Pennsylvania has learned that relegation is not always the goal in football in its stunning 36-35 loss in overtime to Indiana on Saturday.
By 21-20 with 1:47 in the fourth quarter and the Hoosiers dropped to one timeout, Nittany Lions running back Devyn Ford broke through the melee line, crossed the first touchdown mark and had to voluntarily go to the ground so his team could run out of time most of the time. Instead, Ford failed to withdraw before reaching the finish zone for a 14-yard drop, giving Indiana a chance to recover the ball with plenty of time remaining in the one-ball possession game.
Ford didn’t seem to grasp the context of the play until it was too late.
Indiana led 75 yards in seven plays over the ensuing possession, scoring a touchdown from a quarter-back offside of yards from Michael Pennix to make the match 28–26 with 22 seconds remaining in regulation. Penix took her for a 2-yard goalkeeper to divert the two-point diversion and leveled the match at 28-28.
The Hoosiers responded to the touchdown in overtime with a score of their own, and went on to try to win two points. They have transformed in a dramatic way:
The result was the first loss of Pennsylvania State No. 8 to Indiana since 2013 and the first win for Hosiers in the top ten since 1987.
It’s almost certain now that Coach James Franklin’s team was knocked out of the College Football Playoff just hours after the late 2020 season.