Champaign, IL (Sports Network) - Stephen Houston ran for two touchdowns and
had another one receiving, as the Indiana Hoosiers outlasted Illinois, 31-17,
in a Big Ten Conference clash at Memorial Stadium.
Nate Sudfeld came off the bench to throw for 107 yards and a pair of
touchdowns on 10-of-15 passing, helping the Hoosiers (3-5, 1-3 Big Ten) snap
an 11-game conference losing streak that dated back to 2010.
The Fighting Illini (2-6, 0-4) have now lost five in a row, despite a career-
high 124 rushing yards from Donovonn Young. Nathan Scheelhaase threw for a
touchdown and ran for another in the loss.
Illinois struck first, as Scheelhaase polished off a 73-yard drive with
a two-yard touchdown pass to Eddie Viliunas at the 9:49 mark of the first
IU tied the score on a two-yard TD plunge by Houston with 6:49 to play in the
opening frame, capping a nine-play, 75-yard drive.
Illinois regained the lead early in the second quarter when Scheelhaase scored
on a five-yard scamper.
However, IU closed out the first half with two unanswered touchdowns. The
first came on a 10-yard pass from Sudfield to Houston, and Houston later
scored his third TD of the day on a seven-yard run at the 4:42 mark of the
The Hoosiers extended their lead to 24-14 on Mitch Ewald's 28-yard field goal,
which was set up by a fumble recovery deep in Illinois territory.
Illinois answered with a 15-play drive that took five and a half minutes off
the clock, but the Illini had to settle for three points as Taylor Zalewski
kicked a 20-yard field goal.
IU put the game away with an insurance TD at the 5:48 mark of the fourth
quarter, as Sudfeld tossed a 17-yard scoring strike to Shane Wynn to make it a
The Hoosiers won despite converting only 1-of-13 third downs and being out-
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