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    Hoosiers Prepare for Gophers (10-27-03)

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    October 27, 2003

    Hoosiers Prepare for Gophers

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    Indiana's game against Illinois at Memorial Stadium on November 8 has been scheduled for 12:10 p.m. (EST) and will be televised by ESPN-Plus Regional.

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    SERIES HISTORY
    These two teams last met in 2000, with Indiana posting a 51-43 victory in Bloomington. Minnesota leads the all-time series, 33-24-3. The Hoosiers have won nine of the last 12 meetings.


    TRENDS IN THE SERIES
    The home team has won the last five meetings in this series. Indiana has had a solid offensive attack, in the last five meetings with 611 yards in 2000, 387 yards in 1999 and 443 yards in 1997.


    FRESHMEN SHINE ON DEFENSE
    True freshman Jake Powers led the Hoosiers with 13 tackles (11 solo) against Ohio State. Fellow true freshman Will Meyers added seven solo stops, while true freshman Cedric Henry had seven tackles, an interception and a forced fumble. First-year players combined for 32 tackles against Ohio State.
    Defensive stats vs. Ohio State
    Year Tackles FF FR Int
    Freshmen 32 1 1 1
    Others 35 1 1 0


    PER CARRY AVERAGE IMPROVING
    Indiana running backs/receivers are averaging 4.12 yards per carry this season. The goal for the Hoosiers is to gain at least four yards per carry.
    Opponent YPC
    Ohio State 2.15
    Northwestern 5.90
    Michigan State 4.11
    Michigan 3.15
    Kentucky 5.29
    Indiana State 4.46
    Washington 2.09
    UConn 3.87

    IMPROVEMENT ON THE GROUND CLEAR
    Indiana has gained 1,108 yards on the ground this season, just 291 less than all of last season. The Hoosiers are on pace to gain 1,920 rushing yards this season and are averaging 138.5 yards per game in 2003. Here is a look at IU's ground game the last ten years:
    Year Yards Per Game
    2002 1398 116.5
    2001 2964* 269.5
    2000 2934 266.7
    1999 2105 191.4
    1998 2150 195.5
    1997 999 90.8
    1996 1557 141.5
    1995 1440 130.9
    1994 2448 222.5
    1993 1662 138.5
    * School record


    100-YARD RUSHING GAMES
    The Hoosiers have had a back rush for 100+ yards four times this season, including two different backs against Northwestern. Freshman BenJarvus Green-Ellis had 136 yards on 25 carries while senior Brian Lewis tallied 128 yards on 21 carries. Green-Ellis picked up his first 100-yard game with 107 yards on 20 carries against Indiana State. Against Kentucky, Lewis returned from an injury that kept him out against Indiana State to rush for 116 yards on 17 carries.


    YOUNG BACKS MAKE HISTORY
    With BenJarvus Green-Ellis' 107 rushing yards against Indiana State this season and Chris Taylor's 102 rushing yards against Northwestern last season, the Hoosiers made school history. Never before had Indiana seen back-to-back seasons with a true freshman rushing for 100+ yards in a game.

    ALL-TIME 100-YARD TRUE FROSH
    BenJarvus Green-Ellis became the sixth true freshman in IU history to rush for 100 yards in a game. He joins a list that includes the following:
    Chris Taylor (2002)
    Anthony Thompson (1986)
    Mike Harkrader (1976)
    De'Wayne Hogan (1997)
    Courtney Snyder (1973)


    FRESHMAN LEADING IN TDs
    True freshman BenJarvus Green-Ellis leads the Hoosiers with six touchdowns this season, twice as many as Brian Lewis' three TDs. It is the most touchdowns by a true freshman since Alex Smith had 10 touchdowns in 1994. The last time a true freshman led the Hoosiers in touchdowns was in 1997, when De'Wayne Hogan had four.


    BIG NUMBERS AGAINST NORTHWESTERN
    Indiana gained 327 yards on the ground against Northwestern, the most under Head Coach Gerry DiNardo. That total was the highest by an Indiana team since November 10, 2001, when the Hoosiers had 489 yards at Michigan State. It was the most yards by an IU team at Memorial Stadium since October 21, 2000, when the Hoosiers had 348 yards against Minnesota. The performance against Northwestern was just the fourth 300+ rushing game by an Indiana team in the last 40 games.


