Oct. 21, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Facing its first Legends Division opponent, the Indiana football team (1-6, 0-3 Big Ten) will meet Iowa (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten) at Kinnick Stadium (70,585) on Saturday, Oct. 22. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. CDT/noon EDT and the BTN will broadcast the game.
The Hawkeyes defeated Northwestern, 41-31, on Saturday to even their Big Ten record at 1-1 following a 13-3 loss at Penn State. Iowa posted a 3-1 mark in non-conference play.
Eric Collins (play-by-play), Chris Martin (analyst) and Dionne Miller (sideline) will call the game. The game can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network, Sirius 117 and XM 196 with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Buck Suhr (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.
Just For Kicks
One of the top kickers in the nation coming out of Waubonsie Valley High School in Naperville, Ill., Mitch Ewald has proved why this was the case after he redshirted the 2009 campaign.
Ewald has hit 7-of-9 field goals this year (one blocked), including two 49-yarders (career long, three times), and is now 23-of-28 (82.1 percent) in his career.
He is eighth on Indiana's career field goals list and his career percentage ranks 12th nationally.
In addition to his 82.1 field goal percentage, he is a perfect 51-of-51 in the extra point department, including 18-of-18 this season.
Ewald took over kickoff duties in week two after Nick Freeland suffered a season-ending ACL injury.
His 16 field goals in 2010 tied for the most for a freshman and tied for the third most overall on IU's single-season list.
Ewald forced overtime with a 26-yarder and hit the game-winner from 31 yards in the team's Old Oaken Bucket victory at Purdue.
Adam Replogle and Larry Black, Jr., have started alongside each other 23 times in three seasons, including all seven games at defensive tackle in 2011.
Replogle and Black have played in each of the team's 31 games over the last three years.
Replogle started as a true freshman and has started the last 30 games at defensive tackle or end.
He collected two sacks and forced his first career fumble against Illinois.
The Centerville, Ohio, native posted a career-high 10 tackles in the season opener vs. Ball State and made five stops with one tackle for loss at North Texas.
Replogle has 27 stops this season, paces the team with two sacks and shares second with three TFLs.
He also tops the defensive tackles with 91 tackles, 42 solos and eight sacks and is second with 11.5 TFLs in his career.
Black leads IU's defensive linemen with 28 tackles following a six tackle effort at Wisconsin. He also added a half-sack and one tackle for loss and owns 2.5 TFLs in 2011.
He has started 23 times in his career and has collected 72 stops, 3.0 sacks, 12.5 TFLs (first among IU's defensive tackles) and one fumble recovery.
Forcing The Issue
IU has nine fumble recoveries and four interceptions in 2011. The Hoosiers recovered four fumbles with eight interceptions all of last year.
Indiana is tied for third in the Big Ten in takeaways (tied for 33rd nationally) and ranks second in fumble recoveries (tied for ninth nationally).
The Hoosiers have forced at least two turnovers in a game four times this season.
IU has scored 40 points off of the turnovers, including a 31-yard interception return by linebacker Mark Murphy
and a 54-yard fumble return by cornerback Lawrence Barnett
With two fumble recoveries and two INTs against Virginia, Indiana forced four turnovers for the first time since its trip to Penn State on Nov. 14, 2009.
The Hoosiers added three takeaways apiece at North Texas and against Penn State. They recovered a pair of fumbles with one INT in each game.
For the third straight game and fourth time overall in 2011, IU recovered a pair of fumbles against Illinois.
Frosh In The Game
Kevin Wilson made it no secret that he was not afraid to play true freshmen, and he has certainly lived up to his word by playing 16 this season, tied for the third most in the country (Texas, 18; Auburn 17; Army 16). IU only played eight true freshmen from 2007-10.
Wide receivers Jay McCants, Cody Latimer and Shane Wynn, safeties Mark Murphy and Forisse Hardin, running back D'Angelo Roberts, cornerbacks Michael Hunter, Kenny Mullen and Nick Stoner, long snapper Matt Dooley, offensive linemen Bernard Taylor and Peyton Eckert, tight end Jake Reed, quarterback Tre Roberson, linebacker Mike Replogle and defensive end Bobby Richardson have made their debuts this season.
Taylor (five), Murphy (four), Eckert (three), Hardin (twice), Richardson (twice), Latimer and Roberts have each started at least once. IU has also started six redshirt freshmen and played 10 overall this season.