Hoosiers Welcome Arkansas State on 98th Homecoming

    Go Hoosiers! Junior defensive end Darius Johnson and the Hoosiers welcome Arkansas State on Homecoming.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Junior defensive end Darius Johnson and the Hoosiers welcome Arkansas State on Homecoming.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 12, 2010

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Wrapping up its non-conference schedule, the Indiana football team (3-2, 0-2 Big Ten) hosts Arkansas State (2-4, 2-2 Sun Belt) for IU's 98th Homecoming. The Hoosiers and Red Wolves will meet for the first time at Memorial Stadium (52,929) on Saturday, Oct. 16. Kickoff is at noon EDT and the game will be televised on ESPNU.

    Rob Stone will handle play-by-play duties and he will be joined by analyst David Pollack. The game can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Buck Suhr (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.

    Hoosiers On Homecoming
    Indiana owns a 43-48-6 record on Homecoming, including wins in five of the last six seasons. Last year, the Hoosiers defeated Illinois, 27-14, and knocked off 22nd-ranked (BCS) Northwestern, 21-19, in 2008. IU came up just short vs. Penn State, 36-31, in 2007 after reeling off three straight victories against Michigan State (46-21 in 2006), Illinois (36-13 in 2005) and No. 24 (AP) Minnesota (30-21 in 2004).

    Scouting Arkansas State
    Arkansas State sits at 2-4 on the season and 2-2 in the Sun Belt Conference. The Red Wolves earned a 24-19 victory at North Texas last weekend and defeated Louisiana-Monroe (34-20) earlier this season. They have dropped contests at Auburn (52-26), at Louisiana-Lafayette (31-24), at Troy (35-28) and against Louisville (34-24).

    ASU is averaging 26.7 points, 413.7 total yards, 270.2 passing yards and 143.5 rushing yards per game. Ryan Aplin has thrown for 1,579 yards with 10 touchdowns and four interceptions. The sophomore has completed 57.4 percent of his passes and owns a 134.63 passing efficiency rating. Aplin has also rushed for 207 yards and scored four times. He ranks 15th nationally averaging 296.8 total yards per game.

    The Red Wolves possess three receivers with at least 15 receptions and 275 yards. Junior Dwayne Frampton (28 catches, 331 yards, 3 touchdowns) leads the team followed by sophomore Allen Muse (21, 397, 3) and sophomore Taylor Stockemer (15, 284, 2). Along with Aplin, junior Derek Lawson has rushed for 289 yards with three TDs and a 4.4 average. He is averaging 48.2 yards per game and Aplin is averaging 34.5 yards each time out.

    On defense, ASU is allowing 31.8 points, 468.2 total yards, 237.7 passing yards and 230.5 rushing yards per game. The defense has recorded nine sacks, four interceptions and five fumble recoveries.

    Senior linebacker Javon McKinnon paces the team with 50 tackles and 31 solos to go along with 2.5 tackles for loss and one fumble recovery. Senior defensive tackle Bryan Hall has a team-high 3.5 sacks, and senior safety M.D. Jennings has a team-best two INTs (62 yards) with 36 tackles, 1.5 TFLs, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

    Steve Roberts is in his ninth season at Arkansas State and owns a 43-59 record. He is 92-92-1 in his 17th overall season after spending six years at Southern Arkansas and two at Northwestern State.

    Men In The Middle
    With two starting linebacker spots open following the departures of Matt Mayberry and Will Patterson, it appears the Hoosier defense has found a duo to start with strong-side linebacker Tyler Replogle. Leon Beckum moved from inside to outside linebacker at No. 2 Ohio State, while Jeff Thomas made his second straight start in the middle and third start overall in 2010.

    Beckum finished with a game-high nine tackles, three tackles for loss and one sack. The junior out of Bloomington North High School matched a career high in tackles, which he first set earlier this year against Akron, and became the first Hoosier with three tackles for loss in a game since Jammie Kirlew had three at Akron on Sept. 19, 2009.

    Thomas, who arrived in Bloomington during spring practice from Foothill (Calif.) Community College, added six tackles, 1.5 TFLs and his first career interception.

    Hoosier linebackers rank 1-2-3 on the team in tackles. Replogle leads the way with 32, 17 solos, followed by Beckum with 29, 18 solos, and Thomas with 26, 10 solos. Beckum also shares the team lead with two sacks (tied for seventh in Big Ten), and owns a team-best four tackles for loss. Thomas has the INT and 1.5 TFLs.

    Losing Ground
    Entering the game with four sacks and 16 tackles for loss, the Indiana defense delivered season highs with three sacks (19 yards) and eight TFLs (25 yards) at No. 2 Ohio State. Senior defensive end Terrance Thomas, junior defensive end Darius Johnson and junior weak-side linebacker Leon Beckum each recorded a sack.

    Beckum finished with three tackles for loss, while Thomas and junior middle linebacker Jeff Thomas contributed 1.5 TFLs apiece. Johnson's sack along with senior strong safety Mitchell Evans and sophomore defensive lineman Adam Replogle's half-tackles for loss accounted for the remaining two.

    Indiana last recorded eight TFLs at Michigan on Sept. 26, 2009, and last collected at least three sacks against Purdue on Nov. 21, 2009 (4).

    Aerial Attack
    The Hoosiers' explosive offense is making its mark on the national stage. Indiana shares second in fumbles lost (1), ranks third in fewest penalties and penalty yards per game (3.4, 29.2) shares sixth in turnovers lost (5), ranks 10th in passing offense (306.8), 12th in third-down conversion (50.7), shares 15th in sacks allowed (0.8), ranks 18th in kickoff returns (25.4), 32nd in scoring offense (33.8) and 34th in passing efficiency (145.9). IU also scored at least 35 points in its first four games, the first time since the start of the 1990 season a Hoosier team has accomplished that in four consecutive contests.

    Fifth-year senior quarterback Ben Chappell is sixth in completion percentage (70.2) and completions (26.4), ninth in passing yards (295.2), tied for 13th in touchdown-interception ratio (12 TDs, 3 INT), 17th in total offense (290.2), tied for 17th in touchdowns (12), tied for 18th in fewest interceptions (3), 21st in total passing yards (1,476) 23rd in points responsible for (15.6) and 24th in passing efficiency (154.0).

    Junior wide receiver Tandon Doss ranks second in all-purpose yards (192.3), shares 24th in receptions (6.0), 26th in receiving yards (83.8) and 30th in kickoff returns (27.1). Classmate Damarlo Belcher is tied for 11th in catches (11.0) and 37th in receiving yards (77.8), while fifth-year senior Terrance Turner shares 38th in receptions (5.4). Indiana is the only team in the country with three receivers in the top 40 in receptions per game and is one of four programs (Hawaii, San Diego State and Duke) with two receivers in the top 40 in receiving yards per game.




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