Oct 2, 2021; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Indiana Hoosiers quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (9) walks off the field after suffering an injury during the third quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana QB Michael Penix Jr. (shoulder) out indefinitely

Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. is sidelined indefinitely after separating his throwing shoulder during Saturday’s loss to Penn State.

There isn’t yet a decision on whether or not Penix needs surgery on the left shoulder.

“I don’t know that you can rule that out at this point,” Hoosiers coach Tom Allen said during his Monday media availability. “There are some unknowns with the rehab process, surgery is definitely not felt to be necessary at this time. … At the same time, we don’t know all those answers at this point.”

Penix was injured in the third quarter when he was sacked by Penn State linebacker Brandon Smith during the 24-0 loss.

All three of Penix’s previous seasons at Indiana ended early due to injuries. He suffered ACL tears in 2018 and 2020 and a collarbone injury in 2019.

Penix has passed for 939 yards, four touchdowns and seven interceptions this season as well as adding two rushing touchdowns. He was 10-of-22 passing for 118 yards and one interception before leaving the Penn State game.

Overall, Penix has passed for 4,197 yards, 29 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 20 games (17 starts) with the Hoosiers. He also has six total rushing scores.

Indiana is entering a bye week. Jack Tuttle will be the starting quarterback when the Hoosiers (2-3, 0-2) play host to Michigan State on Oct. 16.

Tuttle has completed 8 of 18 passes for 168 yards, one touchdown and one interception in three games this season. He was 6 of 12 for 77 yards and an interception against Penn State after Penix departed.

Tuttle started two games last season after Penix’s knee injury — a win over Wisconsin in the regular-season finale and a loss to Ole Miss in the Outback Bowl. In three games last season, he passed for 362 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

“He’s highly respected by his teammates and he brings an energy as well,” Allen said of Tuttle. “I thought he gave us a spark even Saturday. I have great confidence in him and he has a great quality to always be ready to play whether it’s no snaps, one snap or 80 snaps.”

–Field Level Media

Oct 2, 2021; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Parker Washington (3) makes a catch against the Indiana Hoosiers during the first quarter at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

No. 4 Penn St. routs Indiana, 24-0

Sean Clifford threw three touchdown passes Saturday night as No. 4 Penn State cruised past visiting Indiana 24-0 in a Big Ten contest at University Park, Pa.

Clifford finished 17 of 33 for 178 yards and was intercepted once, while Jahan Dotson continued his strong season with eight catches for 84 yards and two TDs.

The Nittany Lions (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) posted their first shutout since 2019 and next will visit No. 5 Iowa in a much-anticipated showdown next weekend.

Indiana (2-3, 0-2), meanwhile, was blanked for the first time since 2000. Michael Penix Jr. went 10 of 22 for 118 yards with an interception for the Hoosiers, who were outgained 408-264.

Penn State scored a touchdown in each of the first three quarters, the first one on a pass from Clifford to Brenton Strange and the next two on hookups from Clifford to Dotson.

On their first scoring drive, the Nittany Lions went for it on fourth-and-7 from the Indiana 33. Clifford found Parker Washington for 9 yards to keep the chains moving, and he connected with Strange shortly thereafter for a 10-yard score.

Clifford was intercepted on Penn State’s next possession, but the defense held up inside the red zone, forcing a turnover on downs. The Nittany Lions then marched 96 yards in nine plays with Clifford finding Dotson on a nice throw-and-catch in the back of the end zone, making it 14-0.

From that point on, both teams were quiet offensively until Penn State made it 21-0 late in the third quarter. The Nittany Lions opted to go for it on fourth-and-4 from the Hoosiers’ 30-yard line, and Clifford flipped it to an open Dotson, who weaved through a few defenders for another touchdown.

Penn State’s Brandon Smith blocked a field goal on the ensuing possession to preserve the shutout.

Jordan Stout’s 50-yard field goal with 8:06 remaining capped the scoring.

