A Look Back: 1993 Independence Bowl Hoosiers
Sept. 20, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana's 1993 Independence Bowl team, coached by Bill Mallory and captained by DT Hurvin McCormack and LB Charles Beauchamp, is celebrating its 20-year reunion this weekend. IU finished the season with an 8-4 record, including a 5-3 Big Ten mark, and faced Virginia Tech in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 31.
Offensive leaders: QB John Paci (1,796 yards, 8 touchdowns), RB Jermaine Chaney (716, 6), WR Thomas Lewis (1,058, 7).
Defensive leaders: LB Alonzo Thurman (108 tackles), McCormack (7 sacks), CB Lance Brown (4 INTs).
Below is a game-by-game review of the season, courtesy of IU Athletics Hall of Famer Bob Hammel:
Indiana 27, Toledo 0 - The first possession of the year was a 12-play 80-yard touchdown drive, with two third-and-long conversions and an 8-yard touchdown pass, John Paci to Thomas Lewis ... Freshman Bill Manolopoulos, all 155 pounds of him, hit from 48 yards out with the first of what turned out to be a 16 field-goal season for him, second-best in IU history then and still tied for third ... Jay Davis, Big Ten leader in interceptions the year before, broke this one open with a 30-yard touchdown return of a third-quarter pick on a day when the defense allowed only 160 yards in just the fifth - and the most recent - opening-day shutout at Memorial Stadium ... Linebacker Charles Beauchamp, second-team All-Big Ten in '91 as a sophomore but out for the year after a second-game knee injury in '92, showed he was back with a team-high 12 tackles.
Indiana 28, Northern Illinois 10 - Fumbles killed the first two drives - at the IU 7, setting up a Northern touchdown, and at the NIU 3, costing a good chance at one - but by halftime Indiana led, 14-10. Eddie Baety had third-down catches from John Paci for 23 and 28 yards to keep both touchdown drives moving. Sean Glover capped the first with a 5-yard run and Thomas Lewis caught a 23-yard TD pass ... The crusher came in the last four minutes when Hurvin McCormack jarred the ball loose and Lamar Mills picked it up and rumbled 46 yards to score.
Indiana 24, Kentucky 8 - You know your coach. You know "Riverboat Gambler" and Bill Mallory were never a link-up. So, on the fourth play of a game, against the team he second-most loved to beat, jaw-cranked "Coach Mal" went for it on fourth-and-1 at the 29 - the IU 29 - and didn't make it ... Turned out it wasn't a gamble at all, just confidence in the defense. And what a bail-out you guys provided: after taking over at the 29, Kentucky wound up punting, from the 35 - the first of an unheard-of 8 straight 3-and-outs for the Indiana defense starting with that pressured start and carrying all the way into the third quarter ... That wasn't the last remarkable contribution from the defense: how about 8 sacks for the game and 13 tackles for loss! No school record is available on tackles for loss but there is one for sacks (9, set by many of you the year before in a 28-3 win at Northwestern and tied by the 2007 Hoosiers in a 38-20 win at Iowa, making this at least tied for third-best ever - and the Memorial Stadium record) ... The breakdown against Kentucky: Sacks: Jay Davis, Lamar Mills and Hurvin McCormack 2, Charles Beauchamp and John Hammerstein 1; TFL, Davis and Mills 4, McCormack 2, Troy Drake, Jason Orton and Hammerstein 1 ... Hurvin had 3 of the '92 Northwestern sacks and Lamar 3 of that day's 13 TFL ... All that defense came in handy against Kentucky in a game IU led only 3-0 at halftime (on Mano's 25-yard kick) ... In the second half, Jermaine Chaney scored from the 40 and the 5 and Michael Batts rounded out his second collegiate 100-yard day ... Kentucky, with 3 more 3-and-outs, a fourth-and-goal sack by Mills and interceptions by Chris Dyer and Lance Brown, didn't score until a 24-yard TD pass with No. 2s against No. 2s in the last 90 seconds.
Wisconsin 27, Indiana 15 - Tailbacks Brent Moss (who was to be selected the Big Ten's 1993 MVP) and Terrell Fletcher combined for 297 of the Badgers' 354 rushing yards - against a Hoosier defense that averaged under 122-a-game against the other 11 opponents, to be the only winning visitor at Memorial Stadium in '93 ... The stunned Hoosiers, in just their third Big Ten-opening loss in Coach Mallory's 10 seasons, trailed 20-2 at halftime but Al Thurman's interception and return to the Badger 10 on the second play of the second half finally got the Hoosiers ignited. Kenyatta Williams cashed that in on fourth-and-goal from the 1, and John Paci, after a 48-yard strike to Thomas Lewis, scored from the 2 as the Hoosiers pulled within 20-15 and 47 seconds later had a go-ahead touchdown in sight after Lamar Mills' fumble recovery at the Badger 34. A fourth-and-1 fumble at the 25 stopped that, and Wisconsin pulled out of range with a touchdown with 9:15 left ... Jay Davis led the defense with a season-high 10 tackles.
