Postgame Notes: Indiana vs. Towson
Sept. 3, 2010
Indiana Game Notes
With Thursday's 51-17 win, the 51 points is the best total by the Hoosiers since they put 55 on the board against Indiana State on Sept. 1, 2007. With 38 points in the first half, the Hoosiers posted their highest total in a half (42 points in first half) since Nov. 3, 2001, against Northwestern.
IU won its seventh-straight season opener and improved to 26-3 in its last 29 home openers and 35-16 all-time in openers at Memorial Stadium.
Matt Ernest's 56-yard interception return for a touchdown was the first by a Hoosier since Christopher Phillips ran one back 58 yards on Nov. 3, 2007, against Ball State. It was the Crown Point, Ind., native's first career game on defense.
Darius Willis' 49-yard touchdown run was the seventh of his career and the third in his IU tenure of 45 yards or more. He also had a 64-yard run against Purdue that did not go for a score. Willis finished with 102 yards on 14 carries, tallying the fourth 100-yard game of his career. He had two touchdowns, his third career multi-score game (2009 vs. Northwestern and Michigan).
Ted Bolser's 12-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter was his first career touch. He is the first Hoosier since Damarlo Belcher (8/30/08 vs. Western Kentucky) to score on his first career touch. Bolser finished the game with four catches for 68 yards and the touchdown. The yardage total is the best for a Hoosier tight end since Aaron Halterman had 71 against Kentucky on Sept. 20, 2003.
Tyler Replogle made his second career interception and his first of the season. Mitchell Evans' first-quarter pick was the third of his career. Ernest's interception marked IU's third of the contest. The Hoosiers had two three-plus interception contests and four multiple interception games last year.
Tyler Replogle added 10 tackles, the fourth double-digit tackles outing of his career. Evans finished with seven tackles, including six solos, and Jamie Lukaszewski and Darius Johnson each added five, all career highs.
Ben Chappell went 16-for-23 for 182 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the game before being supplanted by Dusty Kiel. Chappell is now sixth in career completions (365) and is tied for seventh in school history in career TD passes (23). He started 9-for-10 for 72 yards and a touchdown.
IU kickers combined to go 3-for-3 on field goals and 6-for-6 on extra points. Nick Freeland hit both of his FG attempts and Mitch Ewald hit a 32-yarder in his first career game. Freeland had five extra points, matching a career best, and Ewald had one.
Antonio Banks became the first true freshman to play for the Hoosiers this season, running two times for four yards in his debut. The Middletown, Ohio, native enrolled at IU for the spring semester and participated in spring practice.
Kevin Bush recorded the first punt block of his career at the end of the first half, leading to an IU touchdown. The blocked punt is the first for the Hoosiers since Sept. 27, 2008 against Michigan State.
Nick Turner returned the opening kickoff 34 yards on his first career touch and bettered that with a 38-yard return in the second half. Jamonne Chester and Duwyce Wilson had their first career catches in the contest. Dusty Kiel and Edward Wright-Baker each had their first completions.
Ted Bolser, Jamonne Chester, Mitch Ewald, Dusty Kiel, Aaron Price, Nick Turner, Duwyce Wilson, Edward Wright-Baker, Lawrence Barnett, Kevin Bush, Dimitrius Carr-Watson, Charlie Chapman, Javon Cornley, Connor Creevey, Griffen Dahlstrom, Kyle Dietrick, Greg Heban, Andre Kates, Lenyatta Kiles, Michael Lanning, Tyler McGuigan, Pat McShane, Colin Rodkey, Lee Rose, Damon Sims, Jeff Thomas, and Nick Zachery made their first career appearances
Bill Lynch picked up his 96th career win with the victory. He improved to 4-0 in season openers as Indiana's head coach and is now 14-4 at IU when leading at the half.
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