Hoosiers Welcome Broncos to Memorial Stadium
Sept. 7, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Following its season-opening victory over Eastern Kentucky, the Indiana football team (1-0) hosts Western Michigan (0-1) at Memorial Stadium (52,692) on Saturday, Sept. 12. Kickoff is set for noon EDT and the game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.
Former Hoosier players and coaches will return to Bloomington this weekend in celebration of the 125th year of IU Football. All of the former Hoosiers will be honored on the field during the game.
Matt Devlin will handle play-by-play duties and he will be joined by analyst Anthony Herron and sideline reporter Larra Overton. 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.
New Stadium, New Experience
The Hoosier Football program enjoys spacious new offices, position and staff meeting rooms and a team auditorium, all equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Indiana's Henke Hall of Champions celebrates Hoosier greats from all sports and is located on the top level of the North End Zone Student-Athlete Development Center. It features museum-quality displays and a large banquet area where Hoosier fans can gather to celebrate the past, present and future of IU Athletics.
In the seating bowl directly in front of the Henke Hall of Champions, the 425-seat club section is sold out for the 2009 season. Fans can enjoy the chairback seating and food, beverage and all the amenities the Henke Hall of Champions offers. For more on the improved gameday experience please visit page six.
The Western Michigan Series
IU vs. The MAC
Scouting Western Michigan
Broncos All-MAC quarterback Tim Hiller passed for 259 yards on 22-of-38 with one touchdown and two interceptions. The senior holds WMU single-season records in attempts (522), completions (339), yards (3,725) and touchdowns (36) and is one of only two quarterbacks to reach the 3,000-yard plateau twice in a career.
Senior Brandon West paced the Broncos with 41 yards on 13 carries against the Wolverines. An All-MAC selection a year ago, West became the 15th running back in program history to break the 1,000-yard barrier (1,026). He also returned 28 kicks for 637 yards and became the school's all-time all-purpose yardage leader.
Hiller's favorite target in the opener, Juan Nunez, caught seven balls for 151 yards and a 73-yard score. The junior earned All-MAC honors in 2008 after sharing the team lead with seven touchdowns in addition to 57 receptions for 701 yards.
The Broncos return 32 letterwinners overall and seven starters on offense, but just three on the defensive side of the ball. First team All-MAC honoree Austin Pritchard is one of those starters. The senior linebacker led the team with 12.5 tackles for loss in 2008 and opened the year with a game-high 11 tackles, eight solo, and one forced fumble.
University of Miami transfer, Doug Wiggins, made his WMU debut against the Wolverines a good one. The junior safety added nine tackles, five solo.
Bill Cubit is 29-21 in his fifth year at the helm of Western Michigan. He has led the Broncos to two bowl appearances in the last three seasons, facing Rice in the 2008 Texas Bowl and Cincinnati in the 2007 International Bowl.
With their 222 combined yards, the duo eclipsed its combined high from last season of 189, which set an Indiana true freshmen record, in the team's win over No. 22 (BCS) Northwestern. The last time two Hoosiers reached the 100-yard mark in the same game came against Ball State on Nov. 3, 2007, when Ray Fisher (134) and James Hardy (116) broke the century mark.
Belcher, a 6-5, Fort Wayne native, played in all 12 games and finished the 2008 season fourth on the team with 25 receptions, third with 337 yards, tied for second with two touchdowns, and third with 13.5 yards per catch and 28.1 yards per game. His 337 yards and 25 grabs rank third in IU history among true freshmen.
Doss, a 6-3, Indianapolis product, played in eight games and caught 14 passes for 186 yards, averaging 13.3 yards per reception, and added one touchdown. He hauled in eight passes for a team season-high 107 yards and a TD vs. Northwestern. Doss became the first true freshman since O.J. Conner in 1997 to go over 100 receiving yards, just the third true freshman (fourth time) in IU history to record a 100-yard receiving game (Ernie Jones, twice; Conner) and the fifth freshman (10th time) to reach the 100-yard mark (James Hardy, five times; Jones, twice; Levron Williams; Conner).
Their 523 combined yards in 2008 rank second and their 39 combined receptions rank third all-time by a true freshman duo in IU lore.
Going To The Chappell
An accounting major with a 3.7 grade point average, Chappell carries those smarts onto the field. The Bloomington South High School graduate is now 2-2 as a starting quarterback with three touchdowns, two rushing scores, a 59.7 completion percentage, 210.8 yards per game and two interceptions.
Chappell played in 11 contests with three starts last season and threw for 1,001 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions. He completed 52.3 percent of his passes (80-of-153) and carded a 111.95 efficiency rating. In the team's victory over No. 22 (BCS) Northwestern, Chappell threw a 43-yard touchdown, rushed for another and went 21-of-34 (61.8) for a career-high 219 yards.
Big Play Gunslinger
Switch To Lockdown
With 11:49 remaining and the Hoosiers holding a 19-13 advantage, Fisher forced a fumble by Eastern Kentucky quarterback Cody Watts at the IU 5-yard line. Senior defensive end Jammie Kirlew recovered and the Hoosiers earned a season-opening victory. The Cleveland native also closed out the game with a team-best five solo tackles.
Fisher is one of 14 Hoosiers with 100 career receptions and 1,000 career receiving yards, but he showed during preseason camp and in the opener he is comfortable at the position he manned as a two-way player at Glenville High School. He has the speed and now weighs 185 pounds, up 13 pounds from last year's playing weight of 172.
Bringing The Heat
IU's defense bested that average with four sacks in the season opener vs. Eastern Kentucky. Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Larry Black, Jr., and sophomore defensive end Darius Johnson each made their first career sack in the second quarter. Senior linebacker Matt Mayberry had his sixth career sack in the first quarter, while senior linebacker Will Patterson added a sack of his own, for a safety and the first Hoosier points of the season, moving his career total to 5.5.
The four sacks were for a combined loss of 45 yards. Indiana also recorded seven tackles for loss in the win, led by Mayberry and Black, Jr., who each tallied two.
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