Hoosiers Cruise Past Indiana State, 33-3

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!

    September 13, 2003

    Bloomington, Ind. - One of the points of emphasis for the Indiana coaching staff is special teams, and the Hoosiers responded with a pair of big returns in the early going of Saturday's game against Indiana State at Memorial Stadium.

    Courtney Clency took the game's opening kickoff and returned it 51 yards. Although the Hoosiers' offensive drive stalled, punter Tyson Beattie came in and pooched a punt that was downed inside the Indiana State five yard line. The Sycamores went three-and-out, with the punt attempt being snapped out of the back of the endzone, resulting in a safety. On the ensuing free kick , Lance Bennett came up with a 71-yard return, setting up a Chris Taylor touchdown run.

    The Hoosiers translated their strong special teams play into 16 first-quarter points, which was the highest first-quarter scoring total for Indiana during Gerry DiNardo's tenure at IU. Traditionally a slow-starting team, Indiana's first quarter eruption set the tone for a game that was never really close. The Hoosiers led, 23-3 at the half.

    Matt LoVecchio completed 12 of his 20 passes for 146 yards in the contest, while Chris Taylor added 90 yards rushing on 20 carries with one touchdown to lead a Hoosier team that racked up 342 yards of offense.

    "Any time you win a football game, it's a good feeling. Both our players and coaches did a great job tonight," LoVecchio said. "At the same time, it's just one game in a long season, and we need to continue to get better and progress through the season."

    Lance Bennett ripped off a 71-yard kick return vs. Indiana State.

    The Hoosiers were able to convert all five times they were in the redzone, while Indiana State came up empty in two opportunities. Indiana's cause was also helped by a third down conversion ratio of 8-of-12.

    BenJarvus Green-Ellis carried the ball 20 times for 107 yards and 2 touchdowns.

    Playing without senior captain Joe Gonzalez again, the Indiana defense still turned in a solid outing behind true freshman safety Will Meyers, who tallied 8 tackles and jolted the ball loose from ISU quarterback Jake Schiff with a punishing sack from behind. The fumble was recovered by Kyle Killion and the Hoosier offense took the ball in for a touchdown.

    "The game was big for us," junior safety Herana-Daze Jones said. "1-2 is much better than 0-3, and I'm glad we coudl come out and play well at home."

    The last time Indiana held an opponent to 10 points or less was in 2001, when the Hoosiers beat Purdue, 13-7. The last time Indiana kept an opponent out of the endzone for an entire game was in 2000, when the Hoosiers defeated Cincinnati, 42-6.

    Including Saturday's win, the Hoosiers have now won 18 of their last 21 home openers.

    Indiana returns to action at 4 p.m. next Saturday when it hosts Kentucky at Memorial Stadium.




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