    NEEDING MORE BIG PLAYS
    Indiana has had 21 plays of 20+ yards this season. Last year, the Hoosiers had 51 plays for 20+ yards. Two of IU's three longest plays of the season came against Northwestern with a 55-yard pass and 42-yard run.
    Ohio State-0 plays
    Northwestern-4 plays
    55-LoVecchio-Roby
    42-Brian Lewis
    23-LoVecchio-Thompson
    27-Green-Ellis (TD)
    Michigan State-2 plays
    30-LoVecchio-Johnson
    20-LoVecchio-Green-Ellis
    Michigan-0 plays
    Kentucky-8 plays
    63-LoVecchio-Green-Ellis (TD)
    38-Brian Lewis
    27-LoVecchio-Halterman
    26-Brian Lewis
    24-LoVecchio-Roby
    22-LoVecchio-Haney
    21-LoVecchio-Rudanovic
    21-LoVecchio-Johnson
    Indiana State-2 plays
    22-BenJarvus Green-Ellis
    22-LoVecchio-Roby
    Washington-2 plays
    33-LoVecchio-Taylor
    25-Matt LoVecchio
    Connecticut-3 plays
    41-LoVecchio-Haney
    39-Chris Taylor
    30-LoVecchio-Johnson (TD)


    EVALUATING THE RUSH DEFENSE
    Last season, Indiana allowed over 200 yards rushing in a game nine different times (average of 235 per game). It happened for the first time last weekend, as Ohio State had 216 yards. Indiana is holding its opponents to 168.4 yards per game on the ground.
    2003 Opponent Yds Allowed
    Ohio State 216
    Northwestern 192
    Michigan State 104
    Michigan 168
    Kentucky 167
    Indiana State 105
    Washington 195
    UConn 200


    STOPPING THE RUN ON 1ST DOWN
    Opponents have rushed the ball 152 times on first down against the Hoosiers. IU has held the opposition to three or less yards 71 times, including 31 times with zero or negative yards.

    LONGER DRIVES IN 2003
    With less big plays this season, the Hoosier offense has seen more prolonged drives. This year has seen 18 drives of 10+ plays in the Hoosiers' first eight games. Last year, Indiana had a total of 20 10+ play drives in 12 games.
    vs. Ohio State
    Plays Yards Time Result
    -- -- -- --
    vs. Northwestern
    Plays Yards Time Result
    11 78 4:57 TD
    vs. Michigan State
    Plays Yards Time Result
    15 73 5:49 Downs
    11 39 4:01 Downs
    14 73 5:46 FG
    12 24 5:13 Downs
    vs. Michigan
    Plays Yards Time Result
    19 72 8:40 FG
    vs. Kentucky
    Plays Yards Time Result
    12 76 4:35 FG
    14 29 5:36 Downs
    vs. Indiana State
    Plays Yards Time Result
    14 70 5:33 TD
    11 71 3:54 TD
    10 44 4:35 FG
    vs. Washington
    Plays Yards Time Result
    13 76 4:50 TD
    11 59 5:38 FG
    11 56 3:53 FG
    vs. Connecticut
    Plays Yards Time Result
    10 79 3:45 Downs
    7 76 2:55 TD


    LOOKING FOR 100-YARD RECEIVER
    Indiana has yet to have a player gain 100+ receiving yards this season. Last year it happened six times.


    PASSING NUMBERS
    Last season Indiana set a school record with 3,020 passing yards. The Hoosiers averaged 235 passing yards per game in 2002. The Hoosiers have gained 1,444 yards through the air this year, an average of 180.5 yards per game. It should be noted, however, IU has cut down their interceptions from 21 to seven.

    SACK NUMBERS
    Indiana has 13 sacks this season after posting 15 a season ago. The Hoosiers have allowed 29 sacks while last season they allowed 29 on the year.


    CLEMONS SACKING OPPONENTS
    Junior Jodie Clemons leads the team with five sacks. He entered the season with just three career sacks. Last year's team leader Kris Dielman had a total of five sacks for the season.


