Postgame Notes - Penn State at Indiana
Oct. 1, 2011
Indiana Game Notes
Fifth-year senior linebacker Jeff Thomas recorded his first sack of the season and the second of his career in the first quarter. Thomas matched a career high with three tackles for loss to lead the team and added a pass defense to his total of eight stops. Thomas has eight tackles or more in seven career games.
True freshman safety Forisse Hardin made his first career interception, thwarting a Penn State scoring opportunity at the Indiana 1-yard line.
Hardin's pick was IU's fourth interception of the season.
Junior Lee Rose recovered a muffed Penn State punt later in the first quarter, his first career fumble recovery.
The Indiana defense came up big in the red zone on the day, forcing a pair of turnovers and holding the Nittany Lions to three field goals in five trips across the 20. On the season, Indiana has held opponents to eight touchdowns on 20 red zone appearances.
The Hoosiers had three takeaways in the game and have scored 34 points off of 11 takeaways this season. It was Indiana's third game with at least three takeaways and second straight.
Sophomore kicker Mitch Ewald put the Hoosiers up 3-0 with his second 49-yard field goal of the season and the third of his career, matching his career long. Ewald is 5-of-7 on the season and 21-of-26 in his career.
The Hoosiers held Penn State to three points in the first half. The last time Indiana held a Big Ten opponent to three points in a half came on Nov. 17, 2007. IU held Purdue to a field goal in the opening stanza at Memorial Stadium.
Sophomore quarterback Dusty Kiel, sophomore running back Stephen Houston, true freshman defensive end Bobby Richardson, redshirt freshman safety Drew Hardin and true freshman safety Forisse Hardin all earned their first career starts.
Drew Hardin tied sophomore cornerback Greg Heban for the team high with nine tackles and added one pass defended. Drew was also in on the tackle for IU's second fumble recovery. Forisse Hardin finished with five tackles and the interception. Richardson had eight stops and added half a tackle for loss.
Houston finished with 60 yards on 18 carries and added three receptions for three yards.
Kiel completed 22-of-45 passes for 184 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He had 88 of his passing yards in the fourth quarter, leading the Hoosiers back to within six points. Kiel had two completions on the day go for 24 yards, connecting with Ted Bolser and Belcher. He had completions on the day to 11 different receivers.
Kiel led a 14-play, 77-yard drive in the fourth quarter that culminated in a 5-yard touchdown pass to Bolser, cutting the Nittany Lion lead to six.
The Hoosiers covered 77 yards in 3:45 on the touchdown drive. Indiana has capped 75-plus yard drives with touchdowns in all five games this season, and the Hoosiers have covered more than 75 yards on six scoring drives in 2011.
Freshman Shane Wynn returned four kicks for 85 yards and added 24 yards on one catch, amassing 109 all-purpose yards on the day, his first trip over the century mark in his career.
Senior right tackle Justin Pagán recorded his first career reception in the third quarter. He is the first Hoosier offensive lineman to catch a pass since Andrew McDonald made a 3-yard grab at Illinois on Oct. 23, 2010.
Indiana has now started six true freshmen and six redshirt freshmen this season.
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