IU Football's Greatest Games - No. 9

    Go Hoosiers! Vaughn Dunbar ran for 106 yards and a touchdown in the 1991 Copper Bowl.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Vaughn Dunbar ran for 106 yards and a touchdown in the 1991 Copper Bowl.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 25, 2009

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - In celebration of the 125th year of football at Indiana University, will reveal the top 12 games in IU history, voted on by Hoosier fans. Each week during the regular season a game will be revealed. This week we bring you No. 9 on the list, a shutout victory for the Hoosiers in the 1991 Copper Bowl.

    A panel consisting of former Hoosier players and current football directors of operations Mark Deal and Harold Mauro, former Indiana radio analyst Max Skirvin, current "Voice of the Hoosiers" Don Fischer, current IU pre-game, post-game and halftime voice Joe Smith, Herald-Times reporter Lynn Houser, long-time Hoosier sports information director and current IU assistant athletic director Kit Klingelhoffer and long-time Herald-Times sports editor Bob Hammel deliberated and came up with a list of the top 33 all-time games.

    Fans then emailed their votes from this list, resulting in the top 12 games in Hoosier lore. The list will culminate with the top game in IU history being revealed the week of the Old Oaken Bucket game in November.


    New Years Eve, 1991, saw the Indiana Hoosiers face off with the Baylor Bears in the Copper Bowl. For the Hoosiers, it marked their fifth bowl game in a six-year span, and it still marks the most dominant bowl game performance in IU history.

    Against the Bears, Vaughn Dunbar rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown and Trent Green rushed for two touchdowns to lead the Hoosiers to a 24-0 win. The Hoosier defense limited the Bears to just 269 yards of total offense and forced two turnovers.

    On the defensive side, Mark Hagen had 11 tackles, three for loss, including a crucial tackle for loss on an attempted flea flicker early on in the game. John Miller made five tackles and intercepted a pass as well. The win gave Head Coach Bill Mallory his second bowl championship.



    Indiana 24, Baylor 0 - No. 9 of the greatest games in 125 years of IU Football.

    No. 9 - Indiana 24, Baylor 0
    No. 10 - Indiana 45, Wisconsin 17
    No. 11 - Indiana 12, Purdue 7 - 11/17/62
    No. 12 - Indiana 6, Chicago 0 - 10/8/10
    Greatest Opener - INDIANA 30, IOWA 26 - 9/8/79


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