Scores

Final

Penn State 36

(6-2, 3-2 Big Ten)

Indiana 31

(5-3, 2-3 Big Ten)

12:00 PM ET, October 20, 2007

Memorial Stadium, BLOOMINGTON, IN

1 2 3 4 T
PSU 0 20 3 1336
IND 7 7 3 1431

Top Performers

Passing: K. Lewis (IND) - 318 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: E. Royster (PSU) - 12 CAR, 68 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Hardy (IND) - 14 REC, 142 YDS, 2 TD

Penn St. 36, Indiana 31

Associated Press

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Penn State's defense stood up to Indiana.

The Nittany Lions forced four second-half turnovers, three of which led to short field goals, and Rodney Kinlaw ran for the clinching touchdown in a 36-31 victory Saturday.

Penn State (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) is 11-0 all-time against Indiana, including 5-0 in Bloomington.

While Penn State became bowl eligible, the Hoosiers (5-3, 2-3) must wait at least one more week to end their bowl drought, which dates to 1993 and is the longest in the conference.

Anthony Morelli was 22-of-32 for 195 yards with two touchdowns, and Kinlaw ran 22 times for 66 yards and the final score.

But it was Penn State's defense that put the finishing touches on the win when the Lions recovered Kellen Lewis' third fumble of the game in the final minute and ended the Hoosiers' comeback bid.

The problems began when Indiana punt returner Tracy Porter fumbled early in the third quarter, and A.J. Wallace recovered at the Hoosiers' 13 to set up Kevin Kelly's 22-yard field goal that made it 23-14.

After it appeared Indiana would answer, following Marcus Thigpen's 57-yard kickoff return to the Penn State 44, the Hoosiers wound up punting.

And when Indiana climbed back within 23-17 and were driving for a go-ahead touchdown, the game swung on back-to-back plays.

Lewis lost the ball when he was sacked by Maurice Evans, who scooped up the ball and ran it back 55 yards to the Indiana 13. Four plays later, Kelly kicked a 21-yard field goal to make it 26-17 -- a kick that broke Craig Fayak's school record of 50 career field goals.

The next time Lewis touched the ball, Evans forced another fumble and Phil Taylor recovered at the Indiana 7. That led to another 20-yard field goal from Kelly and a 29-17 lead.

Indiana closed to 29-24 midway through the fourth quarter when 6-foot-7 receiver James Hardy outjumped a Penn State defender for a 7-yard touchdown reception, his second of the game. That was Hardy's 31st career TD reception, breaking the Hoosiers long-standing record of 30 set by Jade Butcher.

But Kinlaw scored on a 5-yard run with 4:03 left to give the Nittany Lions the win.

Lewis did manage a 56-yard TD run with 2:57 left, but he fumbled again at the Indiana 29 where it was recovered by Abe Koroma.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PSU
IND
1st Downs2525
Total Yards387386
Passing195318
Rushing19268
Penalties6-592-30
3rd Down Conversions5-137-16
4th Down Conversions0-01-2
Turnovers24
Possession33:2426:36

Passing Leaders

Penn StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Morelli22/321956.121
IndianaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lewis30/483186.630

Rushing Leaders

Penn StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Royster12685.7112
Kinlaw22663.0112
IndianaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thigpen13322.5014
Payton6162.707

Receiving Leaders

Penn StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Norwood8658.1112
Williams5479.4015
IndianaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hardy1414210.1226
Means56913.8026

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERPSUIND
TD11:34James Hardy 8 Yd Pass From Kellen Lewis (Austin Starr Kick)
Drive: 10 plays, 80 yds, 3:26
07
SECOND QUARTERPSUIND
TD14:16Terrell Golden 13 Yd Pass From Anthony Morelli (Pat Failed)
Drive: 13 plays, 90 yds, 5:07
67
TD07:41Marcus Thigpen 30 Yd Pass From Kellen Lewis (Austin Starr Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 83 yds, 3:19
614
TD03:39Evan Royster 2 Yd Run (Kevin Kelly Kick)
Drive: 10 plays, 70 yds, 4:02
1314
TD00:39Jordan Norwood 12 Yd Pass From Anthony Morelli (Kevin Kelly Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 54 yds, 2:03
2014
THIRD QUARTERPSUIND
FG10:21Kevin Kelly 22 Yd
Drive: 4 plays, 7 yds, 1:34
2314
FG05:30Austin Starr 33 Yd
Drive: 4 plays, 9 yds, 1:31
2317
FOURTH QUARTERPSUIND
FG14:08Kevin Kelly 21 Yd
Drive: 4 plays, 64 yds, 2:09
2617
FG12:30Kevin Kelly 20 Yd
Drive: 4 plays, 4 yds, 1:27
2917
TD08:06James Hardy 7 Yd Pass From Kellen Lewis (Austin Starr Kick)
Drive: 13 plays, 80 yds, 4:24
2924
TD04:03Rodney Kinlaw 5 Yd Run (Kevin Kelly Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 77 yds, 4:03
3624
TD02:57Kellen Lewis 56 Yd Run (Austin Starr Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 80 yds, 1:06
3631