Indiana loses Jack Tuttle to injury, eventually turns to walk-on QB in disastrous first half vs. Ohio State

Indiana quarterback Jack Tuttle delivered a perfect throw in the back of the end zone to tight end Peyton Hendershot to cap off the Hoosiers first drive and tie No. 5 Ohio State 7-7 in the first quarter.

When Tuttle returned to the game IU was down 30-7 in the second quarter.

Tuttle was hit by multiple Buckeyes on the scoring throw and he was down on the field for around a minute before he walked off gingerly under his own power.

With Tuttle initially unable to return, third-string true freshman Donaven McCulley filled in, and eventually redshirt sophomore Grant Gremel stepped in for a few plays — all before halftime.

Meanwhile, Ohio State’s offense amassed 334 yards and eventually 44 points before the break.  Indiana produced -21 yards of offense after that first drive engineered by Tuttle, which happened to be one of the Hoosiers best drives of the season.

Tuttle did eventually return in the second quarter for a series with Indiana down by 23, but he was replaced again on the ensuing series by McCulley.  Tuttle was 4-of-7 for 41 yards and the touchdown on Indiana’s first drive.

Ohio State led the game 44-7 at halftime and went on to win 54-7.

Update:  After the game head coach Tom Allen described Tuttle’s injury status.

“Don’t know yet,” Allen said.  “Did do an x-ray right afterward, and that came back negative. But need to do an MRI to find out more ligament-wise what the injury is. Obviously, he’s in a lot of pain right now. But don’t know. Don’t know yet on that.”

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