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    Hoosiers Prepare for Michigan State

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    September 29, 2003

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    SERIES HISTORY
    Michigan State leads the all-time series 35-13-2 and owns a home mark of 20-5-1 against the Hoosiers. The last meeting in Lansing proved to be one of the five Indiana claimed a 37-28 win over the then-No. 22 Spartans. The contest remains as the Hoosiers' last road win.
    Last season, the Spartans defeated Indiana 56-21 in Bloomington. MSU has won six of the last seven meetings.


    LOOKING TO SNAP ROAD WOES
    Indiana has dropped its last ten road games dating back to 2001.


    TURNOVER MARGIN
    Indiana has a +3 turnover margin this season after forcing Michigan into four turnovers. Last year, Indiana had a -12 turnover margin. The biggest difference has come in the interception category, as the Hoosiers threw 21 interceptions last year. This year, just four Hoosier passes have been picked.
    The Hoosiers have been even or posted a positive turnover margin in each of the last four games. Last year, Indiana had a positive turnover margin just once in 12 games and three other times the margin was even.
    IU (Int-Fum) Forced +/-
    Mich 2-0 2-2 +2
    UK 1-0 0-1 0
    ISU 0-1 1-2 +2
    Wash 1-1 1-2 +1
    UConn 0-3 1-0 -2
    Totals 4-5 5-7 +3


    BIG TEN'S YOUNGEST TEAM
    A close look at the starting 22 players of each of the 11 Big Ten teams shows that Indiana has the youngest starting unit in the conference.
    A Big Ten high of 10 Hoosier starters have less than two years experience. Indiana has four freshman starting, which is also the most in the Big Ten.
    On defense, there are just four freshmen starting in the entire Big Ten and two of them are in the Hoosiers' starting 11.
    Team Sr Jr So Fr
    Michigan 12 9 1 0
    Ohio State 12 4 6 0
    Iowa 12 4 5 1
    Purdue 10 5 5 2
    Illinois 9 8 3 2
    Penn State 9 5 5 3
    Minnesota 9 4 8 1
    Michigan St. 8 7 7 0
    Northwestern 6 10 6 0
    Wisconsin 5 14 3 0
    Indiana 4 8 6 4


    KEEP YOUR PROGRAM HANDY
    A total of 66 players have played this season for the Hoosiers. Here is a breakdown by class of those players that have played this season:
    Seniors 7
    Juniors 19
    Sophomores 18
    Redshirt Freshmen 10
    True Freshmen 12


    WHO IS PROVIDING THE NUMBERS
    As Indiana builds its program under Head Coach Gerry DiNardo, a consistent theme has been the statistical output of the freshman and sophomore classes.
    2003 Freshmen Sophomores
    Rushing Yards 25% 36%
    Receiving Yards 9% 20%
    Touchdowns 30% 30%
    Tackles 22% 31%
    2002 Freshmen Sophomores
    Rushing Yards 69% 4%
    Receiving Yards 21% 44%
    Touchdowns 52% 18%
    Tackles 42% 25%


    IMPROVEMENT IN THIRD QUARTER
    Indiana had its most successful third quarter last weekend against Michigan. A look at the numbers shows the difference in the third quarter against Wolverines as compared to the previous four games.
    Michigan Game (IU-Opp)
    Stat 3rd 1st,2nd,4th
    Points 3-0 14-31
    1st Downs 7-1 10-15
    Rush Yds 46-31 56-137
    Pass Yds 47-5 60-165
    Total Yds 93-36 116-302
    3rd down .667-.000 .167-.454
    Prior to Michigan Game (IU-Opp)
    Stat 3rd 1st,2nd,4th
    Points 13-52 60-57
    1st Downs 15-29 61-33
    Rush Yds 125-231 449-436
    Pass Yds 161-359 661-619
    Total Yds 286-590 1110-1055
    3rd down .250-.545 .380-.409


    NEWCOMERS A KEY FOR INDIANA
    New faces factor heavily into Indiana's plans this season, evidenced by the fact that a total of 12 true freshmen have already seen game action. When the 10 redshirt freshmen who have played this year are included, a total of 22 Hoosiers have seen their first career action this season.


