BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — As soon as beleaguered Illinois finally caught a break, a huge run by Indiana snatched the momentum right back.
The Hoosiers weathered a tense, frenzied second half and used a sizzling offense to pull away for a 52-35 win over the Illini on Saturday, ending a three-game losing streak and extending Illinois' school-record Big Ten skid to 19 games.
"I'm happy for our guys to get a win," Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said. "We talk a lot about bouncing back from adversity. I think it shows a lot of growth for us that we could weather that, settle down and put together some good drives."
Cody Latimer set career highs with 11 catches and 189 yards receiving and hauled in three touchdowns for Indiana (4-5, 2-3 Big Ten). However, much of the Hoosiers' season-high 650 yards of offense came on the ground, where they gashed Illinois' consistently problematic run defense for 371 yards and four scores.
Tevin Coleman carried 15 times for a career-high 215 yards, the most by a Hoosier in the last 10 seasons. The teams engaged in a back-and-forth shootout until Coleman's 75-yard run edged Indiana ahead 42-35 with 12:41 remaining.
"The development of our run game shows there is some maturity on offense," Wilson said. "We're not an overpowering team, but our passing ability sets up the run. That was a huge play for us."
It came one play after Illinois right tackle Corey Lewis, who rushed for 27 touchdowns as a high school senior, tied the game at 35 when he fell on Ferguson's fumble in the end zone for his first college score. Ferguson, who accounted for 139 yards of offense, lost the ball when attempting to leap over a scrum on second-and-goal.
The Illini couldn't capitalize.
"We are all disappointed," Illinois coach Tim Beckman said. "We've got three opportunities left."