Hoosiers Return Home, Open Big Ten Season with Penn State

    Go Hoosiers! Kofi Hughes and the Hoosiers host Penn State at noon on Saturday.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Kofi Hughes and the Hoosiers host Penn State at noon on Saturday.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 26, 2011

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Opening its 112th season of Big Ten football, Indiana (1-3) welcomes Penn State (3-1) to Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 1. Kickoff is set for noon EDT.

    Clay Matvick (play-by-play), Brian Griese (analyst) and Allison Wilson (sideline) will call the game on ESPNU. The game can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network, Sirius 113 and XM 191 with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Buck Suhr (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.

    The Coaches
    Kevin Wilson earned his first victory as Indiana head coach vs. South Carolina State. Wilson spent the 2002-10 seasons at Oklahoma, where he served as co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach from 2002-05 and as offensive coordinator and tight ends and fullbacks coach from 2006-10. OU played in seven Big 12 Title games in Wilson's nine years, going 6-1 in those appearances. His offenses were vital to accumulating an overall record of 99-24 (.805) during his time in Norman, including seven 10-win seasons. • Joe Paterno is in his 46th season as head coach at Penn State. The 2007 College Football Hall of Fame inductee is the all-time FBS leader in wins and holds a 403-136-3 overall record.

    News & Notes
    • Safety Mark Murphy became the first true freshman since Tracy Porter (2004) to return an interception for a score when he raced 31 yards to paydirt at North Texas.
    • Indiana's defense has scored twice this season - Lawrence Barnett 54-yard fumble return vs. Virginia.
    • IU scored 21 points in the fourth quarter and is outscoring its opponents 52-21 in the final stanza this year.
    • Sophomore Jamonne Chester caught eight balls for 92 yards and true freshman Cody Latimer hauled in his first career touchdown, a 44-yarder, in their first career starts.
    • Safety Chris Adkins recorded a team-high 10 tackles, the third double-digit tackle effort of his career.
    • The Hoosiers defense recorded three takeaways and share fifth in the Big Ten with eight in 2011.
    • Indiana's 1991 Copper Bowl championship team is celebrating its 20th reunion this weekend.
    • Hoosiers defensive tackles coach Mark Hagen was named the bowl's defensive most valuable player.
    • IU's staff and players will "go pink" in support of breast cancer awareness on Saturday.
    • Former football Hoosiers Trent Green (1990-92) and James Sniadecki (1966-68) will be recognized at halftime as two of the six newest members inducted into the IU Athletics Hall of Fame.
    • Indiana has never defeated Penn State. PSU has won all 14 meetings, including five in Bloomington.
    • The Nittany Lions earned a 41-24 victory at FedExField, home of the Washington Redskins, on Nov. 20, 2010.
    • Hoosiers sophomore defensive end Javon Cornley's brother, Jamelle, played forward on PSU's basketball team from 2006-09. Jamelle is the program's fourth all-time rebounder (755) and fifth all-time scorer (1,579).

    Hoosiers Go Pink
    The Hoosiers staff and players will "go pink" in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Saturday. Head coach Kevin Wilson and his staff will wear hats and polos with pink ribbon decals, while the players will wear pink gloves, wristbands, towels and t-shirts.

    1991 Copper Bowl Champs
    In one of the most impressive performances by any team during the 1991 bowl season, Indiana dominated a highly-regarded Baylor team in the Copper Bowl, 24-0, on Dec. 31. The team is celebrating its 20-year reunion on Saturday.
    • Current Hoosiers defensive tackles coach Mark Hagen was named the defensive most valuable player with 11 tackles and two tackles for loss.
    • Running back Vaughn Dunbar earned offensive MVP honors, rushing for 106 yards on 28 carries with one touchdown.
    • Quarterback Trent Green rushed for two scores and threw for 165 yards on 11-of-21 passing.
    • Bill Mallory's charges finished 1991 with a 7-4-1 record and tied for third in the Big Ten with a 5-3 mark.

    On The Mark
    True freshman Mark Murphy started the season working with the safeties, and he is currently working with the linebackers and playing in what the defensive coaches have labeled the nickel will position - a hybrid between a nickel back and weak-side linebacker.
    • Murphy has played in all four games and started the last two games at the nickel will position.
    • He intercepted his first pass and returned it 31 yards for a touchdown at North Texas, becoming the first true freshman since Tracy Porter (2004) to do so.
    • In his first career start, he posted seven tackles with one tackle for loss and one pass breakup vs. South Carolina State.
    • Overall, Murphy has 14 tackles, nine solo, with an INT, TFL and PBU.
    • Murphy's father, Mark, played safety for the Green Bay Packers from 1980-91 and was enshrined into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1998.

    Forcing The Issue
    IU has five fumble recoveries and three interceptions through four games. The Hoosiers recovered four fumbles with eight interceptions all of last year.
    • Indiana is tied for third in the Big Ten with its eight takeaways and is sixth in the league with a plus-2 turnover margin.
    • IU has scored 31 points off of the turnovers, including a 31-yard interception return by defensive back Mark Murphy and a 54-yard fumble return by cornerback Lawrence Barnett.
    • With two fumble recoveries and two INTs vs. South Carolina State, Indiana forced four turnovers for the first time since its trip to Penn State on Nov. 14, 2009.
    • The Hoosiers added three takeaways at North Texas last weekend with two fumble recoveries and a pick.

    Fresh Faces
    Sophomore Jamonne Chester and true freshmen Cody Latimer and Shane Wynn made the most of their playing time at North Texas.
    • Chester led the Hoosiers with eight receptions for 98 yards. He entered the game with zero catches in 2010 and just two receptions for 13 yards in his career.
    • Latimer pulled in a 44-yard score in the fourth quarter, his first career touchdown and a career-long reception.
    • The Dayton, Ohio, native has five receptions for 85 yards and the score in four games this season.
    • Wynn added four grabs for 21 yards. On the season, he has eight catches for 63 yards and has 199 kick return yards on 11 returns.




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