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No. 18 Missouri can't hold late lead, upset by Indiana 31-27

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COLUMBIA, Missouri — Missouri needed one more stop and couldn't get it.

The 18th-ranked Tigers yielded a six-play, 75-yard drive to Indiana in the final minutes, capped by D'Angelo Roberts' 3-yard touchdown run with 22 seconds remaining that gave Indiana a 31-27 victory Saturday.

"You have a bad taste in your mouth," linebacker Michael Scherer said. "This should have never happened, but it did, so we've got to rebound and we've got to work. That's all there is to it."

Cornerback John Gibson helped Indiana extend its final drive by committing a pass interference penalty on fourth-and-6 at the Hoosiers' 29. Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld attempted to find Dominique Booth across the middle of the field, but Gibson wrapped his arms around the receiver before he could make the catch.

Indiana running back Tevin Coleman then ran 44 yards to the Missouri 15-yard line on the following play to set up the game-winning score.

"A team that's good like Indiana, they'll beat you on any day," said receiver Bud Sasser, who caught 11 passes for 142 yards. "You can't come out with your B-game and expect to beat those guys."

The Tigers (3-1) entered the game as a double-digit favorite but allowed Indiana to record 11 tackles for loss, hamstringing them for most of the first three quarters. Missouri finished with 498 total yards, including 145 in the final 15 minutes.

The team looked to be in prime position, too, after Andrew Baggett kicked a 40-yard field goal with 2:20 remaining to cap an 11-play, 70-yard drive for a 27-24 lead. The score followed a 1-yard touchdown pass from Maty Mauk to Sean Culkin 11 minutes earlier to tie the game.

"When was the last time we faced adversity?" Mauk asked. "Obviously, you don't want that, but we're going to bounce back and I have no doubt everybody's going to get healthy and we're going to come out ready to play Saturday."

PHOTO: Indiana running back D'Angelo Roberts, center, leaps over several players as he scores the game-winning touchdown late during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Columbia, Mo. Indiana upset Missouri 31-27. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
Indiana running back D'Angelo Roberts, center, leaps over several players as he scores the game-winning touchdown late during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Columbia, Mo. Indiana upset Missouri 31-27. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

Mauk completed 28 of 47 passes for 326 yards, two touchdowns and an interception and Russell Hansbrough added 119 yards on the ground on 10 carries. The Tigers play at South Carolina next week to start a stretch of eight consecutive games against Southeastern Conference opponents.

Hansbrough provided sparks for the Tigers in the opening half after walking off the field gingerly on Missouri's second possession after Indiana's Antonio Allen committed a horse-collar tackle. He then gained 111 yards on his first three carries, including 68 yards on a touchdown run to tie the score at 14 midway through the second quarter.

"It was all or nothing," coach Gary Pinkel said. "We either got negative yards or made a big play. We had 500 yards of total offense; we just didn't score enough points. You have to outscore the opponent and we didn't do that. I thought we did the things in the end to be in a position to win, but it just didn't happen."

The Tigers struggled to contain Coleman, though, without defensive end Markus Golden, who injured his left hamstring midweek in practice but is expected to return next week, Pinkel said. The senior has 6.5 tackles for loss and four sacks this season.

Coleman opened the game's scoring with a 1-yard run 10 minutes into the game, extending his streak of reaching the end zone to 12 games and tying the school record set by Anthony Thompson in 1988-89.

The junior finished with 132 yards on 19 carries despite sitting the final 20 minutes of the first half with cramps, Wilson said. He returned during the Hoosiers' first drive after the break.

Sudfeld finished with 252 passing yards and one touchdown.

"It was a really big win," Coleman said. "We came out here with fire. We played until the end."

Indiana gained 493 total yards, 77 short of their season average, and finished just 1 of 14 on third-down conversions. While there are things to fix, a win against an SEC opponent nonetheless provided some enthusiasm heading into Big Ten play against Maryland.

"We ain't got nothing figured out," Wilson said. "We're the same group of bums that played last week. That's the same bunch of bums this week. We'll see how we show up next week."

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