Indiana Goes for Fifth Victory Against Minnesota

    Go Hoosiers! Indiana earned its largest victory at Iowa since 1945 with its 38-20 win on Saturday.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Indiana earned its largest victory at Iowa since 1945 with its 38-20 win on Saturday.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 1, 2007

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    Weekly Press Conference

    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
    Indiana racked up nearly 400 yards of offense on its way to a 38-20 win over Iowa at Kinnick Stadium on Sept. 29. The Hoosiers earned their first Big Ten win of the season, their first victory in Iowa City since 1999, and their biggest win at Iowa since a 52-20 triumph back in 1945. IU also reached the end zone five times on a defense that had allowed just two scores through its first four games.

    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.

    Under Pressure
    Indiana leads the nation with 27 sacks this season, four ahead of second-place Michigan State. The Hoosiers tied a school record set back in 1992 (Oct. 10 at Northwestern) with nine sacks at Iowa. It marked the third time the team has reached five sacks this season - five vs. Indiana State and eight at Western Michigan.

    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
    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 sophomore right end out of Pike High School in Indianapolis leads the Big Ten and is second nationally with his 7.5 sacks after posting a career-high 2.5 at Iowa. Middleton is .5 sacks away from entering IU's single-season top five and 2.5 away from becoming just the fourth Hoosier to collect 10 sacks in a season.

    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.

    End Game
    Greg Middleton is not the only sophomore defensive end wreaking havoc on opposing offenses. Jammie Kirlew is coming off one of the top games by a defensive lineman in Hoosier history. He recorded 3.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss at Iowa, totals which rank third in a single game in IU history. Kirlew also added a career-high nine tackles (six solo) and an additional quarterback hurry.

    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
    With its 38-20 win at Iowa, Indiana earned its largest margin of victory on the road over a conference foe since a 63-32 win at Wisconsin on Oct. 6, 2001. It was the team's first victory in Iowa City since 1999, its second conference road win since the 2001 season and the largest margin of victory for an IU team at Kinnick Stadium since a 52-20 win on Oct. 20, 1945.

    Uncommon Ground
    Bill Lynch became the third head coach in Indiana history to win his Big Ten road debut. William A. Ingram dropped Northwestern, 7-6, on Oct. 13, 1923, and Clyde B. Smith defeated Wisconsin, 35-7, on Sept. 25, 1948.

    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
    James Hardy continued his masterful play against the Hawkeyes with 113 yards on just four catches to go along with a 38-yard touchdown. 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 junior out of Fort Wayne, Ind., posted eight catches for 104 yards and three scores against the Hawkeyes. 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.

    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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