BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Penn State's defense refused to let
coach Joe Paterno down Saturday.
The Nittany Lions stopped Indiana four times from the 1-yard
line in the game's final two minutes, preserving a 22-18 victory
and ending a six-game losing streak. Penn State has not lost seven
straight since 1931. The victory also ended a 10-game skid outside
State College, Pa.
Indiana (3-7, 1-6 Big Ten) lost its second straight overall and
its home finale for the third straight season as the Nittany Lions
(3-7, 1-6) improved to 10-0 in the series.
On third-and-9 from the Penn State 30, Indiana burned the
Nittany Lions' highly rated defense for a 29-yard pass from Matt
LoVecchio to Travis Haney with 2:13 remaining. The Hoosiers ran the
ball four straight times, giving it twice to Chris Taylor, who was
stopped for no gain. Then they lost a yard when LoVecchio couldn't
make the pitch on an option.
On fourth-and-goal, Taylor was stopped just short of the goal
line. Indiana didn't get another chance because Penn State punter
Jeremy Kapinos stepped out of the end zone for a safety to end the
Penn State also made plays offensively. They moved 80 yards in
nine plays to score the go-ahead touchdown on Tony Hunt's 2-yard
run with 4:51 remaining. Quarterback Zack Mills then ran in the
2-point conversion to make it 22-16. Mills finished 11-for-19 for
169 yards with one touchdown and ran for another TD.
Hunt's score wiped out the Hoosiers' 16-14 lead, which they got
on a 23-yard field goal from Bryan Robertson with 8:47 to go.
The game also had three replay reviews, one of which overturned
an incomplete pass that gave Robinson a 33-yard TD reception in the
But Penn State's sluggish offense didn't get going until late in
the third quarter when Mills led the Nittany Lions on an 81-yard
drive, running the final 2 yards himself to make it 14-13. Austin
Scott carried 14 times for 74 yards to lead the Nittany Lions.
Indiana took advantage early. Paul Szczesny's interception set
up the Hoosiers at the Penn State 28. Two plays later, LoVecchio
ran an option, pitching it to wide receiver Courtney Roby, who
burst through a huge hole for a 26-yard touchdown run and 7-0 lead.
After the Nittany Lions tied the score on Robinson's touchdown,
the Hoosiers regained the lead when backup quarterback Anthony
Morelli was picked off by Kyle Killion. Killion found a hole, got a
couple of blocks, cut back across the field and returned it 46
yards for a touchdown to make it 13-7. But Robertson missed his
second extra point in two weeks.
Killion's return set two school records -- Indiana's fourth
defensive touchdown in a season and its third interception return
for a touchdown in one season.
LoVecchio was 11-for-22 for 137 yards while BenJarvus
Green-Ellis carried 15 times for 49 yards to lead the Hoosiers.