Indiana Postgame Notes vs. Central Michigan
Nov. 1, 2008
Indiana Game Notes
Matt Mayberry matched a school record with four sacks in the game, sharing the mark with Adewale Ogunleye (at Ohio State, 10/18/97) and Van Waiters (at Michigan State, 11/8/96). Mayberry had a career-high 13 tackles and 10 solo stops in the game.
Indiana had a season-high seven sacks in the game as a team. IU now has carded a sack in eight out of nine games this season and has five multi-sack games as a team. It is Indiana's highest sack total since a nine-sack performance at Iowa in 2007. The Hoosiers have 25 sacks this season.
Marcus Thigpen racked up his fourth 75-plus yard touchdown this season when he darted 77 yards for a score in the first quarter. Thigpen has two TD runs of 75-plus yards (78 vs. Michigan State) and two TD receptions of 75 yards or longer (79 vs. MSU, 77 vs. Minnesota). He finished the game with six carries for 109 yards. It was the fifth 100-yard game of the senior's career.
Thigpen also had a 22-yard score earlier in the first quarter, resulting in his third game with two rushing TDs in a game this season. His 77-yard touchdown run was the 20th score of his career, tying Ernie Jones, Trent Green and Thomas Lewis for 10th on IU's all-time list. Thigpen has eight career rushing TDs, nine career receiving TDs and three scores on kick returns.
Ray Fisher's 64-yard TD reception from Ben Chappell in the third quarter was the longest reception of the junior's career. He also went over 1,000 career receiving yards on the catch, as he now has 1,012 in his career.
Will Patterson became the first Hoosier since Kyle Killion (vs. Penn State, 11/13/04) to record an interception and a sack in the same game. He also had a career-high three tackles for loss in the contest. It was his third career interception and he has 4.5 sacks in his career.
Demetrius McCray's 3-yard TD run in the third quarter was his second of the season and gave the junior four rushing scores in his career. Bryan Payton had a season-high 77 yards on the ground on 12 carries.
Chris Hagerup had another strong game punting the ball, as three of his four punts landed inside the 20 and he averaged 43.2 yards per kick. Going up against Antonio Brown, the top punt returner in the nation entering the game, Hagerup averaged a net of 42.8 yards per boot.
Indiana finished with 272 rushing yards in the contest, the second-highest total of the season and the fourth 200-yard game on the ground this year.
Indiana's 13-play, 99-yard scoring drive in the first quarter tied for the longest drive in school history. It was the first 99-yard drive for the Hoosiers since Oct. 17, 1998, when the Hoosiers went 99 yards on 15 plays against Iowa, culminating in a 1-yard run by Chris Gall.
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