Hoosiers Return Home to Face the Badgers
Nov. 2, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -Returning to Bloomington following a two-game road trip, the Indiana football team (4-5, 1-4 Big Ten) takes on its second straight ranked opponent and fourth of the season in No 24/22/21 Wisconsin (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten). The Hoosiers and Badgers will meet at Memorial Stadium (52,692) on Saturday, Nov. 7. Kickoff is set for noon EST and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
IU led No. 4 (BCS) Iowa entering the fourth quarter but came up short in Iowa City, 42-24, last Saturday. Meanwhile, Wisconsin manhandled Purdue, 37-0, in Madison, Wis., marking the Badgers first Big Ten shutout since 1999.
Craig Coshun will handle play-by-play duties and he will be joined by analyst Glen Mason and sideline reporter Mike Hall. All games can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network and on Sirius 121 and XM 141 Satellite Radios with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Pete Compise (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.
The Wisconsin Series
The brothers hail from Cicero, Ind., and attended Hamilton Heights High School. Chad has recorded five tackles in seven games this season. Dustin started seven times (4-3 record) in 2008 and led the Badgers to the Champs Bowl.
John Clay leads the Big Ten and is 20th nationally with 116.6 yards per game. The sophomore averages 4.5 yards per carry and owns seven TDs. Junior Scott Tolzien captains the Badger offensive attack, which averages 29.4 points, 198.5 passing yards, 194.6 rushing yards and 393.1 total yards per game.
Tolzien is throwing for 176.4 yards per game, completing 59.3 percent and has five TDs and six interceptions. Sophomore Nick Toon leads the team with 32 catches for 412 yards (two touchdowns) followed by senior tight end Garrett Graham's 30 grabs for 342 yards (four) and junior Isaac Anderson's 22 receptions for 347 yards (one).
Senior defensive end O'Brien Schofield is tied for first nationally with 16.5 tackles for loss, is third in the Big Ten with 6.5 sacks and is fourth on the team with 41 tackles. Senior linebacker Jaevery McFadden sits atop UW with 51 tackles, while freshman linebacker Chris Borland leads the Big Ten in fumbles recovered (three) and is tied for third in forced fumbles (three).
Wisconsin is second in the Big Ten with 60 tackles for loss, fourth with 22 sacks and has picked off 10 passes and recovered 10 fumbles. The Badgers have allowed 21.8 points, 195.1 passing yards, 107.8 rushing yards and 302.8 total yards each time out.
Junior David Gilreath is second to Clay with 632 all-purpose yards (434 kick return, 33 punt, 106 receiving and 59 rush). Sophomore Philip Welch has connected on 11-of-17 field goals, while sophomore punter Brad Nortman has a 42.8 average.
Bret Bielema is 34-13 (.723) in his fourth season in Madison. The Badgers have reached a bowl game in each of his first three campaigns and averaged nine wins per season.
Pick Or Treat
Earlier in the season at Akron, the Indiana defense forced Matt Rodgers into four interceptions with Thomas picking off two and junior linebacker Tyler Replogle and sophomore defensive back Andre LaGrone collecting their first career INTs.
Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Nicholas Sliger and sophomore defensive back Chris Adkins picked off their first career passes at Michigan and vs. Ohio State, respectively, and the Hoosiers blew past last year's total with three second-half picks at Northwestern. Mayberry snagged his first career INT, Thomas added another, and senior safety Nick Polk corralled his first pick of the season.
IU ranks third in the Big Ten and shares sixth in the country with 14 interceptions. Interestingly enough, 13 of the 14 have come on the road.
Need Some TO's, Baby!
The streak began when the Hoosiers recovered three fumbles in their victory over Illinois en route to winning the turnover battle, 3-1. Indiana last recorded three takeaways via fumble against Wisconsin on Nov. 8, 2008, when it forced five and recovered three. The Hoosiers collected three interceptions and did not commit one turnover at Northwestern.
In the three games, IU has charted a plus-8 advantage in turnover margin. Overall, Indiana has forced 24 turnovers and committed 15 for a plus-9 edge in turnover margin, which leads the league and is ninth nationally. The Hoosiers share the conference lead with 10 fumble recoveries (tied for 13th nationally) and sit third in the Big Ten with 14 interceptions (shares sixth nationally).
IU has forced three or more turnovers five times this season, four TOs on two occasions and five miscues twice. Additionally, Indiana has forced a turnover in eight of its nine games on the season.
The Woodstock, Ga., native continued his inspired play with his team-leading fourth interception of the season, the seventh of his career and his second in as many weeks at Iowa. Thomas ranks second in the Big Ten with his four INTs behind Iowa's Tyler Sash. He also ranks third on the team with 52 tackles, 34 solo.
Earlier this season at Akron, he garnered his second two-interception game of his career. Following a Hoosier fumble at the Zips 31, Thomas collected his first INT and raced 31 yards to the UA 18. Five plays later the Hoosiers scored to make it 24-14. He struck again with his second pick at the IU 35, and he ran it back to the Akron 19-yard line. Indiana scored a TD four plays later to put the game away.
Thomas had two interceptions against Northwestern a season ago, but tore his ACL following his second INT and missed the final four games of the year. He leads all active Hoosiers with 253 tackles and is second to Will Patterson (159) with 155 solos since the start of the 2006 season.
Taylor made his biggest impact in Iowa City as he collected the first two interceptions of his career, which he returned 39 yards, to go along with a critical forced fumble at the end of the first half that resulted in seven points and a 21-7 Hoosier lead. He also finished with a career-best seven tackles, six solo.
A former walk-on who earned a scholarship prior to the start of the 2009 season, Taylor moved from wide receiver to safety the final three weeks of the 2008 campaign. The Hoosiers played a nickel package the majority of his first two starts, and Taylor finished with five solo tackles as Illinois could muster just two TDs and five stops, three solo, at NU. He has 20 tackles overall, 16 solo, and has earned IU special teams player of the week honors eight times.
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