Indiana Game Notes vs. Western Michigan
Sept. 9, 2007
The Hoosiers scored 31 points in the first half for the second straight game. They scored 21 second quarter points, the first time they have scored 20 or more in a quarter since scoring 20 against Michigan State in the second quarter last year.
IU won its 18th straight meeting against MAC schools, including three straight on the road. This is the third straight year that IU has gone on the road against a MAC foe (Central Michigan, 2005 and Ball State, 2006).
The Hoosiers scored on their opening drive for the second straight week when junior Austin Starr booted a 21-yard field goal. Starr hit a career-long 48-yard field goal with 12:36 to go. He is now 3-for-3 in his career over 40 yards. His three field goals in the game was a career-high
Indiana had eight sacks in the game, the most since the Hoosiers tallied eight against Kentucky on Sept. 18, 1993. The Hoosiers now have 13 sacks in two games after posting just 14 all of last year. Sophomore Greg Middleton had his third sack of the season and third of his career. Sophomore Emile Bass had his first career sack in the second quarter. Senior Brian Faires had his first sack of the season and third of his career.
Sophomore Andrew Means had a career-long 35-yard reception late in the first quarter.
True freshman Mitchell Evans had his first career interception in the second quarter. With the pick, it marked the 15th time in 16 games the Hoosiers have forced a turnover. Evans would later have his second interception with 2:41 left before halftime. It marked the first time that a true freshman had two picks in a game since Tracy Porter had two against Central Michigan on Sept. 4, 2004. Will Meyers had two against Purdue last November.
The Hoosiers picked up a score on defense when junior Greg Brown sacked Bronco QB Tim Hiller and sophomore Greg Middleton scooped it up and went 44 yards for the score. It was Middleton's first career fumble recovery and Brown's first career forced fumble. It marked the first fumble recovery for a TD for IU since Troy Grosfield had a 15-yard fumble return against Wisconsin last year.
The Hoosiers forced another fumble on the next possession when junior Christopher Phillips recorded his first career sack and forced his second career fumble. Sophomore Will Patterson had his second career fumble recovery on the play.
Lewis hit junior James Hardy for a 10-yard touchdown pass at the 3:52 mark in the second quarter. The duo also connected on an 11-yard strike just before halftime. It marked the third and fourth time the duo has hooked up this season and the 12th and 13th times in their careers.
Hardy now has 24 career touchdown receptions, six behind all-time leader Jade Butcher (1967-69). He is now sixth all-time in Hoosier lore in overall TDs scored, one behind Vaughn Dunbar (1990-91). Hardy had his seventh career multi-score receiving game which is second all-time in IU history to Butcher who had eight from 1967-69.
Sophomore Jammie Kirlew had his second career fumble recovery on the Broncos first play of the second half.
The Hoosiers' five takeaways tied their 2006 season best of five, set against Purdue.
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