Hoosiers Roll Past Murray State
Sept. 6, 2008
Indiana Game Notes Indiana vs. Murray State 9-6-08
Indiana started 2-0 for the fifth straight season, the longest such streak in school history. The victory was Bill Lynch's 90th as a head coach, as he improved to 9-6 in his Hoosier tenure.
The Hoosiers allowed just three points in the game, the fewest since a 33-3 victory over Indiana State in 2003. IU has allowed just 16 points over its first two contests, the fewest in consecutive games since the Hoosiers pitched back-to-back shutouts over Northwestern and Michigan State in 1993. That season, Indiana allowed just 10 points in its first two contests.
Indiana scored six touchdowns on the ground in the contest, the first time the Hoosiers have run for six TDs or more since they ran for seven in a 63-32 victory over Wisconsin on Oct. 6, 2001.
Five different Hoosiers scored on the ground in the game, the first time since at least 1974 and believed to be the first time in school history. Indiana also divvied up their participation across the board, as eight different players recorded rushes and nine different players caught passes in the contest.
Marcus Thigpen's 67-yard TD run in the first quarter was a career long for the senior captain. It is the third touchdown run of 60-plus yards in two games, as Kellen Lewis had TD runs of 62 and 75 yards against Western Kentucky. With 100 yards on just seven carries, Thigpen set a new school record for the fewest number of rushes to top 100 yards.
Bryan Payton's second-quarter TD run was his first of the season and his first since IU's game against Minnesota last season. Demetrius McCray's six-yard touchdown run was his first since the Hoosiers faced Minnesota in 2006. Ben Chappell and Zach Davis-Walker each had their first career rushing scores in the third quarter.
The Hoosier defense allowed just 28 yards on the ground to the Racers, the first time IU has held an opponent under 50 rushing yards since Western Michigan picked up 50 on the ground in 2007. It was the fewest rushing yards allowed by a Hoosier squad since William & Mary finished with -32 yards on the ground on Aug. 31, 2002.
Nick Polk picked off the third pass of his career in the second quarter. He had six solo tackles in the victory.
Ryan Marando forced a second-quarter fumble on a sack of Niko Yantko and then recovered the ball at the two-yard line. It was the second-career forced fumble and the first-career fumble recovery of his career. He later added his third-career forced fumble and second on the night.
Indiana's offensive line not only led the way for 254 team rushing yards, but also did not allow a sack.
Mitchell Evans made his first career start at wide receiver. Evans played in 13 games in 2007 at safety. He recorded his first career reception in the second quarter for six yards.
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