IU Football's Greatest Games No. 3
Nov. 8, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - In celebration of the 125th year of football at Indiana University, IUHoosiers.com will reveal the top 12 games in IU history, voted on by Hoosier fans. Each week during the regular season a game will be revealed. This week we bring you No. 3, the first bowl championship for IU Football.
A panel consisting of former Hoosier players and current football directors of operations Mark Deal and Harold Mauro, former Indiana radio analyst Max Skirvin, current "Voice of the Hoosiers" Don Fischer, current IU pre-game, post-game and halftime voice Joe Smith, Herald-Times reporter Lynn Houser, long-time Hoosier sports information director and current IU assistant athletic director Kit Klingelhoffer and long-time Herald-Times sports editor Bob Hammel deliberated and came up with a list of the top 33 all-time games.
Fans then emailed their votes from this list, resulting in the top 12 games in Hoosier lore. The list will culminate with the top game in IU history being revealed the week of the Old Oaken Bucket game in November.
GREATEST GAME NO. 3 - INDIANA 38, BYU 37
On Dec. 21, 1979, Head Coach Lee Corso led Indiana to its second bowl appearance ever as they faced the unbeaten and 9th-ranked BYU Cougars in the Holiday Bowl.
In a wild game that produced eight lead changes and nearly 900 yards of combined total offense, Big Ten MVP Tim Clifford passed for one touchdown and ran for two others. Mike Harkrader ran for 71 yards and a score for the Hoosiers as well.
With six minutes to play and the Hoosiers trailing 37-31, All-American Tim Wilbur returned a BYU punt 62 yards for a touchdown and a 38-37 lead. The Cougars did not wilt, though, moving downfield for a game-winning field goal attempt. But Brent Johnson's kick with 11 seconds left sailed wide and the Hoosiers emerged with the one-point victory.
The Hoosiers notched their first bowl championship and finished the season 8-4 and ranked 16th in the country. Indiana 38, BYU 37 - No. 3 of the greatest games in 125 years of IU Football.
No. 3 - Indiana 38, BYU 37, 12/21/79
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