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Oct 24, 2020; Bloomington, Indiana, USA;  Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Sean Clifford (14) attempts to avoid tackle from Indiana Hoosiers linebacker Micah McFadden (47) and Indiana Hoosiers defensive back Tiawan Mullen (3)  late in the second half of the game at Memorial Stadium. The Indiana Hoosiers defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions 36 to 35.  Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

No. 4 Penn State out for revenge against Indiana

Last season, Penn State lost to Indiana on opening day and never recovered en route to a disappointing 4-5 campaign. The fourth-ranked Nittany Lions appear to be a much better team this year, and they’ll be out for revenge Saturday when they host the Hoosiers in a Big Ten clash at University Park, Pa.

In last year’s matchup, a wild conclusion to the fourth quarter set the stage for an exciting overtime, when Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. stretched for the winning two-point conversion to stun the eighth-ranked Nittany Lions 36-35.

Penn State (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) once again is a top-10 team, thanks mainly to wins over No. 12 Wisconsin and No. 22 Auburn. Last week’s victory — a 38-17 triumph over Villanova — wasn’t quite as impressive, at least as far as coach James Franklin was concerned.

“I feel like our guys, a little bit, were enjoying people patting them on the back,” Franklin said in his postgame press conference. “We talked about it all week long, and I don’t know if we had the same edge today that we’ve had the previous three weeks, but we found a way to win.”

Sean Clifford passed for a career-high 401 yards and four touchdowns, including a pair of scores to Parker Washington (five catches, 148 yards). Jahan Dotson (seven catches, 117 yards) has caught a touchdown pass in every contest this season.

This could be a potential trap game for Penn State, which visits No. 5 Iowa in a Big Ten showdown next weekend. The Nittany Lions also play at No. 11 Ohio State (Oct. 30), No. 14 Michigan at home (Nov. 13) and at No. 17 Michigan State (Nov. 27) later in the season.

But first they must focus on the Hoosiers, who rode the momentum from last season’s win over Penn State into an impressive 6-1 Big Ten record. Indiana coach Tom Allen loved defeating Penn State at home, but now he wants to see his squad pull out a major upset on the road.

“Now the next step is to get one of those big road wins, where you do beat a top-10 team or ranked team on the road,” Allen said. “It’s just building a program, step-by-step, day-by-day. It’s building belief and it’s building expectation, then when you experience it, it elevates those things and you just keep growing and building.”

Indiana (2-2, 0-1) has defeated a pair of unranked foes, Idaho and Western Kentucky, while losing to No. 18 Iowa and No. 8 Cincinnati by a combined 42 points. Penix passed for 373 yards in last week’s win over Western Kentucky, while Stephen Carr ran for 109 yards and two scores.

Penix has thrown three interceptions in each of his team’s defeats and now will encounter a Penn State defense that did not allow a passing touchdown in the first 15 quarters of the season, allowing two to Villanova only after the Nittany Lions had built a 38-3 lead. The Nittany Lions have not given up more than 20 points in any of their four games.

Ty Fryfogle leads the Hoosiers in receptions (21) and receiving yards (224) and posted season highs in both categories (10 for 98) against Western Kentucky.

Penn State leads the all-time series 22-2. The Nittany Lions had won six straight meetings with the Hoosiers prior to last year’s defeat.

–Field Level Media

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.

–Field Level Media

Sep 4, 2021; Iowa City, Iowa, USA; Indiana Hoosiers head coach Tom Allen reacts with punter James Evans (94) during the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana looks to get back on track vs. Western Kentucky

Indiana hasn’t gotten off to the start it wanted in 2021.

The Hoosiers (1-2) are looking to get back on track Saturday night at Western Kentucky (1-1) in a non-conference game in Bowling Green, Ky.

Indiana turned the ball over four times and went just 3-of-6 in red zone chances in a 38-24 home loss last Saturday against No. 8 Cincinnati. Overall, the Hoosiers have turned the ball over seven times in three games, with all seven turnovers coming in its two losses to Cincinnati and Iowa.

“We talk about protecting the football at a high level, and we’ve not done that in the two games that we’ve lost,” Indiana coach Tom Allen said.

Indiana starting quarterback Michael Penix Jr. has thrown a Big Ten-high six interceptions after throwing just four in seven games last season.

“Just want to take care of the ball, not put the ball in jeopardy,” said Penix, who threw three interceptions against Cincinnati last Saturday.

“Just want to make sure that I’m being smart with my reads and just being confident in all of my throws.”

