Indiana holds off Western Michigan 23-19Sep 15, 2009 - 9:37 PM By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.(AP) -- Demetrius McCray had a career-high 134 yards rushing including a 59-yard TD run, and Indiana's defense forced a late turnover to preserve a 23-19 victory over Western Michigan on Saturday.
The Hoosiers (2-0) had a chance to put the game away midway through the fourth. Facing fourth-and-a foot from the Western 6, the Hoosiers decided to kick a 21-yard field goal that would have given them a 9-point lead.
Instead, freshman Nick Freeland's attempt was blocked by Austin Pritchard, setting up a bizarre finish.
The Broncos (0-2) drove to the Indiana 5, thanks in part to four Hoosiers penalties. Then, when it appeared Western was about to take the lead, Aaron Winchester was hit behind the line, lost the ball and Justin Carrington recovered for Indiana.
It still wasn't over.
When Indiana failed to run out the clock, punter Chris Hagerup stepped out of the back of the end zone with 17 seconds left to make it 23-19.
That gave Western another chance to win it. The Broncos went to the old hook-and-lateral play, which started on the left side of the field and came all the way back to the right sideline, finally ending after five pitches - the last one called a forward lateral - as time expired.
Indiana quarterback Ben Chappell finished 18 of 28 for 185 yards. The Hoosiers running game, however, made a big jump. After averaging 2.35 yards per carry in last week's season opener, Indiana ran 33 times for 187 yards to open 2-0 for the sixth straight season.
Western Michigan has now lost all five games in this series.
Quarterback Tim Hiller was 28 of 43 for 266 yards with one touchdown and single-handedly tried to rally the Broncos from a 17-7 halftime deficit. The Broncos ran 29 times for just 22 yards.
Chappell got the Hoosiers going quickly, driving them to a field goal and then scoring on a 1-yard plunge early in the second quarter to make it 10-0.
Backup quarterback Drew Burdi replaced Hiller for one play, taking the shotgun snap, running left and scoring on a 7-yard run to make it 10-7.
That's when McCray found a big hole on the left side and sprinted down the sidelines for the 59-yard score to make it 17-7 at the half.
But Hiller opened the second half by hooking up with Robert Arnheim for a 41-yard score to make it 17-14 early in the third quarter.
Indiana then got a 32-yard field goal from Freeland, which hit the right upright before dropping between the goal posts to make it 20-14.
The Broncos and Hoosiers traded field goals before Freeland's final attempt was blocked.
- NCAAF FINAL
1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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WESTMICH 0 7 7 5 19
INDIANA 3 14 3 3 23 FINAL
1ST QUARTER: INDIANA - FG, NICK FREELAND 21 YD, 6:07.
2ND QUARTER: INDIANA - TD, BEN CHAPPELL 1 YD RUN (NICK
FREELAND KICK), 2:07. INDIANA
WESTRN MIC - TD, DREW BURDI 7 YD RUN (JO
Sep 12 2:35 PM
INDIANA 23 0:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Sep 12 2:35 PM
SAFETY WESTRN MICHIGAN
INDIANA 23 0:23 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Western Michigan 19, Indiana 23 4th - 0:23Sep 12 2:23 PM
INDIANA 23 9:35 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Western Michigan 17, Indiana 23 4th - 9:35Sep 12 1:43 PM
INDIANA 20 12:05 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Western Michigan 17, Indiana 20 4th - 12:05Sep 12 1:30 PM
INDIANA 20 0:00 LEFT, 3RD QTR
Sep 12 1:23 PM
INDIANA 20 5:23 LEFT, 3RD QTR
Western Michigan 14, Indiana 20 3rd - 5:23Sep 12 1:12 PM
INDIANA 17 11:56 LEFT, 3RD QTR
Western Michigan 14, Indiana 17 3rd - 11:56Sep 12 12:52 PM
INDIANA 17 0:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Sep 12 12:22 PM
INDIANA 17 4:36 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Western Michigan 7, Indiana 17 2nd - 4:36Sep 12 12:09 PM
INDIANA 16 7:50 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Western Michigan 7, Indiana 16 2nd - 7:50Sep 12 12:09 PM
INDIANA 10 9:07 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Western Michigan 7, Indiana 10 2nd - 9:07Sep 12 11:54 AM
INDIANA 10 12:53 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Western Michigan 0, Indiana 10 2nd - 12:53Sep 12 11:42 AM
INDIANA 3 0:00 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Sep 12 11:38 AM
INDIANA 3 8:53 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Western Michigan 0, Indiana 3 1st - 8:53Sep 12 11:14 AM
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