Inside The Iowa Game

    Go Hoosiers! Sophomore defensive end Greg Middleton is tied for fifth nationally with five sacks this season.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Sophomore defensive end Greg Middleton is tied for fifth nationally with five sacks this season.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 28, 2007

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - As the Indiana football team prepares for Saturday's game at Iowa, takes a look inside the numbers. The Hoosiers (3-1, 0-1 Big Ten) and Hawkeyes (2-2, 0-1) will kick off at 11 a.m./noon EDT Saturday at Kinnick Stadium (70,585) in Iowa City 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.

    The Iowa Series
    Indiana has won four of the last seven meetings between the two programs, including a 31-28 victory over No. 13 Iowa on Oct. 14 last season. The Hawkeyes lead the all-time series, 38-26-4.

    After its triumph in 2006, the Hoosiers were selected as the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week. Wide receiver James Hardy hauled in three touchdown passes, while quarterback Kellen Lewis threw for 255 yards and three scores. For his performance against the Hawkeyes, Lewis picked up co-Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors. 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.

    The last time Indiana traveled to Iowa City, the Hoosiers pulled to within 24-21 midway through the fourth quarter before suffering a 38-21 loss on Oct. 15, 2005. Hardy notched a career-best 203 yards and caught a career-high 12 balls, while quarterback Blake Powers also had a record-breaking day. The Brandenburg, Ky., native set career highs with 37 completions, 57 attempts and 360 yards. His 37 completions not only set a new Indiana single-game record (34 Babe Laufenberg, Oct. 23, 1982), but also broke the Kinnick Stadium record (36 Scott Mullen, Oct. 23, 1999). Additionally, Powers' 57 attempts set a new Hoosier single-game record and his 360 yards ranked sixth on the Hoosiers' all-time list.



    Scouting Iowa
    Iowa sits at 2-2 on the season and 0-1 in conference play after taking No. 9/7 Wisconsin down to the wire before falling 17-13 in Madison on Saturday. The Hawkeyes opened the season 2-0 but have dropped their last two games to the Badgers and Iowa State (15-13, Sept. 15).

    The UI defense was the last in the nation to allow a touchdown, surrendering its first two of the season at Wisconsin. Iowa is holding its opponents to a paltry 8.8 points (fifth nationally), 235.5 yards (sixth), 147.0 passing yards (11th) and 88.5 rushing yards (22nd) per contest. Senior middle linebacker and 2006 All-Big Ten selection Mike Klinkenborg leads the Hawks with 32 tackles and senior weak side linebacker Mike Humpal is right behind him with 30 stops to go along with a team-leading two interceptions.

    Iowa is averaging 19.2 points and 313.0 yards per games. The Hawkeyes are rushing for 135.5 yards and throwing for 177.5 per contest. Sophomore quarterback Jake Christensen has thrown six touchdown passes and has completed 52.9 percent of his attempts this season. On the ground, senior Albert Young leads the team averaging 65.5 yards per game and 4.5 yards per carry, while senior Damian Sims is averaging 61.0 yards and 5.2 yards per rush.

    Head coach Kirk Ferentz is in his ninth season at Iowa and 12th season overall. He holds a 57-45 mark in Iowa City and a career record of 69-66. Ferentz has led the Hawkeyes to two Big Ten championships and has twice earned Big Ten Coach of the Year laurels.

    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.

    With His Feet...
    Kellen Lewis has the fifth-best rushing total nationally for a quarterback and sits 50th in the nation averaging 88.0 rushing yards per game. The sophomore ran for a career-high 199 yards - the third-most for an IU quarterback - on 18 attempts, rushed for a pair of scores and broke off a career-best 64-yard run in the team's win over Akron. It marked his second career 100-yard rushing game and the most yards on the ground for an IU player since Levron Williams ran for 251 yards at Michigan State on Nov. 10, 2001.

    Former Hoosier great Antwaan Randle El holds the top-two rushing slots for a quarterback. Randle El posted 210 yards vs. Minnesota on Oct. 21, 2000 and added a 209-yard effort at Illinois on Nov. 4 that same season.

