Memorial Stadium's Greatest Games - No. 8
Oct. 8, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The 2009 campaign marked the Indiana football program's 50th season in Memorial Stadium. IUHoosiers.com will count down the top 12 games in Memorial Stadium history this season.
A panel consisting of former Hoosier player and Director of Operations Harold Mauro, former player and current Athletic Director for Football Operations Mark Deal, former IU radio analyst Max Skirvin, current Voice of the Hoosiers Don Fischer, current IU pre-game, post-game and halftime voice Joe Smith, Herald-Times reporter Lynn Houser, long-time Hoosier Sports Information Director and current IU Assistant Athletic Director Kit Klingelhoffer and long-time Herald-Times sports editor Bob Hammel deliberated and came up with a list of the top all-time games.
Fans then emailed their votes from this list, resulting in the top 12 games in Memorial Stadium history. Here is No. 8:
INDIANA 51, NO. 22 MINNESOTA 43
Homecoming in the dawn of the 2000s saw the performance of the century by Indiana quarterback Antwaan Randle El. The Gophers came into that game on Oct. 21, 2000, ranked 22nd in the country and looking to knock off the Hoosiers. But the athletic Randle El had other ideas.
In leading the Hoosiers to a 51-43 upset win over Minnesota, Randle El became the only player in the history of the Big Ten to rush for over 200 yards and pass for over 200 yards in the same game. For good measure, Randle El recovered an onside kick with a minute to play to clinch the victory.
Randle El was far from alone, though. Levron Williams rumbled for 134 yards and three TDs in the contest, and Versie Gaddis made six grabs for 155 yards and the game's opening score. Minnesota rallied before halftime, turning a 24-6 deficit to a 29-24 lead less than five minutes into the second half. Then, after a Gopher missed field goal, the Hoosiers drove 80 yards in three plays to regain the lead for good.
On the Hoosiers' final two drives, Randle El had eight rushes and one pass among 11 plays, including two scoring runs to put the game out of reach. Both drives were set up on takeaways by the Hoosier defense, an interception by Sharrod Wallace and a forced fumble on a sack by Justin Smith that Paul Mandina recovered.
For his career, Randle El became the only player in college football history to rush for 40 touchdowns and pass for 40 touchdowns. He is the school's all-time leader in passing yards and total offense and ranks second behind the great Anthony Thompson on IU's all-time touchdowns and rushing yard lists.
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