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    Indiana Travels to Iowa City to Face the Hawkeyes

    Go Hoosiers! Senior cornerback Tracy Porter picked off a pair of passes against Illinois last weekend.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior cornerback Tracy Porter picked off a pair of passes against Illinois last weekend.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 24, 2007

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana football team (3-1, 0-1 Big Ten) hits the road for the second time this season when it travels to Iowa City to face the Iowa Hawkeyes (2-2, 0-1) on Saturday, Sept. 29. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. CDT/noon EDT at Kinnick Stadium (70,585) and the game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.

    Mark Neely will handle play-by-play duties and he will be joined by analyst Glen Mason and sideline reporter Marshall Harris. The game can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Pete Compise (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.

    Last Time Out
    The Hoosiers suffered their first defeat of the 2007 season on Sept. 22, falling to Illinois, 27-14, at Memorial Stadium.

    Senior Tracy Porter led the IU defense, posting seven tackles and recording a pair of interceptions in the game. It marked Porter's third career multi-interception game, as he moved into sole possession of second place with 13 picks. Tim Wilbur holds the school record with 19 interceptions from 1978-82.

    Andrew Means had a career day for the Hoosiers on offense, posting career highs in both catches (seven) and yards (83). Kellen Lewis went 26-for-51 for 263 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the game.

     

     

    Hardy Against The Hawks
    James Hardy has put up some gaudy statistics in two career meetings with Iowa. In 2005, Hardy recorded 12 catches (tied for third-highest total in IU history) for 203 yards (fourth-highest total) and a score in Iowa City. He became the fourth receiver in IU history to record a 200-yard receiving game and the first since Tyrone Browning (258) against Western Michigan on Sept. 12, 1998.

    Last season, the Fort Wayne, Ind., native posted eight catches for 104 yards and three scores. Hardy became the first IU receiver to record a trio of receiving touchdowns since Duane Gunn turned the trick against Minnesota on Oct. 8, 1983. Those numbers average out to 10 catches for 153.5 yards and two touchdowns. Hardy is averaging 15.35 yards per catch with a long of 66 yards.

    Finding The End Zone
    With his second-quarter touchdown grab against Illinois, James Hardy has collected a touchdown reception in all four games this season and each of his last five games. This is the second time in the junior's career that he has caught a TD in five consecutive games - the only receiver in school history to accomplish the feat twice - and he owns the IU record, along with Jade Butcher, with six consecutive games with a touchdown reception. Hardy opened the 2005 season with a scoring grab in each of the first six games.

    He has corralled at least one reception in all 24 of the contests he has played in his career. On the season, six of Hardy's receptions have come in the end zone. He ranks sixth in the Big Ten averaging 71.8 yards per game and is tied for fifth in scoring (9.0).

    Porter Picking `Em Off
    Senior cornerback Tracy Porter picked off a pair of passes against "Juice" Williams and Illinois in the Big Ten opener to move into sole possession of second place on the school's interceptions list. Porter now has 13 and trails only Tim Wilbur's (1978-82) total of 19. With his 39 return yards, Porter moved ahead of Wilbur (360) and into the top spot on the school's interception return yardage list with 374.

    The Port Allen, La., native has intercepted three balls in the last five quarters and has collected at least three interceptions each of his four seasons. Porter has three multi-interception games in his career and moved into the top spot in the Big Ten and a tie for ninth nationally with 0.75 picks per game.

    Additionally, Porter is a dangerous threat returning punts. He is second in the league and 14th nationally averaging 15.9 per return. Porter has a long return of 28 yards and has received seven opportunities this season. Last season, he led the Big Ten with an 18.6 average.

    Forcing Mistakes
    After forcing 10 turnovers and holding a plus-6 turnover margin through its first three games, Indiana coughed the ball up four times, had a punt blocked and was minus-1 in turnover margin in its loss to Illinois. The Hoosiers are 3-0 when winning the turnover battle and 0-1 when they do not.

    IU did force three more turnovers against Illinois to move its total to 13 (seven interceptions, six fumbles) this season. The Hoosiers share the conference lead and 16th nationally with a plus-5 turnover margin and have forced a turnover in 17 of their last 18 games. Indiana only forced 22 turnovers (13 interceptions, nine fumbles) and was minus-4 in turnover margin during the entire 2006 season.

    Balanced Attack
    Twelve different Hoosiers have recorded a reception this season, while four players are in double digits. Sophomore Ray Fisher (19) leads the way followed by junior James Hardy (16), sophomore Andrew Means (13) and junior James Bailey (10). In addition, nine players have recorded at least one carry and six have received 10-plus opportunities.

    On the defensive side of the ball, 11 different Hoosiers have recorded sacks, six have forced fumbles, five have recovered fumbles and four have picked off at least one pass.


       

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