EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- The Indiana Hoosiers kept calm and let
Oregon make the mistakes. And there were plenty of them.
The Ducks (No. 25 ESPN/USA Today; No. 24 AP) turned the ball over seven times and missed a field
goal, and the Hoosiers held on for a 30-24 victory Saturday night.
Indiana, which only won two games last season, is off to its
first 2-0 start since 1996. The Hoosiers opened with a 41-10 rout
of Central Michigan.
"I can't really describe the locker room and the energy right
now," quarterback Matt LoVecchio said. "You practice year-round
and this makes it all worth it."
LoVecchio threw for 71 yards and a score and BenJarvus
Green-Ellis ran for 91 yards and another score to help the Hoosiers snap
a 13-game road losing streak.
"I just knew we had to keep working hard and believing,"
safety Herana-Daze Jones. "Something was eventually going to
happen for us."
Indiana had not defeated a ranked opponent on the road since
Nov. 10, 2001, when it beat No. 23 Michigan State in East
Lansing. The Hoosiers hadn't downed a Pac-10 team since beating
Washington in 1978.
The Ducks (0-1) had won 21 straight nonconference games at
Autzen Stadium dating to Sept. 17, 1994, when they lost to Utah.
Kellen Clemens completed 24 of 44 passes for 317 yards and three
scores, but also threw three interceptions.
"Hold on to the ball, and don't throw the ball to the other
team," Clemens said. "It's as simple as that."
Oregon cut it to 30-24 with 8:38 left on Dante
Rosario's 7-yard touchdown catch from Clemens.
On the next series, Indiana punter Tyson Beattie, on
fourth-and-12, put his knee down while fielding a low snap for a
loss of 14 yards. Oregon got the ball on the Indiana 44, but the
drive stalled at the 18 and Jared Siegel's field-goal attempt went
Oregon had another chance when Robby Valenzuela recovered Ymar
Washington's fumble on the Indiana 27, but a play later Clemens was
intercepted by Jones.
Clemens was intercepted again on the Ducks' next series, and
time eventually ran out for Oregon. He finished 24-for-44 for 317
yards, with three touchdowns and three interceptions.
Indiana easily handled the stumbling Ducks in the first half.
Bryan Robertson had field goals from 39 yards and a pair from 31
yards. Green-Ellis had a 19-yard scoring run and LoVecchio hit
Courtney Roby with an 8-yard TD pass.
After they were booed by the home crowd at the half, the Ducks
finally scored in third quarter, when Clemens found Rosario with a
35-yard touchdown pass.
Siegel added a 33-yard field goal for Oregon to narrow it to
On the next play, Lance Bennett had a 98-yard kickoff return to
score for the Hoosiers, but Oregon came up with its own big play
with Clemens' 59-yard scoring pass to Demetrius Williams.
It was just Indiana's third nonconference victory on the road
since 1995. The Hoosiers won at Cincinnati in 1998 and Toledo in
Oregon is one of five ranked teams on Indiana's schedule this
season, along with Michigan, Ohio State, Minnesota and Purdue.
"It's not just today, it's a culmination of the last few
years," Indiana coach Jerry DiNardo said. "We've been building
for something like this and you can never tell when it will come."
The Ducks were the final Division I team to open the season. The
effort Saturday did not bode well for them as they head to Norman
to play No. 2 Oklahoma next week.
"You can't let teams get on you early. I thought we battled
back as a team, but this loss hurts," Williams said. "Any loss
hurts, but the way it ended was hard. But it's a learning
The game started on a somber note, as Oregon held a moment of
silence for Terrance Kelly, a promising recruit from De La Salle
High School who was shot to death in Richmond, Calif., just two
days before he planned to report to fall practice in Eugene.
The Spartans went into signing day needing to get stronger at receiver, and they did just that, signing four wideouts including two in the ESPN 300.
Were Oklahoma's running backs or Baylor's offensive linemen more impressive in 2015?
Ohio State entered the week with the best early 2017 class, which featured nine ESPN Junior 300 verbals. On Tuesday morning, that number reached double-digits with the commitment of defensive lineman Haskell Garrett.
One of the hottest names from the Class of 2017 over the past few weeks, both on the field as well as in regard to his recruitment, has been Santa Ana (Calif.
In an interview, former Texas A&M QB Kyle Allen said not everyone on the team was "committed."
The Sooners might not just boast the best running backs in the Big 12. They might have the best group in the country.