Western Kentucky boasts the nation’s top pass offense (456.5 yards per game) and best offense in the country converting on third downs (11-16, 68.8 percent). The Hilltoppers are coming off a 38-35 loss at Army.

Western Kentucky starting quarterback Bailey Zappe has thrown for 859 yards on the season, with 10 TD passes against only two interceptions. Zappe earned Conference USA Co-Player of the Week honors after throwing for 435 yards and three TDs versus Army.

A sellout crowd is expected at 23,776-seat Houchens industries-L.T. Smith Stadium, where Western Kentucky fans will be encouraged to wear black in a black-out game in a nationally televised night game.

“Indiana is a really good football team,” Western Kentucky coach Tyson Helton said. “You look at them across the board, all three phases, they’ve got players everywhere. Coach Allen does a fantastic job. They play hard, so it’s going to take everything we’ve got to try to go win this game. But really excited to have this opportunity to play in front of our home crowd in a great, great atmosphere.”

–Field Level Media

Indiana junior quarterback Michael Penix, Jr., goes back for a pass in the fourth quarter against Iowa at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021.

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Indiana out to start anew against Idaho after disappointing opener

Coming home could be just the tonic Indiana needs to shake off a disappointing loss to start the 2021 season.

The Hoosiers (0-1) will play in front of fans at Memorial Stadium for the first time since 2019 when they host FCS opponent Idaho on Saturday in Bloomington.

Not much went right for Indiana, then ranked No. 17, in a 34-6 loss at then-No. 18 Iowa to open the season last Saturday. Starting quarterback Michael Penix Jr. threw three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns, and the offense was held to single digits for the first time since Oct. 21, 2017, in a 17-9 loss at Michigan State.

With the 28-point loss, Indiana fell out of the Top 25 for the first time since Oct. 26, 2020. Indiana was ranked to open the season for the first time since 1968.

“Bottom line for me is it’s how you respond to this kind of situation,” Indiana coach Tom Allen said. “So that’s going to be the focus, and love our guys, believe in them, and excited to see them learn from the things that happened on Saturday and press on and move forward.”

There’s plenty to clean up. The Hoosiers gave away 20 points on three turnovers and were penalized seven times for 66 yards. Indiana didn’t give Penix much support in the run game as well, rushing for just 77 yards on 2.5 yards per carry. Defensively, the Hoosiers gave up a 56-yard TD run to Iowa’s Tyler Goodson on the opening series because they didn’t line up properly.

“We just didn’t execute when we needed to, at the times we needed to,” Penix said. “There’s a lot of plays we left on the field. But we know we’re going to make sure we get those corrected this week and keep pushing forward.”

Idaho (1-0) is coming off a 68-0 win over Division II Simon Fraser. The Vandals amassed 593 yards of offense while posting their first shutout since 2010. Running back Roshaun Johnson rushed for 87 yards on 10 carries with three TDs as Idaho ran for 316 yards.

In contrast to Indiana, Idaho played a crisp game in its season debut, finishing with just 15 yards of penalties.

“We played clean football, the way it should be played,” Idaho coach Paul Petrino said. “Don’t beat yourself, no matter who you play.”

–Field Level Media

Oct 31, 2020; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; Indiana Hoosiers head coach Tom Allen claps during the first half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at SHI Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana football coach Tom Allen earns big raise

Indiana is rewarding football coach Tom Allen with a raise, bringing his annual average compensation to $4.9 million through the 2027 season.

A year also was added to Allen’s existing contract because the Hoosiers qualified for a postseason bowl in 2020, finished 6-2 and reached as high as No. 7 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

ESPN reported that Allen’s previous contract paid him $3.9 million annually, with the new money coming from outside marketing and promotions.

“Tom Allen has proven himself to be not only the right person for our student-athletes and our program, but one of the best football coaches in the country,” Indiana athletic director Scott Dolson said in a university statement issued Monday. “The enthusiasm and outlook for our program is at an all-time high, and the future of Indiana Football is in great hands. I look forward to Tom leading our program for many years to come.”

Allen, who turns 51 next week, was named the American Football Coaches Association’s National Coach of the Year as well as the Big Ten Coach of the Year after the 2020 season.

