Lewis, Hoosiers Light Up Hilltoppers 31-13

    Go Hoosiers! Kellen Lewis breaks off a 75-yard rush for a touchdown against Western Kentucky. (AP Photo/Tom Strickland)
    Go Hoosiers!
    Kellen Lewis breaks off a 75-yard rush for a touchdown against Western Kentucky. (AP Photo/Tom Strickland)
    Go Hoosiers!

    Aug. 30, 2008

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Indiana's Kellen Lewis made it look easy Saturday.

    The junior quarterback ran for touchdowns of 75 and 62 yards and threw for two more scores to break the school's career record for TD passes, leading the Hoosiers to a 31-13 victory over Western Kentucky.

    When the Hoosiers took the field Saturday, Lewis was clicking. He finished 17-of-27 for 144 yards and two TDs - Nos. 43 and 44, two more than Antwaan Randle El's previous record - and rushed nine times for 185 yards.

    Western Kentucky simply couldn't stop Lewis, who became the first INDIANA player to run for two touchdowns of 60 yards or more in a game.

    On Indiana's second possession, the Hilltoppers were caught out of position when Lewis faked an outside handoff, then turned straight up the middle and sprinted 75 yards untouched to make it 7-0.

    "I thought our guys came out and played really hard and had good intensity early," Indiana head coach Bill Lynch said. "I thought our defense kind of set the tempo, which we were hoping. And then of course, Kellen had that big play that got us going from an offensive standpoint."

    Indiana made it 10-0 on Austin Starr's 28-yard field goal, and Lewis broke Randle El's record on an 11-yard TD pass to Ray Fisher early in the second quarter.

    After Western Kentucky kicked two short field goals to open the second half, Lewis struck again with a 5-yard TD pass to Demario Belcher with 17 seconds left in the third. That made it 24-6, and the Hilltoppers finally got into the end zone with a 32-yard TD pass from K.J. Black to Jake Gaebler early in the fourth.

    But Lewis sealed it on Indiana's next play, sprinting 62 yards on the same call he scored his first TD.

    Lewis went over 100 yards rushing for the third time in his career. The nine carries are tied for the fewest by a 100-yard rusher in IU history, matching Josiah Sears' nine carries for 100 yards against Wisconsin in 2006.

    Junior defensive end Jammie Kirlew had his second-career multi-sack game, posting a pair of sacks in the contest. He became the first Hoosier with two sacks in a game since Greg Middleton had 2.5 against Purdue on Nov. 17, 2007.




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