Aug. 29, 2011
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Kevin Wilson makes his Indiana head coaching debut against Ball State on Saturday, Sept. 3. The Hoosiers and the Cardinals will meet at Lucas Oil Stadium (67,604). Kickoff is at 7 p.m. EDT and ESPN3 will broadcast the game.
Jim Barbar will handle play-by-play duties and he will be joined by analyst Adam Archuleta. The game can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Buck Suhr (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.
Setting The Scene
Indiana kicks off its 127th year of football on Saturday. IU returns 13 starters from 2010, including six on offense, six on defense and one on special teams. The Hoosiers are multiple on offense and will run a 4-3 base defense.
The Ball State Series
Indiana has won four of the five games in the all-time series against Ball State. The Hoosiers won the first four contests before BSU earned a victory at Memorial Stadium in 2008. This is the first neutral site meeting between the two teams.
Kevin Wilson makes his Indiana head coaching debut on Saturday night. Wilson spent the 2002-10 seasons at Oklahoma, where he served as co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach from 2002-05 and as offensive coordinator and tight ends and fullbacks coach from 2006-10. OU played in seven Big 12 Title games in Wilson's nine years, going 6-1 in those appearances. His offenses were vital to accumulating an overall record of 99-24 (.805) during his time in Norman, including seven 10-win seasons.
Pete Lembo is also making his debut on the Ball State sideline. Lembo spent 2006-10 at Elon, where he posted a 35-22 mark. From 2001-05, he recorded a 44-14 record at Lehigh.
News & Notes
Indiana has won its last seven season openers and eight of its last nine.
The Hoosiers own a 35-6-1 (.845) all-time mark against Mid-American Conference opponents.
IU is 20-6 (.769) in regular-season non-conference games since the start of the 2004 season.
The last time the Hoosiers did not open the season at Memorial Stadium came back in 2005. Terry Hoeppner won his debut by defeating Central Michigan, 20-13, on Sept. 2, in Mount Pleasant.
This is the third game for the Hoosiers in an Indianapolis NFL Stadium. IU played Illinois (Nov. 10, 1984) and Penn State (Oct. 28, 2000) at the RCA Dome (originally Hoosier Dome).
Saturday evening marks the first FBS game at Lucas Oil Stadium, host of the Big Ten Championship Game.
Hoosiers sophomore cornerback Greg Heban and redshirt freshman wide receiver Logan Young were teammates at Delta High School in Muncie, Ind.
The Wilson File
Kevin Wilson has led some of the most productive offenses in the history of college football. Wilson has served as an offensive coordinator at Miami (Ohio), Northwestern and Oklahoma. He is coaching the tight ends and fullbacks this season, and he has coached the offensive line, quarterbacks, tight ends and fullbacks in his career.
In Wilson nine years at Oklahoma, twenty-two offensive players were drafted into the NFL, including seven first-round selections, with three going among the first 10 picks and two in the top five.
Wilson served as position coach for three All-Americans, an Outland Trophy winner (Jammal Brown), a Mackey Award finalist (Jermaine Gresham) and a two-time Rimington Trophy finalist (Vince Carter).
As position coach, he tutored three first-round draft picks, a second-round pick, a fifth-round pick, a sixth-round pick and six free agents.
His 2008 offense shattered NCAA records by scoring 60 or more points in five straight games and 716 total points for the entire season to average more than 51 points per contest.
OU played in the 2008 BCS National Championship Game behind Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Adrian Peterson rushed for 1,925 yards in 2004, the highest total for a freshman in NCAA history. He was the seventh pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.
Wilson's 2000 Northwestern offense averaged 42.1 points per game in Big Ten play, which is the third-best output in conference history, and boosted the Wildcats to a share of the Big Ten championship.
Belcher On The Brink
Damarlo Belcher returns for his senior season as the Big Ten's active leader in receptions and yardage. He is on the Biletnikoff Award Watch List and the Big Ten Players to Watch List.
Belcher enters 2011 third on Indiana's career list with 164 catches and sixth with 1,939 yards. He is chasing fellow Fort Wayne, Ind., native James Hardy's marks of 191 and 2,740.
His 164 career receptions are 11th among active FBS receivers and his 1,939 yards are 18th.
He led the Hoosiers with 78 receptions and 832 yards in 2010. The 78 catches rank second on the school's single-season list and the 832 yards are ninth.
Belcher paced the Big Ten in receptions (tied for 22nd nationally) and topped the league (17th nationally) in catches per game (6.50). He also ranked fourth in the conference with 69.3 receiving yards per game and added four touchdowns.
He owns two 100-yard games and has reached the 10-reception mark three times.