    CRITICAL PLAY SITUATIONS
    Here is a look at key critical-situation statistics for the Hoosiers this season. Red zone play has been telling. Against Indiana State, the Hoosiers were 5-of-5 with four touchdowns. In their seven losses, the Hoosiers are a respectable 18-of-22 in the red zone, but have scored just 11 TDs and have settled for seven field goals. The opposition in those seven Hoosier losses was 26-of-32 in the red zone with 22 TDs
    3rd down conv IU Opp
    Ohio State 6-15 5-11
    Northwestern 4-13 9-17
    Michigan St. 9-18 7-12
    Michigan 6-18 5-12
    Kentucky 4-16 4-13
    ISU 8-12 4-12
    Washington 7-17 10-16
    UConn 3-17 6-14
    4th down conv IU Opp
    Ohio State 0-1 2-2
    Northwestern 1-1 1-1
    Michigan St. 1-3 0-0
    Michigan 1-3 1-2
    Kentucky 2-3 2-2
    ISU 1-1 0-4
    Washington 1-2 1-2
    UConn 3-5 0-0
    Red Zone IU Opp
    Ohio State 1-1 (6 pts) 4-6 (29 pts)
    Northwestern 4-5 (24 pts) 5-5 (31 pts)
    Michigan St. 1-2 (3 pts) 3-4 (21 pts)
    Michigan 2-2 (10 pts) 3-4 (17 pts)
    Kentucky 2-3 (10 pts) 3-3 (21 pts)
    ISU 5-5 (31 pts) 0-2 (0 pts)
    Washington 2-2 (10 pts) 4-5 (24 pts)
    UConn 1-2 (3 pts) 4-4 (24 pts)


    NEEDING MORE IN THE RED ZONE
    Indiana has been in the red zone 22 times and put points on the board 18 times, but only 11 scores have been touchdowns.
    In the Red Zone
    Team RZ Scores TD FG Pct.TD
    Indiana 22 18 11 7 50%
    Opponent 32 26 22 4 69%
    INSIDE THIRD DOWN CONVERSIONS
    Indiana
    3rd and 1-4 yards 30-47 .638
    3rd and 5-9 yards 16-47 .340
    3rd and 10+ yards 4-36 .111
    Opponents
    3rd and 1-4 yards 18-33 .545
    3rd and 5-9 yards 22-49 .449
    3rd and 10+ yards 11-25 .440


    TURNOVER MARGIN
    Indiana's turnover margin this season is at plus two. Last year, Indiana had a -12 turnover margin. The biggest difference has come in the interception category, as the Hoosiers threw 21 interceptions last year. This year, just seven Hoosier passes have been picked.
    The Hoosiers have been even or posted a positive turnover margin in five games. Last year, Indiana had a positive turnover margin just once in 12 games and three other times the margin was even.
    IU (Int-Fum) Forced +/-
    OSU 1-0 1-2 +2
    N'western 2-0 0-0 -2
    Mich St. 0-1 0-0 -1
    Mich 2-0 2-2 +2
    UK 1-0 0-1 0
    ISU 0-1 1-2 +2
    Wash 1-1 1-2 +1
    UConn 0-3 1-0 -2
    Totals 7-6 6-9 +2


    BEATTIE PUNTING WELL
    Redshirt freshman Tyson Beattie has handled the punting duties well in his first season after coming to Bloomington from Australia.
    Against Ohio State, he averaged 44.4 yards per kick. Against Northwestern, he averaged 46.6 yards per punt and pinned the Cats inside the 10 once. Against Kentucky, he pinned the Wildcats inside their five yard line three times. He had just three punts against Indiana State, but all three were downed at or inside the 10-yard line, including one at the one-yard line and another at the three-yard line. He had one punt that pinned Michigan State at the ten. Against Michigan, Beattie averaged 40.5 yards, including a career-best blast of 56 yards.
    Beattie is averaging 40.2 yards per punt this season and nine of his kicks have been at or inside the 10 yard line. The 40.2 average would be the top mark by a Hoosier punter since 1999 if Beattie can keep up his current pace.


    KICKING OFF THE GROSFIELD WAY
    Kicker Troy Grosfield has quietly done very well in his first season at the collegiate level. The kicker-turned-receiver-back-to-kicker has kicked off 31 times, recording seven touchbacks and limiting the opponents to an average starting field position of the 22.9 yard line.


