Hoosiers Travel to No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday
Oct. 5, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -Hitting the road for the first time in Big Ten play, the Indiana football team (3-1, 0-1 Big Ten) heads to Columbus to face No. 2 Ohio State (5-0, 1-0). The Hoosiers and Buckeyes will meet at Ohio Stadium (102,329) on Saturday, Oct. 9. Kickoff is at noon EDT and the game will be televised on ESPN/ESPN 3D.
Dave Pasch will handle play-by-play duties and he will be joined by analysts Bob Griese and Chris Spielman on the ESPN broadcast. Dave Lamont will handle play-by-play duties and he will be joined by analyst Tim Brown and sideline reporter Ray Bentley on the ESPN 3D broadcast. The game can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Buck Suhr (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.
Indiana has never defeated a team ranked No. 1 or 2 in the country (0-26). The program's lone victory over a top-three team came on Nov. 25, 1967 - a 19-14 win over No. 3 Purdue in Bloomington to clinch a trip to the Rose Bowl.
Fifth-year senior quarterback Ben Chappell is third in touchdown-interception ratio (12 TDs, 1 INT), third in passing yards (342.5), third in completions (29.0), fourth in completion percentage (71.6), tied for fourth in points responsible for (19.5), fifth in total offense (336.2), tied for ninth in touchdowns (12), 11th in total passing yards (1,370) and 12th in passing efficiency (165.9).
Junior wide receiver Tandon Doss ranks second in all-purpose yards (211.0), eighth in receiving yards (107.7), 12th in receptions (7.67) and tied for 12th in kickoff returns (31.2). Classmate Damarlo Belcher is right ahead of Doss and is tied for ninth in receptions (7.75) and shares 18th in receiving yards (93.8), while fifth-year senior Terrance Turner is tied for 25th in receptions (6.0).
Indiana is the only team in the country with three receivers in the top 25 in receptions per game and is one of two programs (Hawaii) with two receivers in the top 12 in receiving yards per game.
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The Buckeyes have one of the most stout defenses in the nation, as they are fifth in the country allowing 242.4 total yards per game. OSU is 11th in scoring defense (14.2), eighth in rushing defense (80.6) and 18th in pass defense (161.8). Ohio State is a conference-leading plus-9 in turnover margin, and leads the conference with 14 takeaways.
Led by dual-threat QB Terrelle Pryor, OSU's offense is also all over the national rankings, as it is 14th in rushing offense (234.8), 21st in total offense (463.4) and eighth in scoring offense (44.2).
Pryor is averaging 74.6 yards on the ground, 203.0 yards through the air, and has been responsible for 16 touchdowns in five contests. He had a string of four straight 200-yard games snapped last weekend, when he totaled just 76 yards passing against the Illini. He has topped 100 yards rushing three times.
Daniel Herron and Brandon Saine have also been steady on the ground this season. Herron has 287 yards and five scores. Saine has 183 yards and a pair of scores. Dane Sanzenbacher has been the top target for Pryor, as his 351 yards are third in the conference. His six receiving TDs are tops in the Big Ten. DeVier Posey has added 18 grabs for 261 yards and a pair of scores as well.
Ross Homan has led the defense with his 31 stops, while fellow linebacker Brian Rolle has 25. Tyler Moeller has made 20 tackles with a team-leading 4.5 for loss and a pair of forced fumbles. On the defensive line, Dexter Larimore and Cameron Heyward have led the way. Larimore has four tackles for loss, while Heyward is just behind him with 3.5. In the secondary, Chimdi Chekwa, leads the team with his two interceptions and is tied for the top spot with a trio of passes broken up.
Devin Barclay is 10-for-11 on field goals, including a perfect 4-for-4 in the last four games. He has added a 27-for-27 mark on extra points. Drew Basil has been the Buckeyes' kickoff man on the year, and is averaging 63.8 yards with five touchbacks on the season. Ben Buchanan has averaged 39.4 yards on his 19 punts, but has placed seven of them inside the 20 and has forced seven fair catches. OSU is averaging 26.8 yards on its 16 kickoff returns, led by Jamaal Berry's 28.6. Jordan Hall has fielded 14 punts on the season with a 6.6 average.
Jim Tressel is in his 10th season at Ohio State and owns a 99-21 record. He is 234-78-2 in his 25th overall season after spending 15 years at Youngstown State.
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