Indiana Welcomes Akron to Memorial Stadium

    Go Hoosiers! Senior safety Mitchell Evans has 14 tackles and an interception this season.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior safety Mitchell Evans has 14 tackles and an interception this season.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 22, 2010

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    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
    For the second time in his career, Ben Chappell earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors, the conference announced on Monday. Chappell shared the honor last season following his 333-yard, three-touchdown performance vs. Illinois.

    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.

    Hoosiers Join Coach To Cure MD
    For the third year in a row, Indiana Head Coach Bill Lynch and the Hoosier coaching staff will be wearing Coach to Cure MD patches on Saturday night 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.

    Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood and primarily affects boys across all races and cultures. Boys and young men with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy develop progressive muscle weakness that eventually causes loss of mobility, wheelchair dependency and a decline in respiratory and cardiac function. Currently, there is no cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and limited therapeutic options exist.

    The Akron Series
    Indiana and Akron will meet for the third time on Saturday. The Hoosiers beat the Zips, 41-24, at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 15, 2007, and posted a 38-21 road triumph on Sept. 19, 2009.

    IU Vs. The MAC
    The Hoosiers own a 34-6-1 (.842) all-time mark against Mid-American Conference (MAC) opponents. IU defeated both MAC foes on the schedule last season. Indiana downed Western Michigan, 23-19, at Memorial Stadium and won at Akron, 38-21.

    IU-Akron Ties
    Curt Mallory is in his first season as Akron's defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach. The son of Indiana's all-time winningest coach, Bill Mallory, Curt served as the Hoosiers' secondary coach from 2002-04 and as a graduate assistant during the 1993-94 campaigns.

    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).

    Ohio Connection
    Seventeen Hoosiers hail from the state of Ohio. Pete Bachman (Cincinnati), Antonio Banks (Middletown), Larry Black, Jr., (Cincinnati), Ted Bolser (Cincinnati), Javon Cornley (Columbus), Mitchell Evans (West Milton), Chase Hoobler (Orrville), Shaquille Jefferson (Lexington), Brad Martin (Marion), Pat McShane (Stow), Tim O'Conner (Cincinnati), Ryan Phillis (Boardman), Adam Replogle (Centerville), Tyler Replogle (Centerville), Harrison Scott (New Albany), Damon Sims (Cincinnati) and Eric Thomas (Cleveland) all came to Bloomington from the Buckeye State.

    Scouting Akron
    Akron is making its second trip to Memorial Stadium in four seasons. The Zips are 0-3 after a pair of home losses to Syracuse (29-3) and Gardner-Webb (38-37 overtime) and a 47-10 defeat at Kentucky last weekend.

    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).

    Opening Might
    Indiana is looking to start 3-0 for the 15th time in school history and the third time in Head Coach Bill Lynch's four seasons. IU opened 3-0 in 2007 and 2009. Lynch has been a part of five of the 3-0 starts - the two as a head coach and three as an assistant (1993, 1994 and 2005).

    Stout Defense
    After Western Kentucky had 76 yards of total offense on the opening drive, including 62 rushing yards by Bobby Rainey, the Hoosiers held WKU to 53 yards on the next five drives in scoring 31 unanswered points. Rainey, who entered the game averaging 169.5 yards per game, had just 43 yards on 14 carries after the opening drive. The Hoosiers held him 65.5 yards below his season average and limited him to five rushes of no gain or loss.

    Controlling The Controllables
    Heading into the season opener and with a 16-day break before game two at Western Kentucky, Head Coach Bill Lynch stressed to his team the importance of focusing on themselves. Three primary areas of emphasis were to protect the ball, cut down on penalties and convert on third down.

    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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