Indiana Game Notes vs. Western Kentucky
Aug. 30, 2008
Indiana Game Notes
Indiana improved to 33-16 in home openers at Memorial Stadium and has now won seven season starters in a row at The Rock. Bill Lynch is now 2-0 in IU openers as the Hoosiers have won five in a row.
Kellen Lewis' 11-yard touchdown pass to Ray Fisher was the 43rd of his career, setting a new school record. The previous record of 42 was held by Antwaan Randle El (1998-2001).
Lewis' 75-yard TD run in the first quarter was a career long for the junior. It was the first TD run of 70 yards or more by a Hoosier since Levron Williams broke off an 80 yarder against Michigan State on Nov. 10, 2001. He added a 62-yard TD run in the fourth for his third-career two-touchdown game on the ground.
Lewis went over 100 yards rushing for the third time in his career. He finished with 185 yards on nine carries in the game, the fifth-highest rushing total by an IU quarterback in school history. Randle El had three games with more rushing yards and Lewis ran for 199 against Akron last year. 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.
Lewis found Damarlo Belcher on a jump ball on the left side for a 5-yard TD pass near the end of the third quarter for the first TD reception of the true freshman's career. He became the first freshman to catch a touchdown pass in a season opener since Andrew Means in 2006. He also became the first true freshman to have a TD reception since Brandon Walker-Roby grabbed one at Michigan on Nov. 12, 2005.
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.
Nick Polk recorded his first forced fumble of the season in the third quarter, and Will Patterson alertly jumped on it at the one-yard line for his first fumble recovery of the year. Austin Thomas also forced a fumble, doing so in the fourth.
Senior Joe Kleinsmith boomed his first career punt in the fourth quarter, smashing it 50 yards.
Max Dedmond had his first career reception in the second quarter, while Belcher's TD was his first career grab.
Darius Johnson, Donnell Jones, Chris Adkins, Max Dedmond, Dennis Zeigler, Milton Owens, Andrew McDonald, James Brewer, Matt Ernest, Fred Jones, Jeff Boyd, Chris Hagerup, Richard Council, Damarlo Belcher, Ian Reeves, Zach Davis-Walker, Josh Hager and Jerimy Finch all made their IU debuts in the game.
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