IU Football's Greatest Games - No. 7

    Go Hoosiers! Dave Schnell led the Hoosiers to a 34-10 victory in the 1988 Liberty Bowl.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Dave Schnell led the Hoosiers to a 34-10 victory in the 1988 Liberty Bowl.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 9, 2009

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - In celebration of the 125th year of football at Indiana University, will reveal the top 12 games in IU history, voted on by Hoosier fans. Each week during the regular season a game will be revealed. This week we bring you No. 7, IU's victory over South Carolina in the 1988 Liberty Bowl.

    A panel consisting of former Hoosier players and current football directors of operations Mark Deal and Harold Mauro, former Indiana 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 33 all-time games.

    Fans then emailed their votes from this list, resulting in the top 12 games in Hoosier lore. The list will culminate with the top game in IU history being revealed the week of the Old Oaken Bucket game in November.

    On December 28, 1988, the Indiana Hoosiers and Head Coach Bill Mallory appeared in their third consecutive bowl game, this time in the Liberty Bowl against the South Carolina Gamecocks. The finale of what was an 8-3-1 season was a game to remember for Hoosier fans.

    Quarterback Dave Schnell threw for 378 yards and two touchdowns including an 88-yard strike to Rob Turner. Anthony Thompson tacked on an additional 140 yards on the ground, as the Hoosiers posted 575 yards of total offense in the game. The Gamecocks' only touchdown came on the return of a blocked punt early in the second half.

    The Hoosier defense limited South Carolina to just 153 yards total offense as the Hoosiers rolled to a 34-10 win. IU also picked off three passes, forced and recovered a fumble and harassed SC quarterback Todd Ellis to the tune of six sacks. With the victory, the Hoosiers finished the season ranked 20th in the final AP poll.



    Indiana 34, South Carolina 10 - No. 7 of the greatest games in the 125-year history of IU Football.

    No. 7 - Indiana 34, South Carolina 10
    No. 8 - Indiana 20, Notre Dame 7
    No. 9 - Indiana 24, Baylor 0
    No. 10 - Indiana 45, Wisconsin 17
    No. 11 - Indiana 12, Purdue 7 - 11/17/62
    No. 12 - Indiana 6, Chicago 0 - 10/8/10
    Greatest Opener - INDIANA 30, IOWA 26 - 9/8/79


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