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Instant Recap: IU defeats Virginia 20-16 to win home opener


IU football Coach Tom Allen yells instructions into a megaphone during practice at the IU Football practice fields. The Hoosiers have opened their 2018 season with a 3-0 record. Matt Begala Buy Photos

FINAL: IU defeats Virginia 20-16. The Hoosiers improve to 2-0 despite a last-minute desperation drive from the Cavaliers, who made it all the way to the IU 27-yard line, with the help of an IU penalty on fourth down, before failing to score on the final play of the game. 

IU true freshman running back Stevie Scott posts 204 yards on 31 rushing attempts in the win, while Peyton Ramsey throws two touchdowns and an interception in the game. Quarterback Michael Penix Jr. did not play tonight.

END 3RD QUARTER: IU leads Virginia 20-16. The lone score of the period comes via a touchdown pass from the Cavaliers, and despite dominating for long stretches of the game, IU has left the door open for Virginia during the final 15 minutes.

INTERCEPTION (7:46 - 3rd quarter) On IU's first play of the new drive, Ramsey makes an ill-advised pass attempt down the sideline and it's easily intercepted by Virginia's Juan Thornhill. Thornhill also returned the blocked extra point for Virginia earlier in the game.

Virginia got the ball in IU territory, but the Cavaliers were forced to punt near midfield after penalties.

TOUCHDOWN (7:59 - 3rd quarter) On the drive following the blocked field goal, Virginia goes 65 yards on seven plays to find the end zone. A 20-yard touchdown pass from Perkins to running back Chris Sharp makes it a 20-16 IU lead.

BLOCKED FIELD GOAL (11:53 - 3rd quarter) A 41-yard field goal attempt from Logan Justus is blocked by the Cavaliers before being returned to Virginia's own 34-yard line. It's the second blocked kick of the night for Virginia, after the Cavaliers also blocked a PAT and returned it for two points in the first quarter. 

HALFTIME: IU leads Virginia 20-9. Peyton Ramsey only has 92 yards passing so far for the Hoosiers, but he's been accurate, going 11 for 13 and throwing two touchdown passes to Donavan Hale and Nick Westbrook. 

Stevie Scott also has a 40-yard rushing touchdown for the Hoosiers.

The IU defense has neutralized Virginia quarterback Bryce Perkins, limiting the Cavalier offense to just 40 yards since its opening drive.

TOUCHDOWN (1:36 - 2nd quarter) After three straight punts, the IU offense comes to life for a three-play, 74-yard drive that culminates with a 23-yard touchdown pass to Nick Westbrook.

It's Westbrook's first touchdown catch since tearing his ACL in the first game of the 2017 season. Prior to the touchdown, IU was helped by a 33-yard catch from Donavan Hale and a pass interference call against Virginia.

IU leads Virginia 20-9.

INJURY (3:41 - 2nd quarter) Linebacker T.D. Roof is injured for IU. After spending some time down on the turf with IU's trainers, he is able to walk off the field under his own power.

PUNTS (4:40 - 2nd quarter) Very limited action midway through the second period as the two teams have exchanged short drives that have ended in punts. All three of Virginia's drives since its opening touchdown have ended in a punt, while IU's last three drives have also resulted in punts.

END 1ST QUARTER IU leads Virginia 13-9. Touchdowns from Stevie Scott and Donavan Hale have turned around an early 7-0 deficit for IU.

TOUCHDOWN (5:53 - 1st quarter) The Hoosiers score two touchdowns in 34 seconds as Donavan Hale makes his third reception of the game, a 9-yard touchdown catch, for his third touchdown of the season. IU takes only two plays after the fumble recovery to capitalize. 

But, after a false start penalty on the extra point attempt, IU has its PAT try blocked and returned for two points by Virginia's Juan Thornhill.

IU leads Virginia 13-9.

FUMBLE (6:22 - 1st quarter) On the ensuing kickoff, Virginia fumbles the ball and it's recovered by IU's Bryant Fitzgerald. Micah McFadden forced the fumble for IU. Hoosiers ball at the Virginia 21-yard line.

TOUCHDOWN (6:27 - 1st quarter) IU responds with a touchdown of its own on the Hoosiers' first possession. Stevie Scott with a 40-yard touchdown run to cap IU's 9-play, 75-yard scoring drive. It's the first touchdown of Scott's college career. The drive only took 3:09 to complete. The game is tied 7-7.

TOUCHDOWN (9:36 - 1st quarter) Virginia takes the game's opening drive into the end zone for a touchdown. The drive is capped by a one-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Bryce Perkins to wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus. The key play of the 11-play drive was a 47-yard rush by Perkins. Virginia leads 7-0.

* Both schools began their 2018 seasons with victories last weekend, with the Hoosiers beating Florida International on the road and Virginia recording a home win against Richmond. The two teams met last year in Charlottesville, Virginia, with IU winning 34-17.

* Welcome to tonight's live updates page for IU (1-0, 0-0 in the Big Ten), against Virginia (1-0, 0-0 in ACC) at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington.

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