Indiana Postgame Notes vs. Western Kentucky
Sept. 18, 2010
Indiana Game Notes
With the 38-21 win, Indiana improved to 2-0 for the seventh straight year. The Hoosiers are one of four schools in the nation (USC, Alabama and Wisconsin) to have started 2-0 in each of the last seven years. Bill Lynch has opened the year 2-0 in each of his four seasons as Indiana's head coach. Lynch now has 97 career wins as a head coach, including 16 with IU.
The Hoosier offense converted 10-of-12 third downs in the contest, one of which was a third-and-12 prior to the team's only punt.
Ben Chappell finished the game 32-for-42 for 366 yards, the sixth-most passing yards in school history in a contest. It was also a career high in yards for Chappell, matched a career best in completions and marked his fourth career 300-yard game. The senior moved into sixth on IU's all-time passing yardage list with 4,504 yards in his tenure. He also moved to sixth in career attempts (648).
Chappell threw for three scores, his third game with three TDs in his career and the first of 2010. It was his sixth straight multi-touchdown game for the Hoosiers. Chappell added a 1-yard touchdown plunge in the second half, his seventh career rushing TD.
Damarlo Belcher finished with 10 catches for 135 yards in the contest, career-highs in both categories and his first 100-yard game. He is the first Hoosier with 10 catches and 100 yards since Mitchell Evans had 10 for 112 against Purdue last year, and his 135 yards are the most by an IU receiver since James Hardy had 142 against Penn State on Oct. 20, 2007.
Belcher also reached 100 career catches (103) on the play that gave him 100 yards for the first time. His 11-yard TD reception was the ninth in the junior's career. Tandon Doss (five catches) now has 96 career grabs.
After Western Kentucky had 76 yards of total offense on the opening drive, including 62 rushing yards by Bobby Rainey, the Hoosiers held WKU to 53 yards on the next five drives in scoring 31 straight points. Rainey had just 43 yards on 14 carries after the opening drive.
Indiana's first punt of the game did not come until there were just over three minutes remaining in the contest. IU scored on six straight drives (excluding the final 12 seconds of the first half) around halftime.
Doss returned the opening kickoff 87 yards, his longest career return. He added five catches for 62 yards and a score, one rush for eight yards and a 12-yard punt return to finish with 169 all-purpose yards in the game. It is the eighth time in his last 10 games that he has surpassed 100 APY. He now has 10 games with 100 all-purpose yards or more, six with 150.
Doss picked up his seventh career receiving TD in the game with a 3-yard score at the end of the first half.
Nick Turner's 24-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter was the first of the redshirt freshman's career. It was also his longest career rush. Antonio Banks ran the ball a career-best four times and collected a career-best 19 yards.
Tyler Replogle led the Hoosier defense with nine tackles, 1.5 for loss, in the game. It is the second time in as many games that the senior captain has led the team in tackles.
Game captains Darius Willis and Mitchell Evans joined season captains Tyler Replogle and Ben Chappell for the coin toss. For the second straight week, Indiana won the coin toss and elected to receive.
The game marked the first time that the Big Ten Network televised a road game for a Big Ten team.
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