Postgame Notes: Indiana vs. Ball State
Sept. 3, 2011
Indiana Game Notes
Sophomore quarterback Edward Wright-Baker went 20-of-32 for 272 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in his first career start. Wright-Baker spread it around to eight different receivers.
Senior wide receiver Damarlo Belcher finished with a team-high 101 yards receiving on four receptions. He also had one touchdown. It was his third 100-yard receiving game of his career.
Belcher now has 168 career receptions and is three shy of moving into the second spot on the IU career list.
Wright-Baker connected with Belcher for a 65-yard score in the second quarter. It was a career long for Wright-Baker and matched a career-best for Belcher. The last time the Hoosiers connected on a 60-yard score was a Wright-Baker 62-yarder to Duwyce Wilson at Wisconsin on Nov. 13, 2010.
Fifth-year senior wide receiver Dre Muhammad recorded his first career catch tonight. He led the team in receptions with six, finishing with 68 yards, including a long of 24.
Adkins set a new career high with his 11 stops, while Thomas recorded his third career double-digit game. Replogle also bested his previous career mark of seven. Sophomore cornerback Greg Heban, senior safety Jarrell Drane and senior defensive end Fred Jones all tallied career bests in tackles as well, totaling 9, 8 and 7, respectively.
Muhammad, Wright-Baker, running back Matt Perez, defensive ends Ryan Phillis and Fred Jones, linebacker Chase Hoobler and cornerback Lawrence Barnett made their first career starts for the Hoosiers.
The Hoosiers played nine true freshmen tonight. Wide receivers Jay McCants, Cody Latimer and Shane Wynn, safeties Mark Murphy and Forisse Hardin, running back D'Angelo Roberts, cornerbacks Michael Hunter and Nick Stoner, and long snapper Matt Dooley each made their IU debuts. It is the most true freshmen to play for the Hoosiers since 2003, when Indiana played 11 true freshmen. IU only played eight true freshmen the previous four seasons combined.
Perez scored Indiana's first touchdown of the season with his 9-yard run. It is the second straight year a freshman recorded the Hoosiers' first score. Tight end Ted Bolser caught a 12-yard pass to open 2010 against Towson.
Indiana drove 76 yards in 15 plays and scored on its first drive of the season. The Hoosiers last scored on its season-opening drive in 2007 against Indiana State (seven plays, 73 yards).
With his second career 49-yard field goal, also matching his career high, Mitch Ewald moved into sole possession of 10th place on the Hoosiers career list. He added a 27-yarder in the fourth quarter and now has 18 career field goals.
Junior punter Adam Pines set a new personal best with a 56-yard punt in the second quarter.
The Hoosiers finished the night with 375 yards of total offense. It is the eighth straight game Indiana has tallied 300 or more yards of total offense.
Indiana did not turn the ball over tonight. In 2010, the Hoosiers only had two turnover-free games and not since game three against Akron on Sept. 25.
Tonight's loss snapped a seven-game win streak for Indiana in season openers. The Hoosiers have won eight of their last 10 openers.
IU is 20-7 in regular-season non-conference games since 2004.
The Hoosiers are now 35-7-1 against teams from the Mid-American Conference.
Indiana won the coin toss and elected to receive.
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