    TRUE FRESHMEN WHO HAVE PLAYED
    Player GP
    Lance Bennett 5
    BenJarvus Green-Ellis 5
    Ben Ishola 5
    Jake Powers 5
    Cleo Harbison 4
    Cedric Henry 4
    Will Meyers 4
    Chris Rudanovic 4
    Ryan Skelton 4
    Joel Stubblefield 4
    Chris Mangiero 3
    Casey Nowinski 3
    Totals 50


    REDSHIRT FROSH WHO HAVE PLAYED
    Player GP
    Scott Anderson 5
    Tyson Beattie 5
    Justin Frye 5
    Troy Grosfield 5
    Kenny Kendal 5
    Graeme McFarland 5
    Matt O'Neal 5
    Alex Stscherban 4
    Andy Halterman 4
    Jahkeen Gilmore 1
    Totals 44


    HOW FROSH GAMES COMPARE TO 2002
    Freshmen have played a combined 94 games this season and are on pace to play in a combined total of 225 games. Last year, freshmen played a total of 178 games for the Hoosiers.
    A total of 77 starts were made by freshmen in 2002. This season, first-year players have started a total of 17 games, a pace that would put the season total at 40 games.


    INDIANA'S SCHOLARSHIP NUMBERS
    Indiana will take the field on Saturday with 62 active players on scholarship.
    With only five scholarship seniors on the 2003 roster and an incoming recruiting class of 25 scholarship players, it won't be until the 2004 season when Indiana is at the NCAA-maximum of 85 scholarship players on the roster.
    The roster breakdown:
    Year Total School. Walk-On
    Seniors 8 5 3
    Juniors 22 17 5
    Sophomores 17 12 5
    R. Freshmen 16 8 8
    Freshmen 40 20 20
    Totals 103 62 41


    SCORING BY QUARTER
    Indiana has been outscored 52-16 in the third quarter this season. In comparison, the Hoosiers have been outscored, 88-74 in the other three quarters combined.
    The biggest third quarter differences came against Washington, when IU was outscored 28-3 and against Kentucky when the Hoosiers were blanked 14-0.
    Quarter IU Opp
    1st 19 41
    2nd 27 26
    3rd 16 52
    4th 28 21


    THE LONGEST DRIVE OF ALL
    Indiana opened the second half against Michigan with a 19 play, 72-yard drive that took up 8:40. It was the Hoosiers' longest drive, in terms of both plays and time elapsed, under Coach DiNardo


    LONG DRIVES THIS SEASON
    vs. Michigan
    Plays Yards Time Result
    19 72 8:40 FG
    vs. Kentucky
    Plays Yards Time Result
    12 76 4:35 FG
    14 29 5:36 Downs
    vs. Indiana State
    Plays Yards Time Result
    14 70 5:33 TD
    11 71 3:54 TD
    10 44 4:35 FG
    vs. Indiana State
    Plays Yards Time Result
    14 70 5:33 TD
    11 71 3:54 TD
    10 44 4:35 FG
    vs. Washington
    Plays Yards Time Result
    13 76 4:50 TD
    11 59 5:38 FG
    11 56 3:53 FG
    vs. Connecticut
    Plays Yards Time Result
    10 79 3:45 Downs
    7 76 2:55 TD


    STOPPING THE RUN ON 1ST DOWN
    Opponents have rushed the ball 92 times on first down against the Hoosiers. IU has held the opposition to three or less yards 46 times, including 22 times with zero or negative yards.


    EVALUATING THE RUSH DEFENSE
    Last season, Indiana allowed over 200 yards rushing in a game nine different times (average of 235 per game). It has yet to happen this season. Last year, the opposition averaged 5.40 yards per carry.
    2003 Opponent Yds Allowed YPC
    Michigan 168 4.7
    Kentucky 167 4.1
    Indiana State 105 2.8
    Washington 195 3.8
    UConn 200 5.3


    IMPROVING THE RUN GAME
    Against Kentucky the Hoosiers averaged 5.29 yards per carry. Indiana averaged 4.27 yards per carry last year.
    Opponent YPC
    Michigan 2.30
    Kentucky 5.29
    Indiana State 4.46
    Washington 2.09
    UConn 3.87


    ESTABLISHING THE RUN
    The Hoosiers have had a back rush for 100+ yards twice this season. First it was true freshman BenJarvus Green-Ellis with 107 yards on 20 carries against Indiana State. Against Kentucky, Brian Lewis returned from an injury that kept him out against Indiana State to rush for 116 yards on 17 carries.


