IU Football's Greatest Games - No. 12

    Go Hoosiers! Tim Clifford and the Hoosiers staged the biggest come-from-behind victory in school history in the 1979 season opener.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Tim Clifford and the Hoosiers staged the biggest come-from-behind victory in school history in the 1979 season opener.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 2, 2009

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - In celebration of the 125th year of football at Indiana University, will reveal the top 12 games in IU history, voted on by Hoosier fans. Each week during the regular season a game will be revealed starting with No. 12 on the list - Indiana's 6-0 victory over powerhouse Chicago in 1910. The panel also put together a bonus game for week one - IU's greatest season-opening victory, a come-from-behind win over Iowa in 1979.

    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 33 all-time games.

    Fans then emailed their votes from this list, resulting in the top 12 games in Hoosier lore. The list will culminate with the top game in IU history being revealed the week of the Old Oaken Bucket game in November.

    In the early days of college football one team dominated the sport like no other - Coach Amos Alonzo Stagg and the University of Chicago Maroons. In his 41 years at the helm for Chicago, he posted a career record of 242-112-27 and won seven Big Ten Championships (1899, 1905, 1907, 1908, 1913, 1922, 1924).

    On October 8, 1910, the Indiana Hoosiers, led by captain and three-sport star Cotton Berndt defeated Chicago 6-0 for the first time ever as Thomas Gill scored the game's only touchdown. Indiana 6, University of Chicago 0 - No. 12 of the greatest games in the 125-year history of IU football.



    The Indiana Hoosiers opened the 1979 season in Kinnick Stadium to take on Iowa. After the Hawkeyes raced to a 26-3 halftime lead many thought the game was over. But Coach Lee Corso and his Hoosiers said, "Not so fast my friend."

    The Hoosier comeback was led by two second-half touchdown passes from Tim Clifford to Lonnie Johnson, the final one a 66-yarder with 58 seconds to play, to give the Hoosiers an incredible 30-26 victory. Johnson also scored a rushing TD, while Clifford went 19-for-28 for a then-IU record 316 passing yards in a Big Ten game. IU's defense also limited the Hawkeyes to just 97 yards in the second half.

    The victory, which also set the stage for an 8-4 season and a victory over BYU in the Holiday Bowl, marks the greatest comeback in IU Football history. Indiana 30 Iowa 26 - the best opening game in the 125 years of IU Football.


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