Inside The Akron Game

    Go Hoosiers! Kick time is set for noon on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Kick time is set for noon on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 14, 2007

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - As the Indiana football team prepares for Saturday's game against Akron, takes a look inside the numbers. The Hoosiers (2-0) and Zips (1-1) will kick off at noon EDT Saturday at Memorial Stadium and the game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.

    Roger Twibell will handle play-by-play duties, Mike Tomczak will serve as analyst and Rebecca Haarlow is the sideline reporter. 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.

    Scouting Akron
    Akron enters Saturday with a 1-1 mark in 2007. The Zips earned a 22-14 victory over Army in their opener before falling to No. 12/11 Ohio State, 20-2, in Columbus. Through the two games, Akron is averaging 178 yards per game (110 passing, 68 rushing). Sophomore quarterback Chris Jacquemain is completing 57.8 percent of his passes and has one touchdown. His main target, senior Jabari Arthur, leads the team with 15 receptions, one touchdown and 78.5 yards per game.

    Defensively, the Zips are surrendering 302.5 yards each time out, including 175.5 through the air and 127.0 on the ground. The Zips have picked off four passes and recovered one fumble. Junior defensive back Andre Jones leads the team with 18 tackles, while senior defensive back Reggie Corner owns a team-best two picks. Senior linebacker Brion Stokes leads the way with 5.0 tackles per loss.

    Head coach J.D. Brookhart is in his fourth season with the Zips and holds a 19-19 career record. He led Akron to the 2005 MAC Championship and a slot in the 2005 Motor City Bowl. Brookhart earned 2004 MAC Coach of the Year honors.

    IU vs. The MAC
    Following its 37-27 victory at Western Michigan, Indiana has won its last 18 meetings against Mid-American Conference opponents. The Hoosiers, who will face Akron for the first time on Saturday, hold a 30-4-1 (.871) all-time record against MAC foes.



    Ohio Connection
    Fifteen Hoosiers hail from the state of Ohio. Chris Banks (Alliance/Alliance High School), Greg Brown (Centerville/Centerville), Mitchell Evans (West Milton/Milton Union), Ray Fisher (Cleveland/Glenville), Bruce Hampton (University Heights/Cleveland Heights), Joe Kleinsmith (Cleveland/Lakewood St. Edward), Joe Kremer (Urbana/Urbana), Ryan Marando (Lakewood/Saint Edward), Brad Martin (Marion/Marion Pleasant), Andrew Means (Avon Lake/Avon Lake), Tyler Replogle (Centerville/Centerville), Rodger Saffold (Bedford/Bedford), Pete Saxon (Plain City/Jonathan Alder), Jarrod Smith (Fairborn/Fairborn) and Eric Thomas (Cleveland/Glenville) all arrived in Bloomigton from the Buckeye State.

    Lewis To Hardy
    Kellen Lewis to James Hardy has become one of the most prolific scoring combos in Indiana history. What has made this duo special is the meteoric rise both stars have experienced in such a short time playing together.

    Lewis was named the Hoosiers' starting quarterback in the fifth game last season. Since his promotion, he has hit paydirt with Hardy 13 times in 10 games. They have connected on 50 occasions for 790 yards, good for an average of 15.8 yards per catch.

    Taking a closer look, they only hooked up for six catches and 75 yards their first two games. Over the last eight games, the duo has combined for all 13 scoring strikes, 44 catches, 715 yards, four 100-yard games and two 150-yard contests. Breaking the numbers down, Hardy has averaged 5.5 receptions and 89.4 yards per game along with an average of 16.25 yards per reception.

    On The Right Foot
    Junior kicker Austin Starr continues to show Hoosier fans the kicking game is on good footing. He hit his first two field goals of the 2007 season against Indiana State, connecting from 34 and 41 yards. He then hit 3-of-4 at Western Michigan, including a momentum-changing and career-long 48-yarder in the fourth quarter. With WMU running off 14 unanswered points and cutting the Hoosier lead to 34-21, Starr hit the 48-yarder to move to 3-for-3 from 40-plus yards in his career.

    Starr is 17-for-21 (81 percent) in his career and 11-for-13 (84.6 percent) over 30 yards. The Logansport, Ind., native also hit all six of his extra point attempts against Indiana State, setting a new career-high, and is 10-for-10 in the PAT department this season.

    Quick Starts
    Indiana has jumped out to a 2-0 start for the fourth straight season. Bill Lynch is also the second consecutive head coach to kick off his Hoosier tenure 2-0. The late Terry Hoeppner opened up his inaugural campaign with a 3-0 mark.

    Seeing Red
    Indiana enjoyed great success in the red zone last season and has continued that rate in the first two games. After going 6-for-6 against Indiana State, IU went 4-for-6 at Western Michigan. The Hoosiers rushed for four scores and kicked a pair of field goals against the Sycamores followed by two passing TDs and a couple of 3-pointers vs. WMU.

    IU is 24-for-29 (82.8 percent) in its last eight games in red zone situations. Indiana has crossed the goal line 16 times (9 pass, 7 rush) and kicked eight field goals.


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