Oct. 28, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana football team (1-7, 0-4 Big Ten) welcomes the Northwestern Wildcats (2-5, 0-4 Big Ten) for IU's 99th Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 29. Kickoff is set for noon EDT at Memorial Stadium (52,929; FieldTurf) and the BTN will broadcast the game.
The Hawkeyes defeated Northwestern, 41-31, on Saturday to even their Big Ten record at 1-1 following a 13-3 loss at Penn State. Iowa posted a 3-1 mark in non-conference play.
Tom Hart (play-by-play), Derek Rackley (analyst) and Lisa Byington (sideline) will call the game. The game can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network, Sirius 94 and XM 195 with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Buck Suhr (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.
Indiana recorded a season-high four scoring drives of over 70 yards at Iowa (previous high two), three of which spanned at least 10 plays and six minutes.
IU entered the game with one scoring drive over six minutes and nine 10-plus play scoring drives.
The Hoosiers now have 12 10-plus play scoring drives, 12 70-plus yard scoring drives and four scoring drives over six minutes in 2011.
Indiana's opening touchdown drive went 88 yards on 12 plays in 6:16. It was IU's longest scoring drive in terms of yardage and time of possession this year.
No Problem With Houston
For the second straight week, the Hoosiers went over 200 rushing yards with 217 at Iowa. Indiana averaged 4.6 yards on 47 attempts.
The previous weekend at Wisconsin, IU posted 223 yards on the ground on 45 attempts (5.0 average).
It marked the first time an Indiana team went over 200 rushing yards in a Big Ten game since a 219-yard effort vs. Purdue on Nov. 17, 2007.
The last time the Hoosiers had 200-plus yards on the ground in consecutive Big Ten games was in 2001.
IU had 298 yards on Nov. 17, 2001, at Penn State and 204 yards against Purdue on Nov. 24, 2001.
joined the Hoosiers in July from Independence (Kan.) CC. The 228-pound running back appeared in each of the first four games before earning his first start in the Big Ten opener against Penn State and has not left the starting lineup since.
In Big Ten play, Houston is fourth with 335 yards on 70 carries (4.8 average) and is averaging 83.8 yards.
He has recorded four straight games with at least 60 yards. The last Hoosier to do so was BenJarvus Green-Ellis in 2004. Green-Ellis is also the last Hoosier to do so against Big Ten opponents in 2003.
Houston broke the century mark for the first time as a Hoosier at Wisconsin. He finished with 135 yards on 19 carries (7.1 average).
His yardage was the most for a Hoosier since Darius Willis garnered 142 yards vs. Purdue on Nov. 21, 2009.
He put IU on the board with a 67-yard touchdown run, Indiana's longest rush since Oct. 24, 2009, and matching its longest play from scrimmage in 2011.
Last weekend at Iowa, he recorded the first two-touchdown game of his career, one as the Wildcat quarterback, and rushed for 72 yards on 19 carries.
Houston led the team in rushing and receiving with 68 yards on 14 carries (4.9 average) and 70 yards on three catches against Illinois.
His combined total of 138 yards is the highest single-game yardage total from scrimmage by an IU player this season.
In his first career start, Houston rushed for 60 yards on 18 carries against Penn State.
He sits atop the team with 426 yards, 92 carries and a 4.6 average and shares the lead with four scores.
Houston also has 10 receptions for 93 yards.
The sophomore rushed for 1,082 yards and five touchdowns on 165 carries in 2010 at Independence.
Kofi Hughes shares the team lead with 286 receiving yards, has 135 rushing yards and has taken eight snaps in the Wildcat formation.
The Indianapolis native also leads the wide receivers with a 15.1 average, shares the top spot with two touchdowns and is second with 19 receptions.
Hughes debuted in the Wildcat at Wisconsin, rushing six times and handing off once.
In total, he carried the ball seven times for 31 yards and also snagged a 13-yard reception.
He set a career-high with 51 rushing yards on seven attempts (7.3 average) and made three catches for 34 yards at Iowa last weekend.
Hughes hauled in a 67-yard touchdown, the longest reception of his career, and finished the North Texas game with two catches for 74 yards.
He grabbed three balls for 47 yards, with his first career touchdown from 40 yards, and added 45 rushing yards on two carries vs. South Carolina State.
One of two true freshmen to play in 2010, Hughes appeared in the final 10 games of the campaign and recorded seven catches for 42 yards.
At Cathedral High School, Hughes played quarterback and was named the 2009 Gatorade Indiana Football Player of the Year.
Hughes threw for 1,584 yards with 19 scores and rushed for 1,552 with 22 TDs as a senior.
Fresh Faces - Offense
Jamonne Chester is fourth among the IU wide receivers with 184 yards and fifth with 14 receptions in six games this season.
He led the Hoosiers with 54 yards at Iowa last weekend on two grabs, with a career-long 43-yarder.
Chester had a career night with eight catches for 98 yards at North Texas. The sophomore entered the game with zero receptions in 2011 and just two catches for 13 yards in his career.
True freshman wideout Cody Latimer recorded his second touchdown against the Hawkeyes to move into a tie for the team lead.
The Dayton, Ohio, native has 11 receptions for 132 yards in seven games this year.
Latimer pulled in a 44-yard score in the fourth quarter at North Texas, his first career touchdown and a career-long reception.
Beckum Is Back
After suffering a knee injury in the fourth quarter of the season opener vs. Ball State, Leon Beckum returned to action last weekend at Iowa.
The fifth-year senior started at weak-side linebacker against the Hawkeyes and finished second on the team with eight tackles, including one for loss.
Beckum played his high school ball at Bloomington North, joined the Hoosiers as a walk-on in 2007 and earned a scholarship in 2009.
He has played all three linebacker spots in his career and was an 11-game starter in 2010.
Beckum made 69 tackles, 41 solo, with three sacks and nine tackles for loss last year. He led the team in TFLs, was second in sacks and tied for third in tackles.