Lewis, Defense Too Much For Iowa, 38-20
Sept. 29, 2007
IOWA CITY, Iowa - The Indiana football team racked up nearly 400 yards of offense on its way to a 38-20 win against the Iowa Hawkeyes and its first Big Ten win of the season. Indiana quarterback Kellen Lewis accounted for three touchdowns and threw for over 300 yards while Josiah Sears ran for two more scores to pace the Indiana offense.
Lewis ended up with 323 yards passing and three touchdowns in the game while wide receiver James Hardy had four catches for 114 yards and a touchdown. Fullback Josiah Sears only had five carries for 13 yards but found the end zone on two of those carries.
The IU defense was equally as impressive, registering nine sacks in the game, the most since Oct. 10, 1992 at Northwestern when they also had nine sacks. Jammie Kirlew had a career-high 3.5 sacks and Greg Middleton added 2.5 sacks.
A 39-yard touchdown pass by Kellen Lewis to James Hardy put Indiana on the board first in the first quarter. It was Hardy's seventh touchdown catch of the season and the 27th of his career. The catch also marked the 17th time that the two have connected for a touchdown.
The Hoosiers doubled their lead to 14-0 on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Lewis to Ray Fisher to finish an eight play, 84-yard drive and for Fisher it was his second career touchdown grab.
Lewis accounted for his third touchdown of the day on the Hoosiers next possession on a bizarre play. Lewis completed a pass to Josiah Sears for a gain of nine yards, but the Iowa defense was able to force the fumble on the play. Lewis, who was rolling out towards Sears on the play, continued to roll out after the pass and was able to scoop up the fumble and dash 71 yards for the score and a 21-0 Hoosier lead.
Iowa was finally able to crack the Indiana defense and get into the end zone as time ran out in the first half. Quarterback Jake Christiansen lofted a pass into the end zone with no time remaining on the clock that was deflected by a trio of Hoosier defenders and fell into Trey Stross' arms to trim the IU lead to 21-7.
Iowa then took advantage of Indiana's second turnover of the day, as Christiansen found tight end Brandon Myers for a 10-yard touchdown pass. The extra point attempt was missed, so the Hoosiers lead remained 21-13.
Lewis promptly marched the Hoosier offense down the field for an 11-play, 75-yard scoring drive that was capped off by a one-yard touchdown run by Josiah Sears. The highlight of the drive was 24-yard completion from Lewis to Brandon Walker-Roby on fourth and five from the Iowa 27-yard line to set up the score.
Christiansen brought Iowa back down the field and found Derrell Johnson-Koulianos down the left sideline for an 18-yard touchdown pass to trim the IU lead to 31-20.
Josiah Sears' second rushing touchdown of the day, a seven-yard burst up the middle, put the game out of reach at 38-20.
The Hoosiers return home to Memorial Stadium next Saturday, Oct. 6 to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers at noon and can be seen on the Big Ten Network or heard statewide on the IU Radio Network.
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