Hoosiers Look for Second Straight at Northwestern
Oct. 19, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Embarking on a brief two-game road trip, the Indiana football team (4-3, 1-2 Big Ten) faces Northwestern (4-3, 1-2 Big Ten) in Evanston, Ill. The Hoosiers and Wildcats will meet at Ryan Field (47,130) on Saturday, Oct. 24. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. CDT/noon EDT and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
Ari Wolfe will handle play-by-play duties and he will be joined by analyst Mark Campbell and sideline reporter Mike Hall. All games can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Pete Compise (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.
Setting The Scene
The Hoosiers forced three fumbles, two by defensive end Jammie Kirlew, who finished with nine tackles and one sack, and converted the turnovers into 14 points. Middle linebacker Matt Mayberry added a career-high 14 tackles, 12 solos, and strong safety Austin Thomas and weak-side linebacker Tyler Replogle each added 10 stops.
Chappell Earns Big Ten Honor
Chappell set career highs with 333 yards and three touchdowns and did not throw an interception in IU's 27-14 victory over Illinois on Saturday. It marked his second career 300-yard game, and he also matched a career high with 38 attempts to go along with a 160.2 passing efficiency. Chappell surpassed the 2,500 passing yard mark (2,679) in his career and the 1,500-yard mark (1,664) for the season.
The Bloomington, Ind., native connected on a 29-yarder to Damarlo Belcher, a 44-yarder to Tandon Doss and a 13-yarder to Troy Wagner. Chappell sits third in the Big Ten with 237.7 yards per game and fourth in completion percentage (63.4) and total offense (230.4). He is 149-of-235 on the season and has eight touchdown tosses and one rush TD.
The Northwestern Series
Northwestern earned a 31-28 win the last time the teams faced off in Evanston (Nov. 10, 2007) and has won the last five meetings in its home stadium. IU's last victory at Ryan Field came on Oct. 23, 1993, a 24-0 whitewashing.
NU is averaging 27.0 points, 116.6 rushing yards, 264.4 passing yards (third in Big Ten) and 381.0 total yards per contest. Mike Kafka engineers the Northwestern offense. The senior ranks second in the league with 250.7 yards per game and 1,755 yards and paces all Big Ten QBs with a 67.8 completion percentage. He has thrown seven touchdowns and just four interceptions to go along with four scores on the ground and 141 yards.
Zeke Markshausen is coming off a 16-catch, 111-yard performance against the Spartans. The senior leads the team and is second in the conference with 50 receptions for 459 yards and one touchdown. Sophomore Drake Dunsmore has 27 grabs for 286 yards and a score, while senior Andrew Brewer heads the club with four TDs in addition to 23 catches for 384 yards. Three additional Wildcats have rushed for over 140 yards led by true freshman Arby Fields and his 195 yards, 3.5 average and four touchdowns. Junior Stephen Simmons has 176 yards, a 4.6 average and two scores, while sophomore Jacob Schmidt owns 159 yards, a 3.5 average and one TD.
Quentin Davie leads a Northwestern defense that has allowed 23.0 points, 115.7 rushing yards, 227.1 passing yards and 342.9 total yards per game. The junior linebacker sits atop the team with 53 tackles, 29 solos, four sacks, seven tackles for loss and three forced fumbles to go along with one fumble recovery. The Wildcats are second in the Big Ten in turnover margin (+4), tied for second in fumble recoveries (8), third in INTs (10) and share third in sacks (19).
Senior cornerback Sherrick McManis has collected a team-best three interceptions, and junior middle linebacker Nate Williams is second on the team with 49 tackles. He also has 3.5 tackles for loss and one interception.
Pat Fitzgerald is in his fourth season at the helm of the Northwestern program. Fitzgerald, who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame last season, starred at linebacker for the Wildcats (1993-96) and is 23-21 as head coach. He led NU to the 2009 Valero Alamo Bowl and is 1-1 against Indiana.
What a Difference
The 55-point swing against the Fighting Illini is the second-biggest differential in the 67-game series. IU lost 47-0 in 1902 before whitewashing the Illini, 17-0, in 1903.
In last season's game, Indiana allowed 563 total yards and eight touchdowns and gained 313 yards, including 172 passing. On Saturday, the Hoosiers surrendered 443 yards and two touchdowns while collecting 482 total yards and 333 passing yards.
Need Some To's, Baby!
Overall, IU has forced 15 turnovers and committed 12 for a plus-3 edge in turnover margin, which is third in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers are 3-1 this season when winning the turnover battle.
Taylor received the first start of his career against UI. The Hoosiers played a nickel package the majority of the game, and Taylor finished with five solo tackles as the Fighting Illini could muster just two TDs.
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