Indiana 23, Minnesota 19 - Reversing the Wisconsin-game script, IU led 20-3 at halftime and 23-6 before having to hold on for the win. After the Gophers reached Indiana territory in the last 2 minutes, Al Thurman and Jason Orton had key pass break-ups ... Bill Manoloupos had his first 3-field goal game, and Jermaine Chaney rushed for a season-high 109 yards, but the Hoosier offensive leaders were John Paci (255 passing yards) and Thomas Lewis (5 catches for 123 yards, 242 yards altogether, counting kick returns).
Indiana 16, Iowa 10 - Charles Beauchamp, with 7 tackles, 3 for loss, led a defense that shut the Hawkeyes off with just a field goal till a fourth-down drive produced their first TD with 3:03 left. Thomas Lewis grabbed the on-side kick, and Brett Law - on a 140-yard off-the-bench rushing performance - went 9 yards for a third-down conversion that let the Hoosiers run out the clock for their third straight Homecoming win, lifting them to 6-3-1 in Mallory Era Homecomings.
Indiana 24, Northwestern 0 - This one stands in history as IU's most recent road shutout, an appropriate distinction for the unit that won this one ... On the game's first possession, Chris Dyer - on a team-leading 10-tackle day - recovered the punter's fumble at the Wildcat 29, and Brett Law capped a five-play touchdown drive with an 11-yard run ... Hurvin McCormack's fourth-down sack set up IU at the 50 in the second quarter. John Paci's 9-yard touchdown pass to Eddie Baety made it 17-0, where the score stayed until Thomas Lewis's 58-yard punt return with 3:07 left ... End Bernard Whittington, starting a career-ending string of outstanding performances that led to an NFL career, had 5 tackles and broke up a pass.
Indiana 10, Michigan State 0 - The Spartans came into the game 4-2, averaging 399 yards a game and losers only to Ohio State and Notre Dame, were throttled down with just 41 rushing yards and 161 ... IU went up 7-0 in the second quarter when Jermaine Chaney scored from the 17 on a drive kept alive by - see "Riverboat Gambler" and Bill Mallory, above - Jim DiGuilio's fake punt and 24-yard run on fourth-and-9 from the IU 45 ... It was still 7-0 late in the third quarter when 3 pass completions gave the Spartans first down at the IU 17. An 8-yard sack by Eli Rasheed and 3-yard tackle-for-loss by Steve Perkins on an attempted screen ... Thomas Lewis's 21-yard gain on a reverse started a fourth-quarter drive that produced Bill Manopoulos's game-clinching 31-yard field goal ... IU got the ball back at its 27 and ran out the last 7:54 with a 10-play drive that included a third-and-7 first-down completion John Paci-to-Lewis and - after MSU out of time outs - a 14-yard Paci scramble on third-and-11.
Penn State 38, Indiana 31 - It was Penn State's first Big Ten season, and the first Indiana-Penn State football meeting, before 91,000 at Happy Valley ... Indiana came in 7-1, second-best 8-game start for an IU team (behind the 1967 Rose Bowl team's 8-0) since the undefeated '45 team, and Joe Paterno's Nittany Lions got a shock, but held on ... Penn State led 17-3 after the first quarter, but already - on a record-smashing day - the IU passing combination of John Paci to Thomas Lewis had started to click. Lewis's 7th catch, putting him over 100 yards with the game in its 17th minute, was for 7 yards and a touchdown. Next possession, Paci hit tight end Ross Hales for 33 yards to the Penn State 11 and for the last 2 and a 17-17 halftime tie. The Lions jumped out 31-17 and opened the fourth quarter by pinning the Hoosiers to their 1-yard line. First down: history - Lewis got behind everybody and Paci hit him for a 99-yard touchdown play: an IU record (beating Lou D'Achille to Bobby Robertson, 91 yards, 1950) and a Big Ten record (since equaled once but an NCAA record, too, because it can't be beaten) ... IU got the ball back, and Paci hit Lewis for 48 yards, to the Lions' 21. Paci sneaked over from the 1 for a 31-31 tie, with 7:42 left. Penn State answered with a third-and-10 TD strike, Kerry Collins to Bobby Engram for 45 yards. IU put together 4 first downs to reach the Penn State 37 with 1:49 left, but Paci's only interception of a 20-for-37, 379-yard, 3-touchdown day ended the last Hoosier hope ... Lewis's numbers - 12 catches, a Big Ten-record 285 yards, 2 touchdowns - made him Big Ten Player of the Week - his yardage still an IU record and No. 2 all-time in the Big Ten.
