CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Austin Starr kicked a 33-yard field goal
as time expired and Indiana defeated Illinois 34-32 on Saturday for
the Hoosiers' first Big Ten road win under second-year coach Terry
Starr missed an earlier fourth-quarter attempt from 43 yards
that would have given Indiana the lead, but came back to nail the
winner. The Hoosiers ruined Illinois' homecoming a week after the
Illini did the same thing at Michigan State.
Illinois broke a 10-game Big Ten losing streak with a 23-20
victory over Michigan State on a late field goal.
Kellen Lewis threw for 240 yards for Indiana and a led a 65-yard
drive that set up the winning kick. The freshman quarterback also
ran for a touchdown.
Marcus Thigpen started the second half by taking the kickoff 98
yards for a touchdown for Indiana (3-3, 1-1). It was Thigpen's
third kickoff return for a touchdown this season and have Indiana a
28-25 lead. Thigpen also ran for 91 yards.
Illinois (2-4, 1-2) jumped out to a 25-7 lead early in the
second quarter behind freshman quarterback Isiah "Juice"
Williams, who threw two touchdowns to Kyle Hudson in the first
Williams finished with 190 yards passing and 53 rushing. and
Pierre Thomas had 22 carries for 126 yards and a score for the
Josiah Sears ran for two TDs in the second quarter for Indiana,
which trailed 25-21 at half.
Receiver DaJaun Warren found a wide open Jody Ellis in the
corner of the end zone for 27 yards to give the Illini a 32-31 lead
with 46 seconds left in the third quarter.