiana finally got on the board in the second quarter on a
9-yard TD run by Brian Lewis.
Wright and Green-Ellis traded touchdown runs in the second
quarter that put the score at 24-14.
The Wildcats appeared to be in control after racking up 299
total yards in the first half against Indiana's 92nd-ranked
But after getting roundly booed for its performance in the first
half, the Indiana defense stiffened in the third quarter, forcing
three-and-outs on Northwestern's first four possessions.
The uncharacteristically stout defense allowed the Hoosier
offense to mount a comeback.
LoVecchio's 55-yard pass to Courtney Roby set up Robertson's
22-yard field goal and Green-Ellis broke off a nifty 27-yard TD run
on the next possession to tie it at 24-24.
Green-Ellis added his third TD of the game, a 2-yarder, to give
Indiana a 31-24 lead with under 12 minutes to play.
But Mark Philmore broke off a 60-yard punt return that set up
Wright's 1-yard scoring run that tied it at 31 with 4:46 to play.
Lewis had 21 carries for 128 yards and one touchdown for