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    A Look Back: 1991 Copper Bowl Champs

    Go Hoosiers! Running back Vaughn Dunbar was named the 1991 Copper Bowl Offensive MVP.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Running back Vaughn Dunbar was named the 1991 Copper Bowl Offensive MVP.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 28, 2011

    Indiana's 1991 Copper Bowl championship team is celebrating its 20th reunion this weekend. The team will be recognized at halftime of Saturday's game against Penn State.

    Here is a look back at the Hoosiers victory over Baylor on Dec. 31, 1991:

    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.

    IU wasted little time getting started as it jumped to a 17-0 halftime lead and was never threatened on its way to winning its second bowl game in four years.

    Indiana quarterback Trent Green (21-11-165-0-0 passing, 2 rushing touchdowns) broke the Hoosiers into the scoring column when he tallied a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. IU would increase its lead one quarter later when kicker Scott Bonnell connected on a 27-yard field goal attempt and running back Vaughn Dunbar (28-106-1TD rushing) scored on a 5-yard touchdown run to give the Hoosiers a 17-0 halftime advantage.

    IU's only scary moment came in the third quarter when Baylor reached Indiana's 2-yard line. However, a muffed handoff resulted in a fumble that was recovered in the end zone by free safety Damon Watts and the game was, for all intents and purposes, over.

    Dunbar won game Most Valuable Player honors on offense and linebacker Mark Hagen (11 tackles, including 2 tackles for loss, and 1 pass broken up) was the game's defensive MVP.

     

     

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