Indiana Heads to Happy Valley for Final Road Test

    Go Hoosiers! Sophomore tight end Max Dedmond and the Hoosiers hit the road for the final time this season when they take on Penn State this Saturday.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Sophomore tight end Max Dedmond and the Hoosiers hit the road for the final time this season when they take on Penn State this Saturday.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 9, 2009

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Closing out the road portion of its schedule, the Indiana football team (4-6, 1-5 Big Ten) heads to University Park, Pa., to battle No. 19/17/18 Penn State (8-2, 4-2 Big Ten). The Hoosiers and Nittany Lions will meet at Beaver Stadium (107,282) on Saturday, Nov. 14. Kickoff is set for noon EST and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

    Last weekend, IU dropped its third conference game by three points or less, as No. 24/22/21 Wisconsin pulled out a 31-28 victory in Bloomington. PSU fell for just the second time this season to No. 15/12/16 Ohio State, 24-7, in Happy Valley.

    Craig Coshun will handle play-by-play duties and he will be joined by analyst Glen Mason and sideline reporter Anthony Herron. All games can also be heard on Sirius 122 and XM 197 Satellite Radios and the statewide IU Radio Network with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Pete Compise (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.

    The Penn State Series
    Indiana has never defeated Penn State. The Nittany Lions have won all 12 meetings, including six in Happy Valley, five in Bloomington and one at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. Five of the 12 matchups and two of the last three contests have been decided by seven points or less. Prior to last year's 34-7 PSU victory at Beaver Stadium, the Hoosiers dropped a 36-31 decision to the Nittany Lions at Memorial Stadium on Oct. 20, 2007.

    Penn State Tie
    Hoosier true freshman defensive end Javon Cornley is quite familiar with Penn State University. His brother, Jamelle, played forward at PSU from 2006-09. Jamelle is the program's fourth all-time scorer (1,579) and rebounder (755).

    Javon, who is expected to redshirt this season, has earned scout team player of the week honors following the Western Michigan and Akron victories.

    Pennsylvania Connection
    Colin Rodkey is the lone player on the Hoosier roster from the state of Pennsylvania. The true freshman offensive lineman attended Gateway High School and hails from Monroeville. Rodkey is expected to redshirt this season, but he has earned four scout team player of the week honors.

    Scouting Penn State
    Penn State enters Saturday at 8-2 overall and 4-2 in the Big Ten, which is good for a share of third place with Wisconsin. The Nittany Lions are ranked 19th in the AP Poll, 17th in the Coaches' Poll and 18th in the BCS Standings.

    PSU sits in the top 15 nationally in several major defensive statistical categories. The Nittany Lions are third in scoring (10.8), ninth in pass defense (166.1), 14th in rush defense (98.5) and eighth in total defense (264.6). Their 3.20 sacks per game rank eighth and 8.70 tackles for loss each time out are second.

    Penn State's linebackers rank 1-2-3 on the team in tackles. Senior Josh Hull ranks fourth in the conference with 95 tackles in addition to his two sacks, 8.5 TFLs and two interceptions. Senior Sean Lee has 63 stops, two sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss, while junior Navorro Bowman owns 62 tackles, one sack, 10 TFLs, one pick and two fumble recoveries.

    Senior tackle Jared Odrick leads the team with six sacks and shares second with 10 tackles for loss, and sophomore end Jack Crawford has 5.5 sacks and a team-best 13.5 TFLs.

    Penn State is scoring 28.3 points, rushing for 171.4 yards, passing for 234.9 yards and accumulating 406.3 total yards per game. Junior Evan Royster is second in the Big Ten with 89.5 rushing yards each time out. Royster has rushed for 895 yards with a 5.7 average and five scores.

    Daryll Clark averages 228.3 yards per game, has completed 61.2 percent of his passes and has thrown 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions. The senior also has scored six times on the ground and rushed for 168 yards. Clark's top target, sophomore Derek Moye, has 39 catches for 648 yards and five TDs.

    Senior punter Jeremy Boone is second in the Big Ten and 13th in the country averaging 44.1 yards per punt. He has placed 14 of his 39 punts inside the 20 and kicked 11 over 50 yards.

    Joe Paterno is in his 44th season as head coach at Penn State. Paterno is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I history and holds a 391-129-3 overall record.

