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    IU Prepares for Homecoming vs. NW (10-6-03)

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    October 6, 2003

    IU Prepares for Homecoming Game vs. Northwestern

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    SERIES HISTORY
    Northwestern leads the all-time series 39-33-1, but Indiana has won 18 of the last 25 meetings, including the last two in Memorial Stadium.
    The Hoosiers have been able to put points on the board against the Wildcats in the last four meetings, scoring 37, 56, 33 and 34 points. In fact, in the last 25 meetings Indiana has scored 30+ points 14 times and 40+ points five times.


    LAST SEASON
    Northwestern won a back-and-forth game last year in Evanston, 41-37. Jason Wright’s touchdown with 2:17 left in the game put the Wildcats on top as they trailed 37-34. Yamar Washington (31-130) and Chris Taylor (21-102) both rushed for 100 yards, but Wright gained 196 yards on the ground. The Hoosiers held a 15-13 halftime lead with a pair of Washington touchdowns, but Northwestern outscored IU, 21-7 in the third quarter to take a 34-22 lead. Indiana responded in the fourth quarter when Herana-Daze Jones recovered a fumble and returned for a TD and Washington scored his third touchdown to give IU a seven-point lead before Wright scored his third touchdown.


    INDIANA’S SCHOLARSHIP NUMBERS
    Indiana will take the field on Saturday with 61 active players on scholarship.
    With only five scholarship seniors on the 2003 roster Indiana will finally reach the NCAA-maximum of 85 scholarship players on the roster next season.
    The roster breakdown:
    Year Total Scholar. Walk-On
    Seniors 8 5 3
    Juniors 22 17 5
    Sophomores 17 12 5
    R. Freshmen 16 8 8
    Freshmen 39 19 20
    Totals 102 61 41

    TURNOVER MARGIN
    Indiana has a +2 turnover margin this season. Last year, Indiana had a -12 turnover margin. The biggest difference has come in the interception category, as the Hoosiers threw 21 interceptions last year. This year, just four Hoosier passes have been picked.
    The Hoosiers have been even or posted a positive turnover margin in four of the last five games. Last year, Indiana had a positive turnover margin just once in 12 games and three other times the margin was even.
    IU (Int-Fum) Forced +/-
    Mich St. 0-1 0-0 -1
    Mich 2-0 2-2 +2
    UK 1-0 0-1 0
    ISU 0-1 1-2 +2
    Wash 1-1 1-2 +1
    UConn 0-3 1-0 -2
    Totals 4-6 5-7 +2


    LOOKING FOR MORE BIG PLAYS
    Indiana has had just 17 plays of 20+ yards this season and the Hoosiers continue to look for some big-play explosiveness from their offense.
    Michigan State-2 plays
    30-LoVecchio-Johnson
    20-LoVecchio-Green-Ellis
    Michigan-0 plays
    Kentucky-8 plays
    63-LoVecchio-Green-Ellis
    38-Brian Lewis
    27-LoVecchio-Halterman
    26-Brian Lewis
    24-LoVecchio-Roby
    22-LoVecchio-Haney
    21-LoVecchio-Rudanovic
    21-LoVecchio-Johnson
    Indiana State-2 plays
    22-BenJarvus Green-Ellis
    22-LoVecchio-Roby
    Washington-2 plays
    33-LoVecchio-Taylor
    25-Matt LoVecchio
    Connecticut-3 plays
    41-LoVecchio-Haney
    39-Chris Taylor
    30-LoVecchio-Johnson


    LONGER DRIVES IN 2003
    With the lack of the big play thus far, the Hoosier offense has seen more prolonged drives.
    This season has seen 17 drives of 10+ plays in the Hoosiers’ first six games.
    Last year Indiana had a total of 20 10+ drives in 12 games.
    vs. Michigan State
    Plays Yards Time Result
    15 73 5:49 Downs
    11 39 4:01 Downs
    14 73 5:46 FG
    12 24 5:13 Downs
    vs. Michigan
    Plays Yards Time Result
    19 72 8:40 FG
    vs. Kentucky
    Plays Yards Time Result
    12 76 4:35 FG
    14 29 5:36 Downs
    vs. Indiana State
    Plays Yards Time Result
    14 70 5:33 TD
    11 71 3:54 TD
    10 44 4:35 FG
    vs. Indiana State
    Plays Yards Time Result
    14 70 5:33 TD
    11 71 3:54 TD
    10 44 4:35 FG
    vs. Washington
    Plays Yards Time Result
    13 76 4:50 TD
    11 59 5:38 FG
    11 56 3:53 FG
    vs. Connecticut
    Plays Yards Time Result
    10 79 3:45 Downs
    7 76 2:55 TD


