September 19, 2003
Bloomington, Ind.- The Hoosiers will take on border-rival Kentucky this weekend at Memorial Stadium Game time is set for 4:00 p.m. and can be heard on the IU Radio Network with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Dan Thompson (analysis) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game).
"We have played a little better each game," Indiana head coach Gerry DiNardo said. "Looking at Connecticut to Washington to Indiana State, we have gotten better. This week's goal again is to play better than the previous week, that is kind of where we are."
Indiana owns a slim two-game advantage over Kentucky as they enter the game 17-15-1 against the Wildcats. Depsite 32-minute lightning delay, Kentucky won last season's match up, 27-17, at Commonwealth Stadium.
"(The players) learned that I'm more afraid of lightning than they are because I was the first one in the locker room both times," DiNardo said. "We have five objectives we go into each game with every year, and one of them is the turnover issue. The Kentucky game is a good example of how turnovers, in our case, can destroy us. We threw 21 interceptions last year. Kentucky went ahead 14-0, and we come back, 17-14, after a couple stoppages of play that probably helped us regroup we are going in for what could be a winning score and throw a pick. The biggest lesson learned is that you can't have a successful program throwing 21 interceptions and turning over the ball at the rate we turned it over last year. So far this season, we have demonstrated that we have been better at that."
One former Indiana University coach and four former athletes will be inducted into the IU Hall of Fame this weekend. Former Hoosier track and cross country coach Sam Bell (1970-98), Calbert Cheaney (men's basketball, 1990-93), Collette Goudreau Murphy (women's cross country and track, 1984-88), Earl Mitchell (men's cross country and track, 1942-47) and Anthony Thompson (football, 1986-89) will be honored at halftime of the Saturday's game. With the induction of these five former IU standouts, there are now 124 members of the IU Athletics Hall of Fame.
Indiana has not allowed a touchdown in the last five quarters of action.
Indiana and Kentucky renew their rivalry in 2003 as the two teams have met for the last 16 seasons and a total of 33 times. Indiana owns a slight 17-15-1 edge, but UK has won seven of the last eight meetings.
Four Indiana players hail from the state of Kentucky. Chris Jahnke, Herana-Daze Jones and Isaac Sowells all call Louisville home while Blake Powers is from Brandenburg.
Two more players saw their first action of the season against Indiana State as Chris Mangiero cracked the lineup at center and Tyke Spencer returned from a knee injury. The Hoosiers have now used 64 players this season.
New faces factor heavily into Indiana's plans this season, evidenced by the fact that a total of 12 true freshmen have already seen game action. That is half of the recruiting class that joined the Hoosier squad in the fall. When the 10 redshirt freshmen who have played this year are included, a total of 22 Hoosiers who had never played a down at the collegiate level prior to this year
Entering Saturday's contest with a 1-2 overall record and an 0-1 mark in Southeastern Conference play, Kentucky claimed a victory over Murray State and suffered its setbacks against Louisville and Alabama.
Behind quarterback Jared Lorenzen, the Wildcat passing offense is solid, averaging 203.3 yards per game. Kentucky has been particularly solid in pass defense and kick returns. The Wildcats rank 20th nationally in pass defense (160.7 ypg) and 20th in kickoff returns (26.5 avg.)
Last Time Out for the Cats
Facing Alabama in Tuscaloosa for its SEC opener, Kentucky suffered a 27-17 setback at the hands of the Crimson Tide. The Wildcats were in the game, trailing 13-10 after three quarters. However, Alabama's ability to control the trenches led to a 14-point fourth quarter that put the game out of reach.
Alabama rushed for 266 yards on 53 carries while Kentucky gained just 26 yards on 23 rushes. Wildcat quarterback Jared Lorenzen was 15-of-24 for 169 yards but had to rely on short passes under constant pressure.
Quarterback Jared Lorenzen
In three career games against Indiana, Jared Lorenzen has completed 78-of-127 passes for 846 yards and seven touchdowns.
Lorenzen has thrown as many as seven touchdowns against only one other opponent, Vanderbilt.
DiNardo on Kentucky
"They have a veteran offensive line. We are not sure who is going to start at tight end because of an injury. (Derek) Abney is a good receiver and one of the best returners in the country. (Jared) Lorenzen is just terrific. He is tougher to bring down than he was a year ago. Sweet Pea (Vincent Burns) on defense is really good. He had 10 tackles against us a year ago. Their defensive scheme is a new scheme. It used to be what everyone ran 20 years ago. Their style is more popular in the pros than in college, so there is a lot of adjusting for our offensive line because they haven't seen this look."