    Lewis has 793 career rushing yards in 15 games, good for a 52.9 per game average. He has also crossed the goal line eight times as a rusher.

    With His Arm...
    Lewis is just as lethal with his arm. With his two touchdowns through the air against Illinois, he moved into sole possession of sixth place on the Hoosiers' career touchdown passing list with 25. Lewis also completed 26 passes, matching a career best, with a career-high 51 attempts (third-highest total in IU history) to go along with 263 yards. He is now 10th with 3,127 career passing yards, ninth with 267 career completions and shares ninth with 512 career attempts.

    His 19-of-24 effort (79.2 percent) against Akron was the second-highest single-game passing completion percentage in school history. Lewis has one 300-yard performance, reached 250 yards six times and eclipsed 200 yards on 10 occasions, which shares fourth in IU history, in his career. He has thrown at least three touchdown passes on six occasions, including three times this season.

    Kellen Lewis Is The Total Package
    Combining his passing and rushing totals, Lewis ranks 19th in the nation with 314.5 yards of total offense per game. He is responsible for 21 points each time out, which is tied for ninth nationally.

    Lewis' five touchdowns against Akron marked the second time in his career he reached that benchmark. He recorded six scores (five passes, one rush) against Michigan State last season (Oct. 28). The Jacksonville, Fla., native has eclipsed the 300-yard total offense mark in two games this season and six times in his career.

    In his last 11 games, Lewis has thrown for 23 scores, rushed for seven, averaged 225.8 yards through the air, 60.0 yards on the ground and thrown only eight interceptions. He has eclipsed the 250-yard passing mark on six occasions and surpassed 300 yards of total offense five times.

    Under Pressure
    A major point of emphasis during preseason camp on the defensive side of the ball was to get to the quarterback. The Hoosier defense has responded this season. After collecting only 14 sacks during the entire 2006 season, the Hoosiers have eclipsed that total and own 18 this season. Indiana recorded five in its season-opening win over Indiana State, eight in its victory over Western Michigan, four in its triumph over Akron and one vs. Illinois. The eight sacks at WMU were the most in a game since the Hoosiers recorded that same total in a 24-8 victory over Kentucky on Sept. 18, 1993.

    IU is third in the nation behind Michigan State (21) and Penn State (19) with its 18 sacks. Sophomore defensive end Greg Middleton is leading the way up front, sharing the No. 3 spot in the league and fifth nationally with five sacks. Kenny Kendal led the 2006 Hoosiers with just four sacks the entire season.

    After senior linebacker Adam McClurg picked up his first sack of the season, 11 different Hoosiers have recorded at least one sack. With the help of Middleton's surge, 14.5 of the 18 sacks have come from the defensive line. Indiana is also ninth nationally with 8.75 tackles for loss per game.

    Middleton and defensive lineman Brian Zematis picked up the first sacks of their careers against Indiana State, while junior defensive end Ryan Marando (1.5), sophomore defensive lineman Emile Bass (1.0) and junior cornerback Christopher Phillips (1.0) secured their first career sacks at WMU.

    No Middle Ground
    Greg Middleton received his first start in the season opener vs. Indiana State and has been the Hoosiers' most disruptive defensive force this season. The right end out of Pike High School in Indianapolis shares fifth nationally with his five sacks, which surpassed Kenny Kendal's team-leading total of four from one season ago. Middleton recorded the first two sacks of his career against ISU and reached that total again vs. Akron. He has also collected a forced fumble and two pass breakups.

    Middleton saved his most impressive feat for the team's victory at Western Michigan, where he scooped up a fumble forced by junior defensive tackle Greg Brown and rumbled 44 yards for his first-career touchdown. The score advanced the Hoosiers' lead to 17-7 in the second quarter and was the first fumble TD return by an IU defensive player since Troy Grosfield brought home a 15-yard fumble against Wisconsin on Sept. 30, 2006.


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