A Look Back: Hoosiers Topple No. 13 Iowa, 31-28
Sept. 27, 2007
Oct. 14, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - James Hardy caught three touchdown passes and Kellen Lewis threw for a career-high 255 yards and three scores as Indiana upset No. 13 Iowa 31-28 on Saturday, Oct. 14, at Memorial Stadium. The Hoosiers scored 24 of the game's final 31 points to come away with the victory, their first over a top-15 team since Oct. 10, 1987, against No. 9 Ohio State.
Hardy caught eight passes for 104 yards for the Hoosiers, and his three-touchdown game was the first by an IU receiver since Duane Gunn turned the trick against Minnesota on Oct. 8, 1983. He also moved into a tie for fifth place on the all-time TD list with Gunn, Rob Turner and Bill Malinchak, who all had 14 career receiving scores.
Lewis went 19-for-25 on the day, and added 13 yards rushing and a score on the ground. The Hoosiers got a significant contribution from Demetrius McCray, who came off the bench to record 13 runs for 84 yards, including a career-high 27-yard scamper in the fourth quarter.
The Hoosier defense held Iowa QB Drew Tate to 23-of-40 passing, with Will Meyers making a key interception on the Hawkeyes' final drive to help seal the victory for the Hoosiers. On first-and-10 from the IU 30, Drew dropped back and fired a pass to Andy Brodell. The ball deflected off the sophomore, and Meyers made a diving, one-handed grab to give IU its second takeaway of the contest. The Hoosiers ran out the clock five plays later to preserve the victory.
Austin Thomas made a career-high 11 tackles in the contest, and forced a key fumble in the third quarter. Tracy Porter added eight tackles and a pair of pass breakups, while Josh Bailey made six tackles, three for loss, in the victory.
Iowa opened the scoring on its second possession after securing the ball at the Hoosiers' 41-yard line. Facing a third-and-nine from the 26, Iowa picked up 25 yards on a wide receiver screen to Dominique Douglas to give the visitors first-and-goal on the 1. Damien Sims put the Hawkeyes on the scoreboard with 8:06 to play in the opening quarter on a 1-yard plunge on the next play, giving Iowa a 7-0 lead in the contest.
Indiana rode the arm of Lewis into the red zone on its second possession of the half, as the redshirt freshman threw for first downs on third-and-long and fourth-and-long on the drive. Lewis found Hardy on third-and-six for 15 yards on the left side, then found an open Jahkeen Gilmore for 15 on fourth-and-10 from the 33. Two plays later, Lewis found Hardy on a slant for a 16-yard touchdown pass, the sophomore's second touchdown of the season. Austin Starr's extra point tied the game at 7-7 with 4:20 to play in the opening frame.
Iowa regained the lead with 27 seconds to play in the first quarter on a 19-yard pass from Tate to Scott Chandler on a post play. The Hawkeyes began the drive at the 12 after a Lewis fumble, and scored three plays later to move in front 14-7.
The Hawkeyes extended their lead with 10:40 to play in the second on a 25-yard reverse by receiver Herb Grigsby. The touchdown capped off an eight-play, 51-yard drive that spanned 3:22 for Iowa, giving the visitors a 21-7 lead. The key play of the drive came on a third-and-two from the 32, where Tate, under heavy pressure from the IU defensive line, scrambled to his right and delivered a seven-yard strike to Trey Stross to set up the touchdown.
After the Hoosier defense forced a three-and-out with five minutes to play in the half, IU got a fortunate bounce off a punt to take possession at the Iowa 33. After an eight-yard pass to Hardy, Lewis lofted a pass to Andrew Means on the right side, and the redshirt freshman made a brilliant catch for a 22-yard gain. Two plays later, Lewis scrambled for a two-yard touchdown run, his third on the season, to trim the deficit to 21-14.
Nearing the end of the first half, the Hoosier defense came up strong and forced an Iowa punt that gave IU the ball at its own 22 with just 51 seconds to play. On the ensuing drive, Lewis went 4-for-5 on the drive for 37 yards to give Starr a 46-yard field goal attempt with one second to play. Starr drilled the kick through a swirling wind to trim the deficit to 21-17. The 46-yarder was a career-long for the sophomore.
The Hawkeyes looked poised to extend their lead on their first possession of the second half, but a Damian Sims fumble gave the Hoosiers their first takeaway of the game. Iowa moved the ball 82 yards to move into the IU red zone, when Thomas knocked the ball away from Sims on a rush. Bailey snatched the ball out of midair to give Indiana the ball back with 7:10 to play in the third quarter.
The Hoosiers turned that play into points, taking their first lead of the contest with 3:01 to play in the quarter. Lewis led the Hoosiers on a 10-play, 88-yard drive that culminated in a 28-yard touchdown pass to Hardy for the sophomore's fourth-career two-touchdown game. Lewis went 3-for-4 on the drive for 44 yards, while McCray turned in the crucial play of the drive, a 27-yard run that moved the Hoosiers into Iowa territory.
After Iowa regained the lead on a Sims two-yard run, Lewis and the Hoosiers countered with a touchdown drive of their own, spanning six plays and 80 yards, with Lewis finding Hardy for a 20-yard touchdown strike. Lewis went 2-for-2 for 56 yards on the drive, with the key play being a 36-yard crossing pattern to James Bailey over the middle.
After each team had a possession that ended in a punt, the Hawkeyes mounted a final challenge, getting the ball with 3:23 to play at their own 16-yard line. Tate found Champ Davis for a 28-yard gain on the drive's first play, and an IU personal foul moved Iowa into IU territory. After an 11-yard completion to Andy Brodell, Meyers came up with the diving interception to give IU the ball back with just 2:53 to play. Five plays later, Indiana finished off the game with a Lewis rush for no gain running out the clock.
The Hoosiers return to action next Saturday, Oct. 21, against top-ranked Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio. Game time is slated for noon EDT.
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