PISCATAWAY, N.J. – So much for the postseason.
Junior running back Tevin Coleman rushed for a career-high 307 yards, the second-most in Indiana history, but Rutgers used a 35-point second half to send Indiana home with a 45-23 loss, the Hoosiers seventh of the season, Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium.
The fourth 200-yard rushing game of his career matched the school record owned by Alex Smith (1994-96).
Coleman’s 67-yard touchdown run with 18 seconds left in the first half gave Indiana a 13-10 halftime lead and after a 68-yarder on the Hoosiers first-possession of the second half, Griffin Oakes booted in his third field goal of the game to increase Indiana’s lead to 16-10 with 12:09 left in the third quarter. Rutgers scored 21 unanswered points to take a 31-16 advantage into the final period.
Zander Diamont threw his first career touchdown pass to Shane Wynn from 28 yards to make it a one-possession game, 31-23, with 14:36 left in the game, but Rutgers responded with a 56-yard touchdown pass of its own and Indiana failed to generate any more points.
Wynn had a season-high 11 receptions and 120 yards. His touchdown was the 20th receiving score of his career, tied for third all-time at Indiana.
The Hoosiers play their final road game next Saturday at Ohio State. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network, but a time has not yet been announced. Indiana is now 3-7 on the season and 0-6 in Big Ten play.