In four seasons with the Hoosiers, Allen’s record is 24-22, but Indiana leadership sees a program on the rise. In 2019, the Hoosiers were 8-5 and had their first winning Big Ten season in 26 years.

He led Indiana to the 2020 Gator Bowl and the 2021 Outback Bowl — both losses. It was the first time in program history, however, that Indiana has played in January bowl games in consecutive seasons.

The Hoosiers finished the 2020 season ranked No. 12 in the final AP poll for their highest season-ending ranking since 1967.

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Nov 21, 2020; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Indiana Hoosiers wide receiver Ty Fryfogle (3) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Whop Philyor (1) during the third quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana’s Whop Philyor declares for draft; Ty Fryfogle stays

Indiana wide receiver Whop Philyor announced Saturday he’s entering the NFL draft, the day after fellow WR Ty Fryfogle said he’s returning to the Hoosiers for his final season.

Fryfogle, the 2020 Big Ten Wide Receiver of the Year, led Indiana with 721 yards and seven touchdowns, while Philyor had the most catches with 54. Philyor gained 495 yards and added three scores.

The Hoosiers finished the season with a 6-2 (6-1 Big Ten) mark. Their only losses came against Ohio State and Ole Miss in the Outback Bowl.

Both announced their decisions on Twitter.

“My time here has changed me and taught me many things,” Philyor wrote. After long and thought-out discussions with family and close friends, I decided that it is time for me to move to the next level in life and pursue my dream of playing in the NFL.”

Fryfogle said in his Twitter post that he has unfinished business at Indiana.

“After long talks with my mom, family, friends, and coaches I have decided to return for my last year of eligibility at Indiana University,” he wrote.

“My work here at Indiana University is not yet finished. There are many great things in store for this football team in 2021. The future is very bright and I am excited to be a part of it.”

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Jan 2, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Indiana Hoosiers quarterback Jack Tuttle (14) throws the ball as Mississippi Rebels linebacker Sam Williams (13) pressures during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Corral’s late TD pass lifts Ole Miss over Indiana in Outback Bowl

Quarterback Matt Corral passed for 342 yards and two touchdowns to lift Ole Miss to a 26-20 win over No. 11 Indiana at the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla.

Corral connected with Dontario Drummond on a 3-yard touchdown pass for the go-ahead score, putting the Rebels up 26-20 with 4:12 remaining. Then, the Ole Miss defense came up with a late stand, as Indiana turned the ball over on downs with 55 seconds left after driving to the Ole Miss 41-yard line.

Ole Miss (5-5) amassed 493 yards of offense despite playing without three of its top offensive players — wide receiver Elijah Moore, tight end Kenny Yeboah and running back Jerrion Ealy.

Running back Stevie Scott rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries and for Indiana (6-2), which lost its sixth straight bowl game dating back to 1991. Scott helped rally the Hoosiers back from down 14 points in the fourth quarter with two rushing touchdowns out of the wildcat formation. Scott’s second rushing touchdown tied the score at 20 with 5:58 left.

Indiana quarterback Jack Tuttle was up and down in his second career start, completing 26 of 45 passes for 201 yards and one interception.

Corral passed for 235 yards and one touchdown in the first half, helping Ole Miss build a 13-3 halftime lead.

The Rebels drove 57 yards on seven plays on their opening possession, but a personal foul penalty stalled the drive in the red zone, resulting in a 26-yard Luke Logan field goal to give Ole Miss an early 3-0 lead.

The Hoosiers answered later in the first quarter, tying the score at 3 on a 50-yard field goal from Charles Campbell with 2:47 left. But IU’s offense sputtered for the remainder of the half, and Ole Miss took advantage, scoring the next 10 points. Logan put Ole Miss back ahead 6-3 with a 24-yard field goal with 23 seconds left in the first quarter.

Then, Ole Miss put together an 18-play, 76-yard drive on its next possession, converting twice on fourth down while holding the ball for six minutes. Corral capped the drive with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Casey Kelly, putting the Rebels up 13-3.

Ole Miss had a chance to pad its lead at the end of the half, but Logan’s 49-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Indiana at the end of the half, keeping the score 13-3 at halftime.
Logan also missed a 37-yard field goal attempt and extra point in the second half.

–Field Level Media