Memorial Stadium's Greatest Games - No. 3
Nov. 12, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The 2009 campaign marked the Indiana football program's 50th season in Memorial Stadium. IUHoosiers.com will count down the top 12 games in Memorial Stadium history this season.
A panel consisting of former Hoosier player and Director of Operations Harold Mauro, former player and current Athletic Director for Football Operations Mark Deal, former IU 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 all-time games.
Fans then emailed their votes from this list, resulting in the top 12 games in Memorial Stadium history. Here is No. 3:
Indiana 27, Purdue 24
Indiana held off a frantic Purdue rally when Austin Starr made a 49-yard field goal with 30 seconds left to hang on for a 27-24 victory.
The win gave the Hoosiers their first bowl bid in 14 years. Playing in front of the first home sellout of the season, Marcus Thigpen ran for a career-high 140 yards, Kellen Lewis kept Purdue's defense off balance with a nifty mix of run and pass and Starr made a career-long field goal for the winner.
The Boilermakers looked bewildered most of the game. Curtis Painter was 28-of-45 for 279 yards and one TD, but Purdue was limited to 69 yards rushing - minus-12 in the first half - and lost for the third straight week.
Indiana won for only the second time in 11 games against its biggest rival and the victory set off a wild celebration that included Hoeppner's wife, Jane, hugging Starr on the field.
It appeared Indiana had the game wrapped up after Lewis ran 9 yards for one score, threw 8 yards to James Hardy for the second and scooted 8 yards to make it 24-3 early in the second half.
But Purdue rallied with two 1-yard TD runs from Kory Sheets and finally tied the score at 24 after taking advantage of Thigpen's late fumble. Painter capitalized on the turnover with a 5-yard pass to Jake Standeford, who was wide open in the end zone with 3:39 to go.
Then Lewis drove the 45 yards to set up Starr, whose field goal just cleared the crossbar.
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