Football's Late Rally Falls Short Against Indiana


INDIANA 24 (4-1, 1-1), RUTGERS 17 (1-4, 0-2) HIGHPOINT.COM STADIUM • PISCATAWAY, N.J. SEPTEMBER 29, 2018 • ATTENDANCE: 32,056 PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Despite a late fourth-quarter rally, Rutgers football (1-4, 0-2) fell short against Indiana (3-1, 0-1) in a 24-17 decision on Saturday afternoon at HighPoint.com Stadium. Freshman quarterback Artur Sitkowski threw for 154 yards and a touchdown. Redshirt freshman wide receiver Shameen Jones and fifth-year running back Jonathan Hilliman recorded touchdowns for Rutgers. Sophomore kicker Justin Davidovicz booted a 52-yard field goal for the Scarlet Knights, tied for the fourth longest in school history. Defensively, senior linebacker Deonte Roberts paced the team with 14 total tackles followed by fifth-year defensive end Kevin Wilkins with 11 and junior safety Damon Hayes with 10. Hayes also recorded an interception, marking the fourth of his career and second in as many weeks. FIRST QUARTER Rutgers opened the game with the lead, scoring on its opening drive of 75 yards four minutes into the contest. Sitkowski connected with Jones on third down for an 11-yard reception for the 7-0 advantage.

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It's an Artie Party in the end zone as @artursitkowski4 connects with @shameenjones2 for the @RFootball TD!

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Indiana countered with a touchdown on its following drive, as Stevie Scott rushed for a 16-yard score and a 7-7 tie on the scoreboard. SECOND QUARTER IU tacked on two touchdowns and field goal in the second frame to carry the lead, 24-7, into halftime. FOURTH QUARTER Following a scoreless third quarter, Rutgers found momentum in the final frame. Sophomore Tyreek Maddox-Williams forced a fumble on Indiana's opening drive, as Roberts recovered for RU. On the second play of RU's drive, freshman running back Isaih Pacheco connected with Jerome Washington for a 39-yard reception to set the Scarlet Knights six yards out. Hilliman rushed for the final yard to cut into the score, 24-14 with 10:40 to go in the game.

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A little trickeration led to an easy @RFootball TD, as Isaih Pacheco completes the halfback pass to Jerome Washington to enter the redzone.

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