Rutgers on cusp of bowl-eligibility after win at Indiana | Agriculture


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Rutgers coach Greg Schiano began Saturday with out his prime three linebackers.

Six turnovers and a a nifty trick play later, the Scarlet Knights celebrated a attainable program-changing victory.

Isaih Pacheco scored twice within the first quarter and Rutgers scored 17 factors off turnovers, routing Indiana 38-3 to maneuver inside one win of turning into bowl eligible for the primary time since 2014.

“I’m excited, our guys are fighting,” Schiano said. “We want to write that story at the end of the year and now we have a chance. We’ll see what we can do.”

For the Scarlet Knights (5-5, 2-5 Big Ten), this wasn’t just another win.

It was their most lopsided victory in conference play since joining the Big Ten — easily surpassing the previous mark of 22 points against Indiana in 2015. Now comes the hard part — beating either No. 23 Penn State or Maryland to finish the job.

Rutgers earned some style points, too, when quarterback Noah Vedral threw a backward pass to offensive tackle Raiqwon O’Neal, who caught the ball around the 12-yard line and dove toward the pylon for a 7-yard TD run and a 31-3 lead in the third quarter.

“I couldn’t do it without my guys up front,” O’Neal said. “They made a great block for me to get in there.”

It was yet another frustrating game for the Hoosiers (2-8, 0-7), who started the season ranked No. 17 and embracing the highest expectations in decades.

But not much has gone right this season, and this game slipped away fast, too.

Quarterback Donoven McCulley botched a handoff on the first play. Rutgers defensive end Mohamed Toure recovered at the Hoosiers 21-yard line and four plays later, Pacheco scored on an 8-yard TD run.

“It was just a bad exchange,” McCulley said. “That just set the tone for the rest of the game and it was hard to come back from that.”

Pacheco’s 3-yard scoring run late within the first quarter made it 14-0 and Tyreem Powell’s interception led to a 38-yard subject aim that made it 17-0 lower than a minute into the second quarter.

All the Hoosiers might muster was a 47-yard subject aim to shut the half.

Rutgers: On a day the offense did not do a lot, the protection and particular groups made the game-changing performs. As a outcome, Rutgers continues to be in bowl rivalry regardless of shedding 5 of seven.

Indiana: This was the Hoosiers’ worst sport in what has been an terrible season. Indiana simply could not execute on offense or protection Saturday.

STAT PACK Rutgers: Pacheco carried 21 times for 79 yards and handed Bryant Mitchell (2,286 yards) for eighth on the college’s profession listing. Pacheco has 2,249. … Vedral was 9 of 17 with 97 yards and scored the ultimate TD on a 9-yard run. … Coach Greg Schiano earned win No. 76, transferring him inside two of tying Frank Burns’ college report. … The Scarlet Knights are 6-3 on the street over the previous two seasons.

Indiana: McCulley was 7 of 20 with 98 yards and misplaced two fumbles. … Jack Tuttle was 5 of 10 with 26 yards and two interceptions. … The Hoosiers rushed 32 occasions for 85 yards and completed with 262 complete yards. … Indiana has failed to attain a landing in three video games this season. .. The Hoosiers had gained the earlier 5 on this collection.

Rutgers: While Vedral began after getting harm final week, the Scarlet Knights overcame the loss of linebackers Olakunie Fatukasi, Tyshon Fogg and Tyreek Maddox-Williams. Rutgers did not undergo any further vital accidents.

Indiana: Running again Stephen Carr and linebacker Cam Jones each sat out and though Tuttle returned to motion within the first quarter, he did not final lengthy. Tuttle harm his left ankle on his second interception, went to the locker room and didn’t return. Center Dylan Powell injured his left shoulder within the first half and security Raheem Layne was shaken up late.

Rutgers: Visits No. 23 Penn State subsequent Saturday.

Indiana: Closes its residence season subsequent Saturday in opposition to Minnesota.

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