Oct. 31, 2011
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Meeting its third Leaders Division opponent of the season, the Indiana football team (1-8, 0-5 Big Ten) visits the Ohio State Buckeyes (5-3, 2-2 Big Ten) on Saturday, Nov. 5. Kickoff is set for noon EDT at Ohio Stadium (102,329; FieldTurf) and the BTN will broadcast the game.
Ohio State is receiving votes in both national polls following its 33-29 victory over No. 12 Wisconsin on Saturday. The Buckeyes are riding a two-game conference winning streak after opening league play 0-2.
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 128 and XM 196 with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Buck Suhr (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.
Kevin Wilson earned his first victory as Indiana head coach vs. South Carolina State. Wilson spent the 2002-10 seasons at Oklahoma, where he served as co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach from 2002-05 and as offensive coordinator and tight ends and fullbacks coach from 2006-10. OU played in seven Big 12 Title games in Wilson's nine years, going 6-1 in those appearances. His offenses were vital to accumulating an overall record of 99-24 (.805) during his time in Norman, including seven 10-win seasons.
Luke Fickell is in his first season as Ohio State head coach. Fickell is in his 10th overall year with the Buckeyes, serving as an assistant coach from 2002-10. He spent 2005-10 as co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. Fickell played nose guard for OSU from 1992-96, starting a school-record 50 consecutive games.
News & Notes
Ohio State leads the overall series, 67-12-5, after a 38-10 victory at Ohio Stadium on Oct. 9, 2010.
IU last downed the Buckeyes on Oct. 8, 1988, (41-7 in Bloomington), a year after a 31-10 victory in Columbus.
True freshman quarterback Tre Roberson threw for 169 yards and a touchdown against Northwestern. He also ran for a score while gaining a career-high 121 yards on the ground.
Roberson became the first IU quarterback to surpass 100 yards rushing since Sept. 20, 2008 (Kellen Lewis).
Stephen Houston rushed for a career-high 151 yards, averaged 7.9 yards per carry and scored twice.
Houston's 151 yards were the most for a Hoosier since Sept. 26, 2009 (Darius Willis, 152 at Michigan).
The last time the Hoosiers had two 100-yard rushers in the same game came back on Oct. 11, 2003, also against Northwestern. BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 136 and Brian Lewis collected 128.
Indiana finished the game with a season-high 319 rushing yards, its third straight Big Ten game over the 200-yard mark. The Hoosiers last achieved this in 2001.
The 319-yard total was IU's highest in a conference contest since the 2003 NU game (327).
Indiana started seven freshmen on defense (4 true and 3 redshirt) and five freshmen on offense (4 and 1). The 12 freshmen, eight true freshmen and seven freshmen defensive starters are the most for an FBS team in 2011.
IU's 38 points were the most against a Big Ten foe since a 40-point outburst vs. Minnesota on Oct. 6, 2007.
Sixteen Hoosiers hail from the state of Ohio: Pete Bachman (Cincinnati/Elder High School), Larry Black, Jr., (Cincinnati/Wyoming), Ted Bolser (Cincinnati/Indian Hill), Javon Cornley (Columbus/Northland), Jack Dooling (Cincinnati/McNicholas), Chase Hoobler (Orrville/Orrville), Shaquille Jefferson (Lexington/Lexington), David Kaminski (Strongsville/Strongsville), Cody Latimer (Dayton/Jefferson Township), Jay McCants (Cincinnati/Princeton), Mark Murphy (Akron/St. Vincent-St. Mary), Ryan Phillis (Boardman/Boardman), Adam and Mike Replogle (Centerville/Centerville), Zack Shaw (Coshocton/Coshocton) and Shane Wynn (Cleveland/Glenville).
Mr. Roberson's Neighborhood
At Iowa, Tre Roberson became the first true freshman quarterback in IU history to start and the 12th nationally in 2011. Roberson celebrated his 19th birthday by becoming the third Hoosier to earn Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors this season.
He completed 16-of-24 (66.7 percent) for 197 yards and a touchdown with zero interceptions. Roberson also rushed for 84 yards on 16 carries (5.2 average).
In his first home start vs. Northwestern on Homecoming last weekend, he bested his Iowa effort with 290 total yards.
Roberson threw for 169 yards with one score and rushed for 121 yards on 22 attempts (5.5) with one TD.
He was the first IU quarterback to surpass 100 yards rushing since Kellen Lewis ran for 148 yards vs. Ball State on Sept. 20, 2008.
In Big Ten play, Roberson is seventh in total offense (196.0 per game) and eighth in rushing (65.0). Michigan's Denard Robinson is the lone quarterback with a higher per game rushing average (68.2).
On the season, Roberson is 43-of-72 (59.7) with 524 yards, two TDs and two INTs to go along with 267 rushing yards, which is second on the team, on 62 carries (4.3) with two scores in six games.
