Final Score: Rutgers 0, Indiana 35

Brief Recap: Well, that got out of hand quickly. Indiana and Rutgers squared off in Bloomington Saturday for the Hoosiers’ homecoming game, and they burst out of the gate. The Scarlet Knights started the game on offense but gave up a strip-sack and fumble recovery touchdown on the first play of the game. It did not get any better from there as an inefficient offense was stifled by Indiana. On the other side of the ball, the Hoosiers were led by Michael Penix Jr., Stevie Scott, and Whop Philyor in the blowout.

Key Moment: Is it possible to have a moment earlier than kickoff? Honestly, this game was over before Rutgers even stepped off the bus. Down to their third-string quarterback and without their best overall player in Raheem Blackshear, the Scarlet Knights just never stood a chance. Indiana kicked off to start the game yet still held a 7-0 lead with just 10 seconds off the clock. And if Rutgers thought that was bad, this season may get even worse. Games against Minnesota, Ohio State, Michigan State, and Penn State are still to come.

Key Stat: 1, passing yard allowed by the Hoosiers. No, that is not a typo. Rutgers quarterback Johnny Langan threw for just one yard and was 5-for-13 passing in the game. With the retirement of McLane Carter and the redshirt of Artur Sitkowski, Rutgers did not really have other options under center.

Key Player: Whop Philyor, for his career day against Rutgers. The wide receiver did not score, but he recorded 10 catches for a career-high 182 yards. Philyor recorded two catches over 50 yards in the dominant performance.

What it means for Indiana: For the Hoosiers, they are closing in on their goal of bowl eligibility. The win is Indiana’s fourth of the season, and the Hoosiers should be given a good opportunity to win in a few of their games down the stretch.

What it means for Rutgers: For the Scarlet Knights, they may finish a second consecutive season with a 1-11. Chris Ash is gone, but what has really changed? The game against Liberty and head coach Hugh Freeze is no longer a given with some tough games remaining on the schedule. Obviously, a change was needed at head coach, but Rutgers is still in for some rough days for the foreseeable future.