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NY Post
New York Post
21 Oct 2023

NextImg:Rutgers becomes bowl eligible with big road victory over Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Gavin Wimsatt ran for three touchdowns and 143 yards as Rutgers became bowl eligible with a 31-14 road victory over Indiana on Saturday.

The Scarlet Knights (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) equaled their best start since 2012 and tied a program record for conference wins.

The Hoosiers (2-5, 0-4) have lost 11 of 12 games in the conference.

Wimsatt scored twice on 1-yard sneaks in the first half, then the junior quarterback broke free on an 80-yard TD run for the game’s final points early in the fourth quarter.

Rutgers wore down Indiana’s defense with relentless rushing in amassing 276 yards.

Rutgers’ Kyle Monangai, the Big Ten’s leading rusher with 744 yards, finished with 109 on 24 carries for his fourth 100-yard game of the season.

Indiana drove to an opening touchdown as Brendan Sorsby threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Omar Cooper Jr., but Rutgers responded with two touchdowns.

Rutgers defensive back Eric Rogers heads to the end zone for a touchdown on a blocked punt against Indiana.

Shaquan Loyal came off the edge for to block a punt and Eric Rogers scooped and scored from 17 yards out in the second quarter to make it 14-7.

Indiana quarterback Brendan Sorsby is tackled by Rutgers defensive back Desmond Igbinosun during the first half.
Rutgers quarterback Gavin Wimsatt gets past Indiana defensive back Jordan Grier on his way to a touchdown.

The Hoosiers tied the game on a Sorsby 4-yard run and appeared to be headed to halftime tied but returner Jaylin Lucas, the reigning Big Ten’s Specialist of the Year, muffed a punt and Rutgers recovered at Indiana’s 25 with 28 seconds remaining.

The turnover led to a Rutgers field goal for a 17-14 halftime lead.