Indiana vs. Michigan State Game Notes
Oct. 28, 2006
Indiana vs. Michigan State
James Hardy became the first player in Indiana history to grab four touchdowns receiving in a single game. He became just the 11th player in Big Ten history to have four or more receiving TDs in a single contest.
Lewis' five passing touchdowns tied him for second-most in school history, joining Jay Rodgers (Sept. 13, 1997 vs. Ball State) and Tim Clifford (Sept. 27, 1980 vs. Colorado). Bob Hoernschemeyer threw six touchdown passes against Nebraska in 1943.
Lewis' 13-yard pass to Hardy in the third quarter made him the first Hoosier to account for six touchdowns in a game since Levron Williams scored six against Wisconsin on Oct. 6, 2001. Against Michigan State, Lewis accounted for six scores, including five passing and one rushing touchdowns.
Indiana's 46-21 win over Michigan State on Oct. 28, 2006 improved the Hoosiers' overall record to 5-4 and 3-2 in the Big Ten. The Spartans fell to 4-5 overall and 1-4 in conference play.
Indiana is now 41-47-6 in Homecoming games, including Homecoming wins in each of the last two seasons.
The Hoosiers and Spartans play for the Old Brass Spittoon, which has been awarded annually to the winner of the game since 1950. The Spittoon returned to Bloomington for the first time since 2001.
In the Hoosiers' 46-21 win over Michigan State, IU scored its most points of the season and the most since Indiana's 56-21 win over Northwestern on Nov. 3, 2001. Additionally, the 46 points are the most scored by any Hoosier team in the Terry Hoeppner era and the most Indiana has ever scored against Michigan State.
Against the Spartans, the Hoosiers scored 13 points in a span of 37 seconds at end the end of the second quarter. The scoring outburst marked the second time this year that IU has scored twice in under a minute (Sept. 30 vs. Wisconsin) and is the fastest two touchdowns the Hoosiers have scored since Sept. 7, 1996 vs. Toledo when they scored 16 seconds apart.
Hardy's third touchdown reception of the game late in the second half marked the first time a Hoosier recorded three receiving touchdowns in multiple games in a single season. Jade Butcher (1967-69) is the only other Hoosier in program history to score three receiving touchdowns in multiple games during his career.
Hardy's four touchdowns moved him into a tie for third place on the career list in receiving touchdowns with 18. Hardy is tied with Thomas Lewis (1991-93) for third and is two behind Ernie Jones (1984-87) for second. Butcher holds the career record with 30 in his time with the Hoosiers.
Lewis' second-quarter, 26-yard touchdown pass to Thigpen marked his second multi-touchdown passing game of his career. Lewis' first two-touchdown game came against Iowa on Oct. 14.
Lewis' 30-yard touchdown pass to James Hardy in the first quarter marked his longest throw for a touchdown this season and tied the team's longest, as senior quarterback Graeme McFarland tossed a 30-yard score against Western Michigan on Sept. 2.
Lewis' 26-yard touchdown pass to sophomore running back Marcus Thigpen in the second quarter marked Thigpen's fourth-career receiving touchdown and his second this season.
Indiana's 30-7 lead at halftime marked the first time since Nov. 3, 2001 (vs. Northwestern) that the Hoosiers have put up 30 points in a half.
Senior safety Will Meyers' third-quarter interception is his third this season and the fourth of his career. Meyers is tied for the team lead in interceptions with three.
The Hoosiers' third-quarter safety marked the first time since last season's Michigan State game (Oct. 29, 2005) that IU has picked up a two-point score.
Junior linebacker Adam McClurg notched his first forced fumble and fumble recovery of his career late in the second quarter.
Indiana has registered a takeaway in each of its nine games this season and has registered one in ten straight games overall dating back to 2005.
In his eighth season as a head coach, Hoeppner-coached teams have never been shutout, are 33-9 when leading at the end of the first quarter and 49-3 when they lead at the start of the fourth quarter.
With sophomore kicker Austin Starr's 34-yard field goal in the first quarter, he improved to 9-of-11 on the year, including a 5-of-6 mark from over 30 yards out.
Justin Frye recorded his 42nd consecutive start on the Hoosier offensive line, starting at center for the Hoosiers. Frye has played all five positions on the IU offensive line in his career.
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