EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Noah Herron ran for a career-high 197
yards and three touchdowns, including a 16-yard scoring run in the
second overtime that gave Northwestern a 31-24 victory over Indiana
Demetrius Eaton sacked Matt LoVecchio on fourth down to end
Indiana's hopes of forcing a third overtime, and the Wildcats
flooded onto the field to celebrate. It's the second straight year
the Hoosiers (2-4, 0-3 Big Ten) and Wildcats (3-3, 2-1) have gone
to overtime, with Northwestern winning both games.
It also was the second straight overtime game for Northwestern,
which upset Ohio State last weekend.
Courtney Roby became Indiana's career receptions leader with
eight catches for 150 yards. He has 149 catches, one more than
Thomas Lewis. But Roby's big day wasn't enough to keep the Hoosiers
from dropping their fourth straight.
The Wildcats had hoped to use this game to prove their shocker
over Ohio State last weekend was no fluke. But they spent most of
the game looking nothing like the team that beat the Buckeyes. They
couldn't seem to get in a rhythm offensively, and they couldn't
shut Indiana down when they got them in third-and-longs.
But with less than two minutes in regulation, the Wildcats
finally rallied. Brett Basanez connected with Ashton Aikens on 11
and 18 yard passes to set up Brian Huffman's 32-yard field goal
that tied it with 29 seconds left.
The Hoosiers got the ball first in overtime, and LoVecchio
connected with Jahkeen Gilmore on a 25-yard scoring pass on the
second play. Basanez converted on fourth-and-6, hitting Mark
Philmore for a 12-yard gain and the first down.
Then, on third-and-2 at the 2, Basanez dropped back to pass --
and found Indiana linebacker Paul Szczeny in his face. Basanez
scrambled all the way back to the 20 and with several Hoosiers
closing in on him, lofted a pass toward the end zone.
Taylor Jones was sliding to his left with a cluster of Hoosiers
around him, but he somehow managed to pluck the ball out of the air
for the score. Huffman made the extra point, tying it at 24 and
sending it into a second overtime.
On fourth-and-1, Herron took the ball and juked right, finding a
hole and sprinting untouched into the end zone for the 16-yard
score that put Northwestern ahead 31-24 -- its first lead since the
LoVecchio connected with Roby for a 7-yard gain, but he threw
incompletions on his next two attempts. Then, on fourth-and-3,
Eaton bulldozed through the Indiana line and slammed LoVecchio to
the ground for the game-ending sack.
LoVecchio finished 27-of-50 for 329 yards, three touchdowns and
one interception. Though the Hoosiers had 429 yards of offense,
only 100 came on the ground.
Basanez was 28-of-48 for 254 yards and a touchdown. Brandon Horn
had six catches for 62 yards.