Ricardo Allen’s interception with 19 seconds remaining preserved Purdue’s 20-14 win over Indiana State on Saturday afternoon.
Indiana State (0-2) reached the Purdue 36-yard line in the final minute before Allen stepped in front of Mike Perish’s pass and gave Darrell Hazell his first win as Purdue’s coach.
Akeem Hunt returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and ran for 82 yards on 22 carries for the Boilermakers (1-1).
Perish passed for 284 yards and two touchdowns for Indiana State, an FCS team that lost to Indiana 73-35 the previous week.
Indiana State played without running back Shakir Bell, who ran for 113 yards in the opener before leaving with a bruised shoulder. The Sycamores ran for just 39 yards on 22 carries against Purdue.
The Boilermakers returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown. B. J. Knauf fielded the ball at the 2-yard line, then handed off to Hunt, who ran up the left sideline for the remaining 90 yards for the score 14 seconds into the game.
Purdue tried to keep the momentum going, but Hunt was stuck for no gain on a fourth-and-1 from the Boilermakers’ 41.
Purdue’s Paul Griggs missed a 49-yard field goal later in the quarter one play after miscommunication on a snap cost the Boilermakers 11 yards.
Purdue’s offense finally got on the board with a 10-play drive that ended with an 18-yard field goal by Griggs.
Frankie Williams blocked an Indiana State punt, giving Purdue possession at the Indiana State 27-yard line. Purdue’s Rob Henry connected with Hunt on a screen pass on the first play to take the ball to the Indiana State 1-yard line, but the Boilermakers gained nothing on three straight runs. With no timeouts remaining, couldn’t get its field-goal team on the field in time, and the Boilermakers had to settle for a 10-0 lead. Purdue ran six plays from the Indiana State 1-yard line in the first half and got three points out of it.
Purdue held the Sycamores to 71 yards and four first downs in the first half.
Knauf took a handoff 16 yards for a touchdown on a sweep, and the Boilermakers took a 17-0 lead with 5:08 left in the third quarter.
Indiana State got on the board on a fourth-and-9. Perish found George Cheeseborough deep down the right sideline to cut Purdue’s lead to 17-7 with 2:44 left in the third quarter.
Griggs made another field goal early in the fourth quarter for Purdue, but Indiana State answered with a touchdown.
Indiana State got one more shot, taking over at the Purdue 41 with 46 seconds remaining. On the second play, Allen’s interception sealed the win for the Boilermakers.
NAVY 41, INDIANA 35
Keenan Reynolds rushed for 127 yards and three touchdowns, leading Navy to a 41-35 season-opening victory Saturday at Indiana.
The Midshipmen (1-0) played almost flawlessly, finishing with 444 yards rushing, no turnovers, five penalties and only three carries for negative yards.
Navy has now won 20 games over BCS foes since 2003 — the most of any non-BCS school in the nation during that span.
For Indiana (1-1), it was a huge deflation after a 73-35 victory over Indiana State.
But as the Hoosiers continued to score, the defense was confounded by Navy’s ground game and never even forced a punt.
Navy scored on its first three possessions, taking a 17-0 lead. Reynolds scored on runs of 1, 2 and 1 yard as the Midshipmen fended off Indiana’s rallies.
The up-tempo pace kept the Midshipmen, who made the trip from Annapolis, busy as they played and sang the school fight song, “Anchors Away” repeatedly. Family members of the military also made the trip, thanks in part to an undisclosed donation from Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.
But the Hoosiers were no match for Navy’s vaunted triple option.
Navy opened the game with 29 consecutive runs, churning out 212 yards in roughly 1½ quarters. The strategy allowed the Midshipmen to do two things: put points on the board and keep Indiana’s high-flying offense on the sideline.
Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld finished 31 of 42 with 363 yards.
BALL ST. 40, ARMY 14
Keith Wenning passed for two touchdowns and 325 yards and Ball State defeated Army 40-14 on Saturday.
Jamill Smith had 83 yards receiving and a score. Wenning was 23 of 32 passing.
On the Cardinals’ first drive, Willie Snead caught passes of 11, 15 and 13 yards. Horactio Banks, who had two touchdowns and 51 yards rushing, had a 7-yard rush and later a 10-yard run to tie the game at 7-7. On the next drive, Smith scored the go-ahead TD on an 8-yard reception to make it 14-7.
Ball State’s Scott Secor kicked a career-best 47-yard field goal to give the Cardinals (2-0) a 17-7 lead.
Larry Dixon, who had 107 yards rushing and two scores for Army (1-1), broke away for a 71-yard run to give the Black Knights the lead 56 seconds into the game.
Army’s Angel Santiago had 49 yards on 3-of 11-passing and an interception.