Inside The Minnesota Game
Oct. 5, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - As the Indiana football team prepares for Saturday's game against Minnesota, IUHoosiers.com takes a look inside the numbers. The Hoosiers (4-1, 1-1 Big Ten) and the Golden Gophers (1-4, 0-2) will kick off at noon EDT Saturday 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.
The Minnesota Series
Minnesota has earned the victory the last two times the teams have squared off, but the teams have split the last 10 matchups and Indiana has won nine of the last 15 ballgames. The Hoosiers earned a 30-21 win at Memorial Stadium on Oct. 30, 2004, marking their last victory over the Gophers.
The Gophers are averaging 29.8 points and 445.4 yards per game, however, they are surrendering 36.8 points and 526.4 yards. Adam Weber leads the team's passing attack, throwing 12 touchdowns, averaging 252.6 yards and completing 59.2 percent of his passes.
Leading receiver Eric Decker is second in the Big Ten with 97.2 yards per game and 7.20 receptions each time out. He is second on the team with four TDs behind Ernie Wheelwright's five scores. On the ground, Amir Pinnix averages 88.6 yards and 5.5 yards per rush, while Weber holds a 4.0 average and accounts for 53.6 rushing yards.
The Golden Gophers are surrendering 368.0 passing yards and 158.4 rushing yards. Safety Dom Barber leads the team with 46 tackles, while fellow safety Jamal Harris holds the team lead with two interceptions. Minnesota has recorded three sacks and five turnovers (three interceptions, two fumbles) this season.
Finding The End Zone
He has corralled at least one reception in all 25 of the contests he has played in his career. On the season, seven of Hardy's 20 receptions have come in the end zone. He ranks sixth in the Big Ten averaging 80.0 yards per game and is tied for fourth in scoring (8.4). Hardy has hauled in seven TD passes, which ranks eighth on IU's single-season receiving touchdown list, in each of his three seasons.
Sears Getting Touches
On the ground, the Hoosier captain recorded both of Indiana's rushing touchdowns against the Hawkeyes. Sears has 53 rushing yards and is tied for the top spot on the team with three rushing touchdowns. The Greenfield, Ind., native is second on the team behind junior wide receiver James Hardy (seven) with five total touchdowns.
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