No. 17 Indiana and Rutgers hope to build on monster wins

No. 17 Indiana is coming off one of the most thrilling victories in its history.Rutgers also posted a victory last Saturday — and any triumph is pretty exhilarating for a program that had gone nearly three calendar years without a conference win.Two of the best storylines from the Big Ten’s first weekend of action collide on Saturday when the Hoosiers hit the road to take on the Greg Schiano-led Scarlet Knights in Piscataway, N.J.Indiana (1-0, 1-0 Big Ten) jumped into the AP poll and has its highest ranking since 1993 after it stunned then-No. 8 Penn State in overtime. Quarterback Michael Penix Jr. contorted and stretched the ball to the pylon for a two-point conversion and the dramatic 36-35 triumph.Coach Tom Allen’s Hoosiers won eight games last season, so it’s not a surprise that Indiana can win games, but Saturday’s win was special: Indiana hadn’t beaten a team ranked as high as Penn State since toppling No. 3 Purdue in 1967.”It has been crazy, I can confirm that, but a good kind of crazy,” Allen said of the glow from the Penn State game. “It has been hard to sleep, for good reasons. My mind was just racing; my phone was blowing up with a lot of people reaching out congratulating us.”But you have to come down and you have to get back to work. … We have to be very focused. We have to be very laser-like in our intentions.”Indiana overcame a huge deficit in total yards (488-211) with the help of three turnovers, but that pales in comparison to what the Rutgers’ defense did in a 38-27 win at Michigan State in its opener.Rutgers (1-0, 1-0) took the ball away seven times, their most in a game since 2000. The Scarlet Knights recovered five fumbles, two by linebacker Olakunle Fatukasi, who also forced a fumble and made 10 tackles en route to Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors.Rutgers ended a 21-game Big Ten losing streak in Schiano’s debut in his second stint as head coach. He was 68-67 while guiding the program from 2001 to 2011.

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