12:10 PM ET, October 11, 2003
Memorial Stadium, BLOOMINGTON, IN
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.
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 defense.
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 Indiana.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||9-17||4-13|
|4th Down Conversions||1-1||1-1|
|FG||8:34||SLADE LARSCHEID 32 YD FG|
Drive info: 12 plays, 62 yards.
|TD||4:25||JASON WRIGHT 1 YD RUN (SLADE LARSCHEID KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 26 yards.
|TD||1:09||BRANDON HORN 77 YD PASS FROM BRETT BASANEZ (SLADE LARSCHEID KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||13:41||BRIAN LEWIS 9 YD RUN (BRYAN ROBERTSON KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 79 yards.
|TD||7:40||JASON WRIGHT 13 YD RUN (SLADE LARSCHEID KICK)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||4:55||BENJARVUS GREEN-ELLIS 1 YD RUN (BRYAN ROBERTSON KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 68 yards.
|FG||12:02||BRYAN ROBERTSON 22 YD FG|
Drive info: 5 plays, 62 yards.
|TD||5:23||BENJARVUS GREEN-ELLIS 27 YD RUN (BRYAN ROBERTSON KICK)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 78 yards.
|TD||11:54||BENJARVUS GREEN-ELLIS 2 YD RUN (BRYAN ROBERTSON KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 37 yards.
|TD||4:46||JASON WRIGHT 1 YD RUN (SLADE LARSCHEID KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 6 yards.
|TD||0:00||JASON WRIGHT 4 YD RUN|
Drive info: 6 plays, 25 yards.