Saturday, September 10, 2011
Heart-breaking loss for Indiana
By Brian Bennett
Just when it appeared that Indiana was going to get a big win in its second game under Kevin Wilson ... well, an Indiana thing happened:
Virginia 34, Indiana 31: The Hoosiers trailed 23-3 in the second half but then rose up and turned in a terrific stretch, scoring 28 straight points. Matt Perez ran for two scores, and Lawrence Barnett took a fumble recovery 54 yards for a touchdown. IU led 31-23 with less than seven minutes left, looking to even its record at 1-1.
But then Virginia drove down for a score and the tying two-point conversion with under two minutes left. And in truly disastrous fashion, Ed Wright-Baker was sacked and lost a fumble as IU tried to make a late drive. The Cavaliers capitalized, kicked a field goal with two seconds left and delivered yet another heart-wrenching loss into the annals of Hoosier history. Oy, vey.
Hey, at least Indiana showed some serious signs of life after laying that egg against Ball State in the opener. Wilson's rebuilding project has a long way to go, but he has something positive to work with now, if the players can somehow get over what a difficult loss this was.