Scores

Final

Minnesota 20

(1-5, 0-3 Big Ten)

Indiana 40

(5-1, 2-1 Big Ten)

12:00 PM ET, October 6, 2007

Memorial Stadium, BLOOMINGTON, IN

1 2 3 4 T
MINN 14 0 0 620
IND 14 13 6 740

Top Performers

Passing: A. Weber (MINN) - 280 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: B. Payton (IND) - 13 CAR, 90 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: R. Fisher (IND) - 9 REC, 106 YDS

Indiana 40, Minnesota 20

Associated Press

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Bryan Payton rushed for a career-high 90 yards and three touchdowns Saturday, and Austin Starr tied a single-game school record with four field goals to help Indiana rout Minnesota 40-20.

The Hoosiers (5-1, 2-1) won their second straight Big Ten game and moved to within one victory of becoming bowl eligible. Indiana hasn't played in the postseason since 1993.

Minnesota (1-5, 0-3) lost its fourth straight.

Payton was a surprise. He entered the game with 149 career yards rushing, but had to fill in with the Hoosiers' top three backs on the sideline.

The starters, Marcus Thigpen (left ankle) and Josiah Sears (head) both left in the first half. Demetrius McCray, Thigpen's regular backup, was ruled out before the game with a foot injury. Indiana also lost starting center Ben Wyss (back) in the first half.

But against a defense allowing more than 36 points per game, the Hoosiers had no problem scoring.

Kellen Lewis was 24-of-36 for 235 yards with one touchdown and one interception, rushed 10 times for 75 yards and led the Hoosiers to scores on eight of the first nine possessions.

At first, it looked like Indiana would be in a shootout.

James Hardy opened the scoring a 2-yard TD catch from Lewis, and Minnesota tied it on Adam Weber's 7-yard run.

Payton broke the tie with a 48-yard TD run, and Minnesota answered with a 1-yard touchdown run from Duane Bennett.

Starr followed that with two field goals, giving Indiana a 20-14 lead, and when Payton powered in from 1 yard late in the first half, the Hoosiers had control and a 27-14 lead.

Payton sealed the win on a 5-yard TD run with 4:25 left in the game.

Weber finished 24-of-44 for 280 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Eric Decker caught eight passes for 74 yards and one score for the Golden Gophers.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MINN
IND
1st Downs2022
Total Yards392463
Passing280235
Rushing112228
Penalties3-343-30
3rd Down Conversions9-1710-17
4th Down Conversions1-30-0
Turnovers21
Possession24:5635:04

Passing Leaders

MinnesotaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Weber24/442806.412
IndianaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lewis24/362356.511

Rushing Leaders

MinnesotaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas8587.3036
Bennett8283.5114
IndianaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Payton13906.9348
Lewis10757.5044

Receiving Leaders

MinnesotaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wheelwright710114.4032
Decker8749.3142
IndianaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Fisher910611.8054
Hardy58517.0151

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMINNIND
TD11:23James Hardy 2 Yd Pass From Kellen Lewis (Austin Starr Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 80 yds, 3:37
07
TD08:23Adam Weber 7 Yd Run (Joel Monroe Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 80 yds, 3:00
77
TD05:46Bryan Payton 48 Yd Run (Austin Starr Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 82 yds, 2:31
714
TD01:44Duane Bennett 1 Yd Run (Joel Monroe Kick)
Drive: 10 plays, 60 yds, 3:59
1414
SECOND QUARTERMINNIND
FG13:38Austin Starr 47 Yd
Drive: 9 plays, 51 yds, 3:09
1417
FG06:23Austin Starr 33 Yd
Drive: 14 plays, 48 yds, 6:13
1420
TD02:41Bryan Payton 1 Yd Run (Austin Starr Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 15 yds, 1:13
1427
THIRD QUARTERMINNIND
FG11:36Austin Starr 25 Yd
Drive: 8 plays, 69 yds, 2:04
1430
FG04:42Austin Starr 43 Yd
Drive: 11 plays, 51 yds, 5:34
1433
FOURTH QUARTERMINNIND
TD06:47Eric Decker 3 Yd Pass From Adam Weber (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)
Drive: 12 plays, 93 yds, 5:35
2033
TD04:25Bryan Payton 5 Yd Run (Austin Starr Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 5 yds, :06
2040