Hoosiers Hit the Road to Face No. 4 Hawkeyes

    Go Hoosiers! Indiana will face No. 4 Iowa at noon on Saturday.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Indiana will face No. 4 Iowa at noon on Saturday.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 26, 2009

    Iowa Weekly Release (10-31-09) Get Acrobat Reader

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Concluding its brief two-game road trip, the Indiana football team (4-4, 1-3 Big Ten) meets No. 7/8/4 Iowa (8-0, 4-0 Big Ten) in Iowa City, Iowa. The Hoosiers and Hawkeyes will face off at Kinnick Stadium (70,585) on Saturday, Oct. 31. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. CDT/noon EDT and the game will be televised on ESPN.

    Mark Jones and Bob Davie will have the call of Saturday's ESPN broadcast. Fans can also listen to the IU broadcast team of Don Fischer, Pete Compise and Joe Smith on IU Radio Network and the game will also be carried live on Westwood One, with John Tautges and Terry Donahue on the call. Additionally, the game is available on satellite radio on Sirius 125 and XM 196.

    IU is coming off a 29-28 loss at Northwestern, as Wildcat kicker Stefan Demos hit a 19-yard field goal with 21 seconds left to lift NU to the one-point triumph. Iowa scored on the game's final play to defeat Michigan State, 15-13, in East Lansing, Mich.

    Quick Returns
    Ray Fisher became the second kick returner in IU history (Marcus Thigpen, three in 2006) to race back two kickoffs in one season when he scampered 93 yards to paydirt at Northwestern last weekend. He also returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown at Akron, the first by an Indiana player since James Bailey returned one 91 yards at Northwestern in 2007. It was the first time in school history that a Hoosier returned the opening kickoff for a score and it was the first of Fisher's career.

    Fisher leads the Big Ten and ranks fourth nationally averaging 38.1 yards per kick return with 610 yards on 16 returns. He is on pace to break Thipgen's school mark for season average of 30.1 (2006) and Derin Graham's single-season record of 897 yards (2000).

    The Cleveland native has at least one 40-yard return in five of the last six games and has averaged 40.2 yards on 14 returns since his TD return at Akron (six games). Fisher added eight yards on the final return at Northwestern to move into sixth on IU's single-season top 10 list and he is just 33 yards shy of fifth place. He also added a career-long 35-yard punt return vs. the Wildcats, which set up a touchdown. To view Fisher's game-by-game performance, please view page 10.

    The Iowa Series
    Indiana has won five of the last nine meetings between the two teams, including victories in two of the last three seasons. Iowa leads the all-time series, 39-27-4.

    IU posted a 38-20 victory its last visit to Iowa City on Sept. 29, 2007. That triumph came on the heels of a 31-28 victory over the No. 13 (Coaches) Hawkeyes on Oct. 14, 2006. After its win in 2006, the Hoosiers were selected as the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week. IU scored 24 of the game's final 31 points to come away with its first win over a top-15 team since Oct. 10, 1987, against No. 9 Ohio State.

    Scouting Iowa
    Iowa enters Saturday with an unblemished 8-0 record and a 4-0 Big Ten mark. The Hawkeyes are 8-0 for the first time in program history, own the second-longest winning streak in the country at 12 games (Florida - 17) and are ranked fourth in the BCS Standings, seventh in the AP Poll and eighth in the Coaches' Poll.

    UI leads the country with 15 interceptions and sits in the top 20 nationally in turnover margin (sixth, plus-11), scoring defense (14th, 14.8), pass defense (17th, 174.3) and total defense (18th, 296.5). Senior linebacker Pat Angerer leads the team with 77 tackles followed by junior linebacker Jeremiha Hunter, who has 64 stops, two fumble recoveries and one pick.

    Sophomore safety Tyler Sash shares sixth in the country with five interceptions. He is also third on the team with 57 tackles to go along with five tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. Junior defensive end Adrian Clayborn, the league's reigning defensive POW, sits atop the team with six sacks, 9.5 tackles for loss, seven hurries and three forced fumbles.

    Quarterback Ricky Stanzi leads a Hawkeye offense scoring 23.6 points, passing for 219.1 yards, rushing for 123.0 yards and compiling 342.1 total yards per game. The junior has averaged 214.4 yards per game and completed 57.1 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

    Junior Derrell Johnson-Koulianos leads Iowa with 373 yards, 22 catches and one score followed by senior tight end Tony Moeaki (251 yards, 21 receptions, four touchdowns), senior Trey Stross (303, 20, 1) and sophomore Marvin McNutt (301, 17, 3).

    Adam Robinson ranks fourth in the Big Ten with 78.6 rushing yards per game. The redshirt freshman has 629 yards on the season with five touchdowns and a 4.7 average. Daniel Murray has hit 14-of-18 field goals, including a long of 48 yards, and all 19 extra points this season. The junior is ninth nationally and first in the Big Ten with his 14 field goals and sits second in the conference averaging 7.6 points per game.

    Kirk Ferentz is 78-53 (.595) in his 11th season at Iowa. The Hawkeyes have played in seven bowl games since 2001, including five January bowl appearances. Ferentz has led Iowa to shares of the 2002 and 2004 Big Ten championships. He also served as head coach at Maine from 1990-92 and owns a 90-74 career record (.549).

    Man In The Middle
    Senior Matt Mayberry has started 20 straight games at middle linebacker since the 2008 opener and paces the Hoosiers with 71 tackles and 46 solo stops. He has moved into sixth in the Big Ten in tackles after back-to-back 10-tackle efforts at Michigan and vs. Ohio State, eight stops at Virginia, a career-best 14-tackles and 12 solos in the win over Illinois, and 13 stops at Northwestern. Mayberry now has eight career double-digit tackle games, at least 10 stops in seven straight conference contests and ranks third in league games only with 11.8 tackles per game.

