Redshirt junior quarterback Peyton Ramsey passed for 247 yards and three touchdowns, lifting Indiana to a 38-3 win over Connecticut on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Sophomore running back Stevie Scott III added a season-high 97 yards rushing and one TD for the Hoosiers (3-1, 0-1 Big Ten). Indiana also got a 44-yard interception return for a touchdown from sophomore linebacker Cam Jones to bounce back from its 51-10 loss last week to No. 6 Ohio State.
Jones snagged a short pass from Connecticut quarterback Jack Zergiotis and raced 44 yards for a score in the third quarter, putting the Hoosiers up 24-3. It was Indiana’s first interception return for a touchdown since safety Jonathan Crawford returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown against FIU on Sept. 1, 2018.
Ramsey found senior Nick Westbrook for a 16-yard TD pass later in the third quarter to put the Hoosiers up 31-3. Scott capped the scoring for IU with a 6-yard touchdown run to extend the lead to 38-3 midway through the fourth quarter.
Ramsey, making his second start of the season for injured quarterback Mike Penix Jr., completed 16 of 18 passes for 155 yards for two touchdowns in the first half, helping the Hoosiers jump to a 17-3 halftime lead.
Connecticut took an early 3-0 lead, scoring off an Indiana turnover. On Indiana’s opening drive, tight end Peyton Hendershot fumbled, with Connecticut linebacker Omar Fortt recovering at IU’s 38 yard line. From there, Connecticut put together a 14-yard scoring drive that ended with a 41-yard Clayton Harris field goal.
IU quickly regrouped with a balanced, 75-yard touchdown drive that featured six runs and three passes and ended with a 12-yard TD pass from Ramsey to receiver Whop Philyor to put the Hoosiers up 7-3.
Indiana extended its lead to 10-3 early in the second quarter on a 27-yard Logan Justus field goal and went up 17-3 when Ramsey connected with Hendershot on a 4-yard TD. Ramsey connected with seven different receivers in the first half, keeping Connecticut’s defense off balance.
Indiana outgained the Huskies 220-65 in the first half.
—Field Level Media