Postgame Notes - Northwestern at Indiana
Oct. 29, 2011
Indiana Game Notes
Freshman quarterback Tre Roberson threw for 169 yards and a touchdown, completing 14-of-26 attempts. He also ran for a touchdown while gaining a career-high 121 yards on the ground on 22 carries, also a career-best. Roberson is the first IU quarterback to surpass 100 yards rushing since Kellen Lewis ran for 148 yards vs. Ball State on Sept. 20, 2008.
Roberson's 290 total yards is a career-best mark, topping his previous mark of 281 at Iowa on Oct. 22.
Sophomore Stephen Houston rushed for a career-high 151 yards on 19 carries, averaging 7.9 yards per carry, and score a pair of touchdowns for the second straight game. It's the highest rushing total for a Hoosier running back since Darius Willis ran for 152 yards at Michigan on Sept. 26, 2009.
The last time Indiana had two 100-yard rushers in the same game came back on Oct. 11, 2003, against Northwestern. BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 136 yards and Brian Lewis added 128.
Houston has started all five Big Ten games and reached at least 60 rushing yards in all five games. The last Hoosier to accomplish the feat was Levron Williams, who reached the 60-yard mark in all eight Big Ten games in 2001.
Indiana finished the game with 319 rushing yards, its third straight Big Ten game over the 200-yard mark. The Hoosiers last achieved this in 2001, when they rushed for 200-plus against Michigan State (489, Nov. 10), Penn State (298, Nov. 17) and Purdue (204, Nov. 24). The 319-yard total is the team's most since a 338-yard showing against Akron on Sept. 15, 2007, and its highest in a conference contest since the Hoosiers sprinted for 327 yards against Northwestern on Oct. 11, 2003.
Indiana marched 77 yards on six plays in 2:30 to open the game, capped by a 12-yard touchdown run by Roberson. The Hoosiers have now scored five times (all touchdowns) on their opening possessions this season.
Running back D'Angelo Roberts scored from 26 yards out in the second quarter. It was the true freshman's second career touchdown and a career-long TD run.
Wynn finished with a career-high 184 all-purpose yards with a career-best 41 receiving yards on two catches and 141 kick return yards. Wynn has now totaled 808 kick return yards on the season, which ranks him fourth on the Indiana single-season record list.
It also marks the fourth consecutive game Wynn's gone over the century mark in all-purpose yards and sixth overall.
Redshirt freshman safety Drew Hardin forced his first career fumble and sophomore cornerback Greg Heban made his first career recovery at the 5:53 mark in the second quarter, setting up Indiana's third touchdown.
On the next play following the fumble, Roberson hit sophomore Duwyce Wilson in stride for a 21-yard scoring strike. Wilson now has a team-high three touchdown receptions on the season and owns six in his career.
Indiana started seven freshmen on defense (4 true and 3 redshirt) and five freshmen on offense (4 true and 1 redshirt). The 12 total freshmen, eight true freshmen and the seven total freshmen defensive starters are the most for any FBS team this season.
Indiana's 38 points are the most against a Big Ten opponent since IU scored 40 points vs. Minnesota on Oct. 6, 2007.
Indiana converted 28 first downs for the game, the highest total for a Hoosier team since tallying 35 vs. Michigan on Oct. 2, 2010.
Senior linebacker Leon Beckum led the Hoosiers with a career-high 13 tackles (9 solo). The total eclipses his previous career-high of nine tackles at Ohio State on Oct. 9, 2010.
Freshman safety Mark Murphy finished with a career-best 11 tackles on the day (7 solo), which tops his previous career-high of 10 at Wisconsin on Oct. 15. He has two double-digit tackle games this season.
With his 38-yard field goal in the third quarter, Mitch Ewald moved into sole possession of seventh place on the school's career field goals list with 25. The sophomore is 9-of-11 on the season and 25-of-30 in his career.
Fifth-year senior tight end Max Dedmond and senior offensive lineman Justin Pagán served as captains for the first time this season. Dedmond and Pagán were joined by junior defensive tackle Adam Replogle (eighth time) and fifth-year senior linebacker Leon Beckum (second).
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