Late rally helps Indiana stun No. 18 Missouri 31-27
COLUMBIA, MO – The Kevin Wilson era has, at the moment, its defining win.
After a humbling loss to Bowling Green last Saturday, Indiana went on the road and beat No. 18 Missouri 31-27 at Faurot Field in Columbia, MO. It’s the programs first win over a ranked opponent since beating No. 15 Iowa at home in 2006.
D’Angelo Roberts’ touchdown run with 22 seconds left completed a late Hoosiers’ drive to complete the upset which came as a shock to many following the loss to the Falcons last week.
Indiana improved to 2-1 on the season and will start Big Ten play next week at home against Maryland, who is playing as a member of the conference for the first time.
Tevin Coleman had another huge game for the Hoosiers as he gained 189 yards of total offense-132 rushing and 57 yards receiving-along with scoring a rushing touchdown to start the scoring. Coleman had a big hand in finishing the game with an Indiana touchdown when he took a screen pass 44 yards inside the Missouri ten-yard line.
That came shortly after a failed 4th-and-6 pass by Hoosiers quarterback Nate Sudfeld was negated by a pass interference penalty on receiver Nick Stoner. A few plays after Coleman’s long pass reception, Roberts scored to put the Hoosiers on top for good.
What transpired at the end of the game represents what happened through most of the game at Farout Field. Coleman scored to open the game and Missouri responded with a Maty Mauk touchdown pass to Jimmie Hunt of 45 yards.
Roberts got the Hoosiers back to the lead with a short scoring run in the second quarter but ten straight points by the Tigers put them up 17-14. Indiana got the game back to tied with an end-of-the-half drive that culminated an Aaron Del Grosso 23-yard field goal.
Sudfeld put the Hoosiers up again in the third quarter with a 33-yard touchdown pass to J-Shun Harris that gave Indiana a 24-17 lead into the fourth quarter. Mauk would lead Missouri back as he threw a touchdown pass then lead the Tigers on a field goal drive which was finished by an Andrew Baggett 40-yard kick.
With the 2:25 left, Indiana used the pass interference penalty and Coleman’s long pass catch to move 75 yards in six plays to set up Roberts’ game-winning score. Missouri never threatened with the 22 seconds that were left after the score as the Hoosiers sealed their biggest win of the Wilson era.