Oct. 27, 2012
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Indiana at Illinois
October 27, 2012
IU has scored 24-or-more points in each game this season and nine straight, a school record.
Stephen Houston reached the end zone for the ninth straight game, scoring from two yards out to even it up at 7-7. The junior's streak is the longest for a Hoosier since James Hardy scored in nine consecutive games in 2006-07.
Houston added a 10-yard touchdown reception and a 7-yard TD run in the second quarter to put Indiana up 21-14. It marked his fourth career multi-touchdown game and his second of the season (and in the last three weeks). He now has two career games with at least one rushing and receiving score (Ohio State - Oct. 13, 2012).
The Little Rock, Ark., native surpassed his 2011 rushing TD total (8) with his ninth and has 12 overall this season, which puts him tied for 10th on IU's single-season list with Anthony Thompson (1987) and Vaughn Dunbar (1991).
In addition to his 17 rushing scores, Houston has 20 total in his career. He is the first running back with at least eight touchdowns in back-to-back seasons since Levron Williams, who scored 10 in 2000 and 17 in 2001. His 17 TDs are the most for a running back since Williams total of 31 (1998-2001).
True freshman quarterback Nate Sudfeld entered in relief and completed 10-of-15 throws for 107 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. It is Sudfeld's third multi-TD pass game.
Making his third straight start at safety, Greg Heban tied his career-high in tackles by making 13 stops for the second consecutive week. He posted 11 tackles in the opening half. Heban also added a half-tackle for loss and recovered a muffed punt, his second career fumble recovery, setting up Indiana's third score of the day.
The Muncie, Ind., native is the first Hoosier with back-to-back 10-tackle games since Tyler Replogle did so in the final two games of the 2010 season.
Heban has led the team in tackles three straight weeks, racking up a total of 35 stops during the three-week tear.
The Hoosiers recorded seven sacks and 12 tackles for loss. Both totals are season highs. The seven sacks are the most since Nov. 1, 2008, when the Hoosiers had seven against Central Michigan.
IU has had 10-or-more TFLs in three games this season (11 vs. Massachusetts and 10 vs. Ohio State). The last time an IU squad had three games with double-digit TFLs was the 2007 season.
On the season, Indiana has 19 sacks and 60 tackles for loss. IU had just 18 sacks and 60 TFLs all of last season.
Sophomore middle linebacker David Cooper made three stops behind the line of scrimmage, the most individual TFLs since Jammie Kirlew made three stops for loss against Western Michigan in 2009.
Adam Replogle wrapped up Nathan Scheelhaase for his fourth sack of 2012 and the 14th of his career. The senior defensive tackle is now tied with Larry McDaniel for 10th on Indiana's career sacks list.
The following Illinois drive Replogle forced his second fumble of the year and the third of his career. Sophomore cornerback Brian Williams made the recovery setting up Indiana's fourth score of the afternoon.
Redshirt freshman defensive end Zack Shaw collected the Hoosiers first sack and his second of the season.
Additional sacks came from Cooper, sophomore defensive end Ryan Phillis, sophomore defensive end Bobby Richardson, sophomore safety Mark Murphy; and half-sacks from fifth-year senior defensive tackle Larry Black, Jr. and Williams.
Junior kicker Mitch Ewald added a 28-yard field goal for the 40th of his career. Indiana's all-time percentage leader is 40-of-49 (81.6) overall, and 11-of-14 this season, including eight consecutive made. Ewald is also a perfect 94-of-94 on extra points, including 31-of-31 in 2012.
The Hoosiers recovered a pair of fumbles to increase their season total to four.
Indiana converted both of those turnovers into 10 points. IU came into today with just 14 points off of turnovers.
Shane Wynn caught a 17-yard TD pass from Sudfeld to push IU ahead 31-17 in the fourth quarter. It was Wynn's team-leading sixth TD reception of the season. The sophomore receiver has scored in six of eight games this season.
The 31-17 victory is Indiana's first Big Ten road win since 2010 and first triumph in Champaign since 2006.
Fifth-year senior center Will Matte and Replogle served as Indiana's game captains for the eighth time in as many games this season. Replogle has filled the role 19 times in his career, while Matte has done so 17 times.