Ohio State 23, Indiana 17 - It turned out that John Paci had separated a shoulder in his record-breaking day with Thomas Lewis at Penn State, but red-shirt freshman Chris Dittoe stepped in for his first start and kept the Lewis link-ups working against the unbeaten Buckeyes. Ohio State jumped out 10-0, but Lewis's season-best 53-yard kickoff return and 26-yard catch from Dittoe set up a 31-yard field goal by Bill Manolopoulos started IU back ... It was 10-10 after Lamar Mills' fumble recovery at the Indiana 49 became a touchdown on Dittoe-to-Lewis connections for 26 and 28 yards ... The Bucks went into the fourth quarter up 23-10, but IU got close on Jermaine Chaney's 21-yard TD run and had the ball once after that but couldn't get a potential go-ahead drive going ... Dittoe finished 16-for-30 for 207 yards without an interception, and Al Thurman led a stout Hoosier defense with a career-high 20 tackles, while Charles Beauchamp had 12 and Troy Drake, John Hammerstein and Chris Dyer 10 each.
Indiana 24, Purdue 17 - Purdue opened the game with a 33-yard end-around gain by Jermaine Ross, his only carry of the year, and drove to a 7-0 lead on Rick Trefzger's 16-yard pass to Mike Alstott ... Bernard Whittington's sack shook the ball loose from Trefzger and Lamar Mills recovered at the Purdue 23 to set up IU's first score: a 37-yard field goal by Bill Manopoulos ... Chris Dyer did the hitting and Charles Beauchamp the recovering on another Trefzger fumble at the Purdue 44, and a couple of surprise offensive heroes stepped up for the Hoosiers. IU went up 10-7 on John Paci's 4-yard go-ahead pass to Dan Thompson, the senior tight end's first collegiate TD ... The 10-7 score stood through halftime, and Indiana opened the second half with a 67-yard drive capped by red-shirt freshman Shane Thomas - his seventh carry of the drive and just the 19th of his career ... It was 17-17 early in the fourth quarter when Chris Dittoe came off the bench to pass 43 yards to Dan Thompson and start a drive that ended with Thomas's second TD, popping free from the Purdue 10 ... Purdue got no farther than the IU 49 on its last two possessions, Lance Brown's interception with 31 seconds clinching the victory - coach Bill Mallory's fifth Bucket victory in seven years, IU's best run in 46 years ... For the second straight year, IU had both All-Big Ten kickers: punter Jim DiGuilio and extra point-field goal kicker Bill Manopoulos. Hurvin McCormack also was first-team All-Big Ten.
Virginia Tech 45, Indiana 20 - The blink of an eye. In a match-up of dead-even 8-3 teams, IU trailed 14-13 in the last minute of the first half and, with 35 seconds left, was driving for a possible go-ahead field goal. Instead, a pass rush-created fumble that bounced crazily backward to a Hokie for a touchdown dash, and a last-second IU field goal try that was deflected into the hands of another Tech flyer for an 80-yard TD bolt, and a tight, well-played first half had blown open to 28-13. That's the remembered disaster. There was another: two Tech touchdowns 12 seconds apart early in the fourth quarter, a 40-yard TD pass and a fumble picked up on another pass rush and run in from the IU 5. 28-13 was a teasing catch-up possibility through those first 20 scoreless minutes of the second half because Tech - like Penn State, Ohio State and a few others - had no answer for Thomas Lewis. 42-13 no longer was. Two blinks of an eye ... Lewis, who had already been named the team's MVP, caught a 75-yard touchdown pass from John Paci and a 42-yard TD pass from Chris Dittoe in a 6-catch, 177-yard day that gave him IU's second 1,000-yard season for a receiver, 1,058 - on his way to first-round selection by the New York Giants in the NFL draft ... The score was an undeserved indictment of the Hoosier defense, which got a team-high 9 tackles and a play-of-the-season-candidate diving interception from Mose Richardson, 5 tackles and a fumble recovery from Bernard Whittington on a day when Tech's defense scored or set up 24 of the 45 points.
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