IU Football's Greatest Games - No. 2
Nov. 13, 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. 2, the final chapter in IU's only undefeated season.
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. 2 - INDIANA 26, PURDUE 0
On Nov. 24, 1945, undefeated Indiana faced Purdue in a battle for the Big Ten Championship. The Hoosiers entered the game with an 8-0-1 record and a 4-0-1 Big Ten mark, while the Boilers came into the game ranked 18th in the nation with a 7-2 overall mark and a 3-2 tally in conference play.
Early in the second half, a Ben Raimondi pass to George Taliaferro took the ball to the 1-yard line. Future NFL Hall of Famer Pete Pihos followed the blocking of All-Americans Howard Brown and Bob Ravensberg into the end zone. Team captain Mutt Deal led an IU defense that limited Purdue to just four first downs. A Ted Kluszewski touchdown catch clinched the game and the Big Ten Championship.
The unbeaten Hoosiers finished the season ranked fourth in the nation and Head Coach Bo McMillin was named national Coach of the Year. It marked IU's third shutout in a row to finish off the season, as Indiana surrendered just eight points in the final five contests.
Indiana 26, Purdue 0 - No. 2 of the greatest games in 125 years of IU Football.
No. 2 ¬- Indiana 26, Purdue 0, 11/24/45
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