    CRITICAL PLAY SITUATIONS
    Here is a look at key critical-situation statistics for the Hoosiers this season.
    Red zone play has been telling. Against Indiana State, the Hoosiers were 5-of-5 with four touchdowns. In their five losses, the Hoosiers are a respectable 8-of-11 but have scored just three touchdowns and have had to settle for five field goals.
    The opposition in those five Hoosier losses was 17-of-20 in the red zone with 14 touchdowns and three field goals.
    3rd down conv IU Opp
    Michigan St. 9-18 7-12
    Michigan 6-18 5-12
    Kentucky 4-16 4-13
    ISU 8-12 4-12
    Washington 7-17 10-16
    UConn 3-17 6-14

    4th down conv IU Opp
    Michigan St. 1-3 0-0
    Michigan 1-3 1-2
    Kentucky 2-3 2-2
    ISU 1-1 0-4
    Washington 1-2 1-2
    UConn 3-5 0-0
    Red Zone IU Opp
    Michigan St. 1-2 (3 pts) 3-4 (21 pts)
    Michigan 2-2 (10 pts) 3-4 (17 pts)
    Kentucky 2-3 (10 pts) 3-3 (21 pts)
    ISU 5-5 (31 pts) 0-2 (0 pts)
    Washington 2-2 (10 pts) 4-5 (24 pts)
    UConn 1-2 (3 pts) 4-4 (24 pts)


    INSIDE THIRD DOWN CONVERSIONS
    Indiana
    3rd and 1-4 yards 25-38 .658
    3rd and 5-9 yards 12-35 .343
    3rd and 10+ yards 3-29 .103
    Opponents
    3rd and 1-4 yards 12-24 .500
    3rd and 5-9 yards 15-37 .405
    3rd and 10+ yards 9-18 .500


    NEEDING MORE IN THE RED ZONE
    Indiana has been in the red zone 16 times and put points on the board 13 times, but only seven of them have been touchdowns.
    In the Red Zone
    Team RZ Scores TD FG Pct.TD
    Indiana 16 13 7 6 54%
    Opponent 21 17 14 3 82%


    STOPPING THE RUN ON 1ST DOWN
    Opponents have rushed the ball 106 times on first down against the Hoosiers. IU has held the opposition to three or less yards 53 times, including 29 times with zero or negative yards.


    EVALUATING THE RUSH DEFENSE
    Last season, Indiana allowed over 200 yards rushing in a game nine different times (average of 235 per game). It has yet to happen this season.
    2003 Opponent Yds Allowed
    Michigan State 104
    Michigan 168
    Kentucky 167
    Indiana State 105
    Washington 195
    UConn 200


    IMPROVING THE RUN GAME
    Indiana running backs/receivers are averaging 3.8 yards per carry (819/213) this season. The goal for the Hoosiers is to gain at least four yards per carry.
    Opponent YPC
    Michigan State 4.11
    Michigan 3.15
    Kentucky 5.29
    Indiana State 4.46
    Washington 2.09
    UConn 3.87


    100-YARD RUSHING GAMES
    The Hoosiers have had a back rush for 100+ yards twice this season. First it was true freshman BenJarvus Green-Ellis with 107 yards on 20 carries against Indiana State. Against Kentucky, Brian Lewis returned from an injury that kept him out against Indiana State to rush for 116 yards on 17 carries.


    YOUNG BACKS MAKE HISTORY
    With BenJarvus Green-Ellis’ 107 rushing yards against Indiana State this season and Chris Taylor’s 102 rushing yards against Northwestern last season, this year’s Hoosiers made history. Never before had Indiana seen back-to-back seasons with a true freshman rushing for 100+ yards in a game.


