Hoosiers Face Road Test at North Texas

    Go Hoosiers! Middle linebacker Jeff Thomas is 10th in the Big Ten with 8.3 tackles per game.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Middle linebacker Jeff Thomas is 10th in the Big Ten with 8.3 tackles per game.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 19, 2011

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Coming off a 38-21 victory over South Carolina State, the Indiana football team (1-2, 0-0 Big Ten) heads to Denton, Texas, to face North Texas (0-3, 0-1 Sun Belt) at Apogee Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 24. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. CDT/7 p.m. EDT and ESPN3 will broadcast the game. The Mean Green fell to No. 2/2 Alabama, 41-0, in Tuscaloosa last weekend.

    Shawn Kenney (play-by-play) and Drew Henson (analyst) will call the game on ESPN3. The game can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network and Sirius 113 with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Buck Suhr (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.

    The Coaches
    Kevin Wilson earned his first victory as Indiana head coach vs. South Carolina State. 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.
    • Dan McCarney is in his first year as North Texas head coach and owns a 56-88 record in his 13th overall season. He served as the Iowa State head coach from 1995-2006 and took the Cyclones to five bowl games.

    News & Notes
    D'Angelo Roberts became the first IU true freshman since BenJarvus Green-Ellis (vs. Purdue on Nov. 22, 2003) to rush for 100 yards with 102 vs. South Carolina State. He earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors.
    Duwyce Wilson recorded his first career 100-yard receiving game with 101 yards on six receptions, including a 30-yard touchdown.
    • Quarterback Edward Wright-Baker contributed over 300 yards of total offense, passing for 273 yards and adding 41 on the ground. Wright-Baker completed 21-of-27 passes for two touchdowns and no interceptions.
    • The Hoosiers posted 557 yards of total offense, including 257 yards on the ground.
    • Indiana's coaching staff will be wearing Coach to Cure MD patches to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research. Fans are encouraged to donate online at or donate $5 by texting CURE to 90999.
    • IU has played five games in the state of Texas and owns a 1-4 record. The Hoosiers defeated Rice in their last game in the Lone Star State (41-14 on Sept. 10, 1988) and have played at Baylor (0-1), SMU (0-1) and Texas (0-2).
    • Saturday's game is Indiana's 14th all-time against a school from the state of Texas. The Hoosiers are 4-9 against the state - Rice (2-0), Baylor (2-1), SMU (0-1), Texas (0-3) and TCU (0-4).
    • Indiana will meet North Texas for the first time on Saturday. The Hoosiers are 2-0 all-time against the Sun Belt Conference, defeating Western Kentucky and Arkansas State last season.

    Moving The Chains
    The Hoosiers showed marked improvement offensively in their victory over South Carolina State.
    • Indiana entered the game averaging 125.5 rushing yards and finished with 257, its best mark since a 297-yard output vs. Western Kentucky on Aug. 30, 2008.
    • IU averaged 347 total yards through the first two weeks and posted 557, its highest total since a 568-yard showing vs. Michigan on Oct. 2, 2010.
    • The Hoosiers held the ball for 35:58, nearly 10 minutes higher than their season average of 26:28.
    • Indiana converted 13-of-20 third downs, good for a 65-percent clip and up from 50 percent.
    • IU ran 91 plays, the most for the program since last year's Michigan game (98). The Hoosiers ran 64 and 72 plays against Ball State and Virginia, respectively.

    In His Backyard
    D'Angelo Roberts produced a record-setting career at Bloomington North High School, and the true freshman running back earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors and added his name to the Hoosier record book following the South Carolina State game.
    • Roberts became the eighth IU true freshmen and the first since BenJarvus Green-Ellis (vs. Purdue on Nov. 22, 2003) to go over 100 yards with 102 in the team's win over South Carolina State.
    • Most impressive is the fact that Roberts gained all 102 of his rushing yards in the second half alone.
    • Roberts received 19 carries (5.4 average) and added a 7-yard touchdown with a long rush of 33 yards. He also made two catches for 12 yards.
    • His 150 yards and 5.0 average pace the team.
    • Roberts made his debut vs. Ball State and received his first career carries against Virginia, where he rushed 11 times for 48 yards (4.4).
    • He rushed for 6,002 yards, the most in Monroe County history, and 75 TDs at Bloomington North.

    The Good Hands Man
    Duwyce Wilson turned in one of the top seasons for a freshman wide receiver in IU history last year. He caught 32 balls for 488 yards with three scores and paced the team with 15.2 yards per reception.
    • Despite being limited with a leg injury during much of camp and not recording any receptions in the opener against Ball State, Wilson leads the Hoosiers with two touchdowns and an average of 14.6 yards per catch.
    • After posting career highs with six receptions and 101 yards vs. South Carolina State, his first career 100-yard game, Wilson is second on the team with 161 yards and is tied for second with 11 receptions.
    • He added a 30-yard score against SCSU and led the team in yardage while sharing the lead in receptions.
    • Wilson also shared the team lead with five catches and led the way with 60 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown, against Virginia.
    • The Columbus, Ind., native led all Big Ten freshmen with his 32 catches and 488 yards in 2010.
    • He tied for second all-time among Indiana freshman wide receivers in receptions, third in yardage and tied for third in TDs.
    • Wilson was selected to the and All-Freshman teams.
    • He also returned eight kickoffs for 180 yards.

    The Wright-Baker Stuff
    Edward Wright-Baker earned his first career start in the season opener vs. Ball State. The sophomore southpaw is 57-of-89 (64.0 percent) with 716 yards, four touchdowns and one interception this year.
    • Wright-Baker has also rushed for 101 yards and is fifth in the Big Ten in total offense (272.3). He ranks fourth in the league in passing yardage (238.7).
    • The Jeffersonville, Ind., native set career highs with 21 completions, 273 passing yards and 314 total yards against South Carolina State.
    • Wright-Baker hit 21-of-27 (77.8 percent) with 30- and 40-yard scoring strikes vs. SCSU. Four of his five career TDs are from 30-or-more yards (62, 65, 30 and 40).
    • He 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 60-yard TD was the Hoosiers first since the first of Wright-Baker's career, a 62-yarder to Duwyce Wilson at Wisconsin last year.

    Indiana led South Carolina State, 21-7, at the conclusion of the first quarter, the most points scored by the Hoosiers in an opening quarter since posting 28 vs. Northwestern on Nov. 3, 2001. IU also scored 21 points in the fourth quarter the previous Saturday against Virginia, marking the first time on record (stats available through 1965) the Hoosiers posted back-to-back 21-point quarters.

    Kofi Break
    One of two true freshmen to play in 2010, Kofi Hughes appeared in the final 10 games of the campaign at wide receiver and on special teams. He made seven catches for 42 yards and tallied 14 tackles.
    • Hughes made three catches for a career-best 47 yards, with his first career touchdown from 40 yards, and added 45 rushing yards on two carries in the win over South Carolina State.
    • He shares second on the Hoosiers with 11 receptions and is third with 130 yards this season.
    • At Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, Hughes played quarterback and was named the 2009 Gatorade Indiana Football Player of the Year.
    • Hughes threw for 1,584 yards with 19 scores and rushed for 1,552 with 22 TDs as a senior.




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