Hosting its first Big Ten game of 2012, the Indiana football team (2-2, 0-1 Big Ten) welcomes Michigan State (3-2 0-1 Big Ten) for IU's 100th Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 6. Kickoff is set for noon EDT at Memorial Stadium (52,929; FieldTurf) and BTN will broadcast the game.
THE OLD BRASS SPITTOON
The Old Brass Spittoon has been awarded to the winner of the Indiana-Michigan State football game since the trophy's inception in 1950.
Initiated by the junior and senior classes and student council at Michigan State, the trophy was quickly accepted by the Indiana Student Senate.
The spittoon came from one of Michigan's earliest trading posts and is widely believed to be nearly 200 years old. Legend holds that the spittoon was around when both institutions were founded (Indiana - 1820, Michigan State - 1855).
Indiana and Michigan State have faced each other since 1922 and the trophy became a part of the series 28 years after the first meeting.
Kevin Wilson is in his second season as head coach at Indiana. Wilson spent the 2002-10 seasons at Oklahoma, where he served as co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach from 2002-05 and as offensive coordinator and tight ends and fullbacks coach from 2006-10. OU played in seven Big 12 Title games in Wilson's nine years, going 6-1 in those appearances. His offenses were vital to accumulating an overall record of 99-24 (.805) during his time in Norman, including seven 10-win seasons.
Mark Dantonio is 47-24 (.662) in his sixth season as head coach at Michigan State. Dantonio served as Cincinnati's head coach from 2004-06 and carries an overall record of 65-41 (.613).
NEWS & NOTES
Kofi Hughes collected his second career 100-yard game with 110 yards at Northwestern. The junior caught five passes, including a 35-yard touchdown. Hughes also pulled in 39- and 28-yarders.
Sophomore Cody Latimer fell three yards shy of his second straight 100-yard game, adding 97 yards on four receptions. Latimer recorded 115 yards on four receptions with two touchdowns against Ball State.
Stephen Houston also came up single digits short of his second consecutive 100-yard game. The junior running back posted 91 yards on 11 carries (8.3 average) with a 20-yard touchdown. Houston had 102 yards on 12 carries (8.5) with one score against Ball State.
True freshman Tevin Coleman returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown and finished the game with 138 kickoff return yards. He totaled 157 all-purpose yards (11 rush, 8 receiving).
It marked IU's first kickoff TD return since Shane Wynn's 99-yarder vs. Illinois on Oct. 8, 2011. Coleman and Wynn are the only true freshmen in school history to bring a kickoff to paydirt.
The Hoosiers lead the Big Ten in passing offense (311.0-20th nationally) and kickoff returns (28.4-ninth), and they are second in total offense (510.0-17th) and third in scoring offense (34.2).