The week started with nine of the 14 Big Ten teams coming out of spring practices planning to continue quarterback auditions in August. The number was down to seven by Friday.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana quarterback Jack Tuttle has been granted a waiver by the NCAA and will be eligible to play next season.
Utah transfer QB Jack Tuttle joining Indiana
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Jack Tuttle, who left Utah after losing a tough preseason battle to start at quarterback, is transferring to Indiana and will join the Hoosiers for the spring semester.
The 6-foot-4 Tuttle, who was born in Indianapolis but played his high school ball at Mission Hills (California) High School, did not play for the Utes as a true freshman this season behind Jason Shelley. He is a former four-star recruit and was a top five pro-style quarterback in most 2017 rankings.
Morgan, Minnesota top Indiana 38-31 on late 67-yard TD pass
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tanner Morgan was undeterred by the rough fourth quarter for Minnesota that featured 22 straight points by Indiana to tie the game.
If losing the quarterback competition in fall camp didn't faze him, this tight situation wasn't going to.
Morgan passed for 302 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start, including the tiebreaking 67-yard scoring toss to Rashod Bateman with 1:34 remaining that gave the Gophers a 38-31 victory over the Hoosiers on a rainy Friday night.
Indiana loses backup quarterback with torn ligament in knee
Indiana's path to the postseason just got a lot more difficult.
After losing three straight and falling to .500, the Hoosiers are about to hit the road on a short week against a hungry team still seeking its first conference win. And now, they'll make the trip without their No. 2 quarterback.
No. 3 Ohio State’s defensive lapses making Meyer anxious
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Another flurry of pretty touchdown passes by Dwayne Haskins overshadowed No. 3 Ohio State's defensive lapses.
The state of the defense is causing anxiety for Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer, who said Ohio State needs to get the problems cleaned up if they hope to sustain a march to the College Football Playoff.
Correction: Indiana-Rutgers story
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — In a story Sept. 29 about Indiana beating Rutgers in football, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of an Indiana running back who scored a touchdown on a 16-yard run. He is Stevie Scott, not Scottie Stevens.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Ramsey runs for TD, throws one, Indiana beats Rutgers 24-17
Haskins, Blough lead accurate B1G passers
The Big Ten has been home to some of the nation's most accurate passers so far in 2018 — a small group that's been full of surprises.
Four of the 18 quarterbacks nationally who've completed at least 70 percent of their throws are from the Big Ten, by far the best ratio in the county.
Hoosiers run past Ball St. for perfect non-conference start
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Stevie Scott did the heavy lifting Saturday. Peyton Ramsey played the perfect conductor.
Together, they kept Indiana in complete sync.
Scott ran for 114 yards and scored twice in his second career start while Ramsey threw for 173 yards and ran for another touchdown to lead the Hoosiers past Ball State 38-10.
Great Scott: Freshman helps Hoosiers get past Virginia
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Stevie Scott needed one month of preseason camp, two games, one suspension and a season-ending injury to prove he could be Indiana's workhorse back.
He looks like a natural.
The true freshman ran 31 times for 204 yards and one touchdown and flirted with a 32-year-old school record on a soggy Saturday night, helping the Hoosiers hang on for a 20-16 victory over Virginia.
Cavaliers hoping tough lessons helps turn tables on Hoosiers
Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall sees the growth all over Indiana's football program.
He detects a more defined identity. He senses more confidence, and he can tell there's more continuity on the Hoosiers' offense and defense this season.
Mendenhall doesn't need a game tape to explain what's changed — he knows it's a natural progression in Tom Allen's second full season as coach.
Ramsey’s 3 touchdown passes lead Indiana past FIU 38-28
MIAMI (AP) — Peyton Ramsey finally was glad to complete passes against an opponent.
Ramsey threw for three touchdown passes to lead Indiana to a 38-28 victory over Florida International in the teams' season openers Saturday night.
The Hoosiers overcame a 7-0 first quarter deficit and scored three unanswered touchdowns.
Ramsey connected with Donavan Hale on scores from 18 and 2-yards and also threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Peyton Hendershot. Ramsey completed 20-of-27 for 156 yards.
Dawkins says he gave up football because of mental health
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Former Indiana and Arizona quarterback Brandon Dawkins says he gave up football because he needed to deal with his "deteriorating" mental health.
Dawkins told Hoosiers coach Tom Allen on Sunday he was leaving the program after enrolling in school this summer as a graduate transfer from Arizona. He lost the starting job to Peyton Ramsey.
Dawkins had not provided a public explanation until writing a post Wednesday night on Instagram.
Late changes forcing Hoosiers to adapt with backup plans
Indiana coach Tom Allen just keeps adapting on the fly.
When he announced top rusher Morgan Ellison was suspended indefinitely last week, Allen installed a ready-made backup plan. When Allen announced Monday that second-string quarterback Brandon Dawkins left the program after failing to beat out Peyton Ramsey for the starting job, Allen simply asked last year's state Mr. Football Award winner, Reese Taylor, to move back to his old spot.
Indiana suspends top RB Morgan Ellison, LB Burnam
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Peyton Ramsey will be the starting quarterback for Indiana in the Sept. 1 opener at Florida International, but he won't have sophomore Morgan Ellison to hand the ball off to.
The Hoosiers announced Friday that Ellison has been suspended indefinitely and that linebacker Mo Burnam is suspended for the opener.
Ramsey, 2 newcomers battle for Hoosiers’ starting QB job
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Hoosiers are dealing with yet another quarterback competition.
