IU Football's Greatest Games - No. 6

    Go Hoosiers! George Taliaferro's three first-half touchdowns led the Hoosiers to a whitewashing of Minnesota in 1945.
    Go Hoosiers!
    George Taliaferro's three first-half touchdowns led the Hoosiers to a whitewashing of Minnesota in 1945.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 18, 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. 6, the Hoosiers' most lopsided conference win in school history, and the greatest Homecoming game, a day to remember for one of IU's all-time greats.

    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.

    When Bo McMillin's Indiana Hoosiers traveled to Minneapolis for the 18th consecutive season in 1945 so much was on the line. The undefeated Hoosiers and the 20th ranked Gophers battled for first place in the Big Ten.

    Freshman tailback George Taliaferro enjoyed his finest day as a Hoosier, scoring three first-half touchdowns including a 90-yard interception return. The Hoosiers dominated all the way, as the 49-0 win propelled the Hoosiers to within one game of their first Big Ten Championship. To this day it remains the most lopsided conference win for the Hoosiers in school history.

    Indiana 49, Minnesota 0 - No. 6 of the greatest games in the 125-year history of IU Football



    Homecoming in the dawn of the 2000s saw the performance of the century by Indiana quarterback Antwaan Randle El. The Gophers came into that game on Oct. 21, 2000, ranked 22nd in the country and looking to knock off the Hoosiers. But the athletic Randle El had other ideas.

    In leading the Hoosiers to a 51-43 upset win over Minnesota, Randle El became the only player in the history of the Big Ten to rush for over 200 yards and pass for over 200 yards in the same game. For good measure, Randle El recovered an onside kick with a minute to play to clinch the victory.

    For his career, Randle El became the only player in college football history to rush for 40 touchdowns and pass for 40 touchdowns. He is the school's all-time leader in passing yards and total offense and ranks second behind the great Anthony Thompson on IU's all-time touchdowns and rushing yard lists.

    Indiana 51, Minnesota 43 - the best Homecoming game in the 125-year history of IU Football.

    No. 6 - Indiana 49, Minnesota 0 - 11/10/45
    Greatest Homecoming Game - Indiana 51, Minnesota 43 - 10/21/00
    No. 7 - Indiana 34, South Carolina 10 - 12/28/88
    No. 8 - Indiana 20, Notre Dame 7 - 10/21/50
    No. 9 - Indiana 24, Baylor 0 - 12/31/91
    No. 10 - Indiana 45, Wisconsin 17 - 11/11/89
    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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