Indiana Game Notes vs. Ball State
Nov. 3, 2007
Indiana Football Game Notes
Indiana is bowl eligible for the first time since 1994, moving its record to 6-4 on the season. The Hoosiers finished the 1994 campaign at 6-5.
Kellen Lewis' four touchdown passes gave him a school-record 23 for the year, breaking Blake Powers' 2005 mark, and 37 for his career, moving past Steve Bradley (1983-85) for second on the all-time list. He trails only Antwaan Randle El (1998-2001), who had 42 in his four years.
Lewis set a career high with 354 yards and had his fourth career 300-yard game and his third of the season. For the second time in his Hoosier tenure, Lewis threw for four or more scores in a game. His 406 total yards were also a career high. Additionally, Lewis moved into fifth place in both career passing yards (4,611) and total offense (5,668).
Lewis became just the second player in school history to go over 3,000 yards of total offense in a season, as he has 3,006 this year. Antwaan Randle El did so twice, posting 3,065 yards in 1999 and 3,053 in 2000.
James Hardy's 4-yard touchdown in the third quarter gave him two in the game and 13 for the season, tying him with Ernie Jones (1987) on the single-season list. Hardy and Lewis became the school's most prolific TD pass duo with their 23rd score together, passing Jade Butcher and Harry Gonso (1967-69), who had 21 scores together for the Hoosiers.
Hardy's two scores gave him his ninth multi-touchdown game as a Hoosier, second only to Jade Butcher's 10 in a Hoosier uniform. He now has 33 receiving touchdowns in his career, the most in school history and tied with Bobby Engram for fourth-most in Big Ten history.
Hardy moved within one catch of the school record with 169, while he is just 28 yards shy of the school mark. Courtney Roby (2001-04) holds both records with 170 catches and 2,524 yards.
Ray Fisher's 60-yard TD catch was the longest play of the sophomore's career. It was the fourth-longest touchdown pass of the season for Kellen Lewis. Fisher set a career high with 134 yards and went over 100 yards for the second time on the season and his career. His acrobatic, 25-yard TD reception in the fourth gave him two scores in a game for the first time in his career.
With Hardy's 116 yards receiving, the Hoosiers placed two players over 100 yards for the first time since Jahkeen Gilmore and Hardy each went into triple digits against Nicholls State on Sept. 10, 2005. It was Hardy's 13th 100-yard game as a Hoosier, furthering his school record.
Austin Starr's 30-yard field goal in the first quarter tied him with Pete Stoyanovich for first on the single season list with 17 field goals on the year. His eight points in the game moved him past Vaughn Dunbar (1990-91) for 10th on the school's career points list with 153.
Greg Middleton's two sacks gave him 13.5 for the season, second only to Van Waiters (14.0 in 1987) on the single-season list. He has recorded sacks in eight of IU's 10 contests this year and has recorded more than one sack five times. The sacks gave the Hoosiers 38 on the season, a new school record. The previous best total was 36 during the 1991 and 1993 seasons.
Christopher Phillips had his second career interception return for a TD in the second quarter, and his 58-yard runback was the second longest of his career. Phillips had a 66-yard interception return in the 2006 opener against Western Michigan. He became the fourth player in school history with two career interception returns for scores. Tim Wilbur (1978-82) holds the record with three.
Phillips' interception return was the first of the season for Indiana and the second defensive score of the season. Greg Middleton had a 44-yard fumble return against Western Michigan on Sept. 8.
John Sandberg made his first career start at center in the contest, while Charlie Emerson made his first start at guard. On defense, Christopher Phillips made his first start of the season at cornerback and Kevin Burrus made his first career start on the defensive line - only the third different defensive starting lineup for the Hoosiers this season.
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