Hoosiers Return Home to Face the Hawkeyes
Oct. 6, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Returning to Bloomington for the fifth time in six games, the Indiana football team hosts Iowa at Memorial Stadium (49,225) on Saturday, Oct. 11. Kickoff is set for noon EDT and the game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.
UI carries one of the top defenses in the nation and a potent rushing attack. The Hawkeyes rank second nationally surrendering 11.2 points per game, second in the Big Ten in rushing defense (98.8), third in passing defense (182.3) and third in total defense (281.2).
Iowa sits atop the conference with 10 interceptions, led by junior linebacker Pat Angerer and sophomore defensive back Amari Spievey, who each own a pair of picks. Angerer is second on the team with 41 tackles followed by Spievey's 34. Both players trail sophomore linebacker Jeremiha Hunter, who has collected 43 stops.
Behind junior running back Shonn Greene, the Hawkeyes average 180.33 yards on the ground. Greene sits sixth nationally with 137.0 yards per game and has reached the 100-yard mark in all six contests this season. He has scored five times and averaged 6.4 yards per carry.
Sophomore quarterback Ricky Stanzi is completing 65.0 percent of his passes for 137.0 yards per game. He has five touchdowns and four interceptions. Three Hawkeyes have reached 200 receiving yards - junior Andy Brodell (278, two TDs), sophomore Derrell Johnson-Koulianos (274, one TD) and senior tight end Brandon Myers (202 yards, two TDs). Brodell also leads the Big Ten with 13.9 yards per punt return, including one touchdown.
The Iowa Series
IU posted a 38-20 victory in Iowa City last year on the heels of a 31-28 victory over the No. 13 Hawkeyes on Oct. 14, 2006. After its triumph in 2006, the Hoosiers were selected as the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week. IU scored 24 of the game's final 31 points to come away with its first win over a top-15 team since Oct. 10, 1987, against No. 9 Ohio State.
The Orlando native also matched a career-high with 10 tackles and seven solo stops to go along with 3.5 tackles for loss, the second-best total of his career. Kirlew now has eight multi-TFL games in his career, three this season and two in a row (three vs. Michigan State). He leads the team with five sacks, nine tackles for loss and 31 tackles this season.
Kirlew shares fifth nationally and third in the Big Ten in sacks, and he is tied for fourth nationally and is fourth in the league in tackles for loss. In league action only, Kirlew paces the Big Ten with 6.5 tackles for loss and is third with 2.5 sacks.
Keeping It Close
Minnesota mustered 333 yards of total offense, good for just 4.1 yards per play, and only 59 yards on the ground, good for a paltry 1.3 yards per carry. The 59 rushing yards are the lowest number of rushing yards allowed by Indiana to a Big Ten foe since Purdue recorded a net of -8 yards on Nov. 24, 2001.
The Hoosiers also matched a season-high with four sacks to go along with seven tackles for loss and they recovered a pair of fumbles.
Providing A Lift
Men In The Middle
The trio has combined for three of the team's 12 sacks (25 percent), recorded 9.5 of the team's 32 tackles for loss (29.7), recovered a pair of fumbles and broken up four of the team's 13 passes (30.8).
Making It Big
On the season, the Hoosiers have 31 plays over 20 yards, good for 6.2 per ballgame, with eight of those reaching paydirt. Twelve (38.7 percent) of those plays have come through the air, nine (29 percent) on the ground, nine on kick returns and one on a fumble return, which went 31 yards for a score.
Thigpen is also on the brink of entering the Hoosiers' top five all-time all-purpose yardage list with 3,783 in his career, 211 yards behind Thomas Lewis (3,994 from 1991-93).
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