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Rutgers football loses to Indiana

Junior running back Isaih Pacheco had 58 total yards on 14 touches against Indiana. He also caught a 2-point conversion. – Photo by Kelly Carmack / Photo Editor

The Rutgers football team hosted Indiana yesterday. Both teams entered with 1-0 records.

The Scarlet Knights (1-1, 1-1) beat Michigan State on Oct. 24, and the Hoosiers (2-0, 2-0) beat Penn State by a point. After four quarters against Rutgers, Indiana came out on top, 37-21.

Senior quarterback Noah Vedral threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Bo Melton to open the game's scoring. As the first quarter went on, sophomore linebacker Mohamed Toure was ejected for a targeting penalty. After, the Hoosiers kicked a field goal, and the score was 7-3 going into the second quarter.

Five minutes into the second, Indiana cut the Knights' lead to 1, adding another 3 points. With approximately 6 minutes left in the half, Vedral threw an interception on Rutgers' own 19-yard line, leading to a quick Hoosiers touchdown. Indiana was taking advantage of interceptions and defensive miscues and went into the second half leading 20-7.

In the third quarter, the Hoosiers' Michael Penix Jr. threw a 63-yard pass to Whop Philyor, leading to an Indiana field goal. With a little more than 5 minutes left to play in the quarter, sophomore running back Kay’Ron Adams ran 37 yards for a touchdown, and after a 2-point conversion, the score was 23-15.

Less than 2 minutes later, the Hoosiers' offense responded with another touchdown and went into the fourth quarter leading 30-15.

Early in the quarter, Indiana scored another touchdown, extending their lead to 37-15. Late in the fourth, Vedral found Melton for a 16-yard touchdown.

With a few minutes still to play, the Knights offense took the field. Rutgers almost scored a touchdown on an eight-lateral play, though officials said an illegal forward pass occurred.

The Knights play No. 3 Ohio State Saturday.

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