Western Michigan Game Notes
Sept. 12, 2009
Indiana Game Notes
• For the second straight week, IU forced a crucial fumble inside the 10-yard line in the waning moments of the game. Senior defensive end Greg Middleton forced his third career fumble on the play and senior linebacker Justin Carrington collected his first fumble recovery to give the Hoosiers the ball at their own 24-yard line.
• With 3.0 tackles for loss, senior defensive end Jammie Kirlew moved past Greg Farrall (1988-91) to third on the IU career list with 41.0 TFL in his career. He also had 1.5 sacks to move into fifth on that career list with 18.0. He is now just two sacks behind teammate Greg Middleton for fourth on the Hoosier list.
• Fifth-year senior Demetrius McCray’s 59-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was his fifth career rushing score and the longest rush of his career. It marked the Hoosiers longest play from scrimmage since a Ben Chappell 64-yard scoring strike to Ray Fisher against Central Michigan (Nov. 1, 20008) and the longest run since a Marcus Thigpen 77-yard scamper in the same game.
• McCray’s 134 rushing yards are the most by an IU running back since Thigpen ran for 140 against Purdue in the 2007 Old Oaken Bucket Game. It is also the most by an IU player since Kellen Lewis ran for 148 against Ball State in 2008. The 134 yards were a career high for the Brandon, Fla., native, and his first career 100-yard game.
• Indiana starts the year at 2-0 for the sixth consecutive year. Bill Lynch is the first coach in IU history to start his career with three straight 2-0 beginnings.
• Indiana’s game-opening 12-play drive was the longest opening drive for the Hoosiers since a 13-play drive against Purdue on Nov. 17, 2007.
• The Hoosiers held the ball for 11:20 in the first quarter, IU’s largest time of possession edge in a quarter since it held the ball for 12:21 in the fourth quarter against Murray State on Sept. 6, 2008.
• Indiana held WMU to just 22 yards on the ground on 29 carries, the fewest rushing yards for an IU opponent since William & Mary finished with -32 yards on the ground on Aug. 31, 2002. It marked the second straight game that Indiana held a MAC opponent under 50 yards on the ground, as CMU had 37 yards rushing in the 2008 contest between the two teams.
• Led by McCray, the Hoosier rushing attack rumbled for 187 yards, the most since running for 272 against CMU in 2008.
• Junior Mitchell Evans showed his versatility in the game, lining up under center several times for the Hoosiers. He was 0-for-1 passing and picked up 35 yards on six rushes while lined up at QB. As a receiver, he caught two balls for 31 yards as well. To round off his game even more, Evans picked up a pair of tackles on special teams.
• Redshirt freshman Nick Freeland hit his first three field goals before Western blocked his third attempt. He is now 4-for-5 in his career on field goals. He also hit both of his extra points and averaged 67 yards on his six kickoffs, including his first career touchback.
• Junior Jeremy Finch recovered his first career fumble, diving on a bad snap on a Western Michigan punt in the fourth quarter to give the Hoosiers the ball inside the red zone with less than 10 minutes to play. He picked up his second career fumble recovery on the final play of the game.
• Senior linebacker Matt Mayberry split a first-quarter sack with Kirlew to give him 1.5 on the season and 6.5 in his career. IU sacked Tim Hiller twice to give the Hoosiers six sacks on the season.
• For the second time in as many games, Indiana won the toss and elected to receive.
• The Hoosiers improved to 33-6-1 against the Mid-American Conference with the win. IU also moved to 5-0 all-time against Western Michigan.
• True freshman defensive tackle Adam Replogle made his first career start in the game, lining up at defensive tackle. He and his brother, Tyler (linebacker), became the first brothers to start in the same game for IU since Antwaan and Curtis Randle El started 14 games together in 1998-99.
• Indiana celebrated its 125th anniversary with a reunion for former players, coaches and managers. Over 400 people attended the event from all IU eras.
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