Hoosiers Return Home to Face the Hawkeyes

    Go Hoosiers! Indiana and Iowa will kick off at noon on Saturday.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Indiana and Iowa will kick off at noon on Saturday.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 6, 2008

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    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.

    Scouting Iowa
    Iowa has dropped its last three games, including conference losses to Northwestern (22-17) and at Michigan State (16-13), after opening the season with three straight victories. The Hawkeyes are 0-2 away from Iowa City this season with losses to the Spartans and Pitt.

    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
    Indiana has won five of the last eight meetings between the two teams, including victories in each of the last two seasons. Iowa leads the all-time series, 38-27-4. The last time the Hoosiers won three straight games in the series came from 1998-00.

    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.

    Sack Campaign
    For the second time this season and the third time in his career, junior defensive end Jammie Kirlew recorded a multi-sack game with 2.5 sacks at Minnesota. Kirlew now has a career-high five sacks this season and 11 in his career.

    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
    The Hoosier defense provided the team with an opportunity to earn a victory in its Big Ten road opener at Minnesota. Despite holding the ball for 37:41 and running 81 plays, Indiana limited the Golden Gophers to just one touchdown and three field goals.

    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
    Bouncing back from injuries, safeties Austin Thomas and Nick Polk provided the Hoosier defense with a lift at Minnesota. Thomas, who missed the Ball State and Michigan State games, finished the contest with nine tackles, six solo. Polk, who suffered his injury vs. BSU and missed the MSU game, added eight stops, six solo, one tackle for loss and one forced fumble.

    Men In The Middle
    One of the biggest strengths of the Hoosiers entering the season was the linebacking corps and that has proven to be the case. Will Patterson (29), Geno Johnson (27) and Matt Mayberry (23) sit second, third and fourth, respectively, on the team in tackles.

    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
    IU's last three scores have illustrated the team's big play potential. Fifth-year senior Marcus Thigpen has reached the end zone on a 78-yard rush, a 79-yard reception from Kellen Lewis and a 77-yard catch from Ben Chappell. The Hoosiers have four 75-plus yard scores and six 60-plus yard TDs. Thigpen has been involved in four of those plays (two rush, two pass), while Lewis has two rushing TDs and one passing score over 60 yards.

    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.

    Triple Threat
    Marcus Thigpen made a bit of history at Minnesota. He finished the game with three catches for 88 yards and a touchdown. With those receiving yards, he became the first player in school history to go over 1,000 yards in rushing (1,269), receiving (1,003) and kickoff returns (1,511).

    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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