Indiana Game Notes vs. Minnesota
Oct. 6, 2007
With Saturday's win over Minnesota, the Hoosiers improved to 5-1 for the first time since 1994. Head Coach Bill Lynch's 5-1 start is the best six-game start to a career in IU history. Indiana posted consecutive double-digit wins in Big Ten play for the first time since 1993, when it posted a 24-0 win over Northwestern and a 10-0 win over Michigan State.
Bryan Payton had three rushing touchdowns in the game, becoming the first Hoosier to do so since BenJarvus Green-Ellis had three TDs against Northwestern on Oct. 11, 2003. His 48-yard touchdown was a career-long run and it was the longest TD run by an IU player since Levron Williams had a 52-yard score against Purdue on Nov. 24, 2001. Payton set career highs with 13 carries and 90 yards in the game for the Hoosiers.
Austin Starr tied the school record with four field goals in the game. His 47-yard field goal in the second quarter was the second longest of the junior's career. He added a 33-yarder, a 25-yarder and a 43-yarder to improve to 12-for-13 on the season and 6-for-6 from 40-plus yards in his tenure at IU. He has now made nine straight field goals, which the second longest streak in Indiana history.
James Hardy's two-yard touchdown in the first quarter gave him seven straight games with a TD reception, a new school record. It marked Hardy's 28th career score, two behind Jade Butcher, who holds the all-time record for the Hoosiers. Hardy now has 137 receptions in his career, moving into third place on IU's list
Will Patterson had his second career interception in the fourth quarter, returning it 45 yards to put the Hoosiers inside the five. The takeaway was Indiana's 16th forced turnover of the season and gave the Hoosiers takeaways in 19 of their last 20 games. Leslie Majors' third-quarter interception was the third of the senior's career.
Tracy Porter's 71-yard punt return in the second quarter was the second longest of his career and was the longest by an IU player since Porter ran one back 86 yards against Western Michigan in the 2006 season opener.
Greg Middleton's second-quarter sack of Adam Weber gave him 8.5 on the season, the fourth highest total for a single season in IU history. Van Waiters holds the school record with 14 sacks in 1987. The Hoosiers now have 29 sacks as a unit, tying the 1988 squad for third all-time. The 1991 and 1993 teams had 36 sacks.
Ray Fisher's 54-yard reception in the third quarter was the longest of the sophomore's career. Fisher also set a career high with 106 yards in the game and matched his best with nine catches. It was his first 100-yard contest as a Hoosier.
Kellen Lewis went 24-for-36 for 235 yards and a score. He moved into seventh in career completions (310) and attempts (574), passing Matt LoVecchio in both categories. He added 75 rushing yards for his fourth game with 300-plus yards of total offense this season and the eighth of his career. His 310 total yards moved him past Harry Gonso and Tim Clifford with 4,572 yards of total offense.
IU scored on its opening drive of the game for the fourth time this season. Adam Weber scored on a run to cap off Minnesota's first drive, marking the first time this season that Indiana has given up points on its opponent's first drive of either half.
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