Crimson Tops Cream, 17-10, in Front of Record-Setting Crowd
April 17, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - In front of a Cream & Crimson Spring Game record crowd of 5,325, the Crimson earned a hard-fought 17-10 victory at Memorial Stadium on Saturday evening. Senior Ben Chappell found sophomore tight end Charles Love III in the end zone for a 21-yard score with 3:50 remaining for the decisive tally.
The festive crowd enjoyed a perfect 60-degree evening and new promotions "Taste of the Rock" and "Bark in the Park," to name a few, along with an entertaining football game. Indiana also unveiled its new uniforms, which can be seen by clicking here.
However, the competitive game stole the show. The Crimson held the Cream to just 116 total yards, including a shutout on the ground, thanks in large part to six sacks for 32 yards.
The Crimson also picked off a pair of passes, recovered a fumble and scored the first touchdown of the game when redshirt freshman Jamonne Chester picked up a dropped snap on a punt and raced it 38 yards.
Junior cornerback Lenyatta Kiles and freshman safety John Connelly each had an INT. Fred Jones, the junior defensive end out of Tyrone, Ga., collected three sacks (15 yards) and four tackles for loss (21 yards), while sophomore defensive lineman Adam Replogle had two sacks (13 yards) and sophomore defensive end Kevin Bush added one sack and two TFLs.
Chappell finished the evening 15-of-23 for 142 yards, while junior Teddy Schell connected on 8-of-11 for 79 yards. On the ground, true freshman Antonio Banks totaled 49 yards on 11 carries to pace the Crimson.
Senior linebacker Jamie Lukaszewski and sophomore linebacker Chad Sherer guided the Cream defense. Lukaszewski closed the night with a game-high 11 tackles, five solo, and one tackle for loss, while Sherer reached double figures with 10 stops, six solo, one sack and two TFLs.
Junior defensive end Darius Johnson made six tackles with one sack and one fumble recovery, and junior defensive tackle Milton Owens scooped up the team's second fumble. Sophomore safeties Kyle Dietrick and Alexander Webb each picked off a pass.
After the Cream jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a 32-yard Nick Freeland field goal, the Crimson finally put points on the board with a Mitch Ewald 44-yarder at 8:38 mark in the second quarter. Chester's rumble to the end zone gave the Crimson a 10-3 advantage at the break.
A 6-yard TD scamper from Trea Burgess with 5:35 remaining in the third quarter evened things at 10. Burgess, a fifth-year senior from Jeffersonville, Ind., led the Cream with 29 yards rushing.
The Crimson responded looked poised to grab the lead on a beautiful drive led by Chappell, taking up 7:07 covering the end of the third and the start of the fourth quarters. But the Cream defense stiffened on a first-and-goal from the 4-yard-line, stopping Banks from 1-yard line on third and fourth downs.
However, the Crimson defense forced the Cream into a three-and-out and did not allow a yard. Following a 30-yard punt and two Banks' runs, Chappell found Love III for the eventual game-winner.
Junior Tandon Doss hauled in a game-high six receptions and 67 yards for the Cream.
The Hoosiers concluded their 15-practice spring with this evening's ballgame. Indiana opens the 2010 season at The Rock against Towson on Thursday, Sept. 2. Season tickets are currently on sale for the 2010 season and can be purchased by calling 866-IUSPORTS. Students can also add season tickets to their Bursar account during class registration.
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