Indiana ends 5-game skid, beats Illinois 31-17

Indiana ends 5-game skid, beats Illinois 31-17
October 27, 2012, 3:15 pm
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Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (2) scores a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Indiana, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Nate Sudfeld came off Indiana's bench to throw for two touchdowns, and the Hoosiers defense had seven sacks and a pair of key turnovers in a 31-17 win at Illinois on Saturday.

The win ended a five-game losing streak for the Hoosiers (3-5, 1-3 Big Ten) that included tight losses to Ohio State, Navy and Michigan State. It also ended an 11-game Big Ten drought that dated to 2010.

Sudfeld took over after starting quarterback Cameron Coffman was benched following a first-quarter interception. Sudfeld had 107 yards on 10-of-15 passing.

His second scoring pass, a 17-yarder to Shane Wynn midway through the fourth quarter, put the Hoosiers up 31-17 and finished Illinois.

The Illini (2-6, 0-4) were led by Donovonn Young's career-high 124 rushing yards. Illinois has lost five in a row.