Recap: Indiana vs. Purdue
Bloomington, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Zander Diamont's 1-yard touchdown run with 27 seconds remaining in regulation lifted the Indiana Hoosiers to a 23-16 win over Big Ten Conference rival Purdue in the final game of the season for both teams inside Memorial Stadium.
The victory was the Hoosiers' (4-8, 1-7 Big Ten) first and only of the season in conference play, as they snapped a six-game slide and took home the Old Oaken Bucket from the rival Boilermakers.
Tevin Coleman, who entered the day as the nation's second-leading rusher, finished with 130 yards on 29 carries to become the 18th player in FBS history to reach the 2,000 yard mark.
The Boilermakers (3-9, 1-7) lost for the sixth straight time, despite Akeem Hunt's game-high 171 rushing yards to go along with a touchdown on 19 carries. Austin Appleby threw for only 123 yards and was intercepted three times in the loss.
After a scoreless first quarter, Boilermakers kicker Paul Griggs accounted for the only points of the second quarter with a pair of 26-yard field goals.
Indiana's Griffin Oakes cut the margin to 6-3 with a 23-yarder at the 9:46 mark of the third quarter.
However, Hunt responded with an 82-yard touchdown burst on the very first play of the ensuing series to make it a 13-3 game.
IU closed out the third quarter with a 41-yard field goal from Oakes and then a 41-yard touchdown run by Shane Wynn to tie the score at 13-13.
Purdue's defense came up with a big takeaway on the first play of the fourth quarter when Andy James Garcia knocked the ball loose from Coleman, and teammate Robert Gregory recovered for the Boilermakers at the IU 24. Purdue's offense moved the ball down to the 2-yard line but could advance no further, as Griggs came on to make a 20-yard field goal.
The Hoosiers responded with a 14-play, 61-yard drive. However, that drive ultimately stalled as Oakes made a 34-yard field goal to once again tie the score at 16-16 with 6:31 remaining.
IU sealed the outcome with an eight-play, 65-yard drive in the final minutes, which Diamont capped with his one-yard TD plunge with 27 seconds on the clock.
The Hoosiers finished with a 358-351 edge in total offense.Game Notes