Indiana continued their breakout season on Saturday night, trouncing a struggling Northwestern team by a score of 34-3, acquiring their fourth consecutive Big Ten victory.
The Hoosiers opened the game strong, securing a 24-3 lead in the first half before freshman phenom Michael Penix Jr. went down with yet another undisclosed injury. Before leaving with the injury, Penix had completed 10 of his 15 passing attempts for 162 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Once again, the Hoosiers turned to Peyton Ramsey, and Ramsey performed admirably in relief of Penix, going 7-of-10 passing for 108 yards and a touchdown.
As good as the quarterbacks were, Indiana running back Stevie Scott deserves his fair share of praise as well. Scott recorded a career-high three touchdowns (two passing one receiving) along with 136 total yards on the night.
The Hoosiers were also able to lean on outstanding defensive play throughout the game, holding the Wildcats to just three points and less than 200 yards of total offense.
Perhaps most importantly, the defense was able to win the turnover margin, generating three turnovers of their own compared to zero giveaways for the Indiana offense.
Now with their seventh win of the season, the first time the Hoosiers have secured a winning season since the 2007 season, along with their fourth consecutive Big Ten win, the first time since the 1993 season, a season that began with hopes of six wins might have us looking just a bit bigger.
The final stretch of the season will see the Hoosiers go on the road against Penn State, return home to take on Michigan, before ending the season on the road against Purdue.
With a winning season already secured, Indiana can set their sights on potentially securing a New Year’s day bowl game.