Hoosiers Kick Off 2011 Home Slate with Virginia

    Go Hoosiers! Senior wide receiver Damarlo Belcher recorded his third career 100-yard game with 101 yards and a 65-yard touchdown vs. Ball State.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior wide receiver Damarlo Belcher recorded his third career 100-yard game with 101 yards and a 65-yard touchdown vs. Ball State.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 5, 2011

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    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.

    The Coaches
    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.




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