Illinois 14

(1-10, 0-7 Big Ten)

Indiana 17

(2-8, 1-5 Big Ten)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:10 PM ET, November 8, 2003

Memorial Stadium (Bloomington, IN), Bloomington, IN

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ILL 0 7 7 014
IND 7 0 0 1017

Indiana 17, Illinois 14

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Matt LoVecchio scored on an 8-yard run with 24 seconds left to snap Indiana's 11-game Big Ten losing streak with a 17-14 victory over Illinois on Saturday.

With his team trailing 14-10 and time winding down, LoVecchio took the snap on third-and-goal from the 8. His receivers were covered, so the quarterback tucked the ball away and ran up the middle and dived into the end zone for the winning score.

LoVecchio was 5-of-7 for 46 yards on the winning, 66-yard drive and also rushed for two first downs.

Indiana (2-8, 1-5 Big Ten) got its first league win since a victory over Wisconsin on Oct. 12, 2002.

Illinois (1-10, 0-7) appeared to be on its way to its first win in nine games when Christian Morton returned a punt 52 yards for a score that would have given the Illini a 21-10 lead early in the fourth. But a holding penalty negated the play.

LoVecchio finished 17-of-24 for 161 yards and also ran 14 times for 36 yards.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for 98 yards and the other touchdown for the Hoosiers, a 1-yarder that came on the game's opening drive.

Coming into the game, both teams had just one win -- against a Division I-AA opponent. Indiana beat Indiana State and Illinois beat Illinois State.

Dustin Ward threw for 163 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for Illinois. Marcus Mason added 102 yards rushing on 23 carries.

Ward hit Eric McGoey on a 6-yard score at the end of the second quarter, then found Ade Adeyemo on a 34-yard post pattern in the third to give Illinois a 14-7 lead.

After struggling in last week's 41-10 loss to Iowa, Ward took advantage of Indiana's 104th-ranked defense.

In the second quarter, the Illini took the ball at their 38 with just under a minute to play. Ward completed two passes for 19 yards, got a pass interference penalty, then scrambled twice for 11 yards before hitting McGoey on a fade pattern that tied the game at 7 going into halftime.

After an impressive opening drive in which the offensive line opened huge holes for Green-Ellis and delivered Indiana's first first-quarter score in seven games, the offense sputtered.

The Hoosiers only managed a 40-yard field goal by Bryan Robertson between the opening possession and the final drive.