Hoosiers Travel to No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday

    Go Hoosiers! Sophomore running back Darius Willis scored three times against Michigan.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Sophomore running back Darius Willis scored three times against Michigan.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 5, 2010

    Ohio State Game Notes (10-9-10) Get Acrobat Reader

    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.

    Record-Setting Day
    For the second straight year, Michigan scored in the game's final 2:30 to knock off Indiana. Also for the second straight year, the Hoosiers broke several records in the all-time series against the Wolverines (61 games). Here are some numbers from the game: * Indiana's 35 points and 568 total yards were both all-time highs in the series.
    * Fifth-year senior quarterback Ben Chappell set school records with 45 completions (most in a single game nationally in 2010), 64 attempts (tied for most nationally), 480 passing yards (second nationally) and 475 total yards (fourth nationally). His 480 yards were the most by an opposing quarterback in U-M history.
    * Chappell tied for the third-most completions in Big Ten history and had the 11th-most attempts in league history. In conference games only, he tied for second all-time in Big Ten history in completions.
    * Tandon Doss finished with career highs of 221 yards (tied for the most nationally) and 15 catches (second most nationally). The yardage is the fourth-best total and the 15 grabs are the second most in IU history. The 15 receptions are also tied for 10th in a single game in Big Ten history.
    * Doss finished the game with 363 all-purpose yards (second nationally), adding 21 rushing yards, 111 on kick returns and 10 on punt returns to his 221 receiving. The total is the third best in school history.
    * Doss and Damarlo Belcher became the second pair of Hoosier receivers ever to both make 10-plus catches in a game. Eddie Baety and Eric Matthews each had 10 against Penn State on Nov. 5, 1994.
    * The Hoosiers held the ball for a whopping 41:47, compared to Michigan's 18:13. Indiana ran 98 plays to U-M's 45 and held a 35-15 edge in first downs.
    * IU's 35 first downs tied the school record set at Kentucky on Sept. 19, 1994. With 22 passing first downs, the Hoosiers recorded the second most in school history.

    Aerial Attack
    The Hoosiers' explosive offense is making its mark on the national stage. Indiana ranks fourth nationally in passing offense (348.2), sixth in kickoff returns (27.4), 13th in scoring offense (39.8), 14th in passing efficiency (161.2), tied for 21st in sacks allowed (1.0) and 24th in total offense (455.0). IU has scored at least 35 points in four straight games for the first time since the start of the 1990 season.

    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.

    Ohio Connection
    Seventeen Hoosiers hail from the state of Ohio. Pete Bachman (Cincinnati/Elder HS), Antonio Banks (Middletown/Middletown), Larry Black, Jr., (Cincinnati/Wyoming), Ted Bolser (Cincinnati/Indian Hill), Javon Cornley (Columbus/Northland), Mitchell Evans (West Milton/Milton Union), Chase Hoobler (Orrville/Orrville), Shaquille Jefferson (Lexington/Lexington), Brad Martin (Marion/Marion Pleasant), Pat McShane (Stow/Walsh Jesuit), Tim O'Conner (Cincinnati/Elder), Ryan Phillis (Boardman/Boardman), Adam Replogle (Centerville/Centerville), Tyler Replogle (Centerville/Centerville), Harrison Scott (New Albany/New Albany), Damon Sims (Cincinnati/Colerain) and Eric Thomas (Cleveland/Glenville) all came to Bloomington from the Buckeye State.

    The Ohio State Series
    The Hoosiers return to Ohio Stadium for the first time since top-ranked Ohio State earned a 44-3 win on Oct. 21, 2006. OSU leads the overall series, 66-12-5, following a 33-14 victory in Bloomington last season. The Hoosiers last downed the Buckeyes on Oct. 8, 1988, (41-7 in Bloomington) a year after a 31-10 victory in Columbus.

    Scouting Ohio State
    Ohio State comes into this weekend at 5-0, 1-0 in the Big Ten, following a 24-13 road win at Illinois last weekend. The Buckeyes, ranked second in the nation all season, had a perfect non-conference slate, including a 36-24 win over No. 12 Miami and decisive wins over Marshall (45-7), Ohio (43-7) and Eastern Michigan (73-20).

    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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