- Associated Press - Saturday, September 26, 2015

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Nate Sudfeld threw for 205 yards and two touchdowns, and Indiana improved to 4-0 for the first time since 1990 by holding off Wake Forest 31-24 on Saturday.

Jordan Howard added 168 rushing yards and a touchdown for the undefeated Hoosiers, who head into next week’s Big 10 showdown against No. 1 Ohio State riding a five-game winning streak.

Sudfeld, who finished 19 of 34 passing, threw touchdown passes of 6 yards to Simmie Cobbs Jr. and 28 yards to Ricky Jones in staking Indiana to a 17-10 halftime lead.

Howard, who entered Saturday’s game as the nation’s rushing leader with 507 yards, added a 2-yard scoring run in the third quarter.

Kendall Hinton, making his first start at quarterback, ran for two touchdowns and threw for a third for the Deacons (2-2). But Hinton was sacked five times, and he threw an interception that Indiana’s Tony Fields retuned 20 yards for a score early in the fourth quarter.

However, Hinton kept Wake Forest close with two fourth-quarter touchdowns. His 14-yard keeper with 6:25 left cut the Hoosiers’ lead to 31-17, and a 29-yard scoring pass to Tabari Hines with 2:33 left pulled the Deacons within 31-24.

Wake Forest’s Julian Jackson then came up with an onside kick to give the Deacons one last shot. Aided by a pass interference call, Wake Forest drove to the Hoosiers 32, but a holding call pushed the Deacons back.

Wake Forest’s last chance ended when Indiana’s Rashard Fant broke up a pass in the end zone for Deacons receiver K.J. Brent.

Hinton completed 19 of 46 passes for 245 yards and added 57 yards rushing for the Deacons.

Behind Sudfeld’s 188 passing yards and Howard’s 79 rushing yards, four of Indiana’s first-half drives went 10 plays or more, with three of them leading to scores.

The Hoosiers struck first, with Sudfeld’s TD pass to Cobbs capping a 10-play, 56-yard drive, and giving Indiana a 7-0 lead with 6:45 remaining.

However, after going three-and-out on its first three drives, Wake Forest finally got its offense going behind Hinton, whose 15-yard keeper tied the score at 7-7 with 14:34 left in the second quarter.

But the Hoosiers responded with another 10-play scoring drive - this one going 92 yards — to regain the lead. Sudfeld’s TD pass to Jones put Indiana up 14-7 with 11:05 remaining in the first half.

Wake Forest managed to cut the Hoosiers’ lead to 14-10 on Mike Weaver’s 35-yard field goal with 3:47 left. But Indiana closed out the half with its own field goal, a 30-yarder by Griffin Oakes with no time remaining.


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