Streaking Hoosiers Bring Old Brass Spittoon to East Lansing

    Go Hoosiers! Senior linebacker Adam McClurg matched a career high with nine tackles against Minnesota last weekend.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior linebacker Adam McClurg matched a career high with nine tackles against Minnesota last weekend.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 9, 2007

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Starting 5-1 for the first time since the 1994 season, the Indiana football team (5-1, 2-1 Big Ten) travels to East Lansing, Mich., to face Michigan State (4-2, 0-2) on Saturday, Oct. 13. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. EDT?at Spartan Stadium (75,005) and the game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.

    Wayne Larivee will handle play-by-play duties and he will be joined by analyst Chris Martin and sideline reporter Lisa Byington. The game can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Pete Compise (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.

    The Hoosiers and Spartans play for the Old Brass Spittoon, which has been awarded to the winner annually since 1950. IU brings the Spittoon to East Lansing after defeating MSU, 46-21, in Bloomington last season.

    IU has begun to collect merit on the national level. The Hoosiers received 40 votes in the latest Associated Press Top 25 and garnered 30 in the USA Today/Coaches' Poll released on Oct. 7. The Hoosiers are ranked fourth among teams also receiving votes in the AP poll. In the USA Today poll, IU is seventh among those also receiving votes.

    Last Time Out
    Behind three rushing scores by sophomore Bryan Payton, Indiana improved to 5-1 (2-1 Big Ten) with a 40-20 victory over Minnesota on Oct. 6. The Hoosiers moved to 5-1 for the first time since 1994 with the victory.



    Payton set career highs with 13 rushes, 90 yards and three scores. He became the first Hoosier to score three rushing TDs since BenJarvus Green Ellis found paydirt three times against Northwestern on Oct. 11, 2003.

    Sophomore quarterback Kellen Lewis went 24-for-36 for 235 yards and a score and added 75 rushing yards. Sophomore wide receiver Ray Fisher matched his career best with nine catches and recorded his personal best with 106 yards receiving.

    Payton's Place
    With the first three running backs on the depth chart out with injuries, sophomore Bryan Payton received his opportunity and made the most of it against Minnesota. Payton set career highs with 13 carries, 90 yards and three touchdowns to become the first Hoosier to score three rushing TDs since BenJarvus Green-Ellis against Northwestern on Oct. 11, 2003.

    His first score went for a career-long 48-yard run and it was the longest TD run by an IU player since Levron Williams had a 52-yard score against Purdue on Nov. 24, 2001. The Hoosiers finished the contest with 228 yards on the ground, giving them their second-highest total of the season and putting them over the 200-yard plateau for the fourth time this season.

    Payton entered this season with just 36 yards on 15 carries with no scores, but he has made the most of his touches this year. The Fort Wayne, Ind., native has gained 203 yards on 40 rushes (5.1 average) and crossed the goal line four times.

    Road Warriors
    A 37-27 victory at Western Michigan and a 38-20 triumph at Iowa have the Hoosiers at 2-0 on the road this season. Indiana is looking for its third straight road victory, something the program has not accomplished since the 1982 season.

    The Hoosiers have trailed just once away from Memorial Stadium, falling behind 7-3 against WMU before reeling off 31 straight points. In addition to averaging 37.5 points per game, IU has averaged 418.5 total yards, 271.5 passing yards and 147.0 rushing yards.

    Defensively, the Hoosiers have forced seven turnovers (four fumbles, three interceptions) and recorded 17 sacks (nine vs. Iowa, eight vs. Western Michigan).

    Rare Ground
    With its win over Minnesota, the Hoosiers improved to 5-1 for the first time since 1994. Head coach Bill Lynch's 5-1 start is the best six-game start to a career in IU history. Additionally, Indiana posted consecutive double-digit wins in Big Ten play for the first time since 1993, when it earned a 24-0 win over Northwestern and a 10-0 win over Michigan State.

    Lucky 7's
    With the exception of two kneel-downs at the end of the first half, the Hoosiers scored on their first seven possessions in their victory over Minnesota. Indiana collected three touchdowns and four field goals.

    Meanwhile, the Golden Gophers jumped out of the box with a pair of touchdowns on the first two possessions. However, the Hoosier defense responded and held Minnesota scoreless on its next seven possessions. Indiana forced a trio of three-and-outs, picked off a pass and the Golden Gophers turned it over on downs once.

    Playing The Will
    Will Patterson helped the Hoosier defense turn it around against Minnesota, finishing the game with six tackles, two pass breakups, one tackle for loss and his first interception this season and the second of his career, which he returned 45 yards to set up IU's final score. The sophomore leads the team with 40 tackles and is tied for 11th in the Big Ten with 6.7 tackles per game.

    Patterson has had a hand in five turnovers this season and recorded 1.5 sacks. He owns a team-best two forced fumbles (tied for fourth in the Big Ten) and a pair of fumble recoveries (tops in the Big Ten) while sitting second on the club with three pass breakups and third with 5.5 tackles for loss.

    Opening Acts
    The Hoosiers scored on their opening drive of the game for the fourth time this season against Minnesota. Quarterback Adam Weber scored on a 7-yard run to cap off Minnesota's first drive, marking the first time this season that Indiana has given up points on its opponent's first drive of either half.

    IU has scored 20 points on their opening possessions and 17 points on its first touch in the second half en route to outscoring its opponents 37-7.

    Second-Half Adjustments
    While the Hoosiers have outscored their opponents in every quarter this season, the defense has really turned it up a notch in the third quarter. Indiana has outscored the opposition 43-13 in quarter No. 3 - the only quarter this season IU has held its opposition under 30 total points. The Hoosiers hold a 55-34 edge in the first quarter, a 79-38 advantage in quarter two and a 48-34 lead in the final 15 minutes.

    Majors Making His Mark
    Entering the starting lineup halfway through his freshmen season, Leslie Majors did not record his first interception until the second-to-last game of the 2006 season. After going without a pick through the first four games this year, the senior has collected picks in back-to-back contests. Majors picked up his first interception at Iowa and followed it up with an acrobatic one-handed grab while on his back against Minnesota.

    The South Holland, Ill., native is tied for second on the team with his two interceptions, is seventh with 28 tackles, and he has one fumble recovery.

    On The Ground Or Through The Air
    For the fourth time in six games this season, Indiana rushed and threw for over 200 yards against Minnesota. The Hoosiers went for 235 yards through the air and 228 on the ground in their 40-20 victory over the Golden Gophers. Dating back to last season's finale at Purdue, IU has accomplished the feat in five of its last seven games.

    Indiana is third in the Big Ten with 448.0 yards of total offense per game. Additionally, the Hoosiers are averaging over 200 yards both on the ground and in the air. IU ranks fourth in the conference in passing offense (246.2) and fifth in rushing offense (201.8), contributing to its No. 2 ranking in scoring offense (37.5).


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