Indiana Hoosiers place kicker Charles Campbell (93) celebrates a go-ahead field goal in the third quarter of the NCAA football game between the Indiana Hoosiers and the Cincinnati Bearcats at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Ind., on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. The Bearcats won 38-24.

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Indiana does just enough to defeat Western Kentucky

Stephen Carr rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback Michael Penix added a season-high 373 yards passing, lifting Indiana to a 33-31 win over Western Kentucky on Saturday night in Bowling Green, Ky.

Up 26-24, Indiana put together a 14-play, 86-yard drive in the fourth quarter, capped by Carr’s 1-yard touchdown with 4:27 remaining. The Hoosiers (2-2, 0-1 Big Ten) bounced back from a home loss to Cincinnati with a critical road win before the start of Big Ten play.

Bailey Zappe passed for 365 yards and two scores for Western Kentucky (1-2), which played before a record 25,071 fans at Houchens-Smith Stadium.

Indiana scored touchdowns on its first two possessions of the game for touchdown. Carr completed an 11-play, 79-yard drive with a 1-yard run, putting Indiana up 7-0. Then, Penix capped an 11-play, 81-yard possession with a 1-yard run, extending Indiana’s lead to 14-0 with 5:02 left in the half.

Western Kentucky responded by putting together a long touchdown drive on its second offensive series, with Adam Cofield capping a 15-play, 77-yard drive with a 1-yard scoring run with 14:27 left in the second quarter.

Indiana rebuilt its lead to 20-7 with 46- and 37-yard field goals from Charles Campbell. Western Kentucky then put together a seven-play, 72-yard drive late in the first half, with Zappe connecting with wide receiver Daewood Davis to cut Indiana’s lead to 20-14 with 55 seconds before intermission.

Indiana still had enough time to drive down to the Western Kentucky 7-yard line, sparked by two completions from Penix and a 21-yard run from Carr. But after two failed pass attempts in the end zone, the Hoosiers settled for a 25-yard field goal from Campbell as time expired, putting Indiana up 23-14 at halftime.

Western Kentucky cut Indiana’s lead to 23-21 in the third quarter on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Zappe to Dalvin Smith.

Campbell’s 48-yard field goal extended Indiana’s lack back to 26-21, but Western Kentucky responded with a 34-yard field goal from Brayden Narveson, cutting the Indiana lead to 26-24 with 5:53 left in the third quarter.

Indiana starting wide receiver/punt returner D.J. Matthews left the game in the first half with an apparent leg injury after recovering his own muff on a Western Kentucky punt.

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