Indiana Game Notes vs. Purdue
Indiana gains possession of the Old Oaken Bucket for the first time since 2001, when the Hoosiers defeated Purdue 13-7 in Bloomington. The 27 points scored was the most by a Hoosier team in the Bucket game since IU scored 33 in 1996.
Indiana recorded seven wins for the first time since 1993, when the Hoosiers went 8-4 and played in the Independence Bowl.
The sellout crowd of 50,741 was the first sellout in an Old Oaken Bucket game since Nov. 25, 1989 and the first sellout at Memorial Stadium since Oct. 22, 2005, when the Hoosiers took on Ohio State.
Greg Middleton's half-sack in the second quarter gave him 14.0 for the season, tying the school record set in 1987 by Van Waiters. He added two more sacks in the game to set a new school record with 16.0 on the season. That number ties him with three other players for fourth in Big Ten history. Joe Kremer's second-quarter sack was his second of the season as the Hoosiers now have 42 on the year.
Austin Starr's game-winning 49-yard field goal with 30 seconds to play matched a career long for the junior. He set a new school record with his 19th field goal of the season, topping former NFL great Pete Stoyanovich's 17 in 1988. He also extended his school record by making his 15th attempt in a row in the first half before missing a 42-yarder in the fourth quarter. He also tied Stoyanovich's record for single-season extra points with his 45th of the year. It was his first game-winning kick since a 33-yarder at Illinois on Oct. 7, 2006.
James Hardy's 8-yard TD reception just before halftime was his 16th of the season, furthering his school record. He moved into a tie with Taylor Stubblefield (Purdue, 2004) for third-most in a single season in Big Ten history.
Hardy's four-yard reception in the first quarter made him the fourth receiver in Indiana history to record 1,000 receiving yards in a season. He broke Ernie Jones' (1987) single-season record with his 67th catch of the season three plays later. He finished with 10 catches for 87 yards, moving into second on the IU receiving list with 1,075 yards. The junior now has 74 catches on the year.
Starr and Hardy both moved up on the single-season points list, moving into fourth and fifth, respectively. Starr moved past Stoyanovich with his 102 career points, while Hardy is tied with Stoyanovich for fifth with his 96 points on the year.
Marcus Thigpen set a career high with 140 yards rushing in the game, doing so on just 19 carries. Indiana went over 200 yards on the ground for the fifth time this season, posting 219 rushing yards.
Kellen Lewis had touchdown runs of nine and eight yards in the game for his second career game with two rushing scores or more, as he had two against Akron on Sept. 15, 2007. Lewis also had 216 yards through the air to set a new school record with 2,839 yards passing on the year. He also moved into second place on IU's single-season attempts list with 399 on the year. He furthered his school record in total offense, advancing to 3,492 yards on the season. That total is the 11th highest in Big Ten history.
Indiana's 95-yard drive that culminated in Lewis' nine-yard TD run in the first quarter was the longest drive of the season for the Hoosiers. Andrew Means' acrobatic, 40-yard reception on the drive was a career long. Ray Fisher's 19-yard rush on a reverse in the third quarter was the longest of the sophomore's career.
Austin Thomas had his third career forced fumble in the second quarter, while Joe Kleinsmith recovered the first fumble of his career. Indiana has now forced a turnover in 24 of its last 25 games. Christopher Phillips made a diving interception in the third quarter, the fourth of his career. The Hoosiers have now scored 81 points off their 29 takeaways.
Greg Brown matched a career high with eight tackles and had a career-high 1.5 tackles for loss in the game. Thomas had 12 tackles for his third game with 10-plus tackles this year and has 104 tackles on the season, becoming the first Hoosier since Herana Daze-Jones (110 in 2004) to go over 100 tackles in a season.
Blake Powers made his first appearance of the season at quarterback for the Hoosiers in the second quarter, converting a fourth-and-1 with a 2-yard QB sneak. Joe Kleinsmith picked up his first start of the season for the Hoosiers as a nickel back. His only other career start came at Purdue in 2006.
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