Indiana at Ohio State Notes
Nov. 5, 2011Kofi Hughes recorded career-highs with eight receptions, 147 receiving yards and 156 all-purpose yards. The sophomore wideout pulled in a 34-yard touchdown reception, carried the ball four times for nine yards, including three rushes out of the Wildcat formation.
Hughes' 147 receiving yards are the most for a Hoosier wide receiver this season and the most for a Hoosier since Tandon Doss covered 221 yards on 15 receptions vs. Michigan last season (Oct. 2, 2010).
True freshman quarterback Tre Roberson accounted for 244 yards of total offense. He completed 11-of-21 passes for 174 yards and added 70 yards rushing on 20 carries. The Indianapolis native also connected on a touchdown pass for the third straight week, hitting Hughes in stride for a 34-yard scoring strike to even the score at 20-20 in the third quarter.
Stephen Houston gave the Hoosiers a 10-0 lead with a 5-yard touchdown run following an Ohio State fumble. The sophomore crossed the goal line for the seventh time this season and the fifth time in the last three games. He finished the game with 56 yards rushing on a career-high 20 carries.
Houston took the direct snap out of the Wildcat, his second score out of the formation this year.
True freshman defensive end Bobby Richardson recorded his second sack of the season and forced his first career fumble to set up Houston's TD. Fifth-year senior linebacker Jeff Thomas made his first career recovery.
Richardson added his second sack of the game in the second quarter to push his season total to three.
Mitch Ewald opened the scoring with a 35-yard field goal, added a 25-yarder and finished the game 2-of-3. The sophomore is now 11-of-14 (78.6 percent) on the season, 7-of-8 in Big Ten play (77.8 percent) and 27-of-33 (81.8) in his career.
Redshirt freshman linebacker Chase Hoobler collected the first two sacks of his career and a total of three tackles for loss on the day. He tallied a career-high nine tackles, second-best on the team.
Junior defensive tackle Larry Black, Jr., netted the team's fourth sack of the afternoon in the third quarter. He now has 1.5 this year and four in his career.
Junior safety Alexander Webb carded his first career interception at the 12:59 mark in the third quarter. Webb paced the Hoosiers with 11 tackles, seven of the solo variety.
Junior defensive tackle Nicholas Sliger forced a fumble later in the third quarter, the first of his career.
Fifth-year senior linebacker Leon Beckum made his first sack of the season and the fourth of his career.
Junior defensive tackle Larry Black, Jr., and sophomore tight end Ted Bolser, both Ohio natives, served as game captains for the first time this season. They were joined by junior defensive tackle and Centerville, Ohio, product Adam Replogle (ninth time) and fifth-year tight end Max Dedmond (second).
True freshman Nick Stoner posted 43 yards on a pair of kickoff returns, the first two kickoff returns of his career.
True freshman Kenny Mullen also received kicks, totaling 49 yards on three returns. It marks his career-high for kickoff return yards in a game. Indiana posted a season-high six sacks in the ballgame, its third multi-sack game this year. The Hoosiers previous best this season was four at Iowa on Oct. 22.
The six sacks are the most for an Indiana team since it recorded seven against Central Michigan on Nov. 1, 2008. It also marks the most in a Big Ten contest since the Hoosiers sacked Iowa nine times in 2007.
Indiana has scored on its opening drive the last three weeks and six times overall in 2011.
This is the first time IU has held an opponent to five completions or less since limiting Connecticut to five completions on Sept. 23, 2006.
The Hoosiers used 10-plus plays on two scoring drives, pushing their season total to 16.
Indiana started nine freshmen (5 true), including five on defense (3 true) and four on offense (3 true).
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