    YOUNG BACKS MAKE HISTORY
    With BenJarvus Green-Ellis' 107 rushing yards against Indiana State this season and Chris Taylor's 102 rushing yards against Northwestern last season, this year's Hoosiers made history. Never before had Indiana seen back-to-back seasons with a true freshman rushing for 100+ yards in a game.


    ALL-TIME 100-YARD TRUE FROSH
    BenJarvus Green-Ellis became the sixth true freshman in IU history to rush for 100 yards in a game. He joins a list that includes the following:
    Chris Taylor (2002)
    Anthony Thompson (1986)
    Mike Harkrader (1976)
    De'Wayne Hogan (1997)
    Courtney Snyder (1973)


    CRITICAL PLAY SITUATIONS
    Here is a look at key critical-situation statistics for the Hoosiers this season.
    Red zone play has been telling. Against Indiana State, the Hoosiers were 5-of-5 with four touchdowns. In their four losses, the Hoosiers are a respectable 7-of-9 but have scored just three touchdowns and have had to settle for four field goals.
    The opposition in those four Hoosier losses was 14-of-16 in the red zone with 11 touchdowns and three field goals.
    3rd down conv IU Opp
    Michigan 6-18 5-12
    Kentucky 4-16 4-13
    ISU 8-12 4-12
    Washington 7-17 10-16
    UConn 3-17 6-14
    4th down conv IU Opp
    Michigan 1-3 1-2
    Kentucky 2-3 2-2
    ISU 1-1 0-4
    Washington 1-2 1-2
    UConn 3-5 0-0
    Red Zone IU Opp
    Michigan 2-2 (10 pts) 3-4 (17 pts)
    Kentucky 2-3 (10 pts) 3-3 (21 pts)
    ISU 5-5 (31 pts) 0-2 (0 pts)
    Washington 2-2 (10 pts) 4-5 (24 pts)
    UConn 1-2 (3 pts) 4-4 (24 pts)


    PANNOZZO GETS INTO OFFENSE
    Sophomore fullback John Pannozzo led the Hoosiers in receiving against Michigan with six catches for 41 yards. He also carried the ball twice for 12 yards. Last season Pannozzo had just four carries on the entire season.
    Prior to the Michigan game Pannozzo did not have a carry and just four catches for 48 yards in four games.


    HALTERMAN BECOMING A FACTOR
    Tight end Aaron Halterman led the Hoosier receiving corps with five catches for 71 yards against Kentucky and had three grabs for 27 yards against Michigan. In the first two games of the season Halterman had one catch for seven yards. The last three games have seen him make 10 catches for 114 yards.


    DEFENSIVE LEADERS
    Junior College transfer Josh Moore and sophomore Kyle Killion are tied for the team lead with 43 tackles. Junior Herana-Daze Jones ranks third on the team with 39 stops followed by true freshman Will Meyers who has 36 tackles.


    DEFENSIVE BACKFIELD PICKING PASSES
    Safety Buster Larkins intercepted a pass against Kentucky and cornerbacks Duane Stone and Leonard Bryant each picked off a pass against Michigan. Prior to the UK game, the defensive backfield was without an interception, but in the last two games, three picks have come from the secondary.


    YOUNG OFFENSIVE LINE
    Indiana's starting offensive line consists of a redshirt sophomore, a true sophomore, a true freshman, a redshirt junior and a redshirt freshman. Heading into the season the players combined to make 26 career starts. This season the unit has already combined to make 16 starts.


    LOVECCHIO IN EXCLUSIVE FRATERNITY
    Having taken Notre Dame to the 2001 Fiesta Bowl, Matt LoVecchio is one of only four active collegiate quarterbacks to have started in a BCS bowl game.


