Top Games in Memorial Stadium - No. 12
Sept. 2, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The 2009 campaign marked the Indiana football program's 50th season in Memorial Stadium. IUHoosiers.com will count down the top 12 games in Memorial Stadium history this season.
A panel consisting of former Hoosier player and Director of Operations Harold Mauro, former player and current Athletic Director for Football Operations Mark Deal, former IU 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 all-time games.
Fans then emailed their votes from this list, resulting in the top 12 games in Memorial Stadium history. Here is No. 12:
INDIANA 34 ILLINOIS 31
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Trailing 28-7 with less than five minutes remaining in the third quarter, Indiana scored 21 unanswered points, including a 7-yard touchdown run by quarterback Antwaan Randle El with 2:21 remaining in the game that tied the game at 28-28. After a Neil Rackers 36-yard field goal gave Illinois a 31-28 overtime advantage, Randle El found RB Levron Williams on a 25-yard pass play on Indiana's first offensive play in the overtime that gave Indiana the win, 34-31, before 30,381 in Bloomington. It was the second-largest comeback in IU football history (30-26 win over Iowa in 1979 after trailing 26-3 at halftime).
Illinois led 10-7 at halftime behind the strength of an 8-yard pass from QB Kurt Kittner (35-15-181-1TD passing) to WR Michael Dean (8-100) and a 42-yard field goal from Rackers that gave Illinois a 10-0 lead with 13:09 remaining in the second quarter. Indiana would cut the lead to 10-7 with 5:13 remaining in the first half on a 1-yard run by Randle El (37-157-3TDs rushing, 30-17-265-1TD passing).
Indiana got off to a slow start in the second half and the Illini took advantage as they went on to score 18 unanswered third-quarter points that increased its lead to 28-7. A 41-yard field goal by Rackers and two touchdown runs, a 1-yard plunge by RB Steve Havard (15-78-1TD) and an 11-yard scamper by RB Antioneo Harris (11-49-1TD) increased the Illini lead to 21 points with 4:58 remaining in the third quarter. Then, the Antwaan Randle El show began. Randle El accounted for 282 total yards in the final quarter and a half. He cut the Illinois lead to 28-14 with 2:09 remaining in the third quarter on a 3-yard run. He accounted for 100 yards on the 80-yard drive (additional yards because of penalties that backed Indiana up).
The Hoosiers cut the lead to 28-21 with 6:44 remaining in the fourth quarter on a 2-yard run by Williams (6-33 rushing, 8-60 receiving). On Illinois' next possession, the Illini went three and out and Indiana took over at its own 35-yard line with 5:35 remaining in the fourth quarter. Randle El led the Hoosiers on a 9-play, 64-yard drive that he capped with a 7-yard touchdown run. The key play was a 13-yard pass play from Randle El to WR Jerry Dorsey on a 4th-and-9 from the Illinois 30 that moved the ball to the Illinois 17.
Illinois failed to move the ball on its next possession and the game went to overtime. In overtime, Illinois earned a field goal on its only possession, a 36-yard kick by Rackers. Senior DE Adewale Ogunleye made a key play when he sacked Kittner for a 4-yard loss on a 3rd-and-10 from the IU 14. One series earlier, Ogunleye sacked Kittner for a five-yard loss on a 2nd-and-10 from the Illinois 30.
The 25-yard Randle El to Williams pass connection on Indian's first offensive play in overtime sealed the 34-31 victory.
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