Indiana Postgame Notes vs. Illinois
Oct. 17, 2009
Indiana Game Notes
Ben Chappell set career highs with 333 yards and three touchdowns in the game. His 333 passing yards are the most since Kellen Lewis threw for 354 against Ball State in 2007. It marked his second career 300-yard game, and he also matched a career high with 38 attempts in the contest.
Jammie Kirlew forced two fumbles in the game, his first career contest with two forced fumbles. He now has five forced fumbles on the season. Kirlew also recorded nine solo tackles and a sack in the game. One of his forced fumbles was recorded a sack, giving him 5.5 on the year and 22.0 for his career. He is tied with Greg Farrall (1988-91) for fourth on the career list.
Tandon Doss set a career high with 130 receiving yards in the game, including a 40-yard TD catch from Ben Chappell. Doss finished the game with seven catches. He has led the team in catches and receiving yards in every game this year. He has 48 catches for 676 yards and two touchdowns on the season.
Doss added 10 yards rushing and 25 yards in the return game, putting his total all-purpose yards at 165. The total marks the fourth straight game that Doss has eclipsed 100 all-purpose yards, and it is the fifth time on the season he has hit triple figures.
Damarlo Belcher matched a career best with six grabs in the game, totaling 91 yards and scoring on a 29-yard catch-and-run at the end of the first half. It was his second touchdown of the season and the fourth of his career.
The Hoosiers bounced back from a pair of lopsided losses with Saturday's 27-14 victory. The Fighting Illini won the 2008 meeting 55-13 and Virginia bounced the Hoosiers 47-7 last week in Charlottesville.
Ben Chappell's 333 yards passing, combined with the 149 yards the Hoosiers earned on the ground, put Indiana at a total of 482 yards, the most since the Central Michigan (Nov. 1) game in 2008.
Indiana's four forced fumbles and three takeaways on fumbles were the most since the Hoosiers forced five and recovered three against Wisconsin in 2008. Max Dedmond, Larry Black, Jr., and Ray Fisher each recorded their first career fumble recovery.
Seven Hoosier players recorded a total of six tackles for loss in the game. Indiana now has 51 TFLs on the season. IU also had two sacks, meaning that the Hoosiers have had at least two sacks and six tackles for loss in every game this year.
Indiana held Illinois to just one red zone score on four tries. The Hoosiers stopped a fourth quarter drive when Jammie Kirlew forced a Juice Williams fumble on the Indiana 6-yard line.
True freshman Adam Replogle and redshirt freshman Larry Black, Jr., shared a sack halting an Illinois drive late in the second quarter. Both defensive tackles now have 1.5 sacks on the season.
Mitchell Evans took 11 snaps at quarterback for the Hoosiers. The junior ran the ball nine times for 88 yards out of the Wildcat formation, a career high in both categories. He took three other snaps at QB, throwing two incompletions and kicking a pooch punt. The punt resulted in an Illinois fumble and gave Indiana the ball inside the 20.
Indiana held the ball for 11:24 in the opening quarter, the fifth time this year that the Hoosiers have totaled 10:52 or more time of possession in the first.
Both of the Hoosiers' first two drives were over 10 plays, with the second drive of the game taking 7:02. IU has 14 drives of 10 plays or more and nine drives that have eaten up five minutes of clock or more.
Fifth-year senior Collin Taylor made his first career start for the Hoosiers, lining up as a nickel back. Taylor finished the game with a career-high five tackles, all solos.
Indiana lost the opening toss for the third time this season and the first time at home. The Fighting Illini elected to defer, meaning that the Hoosiers have received the opening kickoff in six of the seven games this year.
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