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PISCATAWAY, N.J. – 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.