GAME FOUR: Hoosiers Head to Northwestern
Sept. 24, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Coming off its bye week, the Indiana football team (2-1) travels to Evanston for the first time since 2009 to face Northwestern (4-0) on Saturday, Sept. 29. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. CDT/noon EDT and BTN will broadcast the game from Ryan Field (47,130; Natural Grass).
Pat Fitzgerald is in his seventh season as head coach at Northwestern and owns a 44-36 (.550) record. Fitzgerald starred at linebacker for the Wildcats (1993-96) and has guided NU to four straight bowl games.
NEWS & NOTES
True freshman QB Nate Sudfeld earned co-Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors for his performance against Ball State. Entering the game in the fourth quarter, he finished 13-of-20 for 172 yards with two TDs.
Sudfeld is just the third true freshman QB to play at IU (Steve Bradley - 1977, Tre Roberson - 2011).
The Hoosiers lead the Big Ten in passing offense (326.0-13th nationally) and are second in total offense (538.3). IU is also one of just 11 teams perfect in red zone scoring, going 12-for-12 with 10 touchdowns.
For just the sixth time in school history, Indiana went over 500 yards in back-to-back games. The Hoosiers collected 558 against Ball State and 606 at UMass.
IU head coach Kevin Wilson was Northwestern's offensive coordinator from 1999-2001.
Wilson worked with Pat Fitzgerald in 2001, as Fitzgerald coached NU's secondary.
Assistant offensive coordinator Kevin Johns served two stints with the Wildcats (1999-2001, 2004-10).
Northwestern wide receivers coach Dennis Springer spent the 2008-10 seasons on IU's coaching staff.
NU leads the all-time series, 45-34-1, including a 26-16-1 edge in Evanston.
Seven of the last games between the two teams have been decided by seven points or less. Those seven contests were decided by a combined 26 points with two extending into overtime.
Indiana coaches will wear Coach to Cure MD patches to raise awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Fans are encouraged to donate online at www.CoachtoCureMD.org or donate $5 by texting CURE to 90999.
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