INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jamari Thrash caught an 85-yard touchdown pass and Jawhar Jordan added a 25-yard scoring run in the first half, and Louisville made a late goal-line stop to preserve a 21-14 victory over Indiana on Saturday.
The Cardinals are 3-0 for the first time since 2016 after first-year coach Jeff Brohm earned his first win at Lucas Oil Stadium. He lost to Louisville, his alma mater, in his debut as Purdue’s head coach and closed his tenure with the Boilermakers with a loss at Michigan in the Big Ten championship game.
But the Cardinals struggled to fix this after taking a 21-0 halftime lead before Hoosiers coach Tom Allen flipped the script.
Indiana started the second half by recovering an onside kick. Three plays later, new starting quarterback Tayven Jackson connected with Jaylin Lucas on a 30-yard touchdown pass, the first of Jackson’s college career, to make the score 21-7.
A failed fourth-down attempt stalled Indiana’s next possession, but after the Hoosiers’ defense forced a three-pointer, Jackson skillfully engineered a 97-yard drive, culminating with Josh Henderson’s 2-yard scoring run to reduce the deficit. . to 21-14 with about a minute left in the third quarter.
Then, with less than five minutes left, the Hoosiers (1-2) had fourth-and-goal from 18 inches away. Louisville linebacker Stanquan Clark stuffed Henderson in the backfield with 4:38 left and the Cardinals ran out the clock.
Jack Plummer was 13-for-23 with 238 yards, one touchdown and one interception for the Cardinals. Thrash finished with four receptions for 159 yards, all in the first half, and Jordan carried 18 times for 139 yards. Maurice Turner also scored his first career touchdown in the first half.
Jackson finished 24-for-34 with 299 yards, one touchdown and one interception just five days after Allen named the second-year quarterback the starter. Lucas had eight carries for 29 yards and 10 receptions for 98 yards.
Louisville: The second half certainly wasn’t pretty, but Brohm’s players got the job done. While some may complain that those three wins came against two lower-tier FBS teams, Georgia Tech and Indiana, and an overmatched FCS foe, Murray State, Louisville is halfway to bowl eligibility.
Indiana: While Jackson shined in the second half, giving the Hoosiers a lot to like, this loss could prove costly to the Hoosiers’ bowl hopes. Indiana’s best chance to reach the postseason for the first time in three years was to sweep its opponents out of the conference.
The Hoosiers were missing their best cornerback, Nic Toomer, and lost starting guard Max Longman in the first half. Longman went to the locker room with what appeared to be an injured right leg. He was replaced by Matthew Bedford, the regular right guard, who was listed as questionable before the game.
BY THE NUMBERS
Brohm improved to 5-1 all-time against Allen with the previous five meetings coming in the Indiana-Purdue rivalry. The Cardinals also beat the Hoosiers for the first time in three tries.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Louisville: Opens ACC play at home against Boston College next Saturday.
Indiana: Hosts Akron next Saturday in prime time.
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