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Hoosiers fall in 5th straight



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Defensive end Ryan Marando (right) and IU coach Bill Lynch (left) walk off the field Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. after a 55-13 defeat to the Fighting Illini. The loss was the fifth straight for the Hoosiers. Geoffrey Miller and Stephen Morton / Geoffrey Miller Buy Photos



This defeat came at the hands of border rivals Illinois (4-3, 2-2), a 55-13 drubbing.

The Hoosiers (2-5, 0-4) were outgained 563 total yards to 313.

It is the fourth time on the skid IU allowed more than 40 points, while it has scored only 29 total in their last three games.

The Hoosiers were without starting quarterback Kellen Lewis who suffered a high-ankle sprain against Iowa last weekend. Replacing him was sophomore Ben Chappell.

In his first collegiate start, Chappell was 12 for 29 with 172 yards and no scores. The Bloomington native was sacked 4 times.

The Hoosiers return to action next Saturday when they welcome Northwestern (6-1, 2-1) to Memorial Stadium for the team’s annual homecoming game.

The Wildcats will be coming off a 48-26 victory of Purdue.

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