BLOOMINGTON, Indiana (Ticker) -- Penn State needed a lift to avoid a first for coach Joe Paterno. The defense came through.
Tony Hunt scored on a short run in the the fourth quarter and the Nittany Lions defense came up with a goal line stand as Penn State rallied for a 22-18 victory over Indiana in a Big Ten contest.
After Penn State (3-7, 1-6 Big Ten) took a 22-16 lead, the Hoosiers took the kick off and drove 71 yards to the Penn State 1 before the Lions defense stuffed four straight run attempts to secure the victory.
The Lions, whose defense ranked 12th nationally in total defense entering the game, then took a safety on the game's last play instead of risking a punt from their endzone on fourth down.
The win snapped Penn State's second six-game losing streak under Paterno and avoided the school's first seven-game losing skid since 1931.
Trailing, 16-14, Hunt capped an 80-yard, 10-play drive with just under five minutes remaining and the Lions converted a two-point conversion to give Penn State a 22-16 edge.
Zack Mills completed 11-of-20 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown and Michael Robinson caught six passes for 99 yards and a score for Penn State, which improved to 10-0 all-time against Indiana.
Mills and Robinson hooked up for a 33-yard score in the first quarter and Mills capped an 11-play, 81-yard drive with a two-yard TD run in the third quarter to give the Lions a 14-13 lead after three periods.
Bryan Robertson kicked a 23-yard field goal six minutes into the final quarter to give Indiana (3-7, 1-6) a 16-14 lead.
Matt LoVecchio completed 11-of-22 passes for 137 yards for the Hoosiers, who dropped their fourth straight at home in this series.