Memorial Stadium's Greatest Games - No. 7

    Go Hoosiers! Anthony Thompson found the end zone twice in the 1987 Bucket Game.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Anthony Thompson found the end zone twice in the 1987 Bucket Game.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 15, 2010

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The 2009 campaign marked the Indiana football program's 50th season in Memorial Stadium. will count down the top 12 games in Memorial Stadium history this season.

    A panel consisting of former Hoosier player and Director of Operations Harold Mauro, former player and current Athletic Director for Football Operations Mark Deal, former IU 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 all-time games.

    Fans then emailed their votes from this list, resulting in the top 12 games in Memorial Stadium history. Here is No. 7:

    NOVEMBER 21, 1987

    In one of the more memorable Old Oaken Bucket games of the Bill Mallory era, Indiana topped Purdue 35-14 in Memorial Stadium. It marked the only time in school history that the Hoosiers defeated Ohio State, Michigan and Purdue in the same season. The victory sent the Hoosiers to the 1988 Peach Bowl, the second in a string of three straight bowl trips for IU.

    Although Purdue outgained Indiana 361-186 and controlled the ball for 35 minutes, Indiana won by three touchdowns, largely on the strength of an opportunistic defense that recovered four fumbles, intercepted two passes and blocked two field goal attempts.

    The Hoosiers jumped out to a 21-0 lead, saw Purdue scramble back to 21-14, then won going away - scoring after Purdue fumbled on its own four-yard line and then when Van Waiters stripped the ball from Purdue quarterback Shawn McCarthy and went 47 yards for a score.

    Anthony Thompson tied an IU record with three touchdowns while safety Brian Dewitz was AP and UPI Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after intercepting two passes that set up touchdowns, recovered a fumble and broke up three passes and recording seven tackles. It was the first Old Oaken Bucket win for Mallory and IU's first win over Purdue in five years.




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