Sophomore Peyton Ramsey knows the offense better than anyone else in the mix after making four starts last season. Brandon Dawkins, a graduate transfer from Arizona, has the most college experience. And true freshman Michael Penix Jr. enrolled in January so he could get a jump on the competition.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Quarterback Brandon Dawkins has decided to play his final college season at Indiana.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound California native will graduate from Arizona in May. Dawkins started the first five games last season before a rib injury limited him to only two games the rest of the season.
He started 14 of his 23 career games with the Wildcats, throwing for 2,414 yards, 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Dawkins also has 232 carries for 1,582 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Richard Lagow remains Indiana’s starting quarterback
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Senior Richard Lagow remains in charge of Indiana's offense, perhaps for the rest of the season.
"Richard is the starter," coach Tom Allen said Monday. "That's not going to change."
1. Richard Lagow or Peyton Ramsey?
Ramsey left last week's game at Maryland twice during the second half with what appeared to be a lower body injury. IU coach Tom Allen said as recently as Wednesday that he was unsure if Ramsey would be able to play. So the door could be open for Lagow to make his first start since Sept. 30 at Penn State. The senior performed admirably during last weekend's second half, completing 12 of his 21 passes for 131 yards.
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1. No. 4 Wisconsin (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten West)
Last Week: 1
Results: Wisconsin offensive lineman Michael Deiter scored on a trick play and the Badgers defense was solid, resulting in a 24-10 victory against Illinois.
Game On: Saturday at Indiana (3-5, 0-5 Big Ten East), 10 a.m. MT (ABC)
Good health elusive for banged-up Indiana
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Injuries mount. Sympathy doesn't. Indiana coach Tom Allen understands that.
"Injuries are part of it," he said. "Other guys have to step up."
The Hoosiers (3-5) host No. 4 Wisconsin (8-0) on Saturday with a three-game losing streak and a depleted roster that will be missing at least five starters — defensive backs Marcelino Ball and A'Shon Riggins, receiver Donavan Hall, running back Morgan Ellison and Big Ten punt return leader J-Shun Harris.
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Karan Higdon ran 25 yards for a touchdown for No. 17 Michigan on the first play of overtime and Tyree Kinnel intercepted a fourth-down pass in the end zone on the final play, helping the Wolverines hold off Indiana 27-20 on Saturday.
It was a crucial week in Peyton Ramsey's development, never mind the opponent.
In naming the redshirt freshman Indiana's starting quarterback on Sunday night, coach Tom Allen did so with routine in mind. With Big Ten season beginning in earnest next week, Allen wanted Ramsey to use this week to settle in to his new role, understand what it was like to take the majority of practice reps, handle media and set a template to follow in the weeks to come.
Indiana takes charge early to beat Charleston Southern 27-0
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — For Indiana quarterback Peyton Ramsey, little things matter. Being first matters.
That, coach Tom Allen said, is among the reasons why the freshman has won the starting job and why he's had so much early success.
Case in point, Saturday's 27-0 victory over Charleston Southern at Memorial Stadium. He was 32-for-41 passing for 321 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception.
"He's a heads-up kid," Allen said. "It's a small thing, but it's a huge thing."
Once he received the marching orders last Sunday evening, Peyton Ramsey knew what to do.
Ramsey reached for his phone and dialed his father, Doug, who doubled as his coach at Cincinnati football power Elder High School.
Indiana had just named Ramsey its starting quarterback for Saturday’s non-conference finale against Charleston Southern, and Ramsey wanted to share the news with his longtime mentor.
“He told me that he’s seen me work, and that I earned it,” Ramsey said.
Indiana turns to new QB chance against Charleston Southern
All Indiana quarterback Peyton Ramsey wanted was a chance to show he could be a Big Ten starter.
Now that he's earned the job, he must demonstrate he can keep it.
Less than a week after learning he would replace Richard Lagow in the lineup and that the Hoosiers' two-man quarterback rotation was over, the Cincinnati high school star will make his first college start against Charleston Southern.
Indiana reboot starts with quarterback change
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana's bounce-back strategy from a lopsided loss starts with a quarterback change: Redshirt freshman Peyton Ramsey is in and senior Rich Lagow is out, no more rotating.
"Our ability to move the ball and score points comes down to building a team around whoever we feel gives us the best chance to win on game day," coach Tom Allen said Monday. "We feel Peyton gives us the best chance."
PENN STATE 45, INDIANA 14
1. There's no easy solution to the quarterback dilemma, but IU needs to make a decision.
IU’s Allen will use instinct to decide QB situation
There won't be a script.
Indiana coach Tom Allen will manage his dual-quarterback approach to offense by trusting his gut.
Allen said Monday that he'll consider the hot hand when weighing whether to insert senior Richard Lagow or redshirt freshman Peyton Ramsey during Saturday's game against Florida International.
Hoosiers intend to keep using dual options at quarterback
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Right now, Indiana coach Tom Allen has the best of two worlds at quarterback.
Richard Lagow is a tall, prototypical pocket passer who spent three quarters carving up Ohio State's secondary in the season opener. Peyton Ramsey showed Virginia he can beat teams with his arm, his feet or both.
1. Indiana will proceed by playing two quarterbacks.
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Indiana scored 17 straight points in the second quarter. It was too much for Virginia to overcome.
The Cavaliers squandered multiple opportunities early and the Hoosiers got rolling behind backup quarterback Peyton Ramsey, who led them to a 34-17 win over U.Va. in front of 38,993 fans at Scott Stadium on Saturday.
Ramsey leads Indiana to 34-17 win at Virginia
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Indiana's redshirt freshman quarterback Peyton Ramsey was scheduled to play a little against Virginia on Saturday. But when senior Richard Lagow, who threw for 420 yards on a school-record 65 attempts against Ohio State last week, started 3 for 10 with an interception against the Cavaliers, Ramsey entered in the second quarter and never left.