Rutgers beats IU 38-3 Saturday

By Nick Jenkinson

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights routed the Indiana Hoosiers 38-3 on a very cold 39-degree Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. The Hoosiers had five turnovers with 3 fumbles and 2 interceptions. The Hoosiers fall to 2-8 and 0-6 in the Big 10 and have lost 6th straight games since 33-31 win at Western Kentucky on September 25th.  Rutgers beats Indiana for the first time since a 55-52 thriller in Bloomington October 17th, 2015 snapping a five-game losing streak against Indiana.

True Freshman Donaven McCulley got his 3rd start for the Hoosiers and fumbled on the first offensive play and gave the ball to Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights scored with 8-yard run from Isaih Pacheco to make 7-0 with 13:47 left in the first quarter. McCulley played on the 2nd drive and then was benched after 1-3 passing for 11 yards and 3 carries for 4 yards. Jack Tuttle who missed the last two game with a leg injury came in and was 5-10 for 26 yards passing with 2 interceptions and was the team’s leading rusher with 16 yards on 3 carries. Tuttle came off limping after his 2nd interception and did not return to the game. McCulley came back and finished the game with 7-20 for 98 yards passing and had 10 carries for 7 yards. Ty Fyrfogle had 5 receptions for 51 yards receiving but fumbled a punt return early in the third quarter that gave Rutgers the ball at the Indiana 10-yard line and Aaron Brown scored on the next play with a 10-yard touchdown run to make it 24-3 12;27 to go in the 3rd quarter. Grant Gremel came on and finished at quarterback for the Hoosiers going 5-11 for 41 yards. Indiana had 7 different ball carriers the ball 32 times for 85 yards. The Hoosier quarterbacks were a combined 18-42 for 177 yards passing.

Rutgers improves 5-5 and 2-6 in the Big Ten and will travel to Penn State Saturday and host Maryland November 27th. The Scarlet Knights Isaih Pacheco scored his second touchdown 6:34 to go in the first quarter on a 4-yard run Pacheco carried the ball 21 times for 79 yards Rutgers 9 different players carry the ball 50 times for 218 yards and 5 touchdowns and no offensive turnovers. The Scarlet Knights added 38-yard field goal from Valentino Ambrosio with 14:10 to go in the 2nd half to make it 17-0. Raiqwon O”Neal who is an offensive lineman checked in as eligible receiver and scored on a 7 yard rush after the ball was thrown backwards pass from Noah Vedral. Vedral scored on a 9-yard touchdown run with 7 minutes left in the 4th quarter to make 38-3. Vedral was 9-17 passing for 97 yards, Johnny Langan was 1-1 for 5 yards and Kyle Monangai was 0-1 as the Scarlet Knights were 10-19 passing for 102 yards.

Peyton Hendershot had 2 receptions for 11 yards and stays at 14 career receiving touchdown one behind Ted Bosler’s record for a tight end with 15. Linebacker Micah McFadden ended a 14-game streak with at least one tackle for loss. McFadden had 6 solo tackles and 7 for the game.

Indiana will host Minnesota in the final home game next Saturday at 3:30 on the Big Ten Network before Traveling to Purdue for the Old Oaken Bucket Game on November 27th.

Photos by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian

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