Indiana Loses to Purdue 35-31 after Blowing Lead in Old Oaken Bucket Game

FILE PHOTO — The Purdue Boilermakers celebrate beating Indiana University and taking the Old Oaken Bucket during an NCAA football game on November 26, 2022, at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Indiana. Purdue beat IU 30-16.

Staff report

Lafayette, Indiana – November 25, 2023

In a showdown at Ross-Ade Stadium, the Indiana Hoosiers battled against their arch-rivals, the Purdue Boilermakers until the final minutes but lost to the Boilermakers 35-31 in the Old Oaken Bucket game on Saturday, November 25, 2023.

From the onset, both teams exchanged blows but IU led for most of the game but still lost. The Boilermakers tied the game 28-28 with less than 9 minutes left and then scored with 2:34 left in the game.

Purdue’s quarterback, Hudson Card delivered 275 passing yards and three touchdowns against IU, along with 85 rushing yards.

Meanwhile, in the third quarter, IU running back Jaylin Lucas scored a touchdown on a 100-yard run.

Indiana quarterback Brendan Sorsby demonstrated resilience in the face of Purdue’s defense, completing 17 of 31 passes for 226 yards and three touchdowns. But the Hoosiers quarterback Sorby also threw three interceptions during the game against Purdue, and one was with fewer than 4 minutes left.

Indiana was leading 31-28, but then Purdue’s Card scored a touchdown taking the lead from IU sealing a Hoosier 35-31 loss, and keeping the Oaken Bucket.

Now the only question is what will become coach Hoosier football coach Tom Allen, who still has a year left in his contract, and if he will be coaching IU next season. Asked about his job security, Allen said, “That’s out of my hands.”

If IU wants to buy out Allen, who has a year left in his contract, it will cost over 20 million.

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