Sept. 5, 2011
Indiana Game Notes | Virginia Game Notes | Big Ten Game Notes
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana football team opens up its home schedule against Virginia on Saturday, Sept. 10. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. EDT and the BTN will broadcast the game.
Tom Werme will handle play-by-play duties and he is joined by Jon Jansen (analyst) and Stacy Paetz (sideline). 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
Opening the 52nd season at Memorial Stadium, the Indiana football team (0-1, 0-0 Big Ten) welcomes Virginia (1-0, 0-0 ACC) on Saturday, Sept. 10. The Hoosiers dropped their season opener to Ball State, 27-20, at Lucas Oil Stadium, while the Cavaliers defeated William & Mary, 40-3, in their home opener.
The Virginia Series
Indiana and Virginia are meeting for the second time overall and the first time in Bloomington. The Cavaliers won the lone contest, 47-7, in Charlottesville on Oct. 10, 2009.
Kevin Wilson will roam the Memorial Stadium sidelines for the first time 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.
Mike London is in his second season as Virginia head coach. The Cavaliers posted a 4-8 record in 2010. London led Richmond to a 24-5 mark (2008-09) and claimed the 2008 Football Championship Series national title.
News & Notes
The Hoosiers are 35-16 in Memorial Stadium openers with nine straight victories and wins in 26 of their last 29 home starters.
Edward Wright-Baker threw for 272 yards with one touchdown in the opener against Ball State. His 272 yards are the most for a first-time starter since Blake Powers (276) vs. Central Michigan on Sept. 2, 2005.
Linebacker Jeff Thomas (11), safety Chris Adkins (11) and defensive tackle Adam Replogle (10) reached double figures in tackles vs. Ball State.
Indiana played 10 true freshmen against Ball State, its highest total since 2003 (11).
The Hoosiers are 5-11 all-time against the ACC.
IU is 20-7 (.741) in regular-season non-conference games since the start of the 2004 season.
The Wright-Baker Stuff
Edward Wright-Baker earned his first career start in the season opener against Ball State. The sophomore southpaw entered 2011 with just five completions, 12 attempts and 80 yards in five games.
Wright-Baker completed 20-of-32 for 272 yards with a 65-yard score and zero interceptions vs. BSU.
His 272 yards marked the highest total for an IU quarterback in his first start since Blake Powers threw for 276 yards at Central Michigan on Sept. 2, 2005.
The Jeffersonville, Ind., native hit eight different receivers and connected with Damarlo Belcher for his career-long, 65-yard TD.
It was the Hoosiers first 60-yard touchdown reception since the first of Wright-Baker's career, a 62-yarder to Duwyce Wilson at Wisconsin last year.