PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Devine Redding gave Indiana the lead with a 34-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter and caught Richard Lagow’s third touchdown pass of the game in the fourth as the error-prone Hoosiers rallied for a 33-27 win over Rutgers Saturday in Piscataway N.J.
Lagow was 28 of 40 for 394 yards. He hit Ricky Jones for a 36-yard score and started the second-half rally for Indiana (5-4, 3-3 Big Ten) with a 40-yard TD toss to Camion Patrick.
Zander Diamont added a 59-yard touchdown run for Indiana, which turned it over four times, missed three field goals and two extra points.
Gio Rescigno, who went 19 of 36 for 258 yards, threw a 68-yard scoring pass to Andre Patton and scored on a 1-yard run for Rutgers (2-7, 0-6). The latter gave the Scarlet Knights a 24-13 lead in the opening minute of the second half. Darnell Davis also scored on a 75-yard fumble return.
Rutgers, which lost its sixth straight, led 17-13 at halftime — its first lead after 30 minutes since Sept. 17 against New Mexico. It took advantage of a fumble on the second-half kickoff to expand the lead.
Indiana’s defense shut down Rutgers the rest of the way to beat the Scarlet Knights for the first time in three meetings.
David Bonagura added a second field goal for the Scarlet Knights in the closing seconds, but the Hoosiers recovered the ensuing kickoff to ice it.
There were 399 total yards in the first quarter with Indiana taking a 13-10 lead on Diamont’s run and Jones’ catch and run. The Scarlet Knights needed only one play to respond to Diamont’s run as Rescigno hit Patton on the long pass.
The second quarter was all defense. Rutgers forced three turnovers with Davis scoring after a Zander fumble to put the Scarlet Knights ahead.