Indiana Travels to Wisconsin for Showdown with Badgers
Nov. 9, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - For the first time since the 2007 season, the Indiana football team (4-5, 0-5 Big Ten) heads to Madison to take on No. 6/5/7 Wisconsin (8-1, 4-1 Big Ten). The Hoosiers and Badgers will meet at Camp Randall Stadium (80,321) on Saturday, Nov. 13. Kickoff is at 11:01 CST/12:01 EST and the game will be televised on ESPN2.
Bob Wischusen will handle play-by-play duties and he will be joined by Brian Griese (analyst) and Quint Kessenich (sideline). The game can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Buck Suhr (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.
IU enters Saturday coming off an 18-13 defeat to No. 15 Iowa on Nov. 6. Ricky Stanzi hit Marvin McNutt from 52 yards out for the game-winning touchdown with 2:50 remaining. The Hawkeyes survived a late Hoosier red-zone threat to preserve the victory.
Indiana senior safety Mitchell Evans finished with a game-high 13 tackles and redshirt freshman cornerback Greg Heban collected his first career interception. Fifth-year senior quarterback Ben Chappell finished 27-of-46 for 222 yards and a 1-yard rushing TD.
The Wisconsin Series
The Hoosiers last win in the series came in 2002, the second of consecutive victories over the Badgers. IU knocked off No. 23 Wisconsin, 32-29, at Memorial Stadium (Oct. 12), following a 63-32 triumph in Madison the previous season (Oct. 6).
Trio Earns Academic Honor
This is the second year in a row three Hoosiers collected Academic All-District V first team honors. To be eligible for the award, a player must be in at least his second year of athletic eligibility, be a first team or key performer and carry a cumulative 3.30 grade point average. The trio will now be placed on the ballot for ESPN Academic All-America consideration.
UW is averaging 35.4 points (19th nationally), 216.0 rushing yards (16th), 193.7 passing yards and 409.7 total yards per game. John Clay is the Badgers' top rusher with 929 yards, 172 rushes, 13 touchdowns, 103.2 yards per game and a 5.4 average. The junior leads the Big Ten in scoring and is second in rushing. Behind Clay, true freshman James White has 570 yards, nine TDs and a 6.6 average, while sophomore Montee Ball owns 346 yards, six scores and a 4.9 average.
Scott Tolzien has completed 71.5 percent of his passes (138-of-193) for 1,688 yards with nine touchdowns and five interceptions. The fifth-year senior is 19th nationally with a 155.2 passing efficiency rating. Fifth-year senior tight end Lance Kendricks leads the team with 28 receptions, 426 yards and three scores. Junior Nick Toon has 22 catches for 268 yards in five games.
Wisconsin is surrendering 19.4 points (24th nationally), 120.4 rushing yards (26th), 195.1 passing yards and 315.6 total yards (22nd) per game. The Badgers have 19 sacks, eight interceptions and three fumble recoveries.
J.J. Watt leads the Badgers with six sacks (tied for second in Big Ten), 15 tackles for loss (tied for eighth nationally), six pass breakups and five quarterback hurries. The junior defensive end also has 42 tackles, one forced fumble and two blocked kicks. Fifth-year senior linebacker Culmer St. Jean paces the team with 54 tackles in addition to one INT and three TFLs followed by senior linebacker Blake Sorenseon (50 tackles, 2 INTs, 1 TFL) and junior cornerback Antonio Fenelus (45 tackles, 3 INTs).
Junior kicker Philip Welch is 11-of-15 on the season with a long of 49 yards, and junior punter Brad Nortman is averaging 43.4 yards with six over 50 yards, including a 76-yarder, and eight inside the 20. Senior David Gilreath is averaging 24.5 yards on 17 kick returns with a 97-yard touchdown.
Bret Bielema is 46-15 (.595) in his fifth season at Wisconsin. He has led the Badgers to four straight bowl games and served as the team's defensive coordinator before taking over as head coach.
Wilson pulled in a career-high five balls against No. 15 Iowa and tallied a career-high 148 all-purpose yards. He netted 45 receiving yards and returned four kicks for 103 yards, with a long of 42. Wilson has 168 kick return yards this season and owns 548 all-purpose yards, third on the team behind Tandon Doss and Damarlo Belcher.
Bolser has set IU freshman tight end records and is fifth on the team with 23 catches and 353 yards. He is tied for the top spot among tight ends nationally with five TDs, which is a record for all Hoosier tight ends and second all-time among freshman receivers, and he paces the team with 15.3 yards per catch.
Both players are in the top 10 for freshman pass-catchers in yardage. Wilson is fifth all-time followed by Bolser in eighth. In addition, Wilson is tied for fifth all-time in receptions, while Bolser is two grabs from joining the top 10. James Hardy leads all freshmen with 61 receptions, 893 yards and 10 scores. Additionally, Bolser is eighth on the school's single-season top 10 yardage list for tight ends.
Mitch Of All Trades
The West Milton, Ohio, native arrived at Indiana as a true freshman quarterback during 2007 preseason camp. Evans, who interned with IU's strength and conditioning staff this summer and wants to be a firefighter when his playing days are over, moved to safety once camp began and played the entire 2007 season at the position. He played quarterback during 2008 spring practice and opened preseason camp there before moving to wide receiver. Evans saw action at wideout for most of 2008, but he also played quarterback against Central Michigan, Wisconsin and Penn State.
In 2009, Evans ranked fourth on the team with 33 catches for 366 yards and third with three touchdowns and 11.1 yards per receptions. He also took 69 snaps in the Wildcat and rushed for 131 yards on 32 attempts (4.1 average) and threw for 21 yards.
Last weekend against No. 15 Iowa, Evans finished with a game- and career-high 13 tackles. On the season, he is tied for third on the team with 50 tackles and fourth with 29 solos, to go along with three INTs (tied for the second most in the Big Ten and tied for 39th nationally), one tackle for loss, five passes defended and two pass breakups.
Looking like he never left the defensive backfield, Evans compiled seven tackles, six solo, and hauled in the third interception of his career vs. Towson. He added seven tackles with a half-tackle for loss and a pass breakup in the team's win at Western Kentucky and made seven stops with a half-TFL at No. 2 Ohio State. Evans picked off a pair of passes, the second two-interception game of his career, and returned them 29 yards against Arkansas State. It was the first multi-pick game by a Hoosier since Collin Taylor had two at Iowa on Oct. 31, 2009, and led to six IU points.
In 2007, Evans was one of two true freshmen (Tyler Replogle) to take the field and he appeared in all 13 games at safety and on special teams. He finished the year with 13 tackles and two interceptions, both of which came at Western Michigan. Evans became the first true freshman to record a pair of picks in one game since Tracy Porter vs. Central Michigan in 2004.
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