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Live Updates: IU football looks to keep postseason hopes alive against Rutgers


Defensive back Rashard Fant celebrates after breaking up a pass against Wisconsin on Nov. 4 at Memorial Stadium. Fant was signed by the Chicago Bears on Saturday after going undrafted.  Bobby Goddin Buy Photos

FINAL: IU 41 Rutgers 0 - That's a final in Bloomington on Senior Day as IU shuts out Rutgers in a 41-0 victory. The Hoosiers jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, even as a lengthy weather delay kept the teams in their locker rooms for nearly two hours in the third quarter.

IU used its ground game to control possession throughout the game, and moved to 5-6 with the win. Freshmen running backs Morgan Ellison (149 yards and two touchdowns) and Cole Gest (104 yards and one touchdown) led the way for the Hoosiers.

Senior quarterback Richard Lagow, making his third consecutive start, had a big first half and finished his day with 236 passing yards, two touchdowns and an interception, IU won the takeaway battle 2-1 and outgained Rutgers 503-186 in overall yardage. 

Next Saturday, IU will travel to Purdue for the Old Oaken Bucket game to conclude the regular season. The Hoosiers need to win the game to ensure a third straight bowl appearance.

TOUCHDOWN (8:27 - 4th quarter) - The first score after the delay comes from IU, an eight-yard rushing score from Cole Gest. 41-0 Hoosiers lead.

End of 3rd quarter: IU leads Rutgers 34-0. A nearly two-hour weather delay interrupted the game, but IU is still in control.

UPDATE - Players and team personnel will return to the field at 4 p.m. The game will resume at 4:06 p.m.

LIGHTNING DELAY - The game has been delayed with 2:31 left in the third quarter due to lightning in the area. The players have cleared the field and fans have taken shelter in the concourse of the stadium. 

TOUCHDOWN (4:19 - 3rd quarter) - IU uses an 11-play, 80-yard drive, all rushing plays, to score another touchdown. Big runs from Ellison moved IU to the Rutgers 1-yard line, before Ellison took a final carry into the end zone. Hoosiers lead 34-0.

TOUCHDOWN (11:38 - 3rd quarter) - IU takes advantage of getting the ball back as Lagow finds junior wide receiver Luke Timian for a 20-yard touchdown pass. Hoosiers lead 27-0 with just under half the game left to play.

FUMBLE (12:21 - 3rd quarter) - Lagow's turnover is immediately avenged by the IU defense, as Greg Gooch hits Rutgers quarterback Giovanni Rescigno to force a fumble. The ball is recovered by Tony Fields and the IU offense is back in business.

INTERCEPTION (12:29 - 3rd quarter) - Richard Lagow throws his first pick of the game on a pass intended for tight end Ryan Watercutter. 

HALFTIME: IU 20 Rutgers 0. IU has 268 yards of total offense compared to only 112 yards for Rutgers. Senior quarterback Richard Lagow has 184 yards passing and one touchdown through the air, while running back Morgan Ellison and Cole Gest have combined for 89 yards rushing.

FIELD GOAL (9:09 - 2nd quarter) - IU marched down the field on offense again, but the Rutgers defense put up stiff resistance inside the 10-yard line, and forced a 20-yard field goal try from Oakes. The senior coverts his second kick of the game and IU leads 20-0.

END of 1st quarter: IU leads Rutgers 17-0. The Hoosiers have dominated the game so far, winning the turnover battle and taking advantage with three scores on offense. 

FIELD GOAL (2:29 - 1st quarter) - Senior kicker Griffin Oakes converts a 26-yard field goal to make it 17-0 to IU. It's been all Hoosiers so far against the Scarlet Knights. 

TOUCHDOWN (8:17 - 1st quarter) - IU strikes again on offense with a 57-yard touchdown pass from Richard Lagow to senior tight end Ian Thomas. Thomas made a crafty, one-handed grab on the play. 14-0 Hoosiers lead.

TOUCHDOWN (11:12 - 1st quarter) - Freshman running back Morgan Ellison runs in for the score from six yards out. Hoosiers lead 7-0.

FUMBLE (11:16 - 1st quarter) - IU's first drive ends in a punt, but the Rutgers punt returner muffs the catch and senior IU cornerback Rashard Fant recovers the ball at the Rutgers six-yard line. 

* It's Senior Day in Bloomington. Players like quarterback Richard Lagow, linebacker Tegray Scales and cornerback Rashard Fanta are playing their final games in Bloomington.

* Both teams are looking to secure automatic bowl eligibility with wins in their final two games, but for one school, that dream will end today.

* Welcome to today's live updates page for IU (4-6, 1-6 in the Big Ten), against Rutgers (4-6, 3-4 in the Big Ten) at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington.

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