Celebrating 125 Years: Top Games in IU FB History

    Go Hoosiers! The Hoosiers will wear this patch celebrating the 125th year of Indiana University Football.
    Go Hoosiers!
    The Hoosiers will wear this patch celebrating the 125th year of Indiana University Football.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Aug. 21, 2009

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - In celebration of the 125th year of football at Indiana University, will give Hoosier fans the opportunity to vote for the top 12 games in IU history. Each week during the regular season a game will be revealed, culminating in the No. 1 game in Hoosier lore the week of the Old Oaken Bucket Game.

    A panel consisting of former Hoosier players and current football directors of operations Mark Deal and Harold Mauro, former Indiana radio analyst Max Skirvin, current "Voice of the Hoosiers" Don Fischer, current IU pre-game, post-game and halftime voice Joe Smith, Herald-Times reporter Lynn Houser, long-time Hoosier sports information director and current IU assistant athletic director Kit Klingelhoffer and long-time Herald-Times sports editor Bob Hammel deliberated and came up with a list of the top 32 all-time games. Over the next two weeks, will reveal eight games at a time. After all 32 games are unveiled, fans will receive the opportunity to vote for their top 12.

    Here are the third eight games on the list:

    Indiana 24 LSU 21
    Sept. 17, 1977
    Bloomington, Ind.

    Trailing 21-10 in the fourth quarter, IU rallies behind Ric Enis and quarterback Scott Arnett for the come-from-behind victory.

    Indiana 30 Iowa 26
    Sept. 8, 1979
    Iowa City, Iowa

    In the greatest comeback in IU history, Tim Clifford throws two touchdown passes to Lonnie Johnson for the win. The Hoosiers overcame a 26-3 halftime deficit with 27 unanswered points in the second half.

    Indiana 38 BYU 37
    Dec. 21, 1979
    San Diego, Calif.

    Indiana wins its first bowl championship in one of the most memorable Holiday Bowl games ever. Tim Wilbur returns a punt 62 yards for the game-winning score.

    Indiana 36 Kentucky 30
    Sept. 20, 1980
    Lexington, Ky.

    Tim Clifford hits Steve Corso for the game-winning touchdown with 18 seconds to play.



    Indiana 17 Michigan State 14
    Nov. 8, 1986
    East Lansing, Mich.

    Van Waiters has four sacks and Alex Green's two interceptions clinch a bowl bid. The Hoosiers end up facing Florida State in the All-American Bowl.

    Indiana 31 Ohio State 10
    Oct. 10, 1987
    Columbus, Ohio

    IU stuns the ninth-rated Buckeyes and the Ohio Stadium crowd in the "Darkest Day in Ohio State history."

    Indiana 14 Michigan 10
    Oct. 24, 1987
    Bloomington, Ind.

    Bill Reisert's blocked punt sets up Indiana's first touchdown and Dave Schnell punches in the winning score. The 15th-ranked Hoosiers knock off the 20th-ranked Wolverines in front of a raucous crowd of 51,240 at Memorial Stadium.

    Indiana 41 Ohio State 7
    Oct. 8, 1988
    Bloomington, Ind.

    Anthony Thompson rushes for 191 yards and four first half touchdowns as the Hoosiers pound the Buckeyes.

    To see a list of the first eight games click here.
    To see a list of the second eight games click here.


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