Returning to conference play, the Indiana football team (2-5, 0-3 Big Ten) travels to Champaign, Ill., to face Illinois (2-5, 0-3 Big Ten) on Saturday, Oct. 27. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. CDT/noon EDT at Memorial Stadium (60,670; FieldTurf) and BTN will broadcast the game.
Indiana and Illinois will meet for the 70th time on Saturday afternoon. Illinois leads the overall series, 45-22-2, including a 29-8-1 home mark. IU's last road victory in the series came in 2006, a 34-32 triumph.
Kevin Wilson is in his second season as head coach at Indiana. Wilson spent the 2002-10 seasons at Oklahoma, where he served as co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach from 2002-05 and as offensive coordinator and tight ends and fullbacks coach from 2006-10. OU played in seven Big 12 title games in Wilson's nine years, going 6-1 in those appearances. His offenses were vital to accumulating an overall record of 99-24 (.805) during his time in Norman, including seven 10-win seasons.
Tim Beckman is in his first season as head coach at Illinois. Beckman posted a 21-16 (.568) record in three seasons (2009-11) at Toledo and owns a 23-21 (.523) career mark.
NEWS & NOTES
For the first time in school history, IU has scored 24-or-more points in seven straight games in the same year.
Indiana leads the Big Ten in passing offense (303.1-18th nationally) and kickoff returns (24.9-24th), is second in total offense (465.0-25th) and third in scoring offense (34.7-35th).
The Hoosiers defense has 13 sacks and 48 TFLs. IU didn't reach those totals until game 10 last year.
Indiana's 6.9 tackles for loss per game rank second in the league and 28th nationally.
DT Adam Replogle leads all Big Ten defensive linemen with 6.3 tackles per game.
Tevin Coleman leads the conference (14th nationally) with a 28.1 kick return average.
Cody Latimer is fourth in the Big Ten in receiving yards (66.4) and ninth in receptions (4.3). Shane Wynn is tied for third in receptions (5.4) and Kofi Hughes is eighth in receiving yards (62.3) and receptions (4.3).
DB Greg Heban led IU in tackles for the second straight week with a career-high 13 at Navy. Heban now leads the team (48) and shares fourth in the Big ten in passes defended (nine) and fifth in interceptions (two).
Houston has scored at least once in every game this year and in eight straight overall. He is the first Hoosier to reach the end zone in eight consecutive games since wide receiver James Hardy (2006-07).
Mitch Ewald matched a career high with three field goals and is sixth nationally in career percentage (81.3).