Perhaps Rutgers' best win of last season was an incredible comeback victory to beat Maryland in the regular-season finale.
Well, maybe incredible comeback victories are just kind of Rutgers' thing.
Indiana scored four touchdowns to open the second half Saturday to build a 52-27 lead on Rutgers. But the Knights roared back, using a pair of interceptions, a scoop and score and a bevy of big plays to score four touchdowns in 10 and a half minutes and tie the game. They kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired to complete a remarkable comeback and knock off the Hoosiers, 55-52.
It was a high-scoring affair from the start, and Rutgers led, 27-24, at halftime. Wide receiver Leonte Carroo, coming off last weekend's three-touchdown game, had two scoring catches in the first half.
But Indiana exploded out of the break, as quarterback Nate Sudfeld — back after missing last week's game with an injury — dominated the Rutgers defense. He pitched three touchdown passes in the third quarter to go along with his a first-half touchdown run and touchdown throw. Running back Devine Redding, still spelling the injured Jordan Howard, rushed 66 yards for a touchdown to give the Hoosiers 52 points and a 25-point lead with five and a half minutes to play in the third.
That's when the Knights struck back, though. Chris Laviano found Carroo for the receiver's third touchdown of the day. Then on the first play of the fourth quarter, Kemoko Turay scooped up an Indiana fumble and rushed it back 26 yards for a touchdown, the two scores coming minutes apart.
Sudfeld was next intercepted by Isaiah Wharton, leading to a Robert Martin touchdown run. Rutgers picked off Sudfeld again on the next drive, this time Anthony Cioffi doing the honors, and the Knights turned that into a Paul James 40-yard touchdown run that tied the game at 52. A missed extra point could've given Rutgers the lead.
But Kyle Federico kicked a 26-yard field goal as time expired to give Rutgers an improbable win.
The two teams combined for 107 points and 1,223 total offensive yards. Sudfeld threw for 464 yards and four touchdowns, while Laviano threw for 386 yards and three touchdowns. Rutgers got 124 rushing yards and three touchdown carries from Martin, while Carroo caught seven passes for 157 yards and three touchdowns — his third three-touchdown game of the season in just his fourth game of action. Indiana had three receivers with over 100 receiving yards apiece: Mitchell Paige caught eight passes for 126 yards, Ricky Jones caught six for 119 and Simmie Cobbs caught seven for 107.
The Knights improved to 3-3 with the win. It was head coach Kyle Flood's first game back from his three-game suspension.
The Hoosiers dropped to 4-3 with the loss and have fallen in their last three games after winning their first four.