Indiana Postgame Notes vs. Illinois
Oct. 18, 2008
Indiana Game Notes
Jammie Kirlew registered a half-sack in the second quarter. It was the third game in a row and fifth this season that Kirlew has had at least half a sack. He has also had a tackle for loss in four straight games and in six of IU's seven contests. He added the second fumble recovery of his career in the fourth quarter. Kirlew leads the team with 6.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss and is second with 38 tackles on the season.
Marcus Thigpen finished with 207 yards of total offense to become the fifth player in school history with over 4,000 yards of total offense in his career (4,066). He passed Thomas Lewis (3,994) and Vaughn Dunbar (4,041) during the game to move into fourth on the all-time list. It is the fifth time this year that Thigpen has gone over 150 yards of total offense.
Bryan Payton's 25-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was his second of the season and the sixth of his career. He had a two-yarder against Murray State earlier this year.
Austin Starr went 2-for-4 on field goals in the game to register his 39th and 40th career field goals in the contest. He is the fifth kicker in school history to break the 40 field goal mark. Scott Bonnell holds the school record with 48 field goals in his career.
Joe Kleinsmith's first-quarter sack was the first of the senior's career. Donnell Jones' tackle for a six-yard loss against Arrelious Benn was the redshirt freshman's first career TFL.
Richard Council had a career high with eight tackles, seven solo, in the contest. Linebacker Darius Johnson also had a career high in tackles with three. Austin Thomas finished with 11 tackles in the game, the first time he has finished in double digits in tackles since recording 12 against Purdue last season.
Mitchell Evans' 23-yard catch in the first quarter was the longest of the sophomore's career. Max Dedmond's 12-yard reception in the first was also a career long.
Ben Chappell made his first career start at quarterback and Ian Reeves made his first career start at running back for the Hoosiers. Chappell's start at QB broke a string of 27 straight starts for Kellen Lewis under center.
Check back soon