The Nittany Lions have yet to play Ohio State, so if they can win this one and somehow beat the Buckeyes next week, they will have a shot.
Journey Brown. The Lions' third-year sophomore back got his second consecutive start with Noah Cain (ankle) unable to go.
At 7-2 this season, IN is off to its best start since 1993, and have entered the AP top 25 rankings for the first time since September of 1994 this week.
Most deceiving statistic: IN passed for 371 yards, completing 31-of-41, and 16 first downs. Penn State defeats IN 45-14.
Clifford, who went 23 for 43 for 340 yards and one score, connected with Jahan Dotson for 49 yards to get Penn State to the 11. Tyler Johnson had seven receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown, too, as Minnesota made enough early gains to hold up during the late rally by Penn State.
On the first drive of the second half, No. 24 IU football found themselves with a big decision.
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IN was hanging tough with Penn State in the third quarter when one of the worst fake punts we have seen all year led to a huge shift in momentum.
Best block (s): Michal Menet blew open a big hole on Brown's TD run. He also added 31 yards on the ground rushing and punched the ball into the end zone twice from the one yard-line. In addition to Hamler is tight end Pat Freiermuth who is second in the team in catches (32), yards (392), and touchdowns (7).
Worst kick: Didn't see anything real bad.
Despite their loss to Minnesota and Ohio State's undefeated record, the Nittany Lions still control their own destiny in the Big Ten title race. "18 play drive in a critical point in the game, burn timeouts, ate the clock up, finished it with a touchdown on the 1 yard line which we chose to go for on 4th down after burning another 40 seconds to go".
Thanks to Indiana, Arkansas now has some competition for the worst fake punt of the season.
Best effort: On second-and-10 from the IN 48, Freiermuth caught a dumpoff from Clifford, who had dropped the snap, and the big tight end broke tackles and weaved through traffic for a 15-yard gain to the 33 IN the fourth quarter. Jake Pinegar hit field goals of 47 and 27 yards, Blake Gillikin pinned IN inside its 20-yard line on two of his three punts, and Jordan Stout had six touchbacks on seven kickoffs.