Hoosiers Welcome Murray State to The Rock

    Go Hoosiers! Junior defensive end Jammie Kirlew collected a pair of sacks in the season opener.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Junior defensive end Jammie Kirlew collected a pair of sacks in the season opener.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 3, 2008

    Murray State Weekly Release (9-6-08) Get Acrobat Reader

    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.

    Junior defensive end Jammie Kirlew recorded a pair of sacks and six tackles, while junior linebacker Will Patterson led IU with seven tackles, a half-sack and a fumble recovery.

    Scouting Murray State
    Murray State enters week two of the college football season with a 1-0 record following a 41-17 victory over Lambuth (Tenn.) University on Aug. 28. The Racers outscored Lambuth by a 24-3 margin in the second half.

    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
    Kellen Lewis picked up his fifth career Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honor, the conference announced on Sept. 1. Lewis shared the award with Illinois quarterback Juice Williams. He is the first Hoosier since Antwaan Randle El (six from 1998-2001) to earn five conference POW honors. Randle El and Anthony Thompson (1986-89) hold the IU record with six Big Ten weekly accolades. Wisconsin's Ron Dayne (1996-99) owns the league record with nine player of the week awards.

    IU Touchdown King
    With his 11-yard touchdown pass to Ray Fisher against Western Kentucky, junior quarterback Kellen Lewis passed Antwaan Randle El on the school's career passing touchdown list. Lewis would add a second TD later in the ballgame to give him 44 for his career, passing Randle El's 42 set from 1998-2001.

    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
    To go along with his two TDs and 144 yards through the air, Kellen Lewis went over 100 yards rushing for the third time in his career. He finished with 185 yards on nine carries in the game, the fifth-highest rushing total by an IU quarterback in school history. Antwaan Randle El had three games with more rushing yards and Lewis ran for 199 against Akron last year. The nine carries tied for the fewest by a 100-yard rusher in IU history, matching Josiah Sears' nine carries for 100 yards against Wisconsin in 2006.

    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.

    Dual-Threat Attack
    As displayed by his season-opening performance, Kellen Lewis is one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the country. In 2007, Lewis was one of only three quarterbacks in the country to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 700 yards (Tim Tebow, Florida; Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan). He finished the 2007 season with a school-record 3,043 yards through the air, an IU-best 3,779 total yards and 736 rushing yards.

    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.

    Sack Campaign
    Indiana posted three sacks against Western Kentucky and two of those came courtesy of junior defensive end Jammie Kirlew. It marked the second multi-sack game of his career, as Kirlew collected 3.5 sacks at Iowa last season.

    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
    One of the biggest questions entering the season was how the Hoosiers could make up for the loss of Buffalo Bill and arguably Indiana's greatest receiver James Hardy. In the season-opening win against Western Kentucky, quarterback Kellen Lewis spread the ball around to six different receivers and threw a pair of touchdown passes.

    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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