    ROBERTSON'S STRING OF 14 IN A ROW
    Kicker Bryan Robertson has hit his last 14 field goal attempts from 0-46 yards. He is 8-12 this year with his only misses being a 51 and 54-yarder against Northwestern, a scrambling 49-yarder as time was expiring in the first half at Washington and a 50-yarder against Kentucky. In all, Robertson has connected on 16 of his last 20 field goals. He is 14-of-15 on extra points.
    Robertson's Run
    Vs. Northwestern 54 yards Missed
    Vs. Northwestern 22 yards Good
    Vs. Northwestern 51 Yards Missed
    At Michigan State 21 yards Good
    Vs. Michigan 26 yards Good
    Vs. Kentucky 50 yards Missed
    Vs. Kentucky 21 yards Good
    Vs. Indiana State 21 yards Good
    At Washington 39 yards Good
    At Washington 49 yards Missed
    At Washington 34 yards Good
    At Connecticut 28 yards Good
    At Purdue 50 yards Good
    Vs. Penn State 45 yards Missed
    At Northwestern 43 yards Good
    Vs. Iowa 23 yards Good
    Vs. Iowa 45 yards Good
    Vs. Wisconsin 32 yards Good
    At Ohio State 49 yards Good
    Vs. Central Michigan 45 yards Good
    At Kentucky 46 yards Good


    SCORING BY QUARTER
    Indiana has been outscored 72-19 (-53) in the first quarter and 69-26 (-43) in the third quarter this season. In comparison, the Hoosiers have been outscored 54-44 (-10) in the second quarter and 42-41 (-1) in the fourth quarter.
    The Hoosiers have not scored in the first quarter in the last five games, getting outscored, 52-0.
    Quarter IU Opp
    1st 19 65
    2nd 44 40
    3rd 26 62
    4th 35 35


    LOVECCHIO ONE OF JUST FOUR
    Having taken Notre Dame to the 2001 Fiesta Bowl, Matt LoVecchio is one of only four active quarterbacks to have started in a BCS bowl game.
    • Brock Berlin-Miami
    (2000 Orange Bowl at Florida)
    • Craig Krenzel-Ohio State
    (2003 Fiesta Bowl)
    • Matt LoVecchio-Indiana
    (2001 Fiesta Bowl at ND)
    • Fabian Walker-Florida State
    (2003 Sugar Bowl)


    NEW NUMBERS FOR LOVECCHIO
    Quarterback Matt LoVecchio has already eclipsed his single-season career high in passing yards. He has already set his single-game career high in passing four times this season, including against Kentucky. LoVecchio threw for 266 yards against the Wildcats and has had three 200-yard games and one 199-yard performance this season. While at Notre Dame, LoVecchio's career-best passing mark was 183.
    LoVecchio's Top Passing Games
    Yards Opponent LoVecchio's Team
    266 Kentucky Indiana
    204 Northwestern Indiana
    211 UConn Indiana
    199 Washington Indiana
    183 Navy Notre Dame


    A LOOK AT THE TEAM'S LEADERS
    Here is a look at the Hoosiers' key statistical leaders for each game this season.
    Opponent Rusher Receiver Tackler
    Ohio St. Lewis (20) Roby (47) Powers (13)
    N'Western Green-Ellis (136) Roby (82) Killion (10)
    Michigan St. Green-Ellis (90) Johnson (70) Moore (13)
    Michigan Lewis (70) Pannozzo (41) Gonzalez (9)
    Kentucky Lewis (116) Halterman (71) Meyers (8)
    Jones (8)
    Killion (8)
    Indiana St. Green-Ellis (107) Roby (35) Meyers (8)
    Killion (8)
    Washington Lewis (31) Roby (77) Jones (13)
    Meyers (13)
    UConn Taylor (73) Haney (99) Moore (13)


    PLAYERS GAINING FIRST DOWNS
    Here is a look at how many times certain players or pass-catch combos have gained a first down this season:
    BenJarvus Green-Ellis 25
    Chris Taylor 17
    Brian Lewis 17
    LoVecchio to Roby 16
    LoVecchio to Johnson 13
    LoVecchio to Halterman 9
    Matt LoVecchio 6
    LoVecchio to Green-Ellis 5
    LoVecchio to Pannozzo 5
    LoVecchio to Haney 4
    By Penalty 4
    LoVecchio to Spencer 3
    LoVecchio to Taylor 2
    LoVecchio to Thompson 2
    Chris Rudanovic 1
    Courtney Roby 1
    LoVecchio to Sullivan 1
    LoVecchio to Lewis 1
    McFarland to Pannozzo 1
    McFarland to Johnson 1

    ROBY AMONG TOP TEN
    Courtney Roby cracked Indiana's all-time top ten receiving yardage list against Northwestern. He has 1,532 career yards and ranks 10th on the list.


    JOHNSON CLOSING IN ON TOP TEN
    Glenn Johnson needs just 127 more receiving yards to crack Indiana's all-time top ten receiving yardage list. He has 1,405 career yards.


