Postgame Notes - Indiana at Iowa
Oct. 22, 2011
Indiana Game Notes
Tre Roberson earned his first career start and became the first true freshman in Indiana history to start at quarterback.
The Indianapolis native fired his first career touchdown pass to true freshman wide receiver Cody Latimer from three yards out at the 1:34 mark in the opening quarter.
The score closed out the Hoosiers opening drive and was the fourth time they scored on their opening possession this season.
Indiana went 88 yards on 12 plays in 6:16. It was IU's longest scoring drive in terms of yardage and time of possession this year.
Roberson celebrated his 19th birthday by completing 16-of-24 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown with zero interceptions. The birthday boy also gained 84 yards rushing on 16 carries, good for a 5.2 yard per rush average. His 84-yard rushing total is the most for an IU quarterback since Sept. 20, 2008, when Kellen Lewis dashed for 148 yards against Ball State.
Fifth-year linebacker Leon Beckum returned to the lineup for the first time since suffering an injury in the fourth quarter of the season opener vs. Ball State. Beckum finished the game with eight tackles, second most on the team.
Sophomore running back Stephen Houston rushed 19 times for 72 yards with a long of 14 yards. Houston has started all four Big Ten games and rushed for at least 60 yards in all four contests.
Sophomore Kofi Hughes tallied 85 total yards on the day. Hughes finished with 51 yards rushing on seven carries (7.3 avg.) and three catches for 34 yards.
As a team, the Hoosiers finished with 218 rushing yards, giving IU 200-plus yards on the ground in consecutive Big Ten games for the first time since 2001. IU had 298 yards on Nov. 17, 2001, against Penn State and 204 yards against Purdue on Nov. 24, 2001.
The Hoosiers recorded four scoring drives of over 70 yards, and three of which spanned 10 plays and six minutes on the afternoon. They now have 12 10-plus play scoring drives, 12 70-plus yards scoring drives and four scoring drives over six minutes in 2011.
Indiana recorded a season-high four sacks against Iowa. Adam Replogle recorded a pair and pushed his team-leading total to four. The junior defensive tackle also tallied a pair of sacks against Illinois earlier this season. Cornerbacks Greg Heban and Kenny Mullen picked up the other two sacks.
Replogle leads all of the Hoosier defenders with 10 career sacks. He is the first IU defensive player to reach 10 sacks since Jammie Kirlew and Greg Middleton. Both defensive ends recorded 23 sacks from 2006-09.
Indiana corralled three or more sacks for the second consecutive week and now has 11 on the season.
Shane Wynn finished with 108 kick return yards. He now owns 667 on the season, an Indiana true freshman record and the sixth-most in a Hoosier single season.
Wynn also added two receptions for 22 yards, bringing his all-purpose total to 128 yards. It marks the fourth consecutive game he's gone over the century mark in all-purpose yards and fifth overall.
Redshirt sophomore receiver Jamonne Chester led the team in receiving yardage, covering 54 yards on a pair of receptions.
True freshman receiver Cody Latimer hauled in three catches for 29 yards and a long of 19, all career highs for the Dayton, Ohio, native.
True freshman receiver Jay McCants snagged a 13-yard reception in the fourth quarter, the longest catch of his career.
Mitch Ewald connected on a 22-yard field goal and both of his extra point attempts. The sophomore moved into a tie for seventh place on Indiana's career field goal list (24) and into ninth place on the school's career extra points list. Ewald has hit 24-of-29 career field goal attempts and all 54 career extra point attempts.
Redshirt freshman Collin Rahrig started for the first time in his career at center. He entered the game with three career starts, all at right guard.
IU started its sixth different offensive line combination on the season. Left tackle Andrew McDonald (eight starts), left guard Bernard Taylor (six), Rahrig, right guard Justin Pagán (seven) and right tackle Peyton Eckert (four) started together for the first time in 2011.
Fifth-year senior left tackle Andrew McDonald (second time), junior defensive tackle Adam Replogle (seventh), sophomore cornerback Greg Heban (first) and sophomore wide receiver Kofi Hughes (first) served as Indiana's game captains.
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