(Saturday, October 16th)
Final Score: Indiana 36, Arkansas State 34
Bloomington, IN (Sports Network) - Ben Chappell threw for 382 yards and four touchdowns, as the Indiana Hoosiers survived with a 36-34 victory over the Arkansas State Red Wolves in non-conference action at Memorial Stadium.
Chappell threw for nearly 300 yards and three touchdowns in the second half alone, as IU (4-2) ended a two-game slide and also completed a sweep of its four non-conference opponents. Tandon Doss caught eight passes for 103 yards and a TD, while Damarlo Belcher finished with 121 yards on six catches.
Arkansas State (2-5) quarterback Ryan Aplin completed 33-of-44 passes for 275 yards, throwing for two touchdowns and running for another two in the loss. His 33 completions were a school record, while Dwayne Frampton set an ASU single-game record with 12 receptions. He finished with 93 receiving yards and a touchdown.
The Red Wolves got on the board first, as Aplin capped a 12-play, 85-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown plunge.
IU cut the deficit to 7-3 following a 20-yard field goal by Mitch Ewald with 20 seconds to play in the opening quarter.
Ewald added three more points on a 34-yarder at the 6:15 mark of the second quarter.
Arkansas State answered with another touchdown drive, as Aplin scored his second TD of the day on a four-yard run to make it a 14-6 game.
But Chappell marched the Hoosiers right down the field, and he found Doss for a seven-yard scoring strike. However, the Hoosiers were not able to convert the two-point attempt as they still trailed, 14-12.
IU grabbed a 19-14 lead at the 4:08 mark of the third quarter, as Chappell hooked up with Terrance Turner for a 27-yard touchdown pass.
Ewald pushed the Hoosiers' lead to 22-14 on a 46-yard field goal with 13:19 to play in the fourth quarter.
The Red Wolves answered with a quick scoring drive, as Sirgregory Thornton scored on a six-yard run with 11:39 to play. They went for two but could not convert, and the score remained 22-20.
IU responded with a five-play, 60-yard drive, capped by Chappell's 16-yard touchdown pass to Max Dedmond to extend the Hoosiers' lead to 29-20 with 10:04 remaining.
The seesaw battle continued on ASU's next possession, as Aplin hooked up with Frampton for a five-yard touchdown pass to once again make it a two-point game.
But the Hoosiers struck again on the very first play of their next drive, as Chappell found Belcher for a 65-yard scoring strike to push IU's lead to 36-27 with 7:46 remaining.
The Red Wolves refused to go away, and Aplin threw a late 22-yard touchdown pass to Thornton with 47 seconds left, but the onside kick traveled out of bounds and IU ran out the final seconds.
Hoosiers' running back Trea Burgess, starting in place of the injured Darius Willis (knee), ran for 96 yards on 19 carries.
10/16 16:37:05 ET