    Going To The Chappell
    Junior Ben Chappell took over the reigns at quarterback in the spring and has not looked back. The school's all-time completion percentage leader (59.9) joined Kellen Lewis (four) and Steve Bradley (three) as the only QBs in school history to throw for 300 yards three times in their careers (all this season for Chappell) when he posted 323 yards vs. Wisconsin. Chappell completed 25-of-35 to go along with three scores, his fifth multi-TD game this season and in his career and his second three-score game.

    The Bloomington South High School graduate is in IU's career top 10 in passing yards (3,392; 10th) and completions (294; 9th) and sits in the school's single season top 10 in passing yards (2,377; 5th), passing touchdowns (13; T-6th), completions (213; 3rd), attempts (338; 8th) and completion percentage (63.0; 1st). Chappell ranks second in the Big Ten with 237.7 passing yards per game, third in completion percentage (63.0) and fourth in total offense (235.1). He is 213-of-338 on the season and has 13 touchdown tosses and two rush scores.

    He shared Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors after IU's win over Illinois and became the 10th Hoosier to reach the 3,350-yard passing mark in his career and the fifth to eclipse 2,350 yards in a single season vs. Wisconsin. Against the Fighting Illini, Chappell set career highs with 333 yards and three touchdowns and did not throw an interception. He also matched a then-career high with 38 attempts to go along with a 160.2 passing efficiency mark.

    Chappell posted 326 yards, going 27-for-36 with one touchdown in the season opener against Eastern Kentucky. He became the 15th player in school history to pass for 300 yards and the first Hoosier to eclipse 300 yards since Lewis (354) did so against Ball State on Nov. 3, 2007. Chappell completed 18-of-28 for 185 yards with one rushing score and no turnovers vs. Western Michigan, threw a pair of TDs at Akron, threw for 270 yards in IU's near miss at Michigan and became the first QB to reach the 200-yard mark (210) to go along with two touchdowns vs. Ohio State. To see a game-by-game breakdown of Chappell's numbers, please visit page 12.

    An accounting major with a 3.7 grade point average, Chappell carries those smarts onto the field. He has 15 touchdowns, four rushing scores, 12 interceptions, a 61.0 completion percentage and an average of 222.6 yards per game in 13 career starts.

    Leading By Example
    Two of the most respected upperclassmen on the team delivered timely performances as the Hoosiers nearly rallied to upset No. 21 (BCS) Wisconsin last weekend. Junior wideout Terrance Turner pulled in his elusive first career touchdown in the fourth quarter and finished with career highs in receptions (six) and yards (68). Turner had two end zone reviews go against him at Iowa and last season vs. Michigan State, a 97-yard TD grab was wiped out by a holding penalty in the end zone.

    Fifth-year senior running back Bryan Payton filled in more than admirably for Darius Willis, who left the game with an injury in the third quarter. Payton rushed seven times for 43 yards on the team's two fourth-quarter touchdown drives and finished the contest with 48 yards on eight carries.

    Payton, a three-time game captain and special teams contributor, has rushed for 118 yards and one score with a 4.2 average this season. Turner, a two-time game captain and the elder statesman of a talented wideout group, has 35 catches for 335 yards this season, both of which rank third on the team.

    The Big Rig
    Adam Replogle has made quite the impact as a true freshman. He is the only true freshman to play in 2009 and he has seen action in all 10 games with nine straight starts at defensive tackle. Replogle has 24 tackles, three sacks and four TFLs this year.

    He has started those nine games with his brother, Tyler, who is the team's strong-side linebacker. They became the first brothers to start together at IU since Antwaan (QB) and Curtis (DB) Randle El started 14 games together during the 1998 and 1999 seasons.

    Against Wisconsin he showed just how versatile he is, lining up as a lead blocker three times inside the UW 5-yard line in the fourth quarter. Replogle, who also played fullback at Centerville High School, paved the way as Trea Burgess powered into the end zone from two yards out on fourth-and-goal. The Hoosiers even sent Replogle out into the flat on third down, but the intended pass for him was incomplete.

    Getting Over The Hump
    Indiana will play its fifth ranked team of the season and its third straight when it travels to Penn State on Saturday. The Hoosiers are 0-4 in those games, but have put up a valiant effort. IU lost by thee points in Ann Arbor against Michigan and at home last weekend vs. Wisconsin, and it held a 10-point fourth-quarter edge against the Hawkeyes in Iowa City before falling short.

    In each of their three Big Ten road games against Michigan, Northwestern and Iowa, the Hoosiers have held leads at the end of the first half and at the end of the third quarter. It marks the first time that Indiana has held a halftime lead in three conference road games since 1994.

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