Indiana Postgame Notes vs. Arkansas State
Oct. 16, 2010
Indiana Game Notes
Indiana improved to 44-48-6 on Homecoming all-time and won its sixth Homecoming game in the last seven seasons.
Fifth-year senior quarterback Ben Chappell had four passing touchdowns to move into third on IU's all-time list with 37 scores. He also moved into fifth on the single-season list with 16 scores. Chappell now has more than one TD in nine of the last 10 games. His four touchdown-game is the second of his career and season.
Chappell continued his trend of spreading the ball around, hitting 8 different receivers, four for TDs. He also spread around the big plays, finding four different receivers for receptions of 20 yards or more. It marked the first time since Sept. 17, 2005, against Kentucky that the Hoosiers had four different receivers catch TD passes, and the third time on record in school history.
Chappell hit junior wide receiver Tandon Doss for a 7-yard touchdown with 40 seconds remaining in the first half. It marked Doss' second score of the season and the eighth of his career. Doss had his sixth career 100-yard game, finishing with 103 yards on eight catches.
With 17 rushing yards and 121 kick return yards, Doss finished with 241 all-purpose yards, his fourth career game over 200 APY. He has surpassed 100 APY in 12 of his last 14 games.
Damarlo Belcher finished with 121 yards on six catches, including a 65-yard TD grab. It is the second 100-yard receiving effort of his season and career. Belcher and Doss are the first tandem of Hoosier receivers to each top the century mark in a game since Ray Fisher and James Hardy did against Ball State on Nov. 3, 2007.
Belcher's score is the longest touchdown pass and catch since Chappell his Marcus Thigpen for a 77-yard score against Minnesota on Oct. 4, 2008. It is also the first touchdown pass of over 60 yards by a Hoosier since Chappell hit Ray Fisher for a 64-yard bomb on November 1, 2008 against Central Michigan.
Chappell also had TDs on a 27-yard strike to Terrance Turner, his second of the year and third of his career. He added a fourth-quarter score to Max Dedmond, the tight-end's second of the season and third of his career at IU.
Doss moved into seventh on the school's all-time list in receptions, as his eight grabs give him 123 for his career. Damarlo Belcher is just ahead of him with 127 snares in his tenure, while Terrance Turner has 108, good for 14th in school history.
Belcher and Doss also both moved up the career receiving yards list. Belcher is now tied for eighth with 1,617 career yards, while Doss moved to 12th with 1,586.
Chappell's 382 yards passing rank as the fourth-best single-game total in school history. He has recorded three of top eight passing games in school history, all this season. With 1,858 passing yards on the year, he is currently 14th in school history just six games into the season. With four 300-yard games on the season, he has as many as any other player had in their IU career.
Senior Terrance Thomas had his first career forced fumble and second career fumble recovery on the same play, deflecting a pitch on a reverse to halt a fourth-quarter Red Wolves' drive at the 49-yard line.
The Indiana defense forced three turnovers for the second time this season, matching the total takeaways the Hoosiers accrued against Towson.
Mitchell Evans had two interceptions, his second career game with two picks (vs. Western Michigan, 2007). He now has five picks in his career and three this season. It was the first multi-pick game by a Hoosier since Collin Taylor had two at Iowa on Oct. 31, 2009.
In both cases, Evans gave the Hoosiers the ball deep in Arkansas State territory and led to two Mitch Ewald field goals. Indiana now has 41 points on eight turnovers this year and 34 off of six interceptions.
After the ASU defense took the ball 85 yards in 12 plays for a touchdown to open the game, the Hoosier D stiffened up, allowing only 92 yards over the next eight drives (33 plays). The Hoosiers won the time of possession battle, holding the ball for 33:07.
Adrian Burks finished with 10 tackles to lead the team, a career high, and led the team in tackles for the first time in his career.
Ewald went 3-for-3 on field goals on the day, including a career-long 46 yarder, the longest by a Hoosier since Austin Starr hit a 46-yard attempt against Iowa on Oct. 11, 2008. It was the first multi-FG game of the redshirt freshman's career. Ewald was 3-for-3 on extra points in the game as well, moving to a perfect 20-for-20 on the season.
Trea Burgess finished with a career-high 102 yards on 19 carries, also a career high. It was the second 100-yard game of the season by a Hoosier, joining Darius Willis in the season opener. The senior also added career-highs with two catches and 15 yards.
Senior Trea Burgess and junior Leon Beckum served as game captains for the Hoosiers, joining season captains Ben Chappell and Tyler Replogle. IU won the toss for the third time this season, and elected to receive, meaning the Hoosiers started with the ball for the fifth time in six games.
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