Oct. 8, 2011
True freshman Shane Wynn opened the game with a 99-yard kickoff touchdown return, the first ever by an IU true freshman. It is the first for a Hoosier since Ray Fisher's 93-yarder at Northwestern on Oct. 24, 2009. Fisher was also the last Hoosier to take back an opening kickoff, racing 91 yards at Akron on Sept. 19, 2009.
Wynn's return is the fourth-longest (three 100-yarders) in school history and the second-longest in the Big Ten this season. His 148 kick return yards tied Bob Robertson for the seventh-best single-game total in school history. Robertson had 148 against Michigan State in 1951.
Wynn finished the game with 156 all-purpose yards, his second-straight game over the century mark and his third of the season. He added eight yards receiving to his 148 kickoff return yards.
True freshman quarterback Tre Roberson scored on a 2-yard touchdown scamper in the fourth quarter, the first touchdown of his career. It is the first rushing touchdown in IU history by a true freshman quarterback. The score capped an 11-play, 85-yard drive that took 3:21.
Roberson finished with 148 yards on 11-of-17 passing with one interception. He also added 36 yards on 14 carries. With 148 passing yards, he breaks IU's all-time single-game record for passing yards by a true freshman, surpassing Tim Clifford's 143 at Iowa in 1977. He also surpassed Clifford for the single-game record for rushing yards by a true freshman quarterback, as Clifford managed 25 in his action against the Hawkeyes.
Indiana has capped 75-plus yard drives with touchdowns in all six games this season, and the Hoosiers have covered more than 75 yards on seven scoring drives overall in 2011.
Fifth-year senior linebacker Brandon McGhee recovered the first fumble of his career in the first quarter after a fumbled Illinois exchange.
Sophomore kicker Mitch Ewald connected on 44- and 20-yard field goals in the first half. Ewald is 7-of-9 on the season and 23-of-28 in his career. His 23 field goals put him eighth place on IU's career list.
Junior defensive tackle Adam Replogle sacked and forced a Nathan Scheelhaase fumble and true freshman defensive end Bobby Richardson recovered the first fumble of his career at the Illinois 3-yard line, setting up Ewald's 20-yard field goal.
Replogle finished the game with two sacks, his first two of the season, and he now has eight in his career. It also marked his first career forced fumble.
Sophomore running back Stephen Houston led the Hoosiers in rushing and receiving with 68 yards on 14 carries (4.9 average) and 70 yards on three catches. His combined total of 138 yards is the best single-game yardage total from scrimmage by an IU player this season.
Redshirt freshman Drew Hardin tallied 12 tackles with nine solos to lead the IU defense, both are career highs for the safety. Senior linebacker Jeff Thomas had nine tackles with eight solos and one for a loss, his eighth-career game with eight-plus stops.
Junior Adam Pines punted seven times in the game, averaging 43.3 yards per punt with a long of 50. Pines placed three punts inside the 20-yard line. He has now placed three punts inside the 20 twice this season, as he matched the feat vs. Ball State. He has placed 10 punts inside the 20 this season.
With three catches in the game, Damarlo Belcher moved his career total to 187, and he now needs four catches to tie James Hardy for the IU record for career receptions (191).
True freshman defensive end Bobby Richardson collected his first career sack in the third quarter.
The Hoosiers finished the game with three sacks. IU entered the contest with just two sacks on the season.
Indiana has nine fumble recoveries and 13 takeaways this season. The Hoosiers have recovered two fumbles in each of their last three games and four times overall in 2011.
Thomas (sixth time), Belcher (fifth), junior center Will Matte (sixth) and Replogle (fifth) served as game captains.
IU started its fifth different offensive line combination on the season. Left tackle Andrew McDonald (six starts), left guard Bernard Taylor (fourth), center Will Matte (sixth), right guard Justin Pagán (third) and right tackle Peyton Eckert (two) started together for the first time in 2011.
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