Streaking Hoosiers Bring Old Brass Spittoon to East Lansing
Oct. 9, 2007
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
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.
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.
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).
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
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.
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.
Majors Making His Mark
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
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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