IU-Akron Postgame Notes
Sept. 15, 2007
Indiana Game Notes
Indiana is now 31-4-1 against the MAC and won its first contest against the Zips in the history of the two programs.
The Hoosiers gained over 300 yards rushing in a game for the first time since Sept. 17, 2005, when IU ran for 305 against Kentucky. The 338 gained on the ground was the most since Indiana ran for 489 yards at Michigan State on Nov. 10, 2001.
Indiana started 3-0 for the second time in three years, as the Hoosiers did so in 2005. Bill Lynch joined Terry Hoeppner (2005) and James M. Sheldon (1905) as the only coaches to start their tenure at IU with a 3-0 record.
The Hoosiers finished with four sacks, led by Greg Middleton's two. Indiana now has 17 on the season, as Middleton leads the team with five sacks on the year. Kenny Kendal led last year's team with four sacks as IU finished the 2006 season with 14 as a team.
The Hoosiers scored on the game's first drive for the third straight game.
Kellen Lewis rushed for a career-high 199 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. The total was the most for an IU player since Levron Williams ran for 251 yards in the same contest at Michigan State. It marked the third-most in history by an IU quarterback, behind two games from Antwaan Randle El. Randle El holds the record for most rushing yards by an IU quarterback, with 210 against Minnesota on Oct. 21, 2000.
Lewis accounted for five touchdowns in the game (two rushing, three passing) for the second time in his career. He had six total touchdowns against Michigan State last year. Lewis moved into a tie for sixth place with 23 passing touchdowns in his career.
James Hardy's 21-yard touchdown catch gave him touchdowns in four straight games dating back to last season, and five touchdowns overall on the season. Hardy tied Vaughn Dunbar for fifth on the all-time list with 25 career touchdowns. Hardy moved into fifth place on the all-time receiving yards (1,860) and career receptions (122) lists in the game.
Safety Mitchell Evans made his first career start for the Hoosiers, while offensive lineman Mike Stark and tight end Troy Wagner made their first career starts on the offensive side. Stark became the third of the "seven blocks of limestone" to earn a start, joining Rodger Saffold and Pete Saxon.
Will Patterson recovered a first-quarter fumble for his third career fumble recovery and his second this season. The recovery gave the Hoosiers a takeaway in 16 of their last 17 games.
Tracy Porter's fourth-quarter interception tied him for second place on the career list with 11 picks. He is in a four-way tie with John Cannady (1943-46), Dave Abrams (1977-78) and Lance Brown (1991-94).
Both Kellen Lewis and Marcus Thigpen registered the longest rushes of their careers. Lewis posted a 64-yard scamper in the first quarter, while Thigpen dashed off a 59-yard run in the third quarter.
Josiah Sears' 1-yard TD reception gave the senior TD catches in back-to-back games and three scores in three games this season. Ray Fisher's 24-yard score in the second quarter was the first touchdown of the sophomore's career.
Austin Starr hit a 30-yard field goal in the first quarter and a 21-yarder in the third to move to 19-for-23 in his career and 7-for-8 this season. He is 12-for-14 from 30-plus yards in his IU career.
Check back soon