Hoosiers Welcome Murray State to The Rock
Sept. 3, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Coming off its season-opening victory over Western Kentucky, the Indiana football team hosts Murray State on Saturday, Sept. 6. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. EDT at Memorial Stadium (49,225) and the game will be televised by the Big Ten Network. The Hoosiers and Racers are meeting for the first time.
Wayne Larrivee will handle play-by-play duties and he will be joined by analyst Chris Martin and sideline reporter Tony McGee. The game can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Pete Compise (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.
Indiana won its seventh straight home opener with a 31-13 victory over WKU on Aug. 30. Junior quarterback Kellen Lewis rushed for 185 yards with 75- and 62-yard TD runs to go along with 144 yards and two scores through the air. He became the first player in IU history to score on two runs of 60-plus yards in one game.
Scouting Murray State
Racer quarterback Nico Yantko, who played on the defensive side of the ball in 2007, replaced injured starter Jeff Ehrardt and completed 10-of-15 passes in the opener for 156 yards. The junior also threw a pair of scores and is listed atop the depth chart. He found sophomore wideout Daniel Ard four times for 104 yards and two TDs, including a 42-yarder.
Senior safety Will Werner returned an interception 76 yards for a score, while senior linebacker Nathan Williams finished with a career-high-tying 17 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and a half-sack.
Matt Griffin is in his third year as head coach at Murray State. He owns a 4-19 record and holds a 14-43 overall record in his sixth season as a head coach.
Lewis Earns Big Ten Player of the Week
IU Touchdown King
Lewis and Randle El are the only QBs in IU lore to reach 40 passing touchdowns, 5,250 passing yards, 6,500 total yards, 450 completions and 800 attempts in a career. The Jacksonville, Fla., native ranks fourth in career passing yards (5,408), third in career completions (472), third in career attempts (472) and third in career total offense (6,770).
With His Legs
Lewis' 75-yard TD run in the first quarter was a career long and it was the first TD run of 70 yards or more by a Hoosier since Levron Williams broke off an 80-yarder against Michigan State on Nov. 10, 2001. He added a 62-yard TD run in the fourth for his third-career two-touchdown game on the ground. He became the first player in IU history to record two 60-plus yard TD rushes in a single game.
With his two scores through the air and two on the ground against Western Kentucky, Lewis recorded the seventh four-touchdown game of his career. He has collected a passing and rushing touchdown in the same game 12 times in his career. Lewis also reached the 300-yard total offense barrier for the 11th time in his career. He is averaging 270.8 total yards in 25 career games and 276.9 total yards in 23 career starts.
The Jacksonville native has one 350-yard passing effort, four 300-yard performances, reached 250 yards nine times and eclipsed 200 yards on 17 occasions. His five 300-plus games are a school record and his 17 200-plus games hold the top mark in IU lore. Lewis is the only quarterback in IU history to throw at least three TDs in a game nine times in his career. He has completed over 70 percent of his passes in three of his 23 career starts and over 60 percent in 10 of his career starts.
Lewis now owns 1,362 career rushing yards in 25 games, good for a 54.5 per game average. He has crossed the goal line 16 times as a rusher. Antwaan Randle El is the school's all-time QB rushing leader with 3,895 career rushing yards.
He became the first Hoosier with two sacks in a game since Greg Middleton had 2.5 against Purdue on Nov. 17, 2007. Kirlew, who started at right end in place of Middleton, now has eight sacks in his career. The Orlando native also added six tackles, five solo, in the contest.
Cupboard Not Bare
Junior Andrew Means led the way with six catches for 63 yards, while junior Ray Fisher added five catches, including a touchdown. Sophomore Terrance Turner added four catches for 38 yards with senior Brandon Walker-Roby, redshirt freshman Max Dedmond and true freshman Damarlo Belcher (touchdown) each recording one reception.
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