Indiana Postgame Notes vs. Eastern Kentucky
Sept. 4, 2009
Indiana Game Notes
With an attendance of 36,759, the Hoosiers posted their highest attendance for a home opener since 1997 (vs. Ball State, 38,006).
Quarterback Ben Chappell posted a career-high 326 yards passing in the game, going 27-for-36 in the process. He became the 15th player in school history to pass for 300 yards in a game. He was the first Hoosier to throw for 300 since Kellen Lewis threw for 354 against Ball State on Nov. 3, 2007.
Tandon Doss matched a career high with eight receptions in the game and set a new career best with 125 receiving yards. Terrance Turner matched his career high with five grabs and posted a career-high 57 yards. Damarlo Belcher matched his career best with six receptions and racked up a career-high 97 receiving yards.
Will Patterson's sack of Cody Watts on EKU's first drive resulted in the first safety for the Hoosiers since Jerimy Finch blocked a Michigan State punt on Sept. 27, 2008. Patterson now has 5.5 career sacks.
Redshirt freshman Larry Black, Jr., and sophomore Darius Johnson each made their first career sack in the second quarter for the Hoosiers. Matt Mayberry had his sixth career sack in the first quarter. Will Patterson added a sack of his own, moving his career total to 5.5. The four sacks for the Hoosiers were for a combined loss of 45 yards.
Trea Burgess' 1-yard TD plunge in the first quarter was his second career TD, joining a score against Indiana State in the 2007 season opener. Damarlo Belcher's 33-yard TD catch in the second quarter was his third career touchdown reception.
Ray Fisher forced his first career fumble in the fourth quarter to thwart an EKU drive at the 5-yard line. Jammie Kirlew recovered the fumble, his fourth career fumble recovery. In Fisher's debut as a defensive player, he also posted five solo tackles to lead the Hoosiers.
Redshirt freshman kicker Nick Freeland made his first career appearance for the Hoosiers and he made it count, connecting on a 38-yard field goal try at the 13:04 mark in the second quarter. Freeland also hit both extra points he attempted.
Sophomore Tandon Doss and senior Nick Polk each recorded their first career kick returns. Doss took the opening kickoff 32 yards and Polk's return went 29. Combined with his 125 yards receiving, Doss accounted for 157 all-purpose yards for the Hoosiers.
The Hoosiers recorded seven tackles for loss in the win, led by senior Matt Mayberry and redshirt freshman Larry Black, Jr., who each tallied two on the night.
Several Hoosiers made their first career starts in the game. Redshirt freshmen Larry Black (defensive tackle), Will Matte (center) and Marc Damisch (left guard) joined sophomore Tandon Doss (wide receiver), junior James Brewer (right tackle) and senior Brian Zematis (tight end). Jarrod Smith (defensive tackle) made his first career start on defense, though he started at offensive guard against Penn State last year.
Black, Matte and Damisch all made their first career appearances in an IU uniform in addition to starting. Other Hoosiers who made their Hoosier debuts were redshirt freshmen Darius Willis, Shane Covington, Nicholas Sliger, Chad Sherer, Mick Mentzer and Nick Freeland and true freshman Adam Replogle.
Earlier this week, head coach Bill Lynch announced that seniors Collin Taylor and Matt Kurz have been awarded scholarships, meaning that the Hoosiers now have 19 scholarship seniors and 18 scholarship juniors on the team.
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