Indiana vs. Michigan Game Notes
Sept. 26, 2009
Indiana Game Notes
Indiana posted a new high against Michigan in total yards (467). The 33 points scored by the Hoosiers were also the most scored by the Hoosiers in the IU-Michigan series. IU's 197 yards rushing on the day marks the second-highest total for the Hoosiers in the all-time series with the Wolverines. The Hoosiers ran for 200 yards in 1998.
Darius Willis's 85-yard touchdown run tied for the third longest in school history and was the longest given up by a Michigan defense since 1987.
Willis finished with 154 yards on 16 carries, good for a 9.5 yard average. The rushing total is the most for a Hoosier running back since Chris Taylor ran for 176 yards against Kentucky in 2005 and more than doubles his career-high from last week at Akron of 69 yards. Adding in his 11-yard TD earlier in the game, Willis posted his first multi-TD game in his career. He has three career scores, all in the last two weeks.
Indiana posted another long opening drive after receiving the opening kick, moving the ball 80 yards on 11 plays and eating up 5:45 of the clock. So far this season, IU is averaging 10.8 first downs, 67.3 yards and 4.5 first downs on their opening drives.
With his second-quarter sack of Tate Forcier, Greg Middleton claimed his 22nd career sack, tying Greg Farrall for third on the Hoosiers' career list. He added a second sack later in the drive to gain sole possession of third place. It is Middleton's seventh multi-sack game in his career. He matched a career high with 2.5 tackles for loss in the game.
Jammie Kirlew's strip of Denard Robinson in the second quarter marked his second forced fumble and second fumble recovery of the season. It was his fifth-career forced fumble and his fourth career fumble recovery. Kirlew had two tackles for loss in the game to move into second place on IU's career list with 45.5 TFL, passing Van Waiters.
Indiana had two sacks on the game, both by senior Greg Middleton, and the Hoosiers racked up nine tackles for loss in the contest, getting two from Jammie Kirlew, two from Larry Black Jr. and three from Middleton.
Tandon Doss' 25-yard touchdown run was his second career rush and his first-career rushing touchdown. He also caught a 56-yard pass in the opening quarter, his longest career reception.
Doss finished the game with 104 yards receiving, his second 100-yard game of the season and the third of his career.
Coupling Doss' numbers with Willis' 152 yards on the ground, they became the first tandem to break the 100-yard mark rushing and receiving since Kellen Lewis (148) and Andrew Means (103) against Ball State in 2008. They became the first running back/receiver combo to accomplish the feat since Chris Taylor (132) and James Hardy (118) against Illinois in 2005.
Nicholas Sliger's second-quarter interception was the first pick of the redshirt freshman's career. It was the first interception by an IU defensive lineman since Kenny Kendal picked off a pass on Oct. 29, 2005, against Michigan State.
Nick Freeland matched the school record and set a new career high with 4 field goals. The redshirt freshman hit field goals of 24, 20, 30 and 32 yards.
For the second straight week, Indiana lost the opening coin toss, but received the ball for the fourth time in as many games when Michigan elected to defer.
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