    ALL-TIME 100-YARD TRUE FROSH
    BenJarvus Green-Ellis became the sixth true freshman in IU history to rush for 100 yards in a game. He joins a list that includes the following:
    Chris Taylor (2002)
    Anthony Thompson (1986)
    Mike Harkrader (1976)
    De’Wayne Hogan (1997)
    Courtney Snyder (1973)


    LOOKING FOR 100-YARD RECEIVER
    Indiana has yet to have a player gain 100+ receiving yards this season. Last year it happened six times.


    CLEMONS SACKING OPPONENTS
    Junior Jodie Clemons leads the team with five sacks. He entered the season with just three career sacks. Last year’s team leader, Kris Dielman had a total of five sacks for the season.


    HALTERMAN BECOMING A FACTOR
    Tight end Aaron Halterman led the Hoosier receiving corps with five catches for 71 yards against Kentucky and had four catches for 48 yards at Michigan State and three grabs for 27 yards against Michigan. In the first two games of the season Halterman had one catch for seven yards. The last four games have seen him make 14 catches for 162 yards.


    LOVECCHIO ONE OF JUST FOUR
    Having taken Notre Dame to the 2001 Fiesta Bowl, Matt LoVecchio is one of only four active collegiate quarterbacks to have started in a BCS bowl game.
    • Brock Berlin-Miami
    (2000 Orange Bowl at Florida)
    • Craig Krenzel-Ohio State
    (2003 Fiesta Bowl)
    • Matt LoVecchio-Indiana
    (2001 Fiesta Bowl at ND)
    • Fabian Walker-Florida State
    (2003 Sugar Bowl)


    NEW NUMBERS FOR LOVECCHIO
    Quarterback Matt LoVecchio needs just 52 yards to eclipse his single-season career-high in passing yards. He has already set his single-game career high in passing three times this season including against Kentucky. LoVecchio threw for 266 yards against the Wildcats and has had two 200-yard games and one 199-yard performance this season. While at Notre Dame, LoVecchio’s career-best passing mark was 183.
    LoVecchio’s Top Passing Games
    Yards Opponent LoVecchio’s Team
    266 Kentucky Indiana
    211 UConn Indiana
    199 Washington Indiana
    183 Navy Notre Dame


    KICK GAME IMPROVEMENT
    Indiana’s field goal and extra point teams have had more success in the first half of 2003 than they did in 2002.
    After Six Games
    Extra Points FG-FGA
    2003 10-10 7-9
    2002 14-16 5-8


    ROBERTSON CONNECTING
    Kicker Bryan Robertson is in the midst of an impressive streak. The junior from Seymour, Ind., has connected on 15 of his last 18 field goal attempts, dating back to last year, with the only three misses being a 45-yarder last season, a scrambling 49-yarder as time was expiring in the first half at Washington and a 50-yarder against Kentucky.
    He is 10-of-10 on extra points this season and has made his last 12 extra point attempts.
    Robertson’s Run
    At Michigan State 21 yards Good
    Vs. Michigan 26 yards Good
    Vs. Kentucky 50 yards Missed
    Vs. Kentucky 21 yards Good
    Vs. Indiana State 21 yards Good
    At Washington 39 yards Good
    At Washington 49 yards Missed
    At Washington 34 yards Good
    At Connecticut 28 yards Good
    At Purdue 50 yards Good
    Vs. Penn State 45 yards Missed
    At Northwestern 43 yards Good
    Vs. Iowa 23 yards Good
    Vs. Iowa 45 yards Good
    Vs. Wisconsin 32 yards Good
    At Ohio State 49 yards Good
    Vs. Central Michigan 45 yards Good
    At Kentucky 46 yards Good


    SCORING BY QUARTER
    Indiana has been outscored 62-16 (-46) in the third quarter and 48-19 (-29) in the first quarter this season. In comparison, the Hoosiers have been outscored 33-30 (-3) in the second quarter and even at 28-28 in the fourth quarter.
    Quarter IU Opp
    1st 19 48
    2nd 30 33
    3rd 16 62
    4th 28 28