Roberson became only the second true freshman quarterback to play at Indiana in the Virginia game.
He went 11-of-17 for 148 yards, rushed for 36 yards and scored on a 2-yard run against Illinois.
As a true freshman in 1977, Tim Clifford completed 8-of-15 for 143 yards with one touchdown, one interception and 25 rushing yards in one half of work.
Roberson earned Indiana's 2010 Mr. Football Award at Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis.
He passed for 2,611 yards, 24 touchdowns and four interceptions and rushed for 1,992 yards and 21 scores.
His grandfather, Larry Highbaugh, played defensive back and ran track at IU from 1968-71.
Highbaugh played briefly with the Dallas Cowboys, spent 13 years in the Canadian Football League and was inducted into the CFL Hall of Fame in 2004.
No Problem With Houston
Stephen Houston 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 he has not left the starting lineup since.
In Big Ten play, Houston is fourth with 486 yards on 89 carries (5.5 average) and is averaging 97.2 yards.
The sophomore turned in a career effort against Northwestern last weekend, rushing for a career-high 151 yards on 19 carries, good for a 7.9 average. He also scored twice for the second straight week and added 32 receiving yards.
His 183 yards from scrimmage are the most for a Hoosier this season. He now holds the top three totals.
Houston's rushing yardage was the most for a Hoosier since Darius Willis posted 152 yards at Michigan on Sept. 26, 2009.
He has recorded five straight games with at least 60 yards. The last Hoosier to do so was Levron Williams in 2001. Williams accomplished the feat in the final eight games of the campaign, all against Big Ten opponents.
Houston sits atop the team with 577 yards, 111 carries, a 5.2 average and six scores.
He also has 13 receptions for 125 yards.
Houston broke the century mark for the first time as a Hoosier at Wisconsin. He finished with 135 yards on 19 carries (7.1).
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.
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.
In his first career start, Houston rushed for 60 yards on 18 carries against Penn State.
Last season, he rushed for 1,082 yards and five touchdowns on 165 carries at Independence.
For the third straight week, the Hoosiers went over 200 rushing yards with a season-high 319 against Northwestern. Indiana averaged a season-best 6.5 yards per carry on 49 attempts.
The 319-yard total was IU's highest since a 338-yard showing vs. Akron on Sept. 15, 2007, and its best performance in a conference game since a 327-yard effort vs. Northwestern on Oct. 11, 2003.
Sophomore Stephen Houston delivered a career-high 151 yards and true freshman quarterback Tre Roberson collected a career-high 121 yards.
The last time the Hoosiers had two 100-yard rushers came back in the 2003 Northwestern game - BenJarvus Green-Ellis (136) and Brian Lewis (128).
Houston (97.2) and Roberson (65.0) rank fifth and eighth in rushing yards per game, respectively, in Big Ten games only.
Prior to the NU game, Indiana rushed for 217 yards with a 4.6 average on 47 attempts at Iowa and posted 223 yards on the ground with a 5.0 average on 45 attempts at Wisconsin.
IU last posted three straight 200-yard rushing games in Big Ten play in 2001 - Michigan State (489, Nov. 10), Penn State (298, Nov. 17) and Purdue (204, Nov. 24).
In the last three games, the Hoosiers have averaged 253.0 rushing yards, 47 attempts and 5.3 yards per carry to move into a tie for fifth in Big Ten games with 182.8 rushing yards per game.
In its first six games of the season, Indiana averaged 118.8 rushing yards, aided by 257 yards vs. South Carolina State, 38.5 attempts and 3.1 yards per carry.
IU's 1,718 rushing yards this season is the program's highest total since 2008 (2,003).
It Starts Up Front
Indiana has used six different starting combinations in nine games along the offensive line.
Redshirt junior Will Matte started his first 31 career games at center before missing the last two games with an injury. Prior to the injury, he was the only offensive lineman to start every game from 2009-11.
Fifth-year senior left tackle Andrew McDonald has started all nine games this season, 20 in his career and has played in 33 contests overall.
Senior right guard Justin Pagán is the Hoosiers most experienced lineman. He has appeared in 39 career games, started 34 of the team's last 38 games and played every position on the line except center.
For the first time since Rodger Saffold (left tackle) and Pete Saxon (left guard) started together in 2006, the Hoosiers started a pair of true freshmen on the offensive line. Bernard Taylor (left guard) and Peyton Eckert (right tackle) each earned their first career starts against South Carolina State.
Taylor has started ever since and Eckert has started the last four times out.
Redshirt freshman Collin Rahrig joined the true freshmen and made his first career start at right guard against SCSU and has started five times overall, including at center for the first time at Iowa and again last weekend against Northwestern.