Indiana Football: Peyton Ramsey shows leadership, IU gets bowl clinching win

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The Indiana football program picks up another huge win in the 2019 season and clinch bowl eligibility for the first time since 2016.

The Hoosiers not only win back-to-back road games in the Big Ten, but Indiana football also clinched bowl eligibility in just the first eight games of the season, with a 38-31 win.

While it was a game controlled by the backup quarterbacks, with both IU starter Michael Penix and Nebraska starter Adrian Martinez sidelined with injuries, Peyton Ramsey continued to show why he is one of the most valuable players in the entire country.

With a completion percentage of 67.8 while throwing for 351 yards and two touchdowns, Ramsey was difficult to stop all afternoon. Usually having more chemistry with Peyton Hendershot, Ramsey was feeding the ball to Whop Philyor all game long.

After just two receptions against Maryland, Philyor added to his IU record of games with double-digit receptions, five for his career, with 14 catches for 178 yards.

With second stringer Noah Vedral in for the Cornhuskers for Martinez, he got off to a great start scoring two rushing touchdowns in the first quarter, barley getting any pressure from the Indiana defense.

Halfway through the first half however, it was third string QB Luke McCaffrey who took over for Nebraska, after Vedral went out with an injury, and continued to move the offense downfield.

After going back and forth for most of the game, and the defense giving up 514 yards, it came down to a fourth down failed conversation for the Cornhuskers deep in Indiana territory with three minutes left.

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Following a big third down conversation for Peyton Ramsey just 12 seconds after taking over, it was Stevie Scott who ran the clock out of the ball, taking the Hoosiers to the win.

Scott finished with 68 yards and what ended up being the touchdown that helped the Hoosiers secure the win.

Indiana moves to 6-2 and takes their talents back home to Bloomington for next week’s game against Northwestern.