    ACTIVE QBs WHO STARTED BCS BOWLS
    Brock Berlin-Miami (2000 Orange Bowl at Florida)
    Craig Krenzel-Ohio State (2003 Fiesta Bowl)
    Matt LoVecchio-Indiana (2001 Fiesta Bowl at ND)
    Fabian Walker-Florida State (2003 Sugar Bowl)


    NEW O MEANS NEW NUMBERS FOR LOVECCHIO
    Quarterback Matt LoVecchio needs just 52 yards to eclipse his single season career-high in passing yards. He has already set his single game career high in passing three times this season including against Kentucky. LoVecchio threw for 266 yards against the Wildcats and has had two 200-yard games and one 199-yard performance this season. While at Notre Dame, LoVecchio's career-best passing mark was 183.
    LoVecchio's Top Passing Games
    Yards Opponent LoVecchio's Team
    266 Kentucky Indiana
    211 UConn Indiana
    199 Washington Indiana
    183 Navy Notre Dame


    MATT LOVECCHIO'S CAREER STATS
    Passing
    Year G-GS Att. Comp. Int. Yds. TD
    2003 5-5 143 74 4 929 2
    2002 Redshirted
    2001 7-2 69 34 4 287 1
    2000 8-7 125 73 1 980 11
    Career 20-14 337 181 9 2196 14


    BEATTIE PUNTING WELL
    Redshirt freshman Tyson Beattie has handled the punting duties well in his first season after coming to Bloomington from Australia.
    Against Kentucky, he pinned the Wildcats inside their five yard line three times. He had just three punts against Indiana State, but all three were downed at or inside the 10-yard line, including one at the one-yard line and another at the three-yard line.
    Against Michigan, Beattie averaged a career-best 40.5 yards, including a career-best blast of 56 yards.
    Beattie is averaging 38.3 yards per punt this season and eight of his kicks have been inside the 10 yard line. The 38.3 average would be the top mark by a Hoosier punter since 1999 if Beattie can keep up his current pace.


    ROBERTSON CONNECTING
    Kicker Bryan Robertson is in the midst of an impressive streak. The junior from Seymour, Ind., has connected on 14 of his last 17 field goal attempts, dating back to last year, with the only two misses being a 45-yarder last season, a scrambling 49-yarder as time was expiring in the first half at Washington and a 50-yarder against Kentucky.
    He is 10-of-10 on extra points this season and has made his last 12 extra point attempts.

    Kicker Bryan Robertson continues his solid play. He has nailed 14 of his last 17 field goal attempts, dating back to last year.


    ROBERTSON'S LAST 16 FGA
    Vs. Michigan 26 yards Good
    Vs. Kentucky 50 yards Missed
    Vs. Kentucky 21 yards Good
    Vs. Indiana State 21 yards Good
    At Washington 39 yards Good
    At Washington 49 yards Missed
    At Washington 34 yards Good
    At Connecticut 28 yards Good
    At Purdue 50 yards Good
    Vs. Penn State 45 yards Missed
    At Northwestern 43 yards Good
    Vs. Iowa 23 yards Good
    Vs. Iowa 45 yards Good
    Vs. Wisconsin 32 yards Good
    At Ohio State 49 yards Good
    Vs. Central Michigan 45 yards Good
    At Kentucky 46 yards Good


    KICKING OFF THE GROSFIELD WAY
    Kicker Troy Grosfield has quietly done very well in his first season at the collegiate level. The kicker-turned-receiver-back-to-kicker has kicked off 21 times, recording five touchbacks and limiting the opponents to an average starting field position of the 24 yard line.


    GAMES MISSED TO INJURY
    The Hoosiers have now missed 13 games to injury this season. Will Lumpkin injured his knee against Washington and is lost for the season while Brandon Hatcher injured his ankle against Kentucky and is lost for the season.
    Will Lumpkin 4 games (out for year)
    Joe Gonzalez 3 games
    Brandon Hatcher 2 games (out for year)
    Tyke Spencer 2 games
    Brian Lewis 1 game
    Courtney Roby 1 game


    ROBY COMING CLOSER TO TOP TEN
    Courtney Roby needs just 88 more receiving yards to crack Indiana's all-time top ten receiving yardage list. He has 1,400 career yards.


