Hoosiers Host Wolverines in Big Ten Opener on Saturday
Sept. 28, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Entering its 111th season of Big Ten football with a perfect 3-0 mark, the Indiana football team opens conference play against No. 19 Michigan (4-0) for the second straight year. The Hoosiers and Wolverines will meet at Memorial Stadium (52,929) on Saturday, Oct. 2. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. EDT and the game will be televised on ESPNU.
Pam Ward will handle play-by-play duties and she will be joined by analyst Danny Kanell. The game can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Buck Suhr (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.
IU is looking for its sixth 4-0 start in school history and its first since 1990. Indiana is also looking for its first victory over Michigan since 1987 and its first conference-opening win since 2001 (at Wisconsin).
The Hoosiers improved to 3-0 for the 15th time in school history following their 35-20 win over Akron on Sept. 25. Fifth-year senior quarterback Ben Chappell posted his first career four-touchdown game and the first for a Hoosier since 2007. He finished with 342 yards, completing 23-of-33 passes.
Fifth-year senior Terrance Turner finished the game with six catches for 121 yards, a career high in yardage and his first career 100-yard game. Turner added a 16-yard touchdown grab, the second of his career, and redshirt freshman tight end Ted Bolser hauled in two scores, matching IU's single-season tight end scoring record of four.
The Hoosiers have started 3-0 for back-to-back years for the first time since the 1993-94 campaigns.
Chappell is one of only four quarterbacks in the country with no interceptions and he currently has a streak of 113 passes without a pick dating back to last season. He is the national leader in passing TDs without an interception and is sixth nationally with a 179.0 efficiency rating. The Bloomington, Ind., native is also tied for sixth in points responsible for (20.0), tied for 10th and tops in the Big Ten in passing yards per game (296.7), tied for 13th in completions per game (23.67) and 20th in total offense (290.0).
Chappell's top two targets thus far in 2010, Damarlo Belcher (7.00) and Terrance Turner (5.67), rank one and two in the conference in catches per game and share 14th and 31st nationally. Belcher also leads the league with 94.7 yards per game (18th nationally) and Turner is tied for seventh with 63.3 yards per game.
The Michigan Series
Last season, Indiana fell 2:29 short of defeating Michigan for the first time in Ann Arbor since 1967. The Hoosiers posted new highs in the 60-game series against the Wolverines in total yards (467) and points scored (33). IU's 197 yards rushing marked the second-highest total in the all-time series.
The Hagerups hail from Whitefish Bay, Wis., and attended Whitefish Bay High School, while the Blacks are from Cincinnati and went to Wyoming High School. Hagerup is averaging 39.0 yards on 11 punts with a long of 53. Black has played in all four Michigan games.
Sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson steers the U-M attack. Robinson is the nation's top rusher (172.0), second in total offense (354.8) and 18th with an efficiency rating of 162.0. Robinson is 57-of-80 (71.2 percent) with four touchdowns, one interception and 182.8 yards per game. He has 688 rushing yards, six scores, an 8.7 average per rush and a long rush of 87 yards.
Junior Michael Shaw and sophomore Vincent Smith each have 44 carries on the season. Shaw has 245 yards, a 5.6 average and five scores, while Smith owns 172 yards, a 3.9 average and three TDs.
Sophomore Roy Roundtree is tied for fourth in the league in receptions per game (20 overall) and has 211 yards and one touchdown. Junior Darryl Stonum holds a team-best 226 yards with 15 grabs and a pair of scores.
On the other side of the ball, the Wolverine defense is allowing 23.0 points, 135.2 rushing yards, 264.8 passing yards and 400.0 total yards per contest. The defense has picked off six passes, forced a pair of fumbles and recorded five sacks.
Sophomore strong safety Jordan Kovacs and senior linebacker Jonas Mouton lead the team with 35 tackles. Kovacs has 24 solos, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one interception and 2.5 tackles for loss. Mouton is second with 22 solos to go along with two INTs, one sack and 2.5 TFLs. Senior middle linebacker Obi Ezeh is third on the club with 25 tackles and has tallied one fumble recovery and 1.5 stops for loss.
Rich Rodriguez is in his third season at Michigan and owns a 12-16 record. He is 117-78-2 in his 18th overall season with stops at Salem, Glenville State and West Virginia.
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