Indiana was just 9 yards away from a game-winning touchdown and well within range of a game-tying field goal, but lost a critical Big Ten football game to Minnesota 42-39 when a backward pass turned into a Golden Gopher fumble recovery with 14 seconds to go.
The Hoosiers had rallied back from a 35-13 deficit with 26 unanswered points to take a 39-35 lead, but allowed Minnesota to take the lead back on a 50-yard touchdown pass from Golden Gophers quarterback Phillip Nelson to tight end Max Williams, making it 42-39. Indiana moved swiftly down the field, however, needing just two plays to get into Minnesota territory and four to get in the red zone. However, on second-and-goal from the 9, IU quarterback Nate Sudfeld threw a lateral pass behind tailback Tevin Coleman. Coleman couldn’t corrale it and it was eventually recovered by Minnesota linebacker Aaron Hill to clinch the game.
Minnesota quarterback Phillip Nelson threw for 298 yards and four touchdowns. Tailback David Cobb rushed for 188 yards and a score. Playing only the second half, IU quarterback Nate Sudfeld threw for 189 yards and two touchdowns. Tailbacks Stephen Houston and Tevin Coleman both went over 100 yards with Houston rushing for 111 and a touchdown and Coleman rushing for 108 and a score.