Indiana Postgame Notes vs. Akron
Sept. 20, 2009
Indiana Game Notes
Indiana's Ray Fisher returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown, the first by an IU player since James Bailey returned one 91 yards against Northwestern in 2007. It is the first time in school history that a Hoosier has returned the opening kickoff for a score.
The Hoosiers went 10-for-15 on third downs, including a perfect 5-for-5 on third-and-1, 2-for-2 on third-and-2 and 2-for-2 on third-and-medium (4-7).
Mitchell Evans' 10-yard TD reception just before halftime was the first receiving TD in the junior's career. It also marked the first passing TD of less than 30 yards in Ben Chappell's career.
Tight end Max Dedmond picked up his first career TD reception in the third quarter on a three-yard pass. It was the first score by an Indiana tight end since Nick Sexton scored against Illinois in 2005.
Austin Thomas' third-quarter interception was his first against any team other than Northwestern. Thomas added a second interception in the quarter for his second-career game with two picks. He snared two against Northwestern last year.
Tyler Replogle also picked off a pass in the third, the first of the junior linebacker's career. Andre LaGrone had his first career interception in the fourth quarter. It marked the first time that IU had four interceptions as a team since Nov. 18, 2006, against Purdue.
Indiana scored on all five of its trips inside the red zone, including four touchdowns. Two of the scores came on the ground and two came via Ben Chappell TD passes.
Indiana had three sacks and eight tackles for loss in the game, including 2.5 TFL and one sack by Jammie Kirlew. Kirlew also forced a fumble in the game, the fifth of his career. Greg Middleton had six solo tackles, including his 21st career sack. Middleton is now one sack shy of third on IU's career list with Kirlew just two sacks behind him in fifth on the list.
Trea Burgess rushed for a career-high 59 yards in the game. He also ran in his third career rushing TD early in the fourth quarter. Darius Willis also had a career best on the ground, running for 66 yards and his first career touchdown in his second collegiate game.
The Hoosiers' opening drive spanned 13 plays and 61 yards, taking up 5:03 and resulting in a 25-yard field goal by Nick Freeland. This comes after last week's game-opening 12-play, 76-yard drive that ate 6:07. On the season, Indiana has averaged 10.7 plays, 63 yards and 4.3 first downs on its game-opening drives. The Hoosiers had just seven first downs all season on their opening drives in 2008.
Indiana held the ball for 11:09 in the opening quarter, the third time in as many games that the Hoosiers have maintained possession for at least 11 minutes in the first quarter this season.
With the victory, Indiana starts the season 3-0 for the 14th time in school history and the second time in the last three seasons.
Indiana improved to 2-0 all-time against Akron. The Hoosiers are now 34-6-1 against the Mid-American conference in school history.
For the first time this season, the Hoosiers did not win the coin toss. Akron elected to defer, so the Hoosiers received the opening kickoff for the third time in as many games.
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