IU Football's Greatest Games - No. 5
Oct. 23, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - In celebration of the 125th year of football at Indiana University, IUHoosiers.com 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. 5, a game and a kick that will resonate in the minds of Hoosier fans for years to come.
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.
GREATEST GAME NO. 5 - INDIANA 27, PURDUE 24
On Nov. 17, 2007, the Hoosiers entered Memorial Stadium with the knowledge that a win would give them possession of the Old Oaken Bucket and the team's first bowl bid since 1993. In a season dedicated to the memory of their late coach, Terry Hoeppner, the Hoosiers raced to a 24-3 lead behind a ferocious defense and big play offense. But as in so many games in the Bucket series, this game came down to the final minute.
With 30 seconds to play and the game tied at 24, Austin Starr lined up for a game-winning, 49-yard field goal. Starr lined up and drilled the kick between the uprights to send Memorial Stadium into a frenzy. The Hoosiers snuffed out Purdue's final effort to improve to 7-5 on the year.
The victory clinched a bid to the Insight Bowl as Head Coach Bill Lynch became the most successful first year head coach in IU history. In the win, Marcus Thigpen ran for 140 yards on 19 carries and James Hardy caught 10 passes including a touchdown to lift the Hoosiers.
Indiana 27, Purdue 24 - No. 5 on list of the greatest games in the 125 years of IU Football.
No. 5 - Indiana 27, Purdue 24, 11/17/07
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