Indiana Welcomes Akron to Memorial Stadium
Sept. 22, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Improving to 2-0 for the seventh straight season, the Indiana football team looks to make it three in a row against Akron. The Hoosiers and Zips will meet at Memorial Stadium (52,929) on Saturday, Sept. 25. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. EDT and the game will be televised in prime time on the Big Ten Network.
Craig Coshun will handle play-by-play duties and he will be joined by analyst Rosevelt Colvin and sideline reporter Larra Overton. The game can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Buck Suhr (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.
IU comes into Saturday following a 38-21 victory at Western Kentucky. Fifth-year senior quarterback Ben Chappell finished the game 32-of-42 for a career-high 366 yards, the sixth-most passing yards in school history in a contest, with three passing scores and one rushing touchdown. Junior Damarlo Belcher finished with 10 catches for 135 yards, career highs in both categories and his first 100-yard game, to go along with one TD.
Tyler Replogle finished with a game high in tackles for the second consecutive game. The senior linebacker made nine stops, six solo, and added 1.5 tackles for loss. Senior strong safety Mitchell Evans had seven stops, one half-TFL and one pass breakup.
Chappell Big Ten Player Of The Week
The fifth-year senior quarterback finished the Hoosiers' win at Western Kentucky 32-of-42 for 366 yards, the sixth-most passing yards in school history in a contest. It was also a career high in yards for Chappell, matched a career best in completions and marked his fourth career 300-yard game, which tied a school record.
He moved into sixth on IU's all-time passing yardage list with 4,504 yards and into sixth in career attempts (648). Chappell threw for three scores, his third game with three TDs in his career and his first of 2010. It was his sixth straight multi-touchdown game.
Chappell added a 1-yard touchdown plunge in the second half, his seventh career rushing TD. The Bloomington, Ind., native completed five 20-plus yard passes and went 8-for-8 on third down for 119 yards and a score, converting all eight.
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The Akron Series
IU Vs. The MAC
Bill Lynch was IU's quarterbacks coach in 1993-94 and later hired Curt on his staff at Ball State (1995-00) as linebackers coach (1995-99) as well as secondary coach (2000).
UA is averaging 16.7 points, 242.3 total yards, 127.0 passing yards and 115.3 rushing yards per game. Sophomore quarterback Patrick Nicely has thrown for 333 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He has completed 30-of-75 passes (40.0 percent) and has a 79.03 efficiency rating.
Seniors Nate Burney (179) and Alex Allen (158) both have rushed for over 150 yards. Burney has 39 carries and a 4.6 average, while Allen has 37 attempts, a 4.3 average and three TDs. Senior Jeremy LaFrance leads the Zips with 15 receptions, 186 yards, 62.0 yards per game and has one score.
Akron's defense has four sacks, 11 tackles for loss, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Opponents are averaging 38.0 points, 455.3 total yards, 257.7 passing yards and 197.7 rushing yards each time out.
Senior linebacker Mike Thomas paces the team with 31 tackles and 19 solos, and he has forced and recovered a fumble. Leading the Zips with two sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss is Shawn Lemon. The senior defensive end also has a 29-yard fumble recovery.
Head Coach Rob Ianello is in his first season at Akron. Ianello spent the 2005-09 campaigns as an assistant coach at Notre Dame and is no stranger to the Big Ten, serving two stints as an assistant coach at Wisconsin (1990-93, 2003-04).
Controlling The Controllables
Indiana has done just that thus far, committing one turnover (fumble) and six penalties. The Hoosiers were flagged three times for 25 yards against Towson and three times for 35 yards at Western Kentucky.
After struggling on third down last season (39 percent) and in the opener (20), the Hoosier offense converted 10-of-13 (76.9) at Western Kentucky, two were from over 10 yards. Fifth-year senior quarterback Ben Chappell went 8-for-8 on third down for 119 yards and a score, converting all eight.
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