PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Peyton Ramsey ran for a touchdown and threw another and Indiana scored on its first four possessions in beating Rutgers 24-17 on Saturday, sending the Scarlet Knights to their fourth-straight loss.
Ramsey scored the go-ahead touchdown with a 1-yard run and added a 2-yard TD pass to J-Shun Harris II in a 17-point second quarter that carried the Hoosiers (3-1, 1-1 Big Ten) over Rutgers (1-4, 0-2).
Scottie Stevens tallied on a 16-yard run on Indiana’s first possession and Logan Justice kicked a 44-yard field goal on their last possession of the half as the Hoosiers built a 24-7 lead.
Freshman Art Sitkowski (18 of 35 for 154 yards) threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Shameen Jones on the opening possession of the game to give Rutgers a short-lived 7-0 lead.
The Scarlet Knights threatened in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to a 24-17 on a 1-yard run by Jonathan Hilliman and a 52-yard field goal by Justin Davidovicz with 3:52 to play.
But Ramsey, who was 27 of 40 for 288 yards, completed a 25-yard, fourth-down pass to Peyton Hendershot from the Hoosiers 34 to ice the game in the closing minutes. Ramsey also ran for 47 yards in leading scoring drives 75, 88, 68 and 54 yards.
The pass to Henderson came after the tight end went in motion late in the play clock, drawing Rutgers offsides, giving the quarterback a free play.
Ramsey’s go-ahead, fourth-down 1-yard run came after Indiana had a fumble overturned and Ramsey TD’s run upheld on consecutive replays.
Indiana: The start is the best for Indiana since going 4-0 in 2015. The problem is the Hoosiers have Ohio State, Iowa and No. 9 Penn State as their next three opponents.
Rutgers: If Rutgers plays as well as it did in the second half, they might win a few more games.
Indiana plays at No. 4 Ohio State next Saturday.
Rutgers hosts Illinois next Saturday.
ARMY 42, BUFFALO 13
AMHERST, N.Y. — Army mixed in a few big scoring plays with its ground-control offense to defeat previously unbeaten Buffalo 42-13 on Saturday.
The Black Knights’ triple-option offense gained 281 yards and scored four touchdowns on the ground while running up 37:34 in time of possession. They had four touchdown drives of at least 10 plays and 74 yards.
Having led the nation in rushing last season, Army (3-2) came into the game ranked fourth at 314.8 yards per game while leading the country in time of possession at 40:53.
Quarterback Kevin Hopkins led the Black Knights with 89 yards on 19 carries. He also completed 4 of 5 passes for 91 yards and a 25-yard touchdown to Jordan Asberry. Calen Holt, Connor Slomka, Darnell Woolfolk and Luke Langdon had rushing touchdowns.
Army also scored on Elijah Riley’s 80-yard blocked field goal return in the second quarter.
The Black Knights slowed a Buffalo offense that averaged 40.2 points and 428.8 yards through the first four games. The Bulls (4-1) took an early lead when KJ Osborn tip-toed down the sideline for a 53-yard touchdown on the fourth play of the game. But they finished with 255 total yards.
Army: Recovering from an overtime loss against No. 5 Oklahoma last week, the Black Knights have a winning record through five games in three straight seasons for the first time since 1984-86. Their five opponents had a combined record of 17-3 entering Saturday.