    INSIDE LOOK AT QUARTER NUMBER THREE
    Indiana stats listed first (IU-Opp):
    Stat IU Opp
    1st Downs 27 39
    Rush Yds 197 269
    Pass Yds 264 504
    Total Yds 461 773


    BEATTIE PUNTING WELL
    Redshirt freshman Tyson Beattie has handled the punting duties well in his first season after coming to Bloomington from Australia.
    Against Kentucky, he pinned the Wildcats inside their five yard line three times. He had just three punts against Indiana State, but all three were downed at or inside the 10-yard line, including one at the one-yard line and another at the three-yard line. He had one punt that pinned Michigan State at the ten last weekend.
    Against Michigan, Beattie averaged a career-best 40.5 yards, including a career-best blast of 56 yards.
    Beattie is averaging 38.3 yards per punt this season and nine of his kicks have been at or inside the 10 yard line. The 38.3 average would be the top mark by a Hoosier punter since 1999 if Beattie can keep up his current pace.


    KICKING OFF THE GROSFIELD WAY
    Kicker Troy Grosfield has quietly done very well in his first season at the collegiate level. The kicker-turned-receiver-back-to-kicker has kicked off 23 times, recording five touchbacks and limiting the opponents to an average starting field position of the 22.8 yard line.


    BIG TEN’S YOUNGEST TEAM
    A close look at the starting 22 players of each of the 11 Big Ten teams shows that IU has the youngest starting unit in the conference. Ten starters have less than two years experience. IU has three freshmen starting, which is also the most in the Big Ten.
    Team Sr Jr So Fr
    Michigan 12 9 1 0
    Ohio State 12 4 6 0
    Iowa 12 4 5 1
    Purdue 10 5 5 2
    Illinois 9 8 3 2
    Penn State 9 5 5 3
    Minnesota 9 4 8 1
    Michigan St. 8 7 7 0
    Northwestern 6 10 6 0
    Wisconsin 5 14 3 0
    Indiana 4 8 8 3


    KEEP YOUR PROGRAM HANDY
    A total of 66 players have played this season for the Hoosiers. Here is a breakdown by class of those players that have played this season:
    Seniors 7
    Juniors 19
    Sophomores 18
    Redshirt Freshmen 10
    True Freshmen 12


    NEWCOMERS A KEY FOR INDIANA
    New faces factor heavily into Indiana’s plans this season, evidenced by the fact that a total of 12 true freshmen have already seen game action. When the 10 redshirt freshmen who have played this year are included, a total of 22 Hoosiers have seen their first career action this season.
    True Freshmen
    Player GP
    Lance Bennett 6
    BenJarvus Green-Ellis 6
    Ben Ishola 6
    Jake Powers 6
    Cedric Henry 5
    Will Meyers 5
    Chris Rudanovic 5
    Ryan Skelton 5
    Cleo Harbison 4
    Joel Stubblefield 4
    Chris Mangiero 4
    Casey Nowinski 3
    Totals 59
    Redshirt Freshmen
    Player GP
    Scott Anderson 6
    Tyson Beattie 6
    Justin Frye 6
    Troy Grosfield 6
    Kenny Kendal 6
    Graeme McFarland 6
    Matt O’Neal 6
    Alex Stscherban 4
    Andy Halterman 4
    Jahkeen Gilmore 1
    Totals 51


    HOW FROSH GAMES COMPARE TO 2002
    Freshmen have played a combined 110 games this season and are on pace to play in a combined total of 220 games. Last year, freshmen played a total of 178 games for the Hoosiers.
    A total of 77 starts were made by freshmen in 2002. This season, first-year players have started a total of 20 games, a pace that would put the season total at 40 games.


    YOUNG OFFENSIVE LINE
    Indiana’s starting offensive line consists of a redshirt sophomore, a true sophomore, a true freshman, a redshirt junior and a redshirt freshman. Heading into the season, the group combined to make 26 career starts. This season, the unit has already combined to make 16 starts.