    In addition to his game-high 13 stops at Northwestern, Mayberry made a brilliant diving interception - the first of his career - and added two tackles for loss. Over the last five games, he has led the team in tackles four times and sits atop the Hoosiers with 55 tackles, 36 solo, to go along with one sack, 5.5 tackles for loss (second), one fumble recovery and his INT. Overall, Mayberry is second on the club with eight tackles for loss, is third with 2.5 sacks, has the one fumble recovery and one pick, and he has paced the team in tackles five times.

    In his first year as a starter patrolling the middle, he led the team and finished 10th in the Big Ten with 89 tackles. He became the first member of the front seven to lead IU in tackles since 2005 (Kyle Killion). Mayberry finished second with five sacks and shared second with 8.5 tackles for loss.

    Inside And Out
    The linebackers were touted as one of the team's strongest units entering the season and they have not disappointed. Along with middle linebacker Matt Mayberry, junior strong-side linebacker Tyler Replogle and senior weak-side linebacker Will Patterson ranked 1-2-3 on the team in tackles before Patterson suffered a hand injury that forced him to miss nearly the entire Illinois game and the Northwestern ballgame.

    Replogle has posted double-digit tackles in two of the last three games, the second and third of his career, to move into a tie for 14th in the conference with 7.4 stops per game. After collecting 10 stops at Virginia, he matched that total and added a TFL in the team's win vs. Illinois. Replogle narrowly missed making it three straight with nine stops, eight solo, and a tackle for loss at Northwestern. He is second on the team with 59 tackles and 40 solos. The Centerville, Ohio, native also has 1.5 sacks, six TFLs and one interception.

    Since the Akron game (six contests), Replogle has 50 tackles, 33 solo, 5.5 tackles for loss, his 1.5 sacks and his first career interception, which he returned 30 yards at Akron. Replogle, who ranks 11th in Big Ten games only with 8.2 tackles per game, is second to Mayberry with those 50 tackles and 33 solos and shares second with Jammie Kirlew in TFLs.

    Patterson joined Mayberry with 10 tackles against Ohio State to go along with eight solo stops, a half-sack and 1.5 tackles for loss. Despite his injury, he is tied for fifth on the club with 40 tackles, 29 solo. Patterson has led the team in tackles twice this season (nine vs. Western Michigan) and has seven double-figure tackle games in his career.

    Playing on the weak-side, Patterson leads all active Hoosier players with 156 career solo stops and is second to Austin Thomas (248) with 240 tackles. His first sack of the season (1.5 overall) resulted in a safety and the Hoosiers' first points this year, and he has three tackles for loss.

    Where There's A Willis
    In just his third career game on one of the grandest stages in college football, redshirt freshman Darius Willis collected the most yards for a Hoosier back since 2005 (Chris Taylor, 176 vs. Kentucky) and led Indiana to its second-highest rushing total in 60 all-time games vs. Michigan (197). Willis, who grew up watching film of and idolizing Walter Payton, finished with 154 yards on 16 carries, a 9.5 average, with two scores at Michigan Stadium. His second touchdown run went for 85 yards and put the Hoosiers ahead 33-29 with 8:57 remaining. It was the third-longest rush in IU history and the longest allowed by a Michigan defense since 1987.

    The Indianapolis native added his second 100-yard game, his second two-touchdown contest and his second 70-plus yard rushing score at Northwestern last weekend. Willis got the corner and rumbled 70 yards on IU's first play, the first time since Nov. 6, 2004, the Hoosiers scored on their first play from scrimmage. He added a 3-yard touchdown in the second quarter and finished with 103 yards on 14 carries (7.4 average).

    On the season, Willis leads the team with 405 yards, five touchdowns, a 5.3 average and 77 attempts. He sits fifth in the Big Ten with 67.5 yards per game and is fourth in league games only with 84.0 yards each time out.

    Willis, who earned his first career start following the Michigan game vs. Ohio State, became the eighth freshman in Hoosier lore to break the 150-yard mark and the first since BenJarvus Green-Ellis (vs. Purdue, 2003), the first since De'Wayne Hogan (at Wisconsin, 1997) to break 100 yards in his Big Ten debut and the first freshman to go over 100 yards since Green-Ellis.

    An injury forced him to miss the Virginia game, but he returned against Illinois and carried the ball a career-high 18 times for 58 yards and caught a screen pass for 15 yards.

    After redshirting last year, Willis received three carries in the opener and missed the Western Michigan game with an ankle injury. Willis returned at Akron and led the team with 66 yards on 15 carries (4.4 average) and reached the end zone for the first time. The 2008 co-offensive scout team player rushed for 1,728 yards (6.0 average) and 28 scores and was runner-up for Indiana Mr. Football his senior campaign at Franklin Central High School in Indianapolis. He collected all-state, All-Marion County and all-conference honors.

    For Starters
    When Darius Willis rumbled 70 yards on IU's first play, it marked the first time that the Hoosiers have scored on the first play from scrimmage since Nov. 6, 2004, when Matt LoVecchio found Jahkeen Gilmore for an 80-yard TD at Illinois.

    Earlier this season at Akron, Ray Fisher returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown, the first time in school history a Hoosier returned the opening kickoff for a score.

    Indiana has scored first in six of the eight games this season and hold a 4-2 record in those contests.

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