Hoosiers Open 2009 Season on Thursday Night, Host Six Games
Feb. 19, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana football team welcomes six teams, including Ohio State and Purdue, to newly-renovated Memorial Stadium in 2009. Six of the Hoosiers' 12 opponents reached postseason play in 2008 and the competitive home schedule also features an opening night Thursday battle with Eastern Kentucky in addition to meetings with Western Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin.
"This is a great home schedule with some of the top teams in college football," Indiana head coach Bill Lynch said. "We want the Hoosier Nation to come out and support us, and to enjoy our new state-of-the art facility."
The IU Department of Athletics began mailing season ticket renewals this week and single-game tickets will go on sale at a later date. To order season tickets, contact the IU Athletics Ticket Office at 1-866-IUSPORTS or visit IUHoosiers.com.
Indiana kicks off the 2009 campaign with its first-ever meeting with Eastern Kentucky at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3. It marks the first Thursday game in Memorial Stadium's history. The last time the Hoosiers played on a Thursday came back on Sept. 6, 2001, in their season opener at North Carolina State.
"I think it will be a special treat for our fans to open our season and our renovated stadium on the Thursday night before Labor Day weekend," Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass said. "Hopefully, it will not only help our attendance versus a game in the middle of the holiday weekend, but it will be a great kickoff for a new football tradition in our new stadium."
A showdown for the third time in four seasons with Western Michigan (Sept. 12) follows the EKU contest. Indiana owns a 4-0 advantage in the all-time series against the Broncos, including victories in 2006 and 2007, and a 3-0 mark at The Rock.
The Hoosiers open their road slate at Akron on Sept. 19. IU defeated the Zips, 41-24, in the only meeting between the two programs on Sept. 15, 2007, in Bloomington.
Following a two-year absence, Michigan and Ohio State replace Minnesota and Michigan State on the Indiana ledger. IU returns to Ann Arbor, Mich., for the first time since 2005 to face the Wolverines on Sept. 26. The Buckeyes make their first visit to Memorial Stadium since 2005 on Oct. 3.
Taking a break from Big Ten action, the Hoosiers travel to Charlottesville, Va., for their first-ever meeting with Virginia on Oct. 10. Indiana then welcomes Illinois for Homecoming on Oct. 17. IU has won two of its last three home games against the Fighting Illini and picked up victories in four of its last five Homecoming contests, including a 21-19 win over 22nd-ranked Northwestern in 2008.
The Hoosiers close out the month with back-to-back road visits to Northwestern (Oct. 24) and Iowa (Oct. 31). Indiana scored a 38-20 triumph its last visit to Iowa City on Sept. 29, 2007.
IU faces a familiar finish as Wisconsin (Nov. 7), Penn State (Nov. 14) and Purdue (Nov. 21) close out the schedule for the second consecutive season. The Badgers return to The Rock and the Nittany Lions host the Hoosiers for the second straight year.
Indiana looks to bring the Old Oaken Bucket back to Bloomington as it did the last time the two teams met in Bloomington. Austin Starr made a 49-yard field goal with 30 seconds left as the Hoosiers hung on for a 27-24 victory on Nov. 17, 2007.
The win gave IU the Old Oaken Bucket for the first time since 2001 and secured a spot in the Insight Bowl, Indiana's first bowl appearance since 1993. Lynch became the first Hoosier head coach to lead his team to a bowl game in his first season.
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