Indiana vs. Indiana State Postgame Notes
Sept. 1, 2007
Indiana moved to 3-0 against Indiana State all-time with the victory. The 55-7 margin was the largest since a 72-0 win by IU over Fort Knox on Sept. 16, 1944, and the 48 points scored were the most by the Hoosiers in an opener since they scored 58 against Kentucky on Sept. 20, 1969.
Indiana's 31 points in the first half were the most for IU since the Hoosiers posted 42 in the first half against Northwestern on Nov. 3, 2001, and marked the first time the Hoosiers have scored 30 in a half since they scored 30 against Michigan State on Oct. 28 of last year.
Kellen Lewis' 58-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter was the longest of the sophomore's career. His 79-yard strike to Hardy in the second eclipsed that mark.
Lewis threw three touchdown passes and ran for another, marking the third time in his career that he has accounted for four touchdowns in a game. Lewis had three TD passes and a TD run against Iowa, and five passes and one run for scores against Michigan State last year.
Lewis became the first Hoosier since Antwaan Randle-El to throw two 50-plus-yard touchdowns in the same game. Randle-El found Jerry Dorsey for a 57-yard score and Versie Gaddis from 70 yards away against North Carolina State on Sept. 9, 2000.
Hardy's two touchdown catches give him six multi-score games in his career. He moved into sole possession of second place on IU's touchdown reception list with his 22 scores, trailing only Jade Butcher's 30. He also moved into sixth place on the school's receiving yardage list with 1,768. His 153 yards were the third-most of his career and marked his ninth career 100-yard game.
Hardy's 79-yard reception was the longest by a Hoosier since he grabbed an 83-yard touchdown pass from Blake Powers on Oct. 1, 2005 against Wisconsin.
The 58-yard pass to Hardy moved the junior into sixth place on IU's all-time receiving yardage list and into sole possession of second place on the all-time touchdown reception list.
For the Hoosiers, defensive lineman Greg Middleton and center Ben Wyss earned their first career starts. Additionally, Nick Polk earned his first start on the defensive side of the ball, lining up at safety. Polk started nine times at wide receiver in 2006.
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