November 1, 2003
Minneapolis, Minn. - The Indiana Hoosiers fell at No. 19 Minnesota, 55-7, in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Indiana falls to 1-8, 0-5 in conference, while Minnesota improves to 8-2, 4-2 in the Big Ten.
IU was forced to play without junior starting quarterback Matt LoVecchio, who missed the game after not being medically cleared. Redshirt freshman Graeme McFarland made his first career start and finished 12-of-30 for 152 yards.
Minnesota opened up a 20-0 lead just two minutes into the second quarter. The Gophers scored on a John Pawielski 22-yard fumble return after McFarland was blind-sided for the first score of the game. Marion Barber III and Thomas Tapeh each had TD runs to open up the Minnesota advantage.
The Hoosiers cut the lead to 20-7 with a 16-play, 69-yard drive. Sophomore running back Chris Taylor scored from three yards out on fourth-and-one for his fourth touchdown on the season. Taylor finished the game with 22 carries for 52 yards.
On the scoring drive, the Hoosiers had two fourth-down conversions, both on Taylor runs, and ran 13 times for 36 yards. McFarland completed two-of-three passes for 33 yards on the drive. Junior wideout Courtney Roby had both receptions on the drive and finished the game with five catches for 76 yards to lead the Hoosier receivers.
With his 76 yards receiving, Roby moved into seventh place on the Hoosiers' career receiving yards list. The Indianapolis, Ind., native now has 1,608 yards in his career. He passed Eddie Thomas, Keith Calvin and Rob Turner against the Gophers.
Minnesota would answer as it scored two more times before the half to open up a 34-7 lead. Asad Abdul-Khaliq hit Ben Utecht from five-yards out followed by a 17-yard touchdown run by Laurence Maroney for both of the Gophers' scores. The Gophers scored 21 second-half points for the final margin of 55-7.
Freshman running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis led IU in rushing with 71 yards on 15 carries. The New Orleans, La., native continues to lead the Hoosiers in rushing on season with 482 yards on 123 carries.
Junior safety Herana-Daze Jones led the Hoosier defense with 13 tackles on the afternoon. Senior cornerback Duane Stone registered a career-high nine tackles for Indiana. Freshmen Will Meyers
and Cedric Henry both had nine tackles as well.
Indiana will return home next week to face the Illinois Fighting Illini. The game is set for 12:10 p.m. at Memorial Stadium and will be televised on ESPN-Plus.