BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Jordan Howard rushed for 145 yards and three touchdowns to help Indiana slip past Southern Illinois 48-47 in the season opener for both teams on Saturday.
Indiana appeared to put the game away with 58 seconds to play on a 1-yard scoring run by Howard that put the Hoosiers on top 48-41. But Southern Illinois marched 75 yards in 5 plays with Mark Iannotti hitting Jimmy Jones for a 25 yard touchdown pass with 18 seconds to play.
Southern Illinois chose to go for the two-point version, and Indiana's Andre Brown Jr. made the defensive stop on Connor Iwema at the goal line to prevent the Salukis from taking the lead.
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Iannotti threw for 411 yards and four touchdowns as Southern Illinois amassed 659 total yards. Iannotti also ran for 106 yards and a touchdown.
Nate Sudfeld completed 19 of 32 passes for 349 yards and one touchdown for Indiana.