Tuttle, defense lift No. 12 Indiana past No. 16 Wisconsin
Jack Tuttle passed for two touchdowns in his first career start, and No. 12 Indiana’s defense made a late stand to hold on for a 14-6 win over the No. 16 Wisconsin on Saturday.
The Hoosiers (6-1) snapped a 10-game losing streak to Wisconsin, dating back to Oct. 12, 2002. Indiana also improved to 3-1 on the season against ranked teams.
Wisconsin (2-2) drove to Indiana’s 17-yard line with under two minutes remaining, but Micah McFadden came up with a sack on second down. The Hoosiers forced Wisconsin quarterback Graham Metz to throw incompletions on third and fourth down, with Indiana defensive back Reese Taylor coming up with a pass defense in the end zone on fourth down to close out the game.
Metz completed 20 of 34 passes for 202 yards with one interception for the Badgers, while Jalen Berger finished with 87 yards rushing. Wisconsin outgained Indiana 342-217, but came away with just six points in three trips to the red zone.
With Indiana starting quarterback Michael Penix Jr. out for the season with a torn ACL, Tuttle was called upon to lead the offense on the road against a ranked opponent. He played composed throughout the game, with his lone mistake coming when he lost a fumble on a quarterback sneak.
Tuttle led Indiana on a 12-play, 81-yard touchdown drive to start the second half. The series included a 35-yard connection to Ty Fryfogle and a 7-yard touchdown pass to Whop Philyor, putting Indiana up 14-3 in the third quarter.
Indiana cashed in on an early turnover after Tiawan Mullen forced a fumble that James Miller recovered at the Hoosiers’ 47-yard line. Tuttle led Indiana on a 12-play, 53-yard drive that was capped by his first career TD pass, a 1-yard pass to tight end Peyton Hendershot to put the Hoosiers up 7-0.
Wisconsin answered with a 12-play, 81-yard drive that ended with a Collin Larsh 29-yard field goal to cut Indiana’s lead to 7-3 with 4:04 remaining in the second quarter.
Indiana’s defense limited Wisconsin to 136 yards in the first half on 4.4 yards per play.
–Field Level Media