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Rutgers become bowl eligible for ninth time in 10 years, Nova throws 2 TDs to Carroo

  • Rutgers running back Robert Martin (7) runs in for a touchdown as Indiana safety Antonio Allen (40) looks on during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov.15, 2014, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Rutgers running back Robert Martin (7) runs in for a touchdown as Indiana safety Antonio Allen (40) looks on during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov.15, 2014, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)  (The Associated Press)

  • Indiana wider receiver Shane Wynn (1) dives for yardage as Rutgers long snapper Alan Lucy (85) makes a tackle  quarterback Zander Diamont (12) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov.15, 2014, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Indiana wider receiver Shane Wynn (1) dives for yardage as Rutgers long snapper Alan Lucy (85) makes a tackle quarterback Zander Diamont (12) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov.15, 2014, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rutgers running back Robert Martin (7) is hoisted in the air as he celebrates his touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Indiana Saturday, Nov.15, 2014, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Rutgers running back Robert Martin (7) is hoisted in the air as he celebrates his touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Indiana Saturday, Nov.15, 2014, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)  (The Associated Press)

Gary Nova threw two touchdown passes to Leonte Carroo and Robert Martin ran for three more as Rutgers defeated Indiana 45-23 on Saturday to become bowl eligible for the ninth time in 10 seasons.

The win barely overshadowed a magnificent performance by Indiana halfback Tevin Coleman, who rushed for a career-high 307 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown run late in the first half. It was the second best game in school history, trailing only Anthony Thompson's 377-yard effort in 1989.

Nova and Carroo combined on scoring passes of 34 and 56 yards and Martin tallied on runs of 2, 47 and 1 yards as the Scarlet Knights (6-4, 2-4 Big Ten) snapped a three-game losing streak and sent Indiana (3-7, 0-6) to its fifth straight loss.

Josh Hicks also scored on a 9-yard run after Indiana failed on a fake punt deep in its own territory in the third quarter.