Penn State Football

Hoosiers’ butterfingers lead to five turnovers

Penn State linebacker Brandon Bell (11) sacks Indiana quarterback Richard Lagow and forces a fumble late in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game in Bloomington, Ind. Penn State defeated Indiana 45-31.
Penn State linebacker Brandon Bell (11) sacks Indiana quarterback Richard Lagow and forces a fumble late in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game in Bloomington, Ind. Penn State defeated Indiana 45-31. For the Centre Daily Times

Indiana had five — yes, five — turnovers on Saturday, and all were fumbles.

The final one was the game-clincher, a 9-yard, scoop-and-score by 257-pound Penn State defensive end Torrence Brown.

But it was the other four that really kept Penn State in the game. The Nittany Lions, who had only 157 yards in the first half, were rather fortunate not to be trailing at the break.

It was four first-half fumbles, one that set up a Penn State touchdown, by the Hoosiers that allowed the Nittany Lions to hang around.

Franklin, who normally addresses each player’s individual accomplishments, wasn’t even going to touch the fumble recoveries.

“I’m not going to read all of the first-career fumble recoveries, because there were a bunch of them,” the coach said.

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