    JOHNSON ALSO CLOSING IN ON TOP TEN
    Glenn Johnson needs just 243 more receiving yards to crack Indiana's all-time top ten receiving yardage list. He has 1,245 career yards.


    A LOOK AT TOP CAREER RECEIVING YARDAGE LEADERS
    1. Ernie Jones 2,361 1984-87
    2. Thomas Lewis 2,324 1991-93
    3. Duane Gunn 2,235 1981-83
    4. Jade Butcher 1,810 1967-69
    5. Bill Malinchak 1,686 1963-65
    6. Eddie Baety 1,617 1991-94
    7. Rob Turner 1,603 1987-89
    8. Keith Calvin 1,590 1974-77
    9. Eddie Thomas 1,575 1988-91
    10. Leonard Kenebrew 1,480 1982-84
    11. Kenny Allen 1,434 1984-87
    12. Courtney Roby 1,400 2001-03
    13. Bob Stephenson 1,252 1978-81
    14. Scott McGowan 1,251 1989-92
    15. Ajamu Stoner 1,238 1994-96
    16. Glenn Johnson 1,245 1999-03


    PLAYERS GAINING FIRST DOWNS
    Here is a look at how many times certain players or pass-catch combos have gained a first down this season:
    Chris Taylor 12
    BenJarvus Green-Ellis 12
    Brian Lewis 12
    LoVecchio to Roby 10
    LoVecchio to Johnson 8
    LoVecchio to Halterman 6
    LoVecchio to Pannozzo 5
    LoVecchio to Haney 4
    Matt LoVecchio 3
    By Penalty 3
    LoVecchio to Spencer 2
    LoVecchio to Taylor 2
    Chris Rudanovic 1
    Courtney Roby 1
    LoVecchio to Sullivan 1
    LoVecchio to Thompson 1


    INDIANA TEAM CAPTAINS
    Senior running back Brian Lewis and senior safety Joe Gonzalez were selected by their teammates as team captains for 2003. The Hoosiers also select game captains for each contest. The team captains wear a "C" on their jerseys, while the game captains wear either an "A" (alternate captain) or an "S" (special teams captain)
    Michigan
    Courtney Young (A), Matt Foss (S)
    Kentucky
    Matt Calvert (A), Matt Foss (S)
    Indiana State
    Matt Foss (A), Duane Stone (S)
    Washington
    Duane Stone (A), Will Lumpkin (S)
    Connecticut
    Glenn Johnson (A), Travis Haney (S)


    A LOOK AT THE TEAM'S LEADERS
    Here is a look at the Hoosiers' key statistical leaders for each game this season.
    Opponent Rusher Receiver Tackler
    Michigan Lewis (70) Pannozzo (41) Gonzalez (9)
    Kentucky Lewis (116) Halterman (71) Meyers (8)
    Jones (8)
    Killion (8)
    Indiana St. Green-Ellis (107) Roby (35) Meyers (8)
    Killion (8)
    Washington Lewis (31) Roby (77) Jones (13)
    Meyers (13)
    UConn Taylor (73) Haney (99) Moore (13)


    ASTROPLAY IS THE WAY
    Indiana installed AstroPlay as the new playing surface at Memorial Stadium. The $446,000 project comes with a 10-year guarantee and contains 300,000 pounds of ground rubber IU is one of four Big Ten schools playing on modernized artificial turf.


    TRENT GREEN GIVES BACK
    The Indiana Football locker room receives a facelift for the 2003 season, thanks to the generosity of former Hoosier and current Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Trent Green and his wife, and IU alum, Julie (Lentz) Green. The Greens donated the funds to remodel the football locker room at Memorial Stadium this summer.
    Trent Green, a 1992 graduate from the Kelley School of Business, ranks fourth on the school's all-time passing yardage list with 5,400 career yards. He is also fourth on the school's all-time all-purpose yardage list with 5,916 and ninth with 20 career rushing touchdowns.

     

     


       

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