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Indiana Game Notes
Indiana vs. Michigan State
October 6, 2012
Indiana opened the scoring, as sophomore Cameron Coffman hit junior Stephen Houston for a 19-yard score on the Hoosiers' opening drive. The drive went 75 yards in seven plays over 1:17. The touchdown catch is the first of Houston's career.
IU has scored nine times this season on drives that took under 90 seconds, with seven of those drives covering 70-or-more yards.
On a third down and eight in the first quarter, senior defensive tackle Adam Replogle broke through to take down Michigan State quarterback Andrew Maxwell for a 6-yard loss. Replogle has 2.5 sacks on the season and 12.5 in his career.
Sophomore Shane Wynn finished with 12 receptions for 70 yards, surpassing his previous best single-game total of six catches in the first quarter. He is the first Hoosier to catch 10-or-more passes since Terrance Turner against Purdue in 2010. The dozen catches are tied for fifth-most in school history.
Mitch Ewald hit a 32-yard field goal in the first quarter to put IU up 10-0. The junior was also good from 19 yards late in the second quarter. He now has 34 career field goals, moving past Bryan Robertson for sixth all-time at Indiana.
With his third extra point of the game, Ewald moved his career point total to 181, moving himself into IU's all-time top 10 and passing Jade Butcher's 180 points. After the game, Ewald has 184 points, which ranks 10th in IU history.
Indiana went up 17-0 with a 21-yard touchdown pass from Coffman to junior Ted Bolser. The touchdown is the first of the season for Bolser and the seventh of his career.
Coffman threw to paydirt for the third time in the game on a 17-yard screen pass to Wynn. Wynn has four touchdown catches on the year.
Coffman threw for 282 yards in the game on 33-of-48 passing with three touchdowns. Coffman's 33 completions are the fourth-most in a game in IU history and the most since Ben Chappell had 45 against Michigan in 2010.
Michigan State's opponents entered last weekend averaging 12.8 points, 167.2 passing yards and 263.4 total yards per game. Indiana scored 27 points, threw for 282 yards and totaled 317 yards. The Spartans allowed 64 combined points in their first five games.
The Hoosier defense held MSU to 120 rushing yards and a 2.9 average. Michigan State entered the game averaging 147.8 yards rushing per game and 4.0 yards per carry.
With 27 points in the first half and 29 points in the second half at Northwestern the previous weekend, Indiana scored 27 or more in consecutive halves for the first time since scoring 30 and 28 in the first and second halves, respectively, against Missouri in 1990.
IU's 27 points were also seven more than MSU had given up in any game this season (20 vs. Notre Dame).
Indiana's defense was able to get off the field in the game, holding the Spartans to just six conversions on 17 third downs.
Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Adarius Rayner got his first career sack in the second half, taking down Maxwell for a 2-yard loss. He also batted down a pair of passes in the contest.
Five Hoosiers led the way with eight tackles. Sophomore cornerback Kenny Mullen had a career-high eight solo tackles, including one for loss. Sophomore linebacker Flo Hardin had a career-high eight tackles. Sophomore linebacker David Cooper matched his career high with eight, five solo, including one for loss. Replogle had eight, including the sack, and sophomore cornerback Brian Williams had a career-high eight tackles.
The Hoosiers had six tackles for loss in the contest and nine pass breakups. Seven players had at least a half-TFL and six Hoosiers got their hands on a pass, including two for Mullen, Williams and Rayner.
Erich Toth made his first career appearance and punted seven times with a 41.3 yards average. He had a long of 50 in the game.
Fifth-year senior center Will Matte and Replogle served as Indiana's game captains for the fifth time in as many games this season. Replogle has filled the role 16 times in his career, while Matte has done so 14 times.
Michigan State won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Indiana is 1-3 when receiving the ball first this season.