BLOOMINGTON – So much for history.
Indiana, which was 0-16 against Penn State entering Saturday's game at Memorial Stadium, beat the Nittany Lions 44-24 at Memorial Stadium.
IU (3-2, 1-0 Big Ten) was at its best in every facet of the game during its first-ever win against Penn State (3-2, 0-1) in the conference opener.
Sophomore quarterback Nate Sudfeld threw for 321 yards and two touchdowns and was 23 for 38 with an interception, while redshirt sophomore quarterback Tre Roberson had a pair of touchdowns and a two-point conversion on Wildcat formation runs.
Junior wide receiver Cody Latimer led the team with a career-high nine receptions and 140 yards, and sophomore running back Tevin Coleman had 147 all-purpose yards and a touchdown run.
PSU freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg was 29 for 54 for 340 yards and three touchdowns and set a Nittany Lions record for pass attempts thanks a looming deficit and no help from the run game. His running backs managed just 120 yards on 31 attempts against an IU defense that was worst in the Big Ten in run defense entering the game.
The Hoosiers gave up 218 total yards on defense in the first half, and, thanks to a 5-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Nate Sudfeld to Isaiah Roundtree and two field goals from senior kicker Mitch Ewald, the Hoosiers led 13-7 at halftime. It was the first halftime lead for IU against the Nittany Lions since 2004.
PSU was quick to buck the deficit. Hackenberg hooked up with junior wide receiver Allen Robinson for a 26-yard score with 9:18 left in the third quarter. It was the second touchdown catch for Robinson, who had 12 catches for 172 yards.
But the Hoosiers got some rare help from their run game on the next drive to respond.
Coleman broke a career-best 44-yard touchdown run, a two-point conversion try by Roberson was good and IU took a seven-point lead with 7:56 left in the third quarter.
After a PSU field goal, IU entered the fourth quarter with a four-point advantage and the ball on the Nittany Lions' 20-yard line. The Hoosiers worked their way to the 2-yard line, where Roberson again took a designed run into the end zone.
The wheels fell off for PSU in the face of the double-digit deficit. The Nittany Lions committed a litany of penalties on their next drive, and on fourth and 2 from their own 33, defensive tackle Bobby Richardson reached up and batted down a pass to give IU the ball with 11:24 left.
The Hoosiers scored on a 36-yard sliding catch by senior wide receiver Kofi Hughes, who passed 100 career catches. After going up 35-17, Steven Funderburk forced a PSU fumble on the kickoff, and Roberson got his second score.
Up 42-17, the Hoosiers were just 10:30 from history. PSU got another score with 7:24 left, but Latimer recovered an onside kick and IU cut into the clock to kill the comeback. The Hoosiers recorded a safety with 5:40 left to set their final score.
Notes: Ewald moved past former IU quarterback Antwaan Randle-El on Saturday for No. 2 overall on IU's all-time scoring list. … Redshirt sophomore offensive guard David Kaminski was injured on Coleman's touchdown run and had to be helped off the field.