Indiana Set to Face Off Against Central Michigan

    Go Hoosiers! Junior linebacker Will Patterson leads the Hoosiers into Saturday's showdown with Central Michigan.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Junior linebacker Will Patterson leads the Hoosiers into Saturday's showdown with Central Michigan.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 27, 2008

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Facing its final non-conference foe this season, the Indiana football team hosts Central Michigan at Memorial Stadium (49,225). Kickoff is set for noon EDT on Saturday, Nov. 1, and the game will be televised by the Big Ten Network with Mark Neely (play-by-play), Chris Martin (analyst), Glen Mason (analyst) and Anthony Herron (sideline) on the call. The game can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Pete Compise (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.

    The Hoosiers are coming off their first Big Ten victory of the season after dropping Northwestern, the 22nd-ranked team in the BCS, 21-19. Sophomore Ben Chappell earned his first victory as a starting quarterback, as the Hoosiers won for the fourth time in their last five Homecomings. He threw for 219 yards on 21-of-34 with one passing and one rushing TD. True freshman Tandon Doss posted his first 100-yard game with 107 yards on a career-high eight receptions with one score.

    Indiana forced five NU turnovers while not committing a single miscue. Junior strong safety Austin Thomas helped keep the Wildcats offense in check with 10 tackles and a career-high two interceptions, while junior defensive end Jammie Kirlew collected nine tackles, all solo, with one sack, three tackles for loss and one forced fumble.

    The Central Michigan Series
    Indiana and Central Michigan are meeting for the fourth time, with the Hoosiers holding a 3-0 lead in the series. The last time the two teams met, IU escaped Mount Pleasant with a 20-13 victory in Terry Hoeppner's Hoosier debut on Sept. 2, 2005. Indiana also posted home victories over the Chippewas in 2004 (41-10, Sept. 4) and 2002 (39-29, Sept. 21). Bill Lynch owns a 6-2 record in his career against Central Michigan.

    Scouting Central Michigan
    Central Michigan enters Saturday riding a four-game winning streak en route to a 6-2 record and a perfect 5-0 mark in the Mid-American Conference. The Chippewas carded a 24-23 victory at Toledo last weekend following home victories over Buffalo, Temple and Western Michigan. Georgia (56-17) and Purdue (32-25) hold wins over CMU this season.

    The Chippewa offense is led by 2007 MAC Offensive Player of the Year Dan LeFevour. After becoming just the second player in Bowl Subdivision history to throw for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 in the same season (Vince Young - Texas, 2005) in 2007, he is putting together another big year in 2008. LeFevour is averaging 231.3 passing yards per game with 11 touchdowns, three interceptions and a 66.7 completion percentage. He also rushes for 47.0 yards per game with three scores, and his 278.3 total yards per game sit 19th nationally.

    Central Michigan is averaging 394 total yards, 264.6 passing yards, 129.3 rushing yards and 27.1 points per game. Sophomore Antonio Brown, last year's MAC Freshman of the Year, ranks 19th nationally with 6.6 receptions per game for 485 yards and two scores. He also leads the country averaging 24.4 yards per punt return with one TD. Junior Bryan Anderson owns 37 catches for 538 yards and a team-leading four scores.

    The Chippewas surrender 27.2 points, 279.5 passing yards, 122.4 rushing yards and 401.9 total yards per game with a plus-4 edge in the turnover battle (six fumbles, four interceptions). Junior defensive end Frank Zombo shares 13th nationally with 7.5 of the team's 19 sacks and is 11th nationally with 13 tackles for loss, while sophomore linebacker Nick Bellore is tied for 10th in the country with 10.4 tackles per game.

    Butch Jones is 14-8 in his second season in Mount Pleasant. He became the ninth coach in MAC history to lead a team to a conference championship in his first season, and he led the Chippewas to the program's second consecutive MAC Championship and second straight trip to the Motor City Bowl.

    Rare Company
    In 2007, Kellen Lewis and Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour were two of only three quarterbacks in the country to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 700 yards, joining Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow of Florida.

    Lewis finished the 2007 campaign with a school-record 3,043 yards through the air, an IU-best 3,779 total yards, 736 rushing yards and school marks with 28 touchdown passes and 37 touchdowns responsible for. LeFevour was responsible for 47 touchdowns (27 passing, 19 rushing and one receiving) while throwing for 3,652 yards and rushing for 1,122.

    IU vs. The Mac
    Indiana has won 20 of its last 21 meetings against Mid-American Conference opponents. Central Michigan is the second MAC team to play at The Rock this season after Ball State handed the Hoosiers a 42-20 defeat on Sept. 20. IU holds a 32-5-1 (.855) all-time record against MAC foes.




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