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Illinois at Indiana

Indiana defeats Illinois 52-35

By Chris Goff
Associated Press
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Cody Latimer set career highs with 11 catches and 189 yards receiving and hauled in three touchdowns as Indiana defeated Illinois 52-35 on Saturday.

The Hoosiers (4-5, 2-3 Big Ten) snapped a three-game skid, while Illinois (3-6, 0-5) extended its school-record conference losing streak to 19 games.

Tevin Coleman rushed 15 times for a career-high 215 yards, the most by a Hoosier in the last 10 seasons. The teams engaged in a back-and-forth shootout until Coleman's 75-yard touchdown run edged Indiana ahead 42-35 with 12:41 remaining. Indiana burned the Illini's run defense for 371 yards and gained a season-high 650 yards overall.

Nathan Scheelhaase completed 38 of 57 passes for 450 yards and two touchdowns to lead Illinois. He added 45 yards and a score on the ground. Receiver Steve Hull exploded for 224 yards and two touchdowns on nine receptions.

The Illini were never the same after Coleman's crowd-thrilling burst. On their ensuing possession, linebacker Steven Funderburk came unblocked on a third-and-10 blitz to force an incompletion. Then Illinois coach Tim Beckman dialed up a fake punt that flopped on fourth down. Punter Justin DuVernois threw low and well short of the marker.

Two plays later, Stephen Houston rushed in from the 2-yard line to make it 49-35. Prior to that, neither side led by more than seven. Houston finished with 17 carries for 150 yards and two TDs.

Latimer surpassed his previous career highs of nine catches and 139 yards with a 50-yard TD reception from Nate Sudfeld on Indiana's fourth drive of the second half. The play also tied his career high of three touchdown catches and gave the Hoosiers a 35-28 lead.

The teams traded touchdowns on four consecutive possessions in the first quarter before defense prevailed in the second. Illinois kicker Taylor Zalewski was wide right on a 41-yard field goal try with 1:20 left in the half.

Each team scored 14 in the third quarter. Hull got wide open on Illinois' first drive of the second half for a 54-yard touchdown reception that tied the game at 21. Sudfeld, who finished 20-of-27 for 267 yards and three TD passes, twice hooked up with Latimer for scores in the period. Scheelhaase scrambled in from 14 yards out to briefly give Illinois its only lead of the day, 28-21.

Illinois right tackle Corey Lewis, who rushed for 27 touchdowns as a high school senior, tied the game at 35 when he fell on Ferguson's fumble in the end zone for his first college score.

Illinois entered the game with the 70th-ranked offense, averaging 402 yards. By the break, the Illini had gained 288. They finished with 612 yards, but a struggling defense cost them a chance to break through for their first Big Ten victory since Oct. 8, 2011, which came at Indiana.

Mitch Ewald kicked a 22-yard field goal with 5:25 remaining to give the Hoosiers a 17-point lead, their largest in over a month. Ewald is 8-for-8 this season.

Indiana might have a tough time regrouping before traveling to Wisconsin next week with several Hoosiers leaving the game because of injury. Coleman was helped off midway through the fourth quarter. Starting defensive backs Tim Bennett, Mark Murphy and Greg Heban also missed time.

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Scoring Summary
INDTevin Coleman 64 yd run (Mitch Ewald kick)
ILLJosh Ferguson 21 yd run (Taylor Zalewski kick)
INDStephen Houston 2 yd run (Mitch Ewald kick)
ILLSteve Hull 60 yd pass from Nathan Scheelhaase (Taylor Zalewski kick)
INDCody Latimer 11 yd pass from Nate Sudfeld (Mitch Ewald kick)
ILLSteve Hull 54 yd pass from Nathan Scheelhaase (Taylor Zalewski kick)
ILLNathan Scheelhaase 14 yd run (Taylor Zalewski kick)
INDCody Latimer 41 yd pass from Nate Sudfeld (Mitch Ewald kick)
INDCody Latimer 50 yd pass from Nate Sudfeld (Mitch Ewald kick)
ILLCorey Lewis 0 yd run (Taylor Zalewski kick)
INDTevin Coleman 75 yd run (Mitch Ewald kick)
INDStephen Houston 2 yd run (Mitch Ewald kick)
INDMitch Ewald 22 yd FG
 
Team Stats
 ILLIND
First Downs3029
Third Down Efficiency11-194-11
Fourth Down Efficiency0-33-3
Plays-Net Yards92-61271-650
Rushes-Yds34-16243-371
Passing Yds450279
Kick Return Yds9671
Punt Return Yds07
Passes38-58-121-28-1
Punts3-1272-61
Fumbles-Lost1-01-1
Penalties-Yds9-706-55
Time of Poss.34:5625:4
 
Individual Stats
RUSHING
ILL: Josh Ferguson 16-90, Nathan Scheelhaase 9-45, Donovonn Young 7-28, Corey Lewis 0-0, Aaron Bailey 2--1
IND: Tevin Coleman 15-215, Stephen Houston 17-150, Tre Roberson 4-16, D'Angelo Roberts 2-1, Team 1--3, Nate Sudfeld 4--8
PASSING
ILL: Nathan Scheelhaase 38-57-450-1, Justin DuVernois 0-1-0-0
IND: Nate Sudfeld 20-27-267-1, Tre Roberson 1-1-12-0
RECEIVING
ILL: Steve Hull 9-224, Spencer Harris 6-62, Josh Ferguson 6-49, Jon Davis 5-45, Matt LaCosse 5-11, Miles Osei 4-37, Donovonn Young 2-9, Martize Barr 1-13
IND: Cody Latimer 11-189, Shane Wynn 3-52, Ted Bolser 2-17, Isaiah Roundtree 2-11, Duwyce Wilson 1-7, Tevin Coleman 1-7, D'Angelo Roberts 1--4
 
Standings
TeamStandingsConferenceOverall
Illinois7th Big Ten West0-33-4
Indiana7th Big Ten East0-33-4

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