Indiana Postgame Notes vs. Michigan State
Sept. 27, 2008
Indiana Game Notes
Marcus Thigpen's 78-yard touchdown run was the longest by a Hoosier since Levron Williams scored on an 80 yarder against Michigan State on Nov. 10, 2001. It was the second TD run of 60 yards or more this season for Thigpen, as he had a 67 yarder against Murray State.
Thigpen went over 100 yards for the fourth time in his career, finishing with nine carries for 113 yards in the game. Thigpen picked up his third and fourth rushing touchdowns of the season in the second quarter. The four rushing TDs are a career high for the senior tri-captain. In his last two Big Ten games, Thigpen has run the ball 28 times for 253 yards and two TDs.
Thigpen also picked up a career-long 79-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter, the longest TD pass since Kellen Lewis scooped up a fumble after a completion to Josiah Sears and ran 71 yards for a score against Iowa last season. Thigpen finished with 267 all-purpose yards, the 10th-highest total in school history and the second-highest in his career.
The senior became the first Hoosier to score a TD on the ground and on a reception since Demetrius McCray had two receiving TDs and a rushing score against Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2006.
Jerimy Finch's blocked punt was his second of the season. The play resulted in a safety, which was the first for Indiana since 2006 against Michigan State, when Tracy Porter forced a fumbled punt return by Terry Love that rolled into the end zone before the Spartans recovered.
Kellen Lewis collected his first career reception on the second drive of the game, picking up 13 yards on a screen from Ben Chappell. On the drive, he had two receptions for 17 yards, two rushes for 13 yards and was 2-for-3 passing for 19 yards, including an 8-yard TD pass to Ray Fisher.
Ten different Hoosiers caught passes in the game. Brad Martin became the 14th different Hoosier and Kellen Lewis became the 15th to catch a pass this season.
Senior safeties Brandon Mosley and Joe Kleinsmith each set career highs in tackles in the game, as did redshirt freshman Chris Adkins and sophomore Richard Council. Kleinsmith finished with 12 tackles, while Mosley had 10, Adkins had seven and Council had six. Council and Mosley each registered their first career start.
Chris Hagerup had a stellar day punting the ball, averaging 51.5 yards per punt including a career-long 67 yarder and one kick that pinned MSU inside the 20. Four of his punts went for over 50 yards. Kellen Lewis also had his first career punt, pooching the ball inside the 20 in the third quarter.
Indiana did not register a takeaway in the contest, snapping a streak of 18 straight games that the Hoosiers had done so.
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