    A LOOK AT THE TEAM’S LEADERS
    Here is a look at the Hoosiers’ key statistical leaders for each game this season.
    Opponent Rusher Receiver Tackler
    Michigan St. Green-Ellis (90) Johnson (70) Moore (13)
    Michigan Lewis (70) Pannozzo (41) Gonzalez (9)
    Kentucky Lewis (116) Halterman (71) Meyers (8)
    Jones (8)
    Killion (8)
    Indiana St. Green-Ellis (107) Roby (35) Meyers (8)
    Killion (8)
    Washington Lewis (31) Roby (77) Jones (13)
    Meyers (13)
    UConn Taylor (73) Haney (99) Moore (13)


    GAMES MISSED TO INJURY
    The Hoosiers have now missed 17 games to injury this season. Will Lumpkin injured his knee against Washington and is lost for the season while Brandon Hatcher injured his ankle against Kentucky and is also out for the season. Joel Stubblefield injured his knee prior to Michigan and is out for the season. These injury numbers do not include Yamar Washington (knee), Paul Hearn (ankle) and Derek Frye (back) who were all lost for the year prior to the start of the 2003 season.
    Will Lumpkin 4 games (out for year)
    Joe Gonzalez 3 games
    Brandon Hatcher 2 games (out for year)
    Tyke Spencer 2 games
    Brian Lewis 2 games
    Joel Stubblefield 2 games (out for year)
    Courtney Roby 1 game
    Travis Haney 1 game
    Rhett Kleinschmidt 1 games


    ROBY COMING CLOSER TO TOP TEN
    Courtney Roby needs just 85 more receiving yards to crack Indiana’s all-time top ten receiving yardage list. He has 1,403 career yards.


    JOHNSON ALSO CLOSING IN ON TOP TEN
    Glenn Johnson needs just 173 more receiving yards to crack Indiana’s all-time top ten receiving yardage list. He has 1,315 career yards.


    A LOOK AT TOP CAREER RECEIVING YARDAGE LEADERS
    1. Ernie Jones 2,361 1984-87
    2. Thomas Lewis 2,324 1991-93
    3. Duane Gunn 2,235 1981-83
    4. Jade Butcher 1,810 1967-69
    5. Bill Malinchak 1,686 1963-65
    6. Eddie Baety 1,617 1991-94
    7. Rob Turner 1,603 1987-89
    8. Keith Calvin 1,590 1974-77
    9. Eddie Thomas 1,575 1988-91
    10. Leonard Kenebrew 1,480 1982-84
    11. Kenny Allen 1,434 1984-87
    12. Courtney Roby 1,403 2001-03
    13. Glenn Johnson 1,315 1999-03

    PLAYERS GAINING FIRST DOWNS
    Here is a look at how many times certain players or pass-catch combos have gained a first down this season:
    BenJarvus Green-Ellis 17
    Chris Taylor 14
    Brian Lewis 12
    LoVecchio to Roby 11
    LoVecchio to Johnson 11
    LoVecchio to Halterman 9
    Matt LoVecchio 5
    LoVecchio to Pannozzo 5
    LoVecchio to Haney 4
    By Penalty 4
    LoVecchio to Spencer 3
    LoVecchio to Taylor 2
    LoVecchio to Green-Ellis 2
    Chris Rudanovic 1
    Courtney Roby 1
    LoVecchio to Sullivan 1
    LoVecchio to Thompson 1


    COMPARING DINARDO’S YEAR ONE AND YEAR TWO
    Stat 2003 2002
    Points Per Game 15.5 25.8
    Points Allowed Per Game 28.5 37.1
    Yards Per Rush 3.0 3.2
    Yards Per Rush Allowed 4.1 5.4
    Rushing Yards Per Game 132.2 116.5
    Rushing Yards Per Game Allowed 156.5 235.0
    Yards Per Catch 12.5 13.2
    Yards Per Catch Allowed 12.4 11.3
    Passing Yards Per Game 182.8 251.7
    Passing Yards Per Game Allowed 255.0 190.8
    Interceptions Thrown 4 21
    Interceptions Forced 5 8
    Fumbles 6 8
    Fumbles Forced 7 9
    Third Down Conversion 38% 44%
    Third Down Conversion Defense 44% 48%
    Average Penalty Yards Per Game 45.1 47.1













     

     


       

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