Oct. 12, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana football team (2-3, 0-2 Big Ten) closes out its two-game conference homestand when it hosts No. 8 Ohio State (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) on Saturday, Oct. 13. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. EDT at Memorial Stadium (52,929; FieldTurf) and BTN will broadcast the game.
Eric Collins (play-by-play), Derek Rackley (analyst) and J Leman (sideline) will call the game. The game can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network, Sirius 112 and XM 195 with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Buck Suhr (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.
Quick Hits - The Michigan State Game
Seventeen Hoosiers hail from the state of Ohio: Pete Bachman (Cincinnati/Elder High School), Larry Black, Jr., (Cincinnati/Wyoming), Ted Bolser (Cincinnati/Indian Hill), Javon Cornley (Columbus/ Northland), Dawson Fletcher (West Chester/Lakota West), Chase Hoobler (Orrville/Orrville), David Kaminski (Strongsville/Strongsville), Tanner Kearns (Lexington/Lexington), Cody Latimer (Dayton/ Jefferson Township), Mark Murphy (Akron/St. Vincent-St. Mary), David Nelson (Hudson/Hudson), Ryan Phillis (Boardman/Boardman), Adam and Mike Replogle (Centerville/Centerville), Zack Shaw (Coshocton/Coshocton), Alex Todd (Streetsboro/ Streetsboro) and Shane Wynn (Cleveland/Glenville).
Michigan State's opponents entered last weekend averaging 12.8 points, 167.2 passing yards and 263.4 total yards per game. Indiana scored 27 points, threw for 282 yards and totaled 317 yards. The Spartans allowed 64 combined points to their first five opponents.
The Hoosier defense held MSU to 120 rushing yards and a 2.9 average. Michigan State entered the game averaging 147.8 yards rushing per game and 4.0 yards per carry.
IU's 27 points were also seven more than MSU had given up in any game this season (20 vs. Notre Dame).
With 27 points in the first half and 29 points in the second half at Northwestern the previous weekend, Indiana scored 27 or more in consecutive halves for the first time since scoring 30 and 28 in the first and second halves, respectively, against Missouri in 1990.
After averaging 19.2 yards per kick return a season ago, Indiana sits 10th nationally and leads the Big Ten with a 28.3 average.
True freshman Tevin Coleman's 165 yards on four returns (41.2 average) leads the Hoosiers and sits ahead of sophomore Shane Wynn's 120 yards on five returns (24.0).
Coleman returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown at Northwestern and finished the game with 138 kickoff return yards. He totaled 157 all-purpose yards (11 rush, eight receiving).
It marked IU's first kickoff TD return since Wynn's 99-yarder vs. Illinois on Oct. 8, 2011. Coleman and Wynn are the only true freshmen in school history to bring a kickoff to paydirt.
Wynn is eighth on IU's career kick return list with 1,135 yards. Check page four for more on Wynn.
Coleman, who also shares second on the team with 177 rushing yards and leads the way with a 5.5 average, only trails junior running back Stephen Houston (394) with 371 all-purpose yards.
The Hoosiers offense is off to a fast start, literally. Under new offensive coordinator Seth Littrell:
IU's last 10 scoring drives (eight touchdowns) and 17 overall (14 touchdowns) have taken 3 minutes or less. The 17 drives have averaged 6.1 plays and 67.9 yards.
Indiana has nine TD drives under 90 seconds, seven of which covered at least 70 yards in six-or-fewer plays. IU also has six TD drives of five plays or fewer.
The Hoosiers are running a play every 21.1 seconds.
Indiana has shown significant strides in several categories from 2011 (2012 listed first):
Points: 32.8 - 21.4
Total Yards: 471.4 - 360.4
Passing Yards: 305.2 - 199.4
Rushing Yards: 166.2 - 161.0
Plays: 79.4 - 72.5
IU has 11 passing touchdowns this season after throwing just 10 in all of 2011.
The Hoosiers have 17 70-plus yard scoring drives in 2012 after recording just 18 in all of 2011.
Defensive tackles Adam Replogle, Larry Black, Jr., and Nicholas Sliger make up Indiana's most experienced group. They represent three of the team's eight seniors and have played together in 39 of Indiana's 41 games since the start of the 2009 season.
Replogle and Black have started alongside each other 33 times, including the last 17 games.
The duo has played in each of IU's 41 games since the start of 2009, with Replogle starting the last 40 at tackle or end and Black starting 33 times.
In the 2012 opener, they combined for three sacks with Black collecting his first career multi-sack game. Black added two TFLs at UMass and is tied with Replogle for the team lead with 4.5. He also recovered his second career fumble at Northwestern.
After matching a career-high with 10 tackles and two stops for loss with one forced fumble at Northwestern, Replogle shared the team lead with eight stops and added one sack against Michigan State last weekend.
Replogle is tied for the team lead with 36 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss, and he paces the Hoosiers with 2.5 sacks. He tops all Big Ten defensive linemen with 7.2 tackles per game and has recorded at least five tackles in each of the first five games.
Sliger has only missed two games, including the 2012 season opener, and appeared in 39 since the beginning of 2009.
Replogle leads all Hoosier defenders with 149 tackles, 12.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss (tied with Larry Black) in his career.
The Centerville, Ohio, native was elected a team captain, earned All-District V honors (second straight year), was a finalist for the ARA Sportsmanship Award and collected Academic All-Big Ten honors (second straight year) in 2011.
Black owns six sacks and 104 tackles to go along with his 20 career tackles for loss.
Sliger set career highs with 25 tackles and added 1.5 tackles for loss and his first career forced fumble last season. The Cicero, Ind., native has 45 career stops and four TFLs.
Hanging With Mr. Cooper
Looking to strengthen the team's linebacking unit, the Hoosiers coaching staff uncovered its starting middle linebacker from Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College in David Cooper.
Cooper redshirted the 2010 season at Coffeyville before a big 2011 campaign, which saw him collect 102 tackles, two sacks, 13 tackles for loss, three fumble recoveries, one interception and one forced fumble.
The 6-1, 225-pounder enrolled at Indiana in the spring, where he immediately found himself starting in the middle during spring drills.
Cooper has started all five games this season and he shares the team lead with 36 tackles to go along with four tackles for loss (third) and one pass breakup.
He has opened his Big Ten career with back-to-back games of eight tackles and one TFL, at Northwestern and vs. Michigan State last weekend, respectively.
Cooper made seven tackles with one stop for loss in his IU debut against Indiana State and followed that effort up with an eight-tackle performance at UMass.
A native of Lilburn, Ga., Cooper attended Brookwood High School before heading to Coffeyville.