    A LOOK AT TOP CAREER RECEIVING YARDAGE LEADERS
    1. Ernie Jones 2,361 1984-87
    2. Thomas Lewis 2,324 1991-93
    3. Duane Gunn 2,235 1981-83
    4. Jade Butcher 1,810 1967-69
    5. Bill Malinchak 1,686 1963-65
    6. Eddie Baety 1,617 1991-94
    7. Rob Turner 1,603 1987-89
    8. Keith Calvin 1,590 1974-77
    9. Eddie Thomas 1,575 1988-91
    10. Courtney Roby 1,532 2001-03
    11. Leonard Kenebrew 1,480 1982-84
    12. Kenny Allen 1,434 1984-87
    13. Glenn Johnson 1,405 1999-03


    INDIANA'S SCHOLARSHIP NUMBERS
    Indiana will take the field on Saturday with 61 active players on scholarship. With only five scholarship seniors on the 2003 roster Indiana will finally reach the NCAA-maximum of 85 scholarship players on the roster next season.
    The roster breakdown:
    Year Total Scholar. Walk-On
    Seniors 8 5 3
    Juniors 22 17 5
    Sophomores 17 12 5
    R. Freshmen 16 8 8
    Freshmen 39 19 20
    Totals 102 61 41


    BIG TEN'S YOUNGEST TEAM
    A close look at the starting 22 players of each of the 11 Big Ten teams shows that IU has the youngest starting unit in the conference. Ten starters have less than two years experience. IU has three freshmen starting, which is also the most in the Big Ten.
    Team Sr Jr So Fr
    Michigan 12 9 1 0
    Ohio State 12 4 6 0
    Iowa 12 4 5 1
    Purdue 10 5 5 2
    Illinois 9 8 3 2
    Penn State 9 5 5 3
    Minnesota 9 4 8 1
    Michigan St. 8 7 7 0
    Northwestern 6 10 6 0
    Wisconsin 5 14 3 0
    Indiana 4 8 8 3


    KEEP YOUR PROGRAM HANDY
    A total of 66 players have played this season for the Hoosiers. Here is a breakdown by class of those players that have played this season:
    Seniors 7
    Juniors 19
    Sophomores 18
    Redshirt Freshmen 10
    True Freshmen 12


    NEWCOMERS A KEY FOR INDIANA
    New faces factor heavily into Indiana's plans this season, evidenced by the fact that a total of 12 true freshmen have already seen game action. When the 10 redshirt freshmen who have played this year are included, a total of 22 Hoosiers have seen their first career action this season.
    True Freshmen
    Player GP
    Lance Bennett 8
    BenJarvus Green-Ellis 8
    Ben Ishola 8
    Jake Powers 8
    Cedric Henry 8
    Will Meyers 7
    Chris Rudanovic 7
    Ryan Skelton 7
    Chris Mangiero 6
    Cleo Harbison 5
    Joel Stubblefield 4
    Casey Nowinski 4
    Totals 80
    Redshirt Freshmen
    Player GP
    Scott Anderson 8
    Tyson Beattie 8
    Justin Frye 8
    Troy Grosfield 8
    Kenny Kendal 8
    Graeme McFarland 8
    Matt O'Neal 7
    Alex Stscherban 4
    Andy Halterman 4
    Jahkeen Gilmore 1
    Totals 64


    HOW FROSH GAMES COMPARE TO 2002
    Freshmen have played a combined 144 games this season and are on pace to play in a combined total of 216 games. Last year, freshmen played a total of 178 games for the Hoosiers.
    A total of 77 starts were made by freshmen in 2002. This season, first-year players have started a total of 29 games, a pace that would put the season total at 43 games.


    GAMES MISSED TO INJURY
    The Hoosiers have now missed 23 games to injury this season. Will Lumpkin injured his knee against Washington and is lost for the season while Brandon Hatcher injured his ankle against Kentucky and is also out for the season. Joel Stubblefield injured his knee prior to Michigan and is out for the season. These injury numbers do not include Yamar Washington (knee), Paul Hearn (ankle) and Derek Frye (back) who were all lost for the year prior to the start of the 2003 season.
    Will Lumpkin 6 games (out for year)
    Brandon Hatcher 4 games (out for year)
    Joel Stubblefield 4 games (out for year)
    Joe Gonzalez 3 games
    Tyke Spencer 2 games
    Brian Lewis 2 games
    Courtney Roby 1 game
    Travis Haney 1 game
    Rhett Kleinschmidt 1 game
    Josh Moore 1 game


     

     

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