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    Indiana Dominates at Western Kentucky, 38-21

    Go Hoosiers! Fifth-year senior Ben Chappell threw for a career-high 366 yards and three scores.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Fifth-year senior Ben Chappell threw for a career-high 366 yards and three scores.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 18, 2010

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    BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - Ben Chappell passed for a career-high 366 yards as Indiana defeated Western Kentucky 38-21 on Saturday, giving the Hoosiers a 2-0 start for the seventh straight season.
    

    Chappell completed 32-of-42 passes to break his old record of 333 yards against Illinois last year.

    "It's a good feeling having him at quarterback because he is in control offensively," Hoosiers coach Bill Lynch said.

    Indiana's Tandon Doss returned the opening kickoff 87 yards to the Hilltoppers 13-yard line, but on the second play of the drive Darius Willis fumbled and Western Kentucky (0-3) recovered.

    The Hilltoppers then went 91 yards in 10 plays to score the first touchdown of the game. Bobby Rainey rushed for 62 yards during the drive, including a run of 29 yards down the Western Kentucky sideline.

    "After not playing for 16 days in a lot of ways it was like an opener," Lynch said. "I was disappointed with how we started after that great kickoff return."

    Western Kentucky managed only 197 total yards the rest of the game.

    Lynch said he was not worried when Western Kentucky took an early 7-0 lead.

    "I think we have a maturity about this football team," Lynch said. "But we have to get our feet underneath us and start playing better because you don't want to miss any opportunities."

    Chappell completed 11 straight passes on the Hoosiers' next two possessions. He passed for 230 yards in the first half to give Indiana a 17-7 halftime lead.

    Western Kentucky had only one first down in the third quarter as the Hoosiers scored on six-of-seven possessions to build a 31-7 lead.

    "The defense came out and took control of the third quarter and they played well until the middle of the fourth quarter," Lynch said.

    Western Kentucky coach Willie Taggart said the Hilltoppers' downfall was their offensive front.

    "I didn't think we played well at all up front in the run game and the pass game," Taggart said. "We didn't come ready to play like we are capable of playing,"

    Chappell spread the ball out as Damarlo Belcher caught 10 passes for 135 yards and a touchdown while Terrance Turner had eight receptions for 55 yards.

    "Chappell is a talented thrower, but he has some good weapons," Lynch said. "He doesn't have any favorites so he is going to throw to who is open."

     

     

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