Indiana Game Notes vs. Penn State
Nov. 14, 2009
Indiana Game Notes
Indiana had yet another long opening drive, going 59 yards on 12 plays and taking 5:03 off the clock. It is the 20th 10-plus play drive and the 12th drive of five minutes or more this season for the Hoosiers. All 12 of the five-minute drives have taken more than 10 plays. Six of IU's 20 10-play drives have come on its first possession.
Matt Mayberry's first-quarter interception was his third of the season and the third of his career. He has had one pick in each of the last three road contests for Indiana. Nick Polk added his second interception of the season later in the quarter. It was his fifth career pick.
IU has 10 picks in its last three road games and 15 of the Hoosiers' 16 interceptions have come away from Bloomington. The game marked Indiana's fourth multi-interception game of the season and the eighth time that the Hoosiers have had more than one takeaway.
Justin Carrington forced a fumble on a punt return in the closing minute of the opening quarter, his first career forced fumble. Chris Hagerup fell on it for his first career fumble recovery. The turnover gave the Hoosiers three takeaways in the first, the third time (Akron, Iowa) that Indiana has had at least three takeaways in a quarter.
Indiana's fourth-down conversion in the opening quarter was its fourth in the last two weeks. The Hoosiers are 4-for-4 over the last two contests on fourth down.
Damarlo Belcher's 26-yard touchdown reception was his fourth of the season and the sixth of his career. With the 26-yard toss, Ben Chappell delivered his 14th TD pass of the season to move into a tie for fourth on IU's single-season list.
Tandon Doss moved into second place on the Hoosiers' single-season reception list, making eight catches for 68 yards. He now has 73 catches on the season, trailing only James Hardy's 79 in 2007. Doss also moved into IU's top 10 in all-purpose yards, as his 93 yards give him 1,424 on the year, good for ninth place on Indiana's list.
Damarlo Belcher also moved into the top 10 on IU's single-season receptions list, as he finished with a career-high nine catches for 95 yards in the game. He now has 57 catches on the season, placing him sixth on the Hoosiers' all-time list.
Terrance Turner posted a career best seven receptions to go along with a career high in yards (78).
Chappell moved into the top 10 on the single-season total offense list, as his 301 yards give him 2,652 on the season. That puts him sixth on the Hoosiers' all-time list. He also moved up the single-season list in passing yards (second, 2,675), passing TDs (fourth, 15), attempts (third, 389) and completions (second, 245).
Chappell also moved into IU's top 10 in career attempts (ninth, 544) and moved into eighth in career completions (326) and ninth in career passing yards (3,690).
With 298 passing yards in the game, Indiana has now passed for 200 yards against the Big Ten's top three pass defenses. The Hoosiers threw for 210 against Ohio State and 227 against Iowa in addition to the tally against Penn State. All three teams are allowing opponents under 175 passing yards per game.
Nick Freeland hit his 13th field goal of the season to cap off IU's opening drive. He added a field goal in the fourth for his 14th of the season. He is now tied for fifth on the Hoosiers' single-season list in that category.
Mayberry led the Hoosiers with a career-high 15 tackles in the game, the fifth time this year he has posted double-digit tackles in a conference game. His 99 tackles lead the Hoosiers this year.
Bryan Payton made his first start of the season for the Hoosiers and the third of his career.
Indiana lost the coin toss for the sixth time this season and the fifth time on the road. After Penn State deferred, the Hoosiers received the opening kick for the ninth time this year.
Indiana's game captains were senior Will Patterson and juniors Ben Chappell, Terrance Turner and Mitchell Evans. It is Chappell's fifth time as a captain, Patterson's fourth, and the third time for Turner and Evans.
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