By Frank Bonner
Indiana University Hoosiers celebrated their annual homecoming this weekend. During the homecoming, students could attend a variety of events. The main event of the weekend is the homecoming football game. This year Indiana hosted the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Indiana had to play the game without one of their top recruits, freshman Antonio Allen. Allen plays safety for the Hoosiers and suffered a season ending ACL injury against Michigan.
Allen’s presence on the field was missed on Saturday as Indiana’s defense allowed Minnesota to score 42 points. The Hoosiers rallied back towards the end of the game scoring 19 points in the fourth quarter. However, Minnesota was still able to protect their 15 point lead edging out the Hoosiers in a 42-39 victory.
Saturday’s loss marks the second consecutive year the IU has lost their homecoming game. Last year Indiana lost to Michigan State after giving up a big lead late in the game. The Hoosiers are now on a three game losing streak and hold a 3-5 record. Their historical win over Penn State has been Indiana’s only victory in the Big Ten Conference holding a 1-3 conference record.
Minnesota’s offense gained a total of 573 yards against Indiana’s defense. Quarterback Phillip Nelson threw for 298 yards and 4 touchdowns. Running back David Cobb ran the ball 29 times for 188 yards and a touchdown averaging 6.5 yards per carry.
The Hoosiers will be looking to bounce back on Saturday Nov. 9 against Illinois. The Hoosiers will be hosting their seventh home game thus far. Kickoff will be at 3:30 p.m. ET.