Indiana Goes for Fifth Victory Against Minnesota
Oct. 1, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Coming off its biggest win in Iowa City since 1945, the Indiana football team (4-1, 1-1 Big Ten) hosts Minnesota (1-4, 0-2) on Saturday, Oct. 6. Kickoff is set for noon EDT at Memorial Stadium (49,225) and the game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.
Michael Crispino will handle play-by-play duties and he will be joined by analyst Chris Martin 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.
Last Time Out
Sophomore quarterback Kellen Lewis ended up with a career-high 323 yards passing and three touchdowns in the game, while junior wide receiver James Hardy had four catches for 113 yards and a touchdown. Senior fullback Josiah Sears only had five carries for 13 yards but found the end zone on two of those carries.
The IU defense was equally as impressive, registering a school record-tying nine sacks in the game. Iowa allowed just 11 through its first four contests. Sophomore defensive end Jammie Kirlew had a career-high 3.5 sacks and sophomore defensive end Greg Middleton added 2.5 sacks.
IU's 27 sacks are tied for the fourth-highest total in school history (1986, 1990, 1992). The 1991 and 1993 Hoosiers hold the IU single-season mark with 36 sacks, while the 1988 squad finished with 29. Indiana has nearly doubled its total (14) from the 2006 season. The Hoosiers are also seventh nationally averaging 9.0 tackles for loss per game.
After senior cornerback Tracy Porter picked up the first sack of his career at Iowa, 12 different Hoosiers have recorded at least one sack. Sophomore defensive end Greg 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
His 7.5 sacks are the most for a Hoosier player in one season since current Chicago Bear Adewale Ogunleye collected eight in 1999. Middleton recorded the first two sacks of his career against ISU and reached that total again vs. Akron. He saved perhaps 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.
Middleton also shares 20th nationally and is sixth in the Big Ten with 7.5 tackles for loss this season. The total is the most for an IU defensive lineman since Jodie Clemons' 12 in 2003.
The Orlando native is just behind Middleton, tied for fifth in the Big Ten and 18th nationally with his 4.5 sacks. Kirlew also sits tied for seventh in the league with seven tackles for loss this season. Following his 1.5 sacks and five tackles for loss one season ago, Kirlew has six sacks and 12 tackles for loss in his career.
Middleton and Kirlew have accounted for 12 of the team's 27 sacks. Defensive ends have generated 17 of the total, while the defensive line as a whole has collected 21.5 sacks this season, which would rank third nationally.
Plucking The Hawks
In addition, Indiana has won back-to-back league road openers for just the third time in school history. The Hoosiers were victorious in three straight from 1966-68 and 1986-88. IU downed Illinois, 34-32, in Champaign to kick off last season's Big Ten road slate.
Hardy Against The Hawks
In his three career games against Iowa, he has averaged eight catches for 140.3 yards and 1.7 touchdowns. Hardy has averaged 17.5 yards per catch with a long of 66 yards.
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