Hoosiers, Spartans Face Off for Old Brass Spittoon

    Go Hoosiers! True freshman quarterback Tre Roberson and the Hoosiers head to Michigan State on Saturday.
    Go Hoosiers!
    True freshman quarterback Tre Roberson and the Hoosiers head to Michigan State on Saturday.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 14, 2011

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Facing off for the Old Brass Spittoon, the Indiana football team (1-9, 0-6 Big Ten) visits the No. 12/12/15 Michigan State Spartans (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) on Saturday, Nov. 19. Kickoff is set for noon EST at Spartan Stadium (75,005; Natural Grass) and the BTN will broadcast the game.

    The Old Brass Spittoon has been awarded to the IU-MSU winner since the trophy's inception in 1950. Michigan State is coming off a 37-21 victory at Iowa last weekend. The Spartans own a 6-0 home record this season and hold a one-game advantage over Michigan and Nebraska in the Legends Division.

    Eric Collins (play-by-play), Chris Martin (analyst) and Dionne Miller (sideline) will call the game. The game can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network, Sirius 85 and XM 85 with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Buck Suhr (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.

    The Coaches
    Kevin Wilson earned his first victory as Indiana head coach vs. South Carolina State. Wilson spent the 2002-10 seasons at Oklahoma, where he served as co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach from 2002-05 and as offensive coordinator and tight ends and fullbacks coach from 2006-10. OU played in seven Big 12 Title games in Wilson's nine years, going 6-1 in those appearances. His offenses were vital to accumulating an overall record of 99-24 (.805) during his time in Norman, including seven 10-win seasons.
    • Mark Dantonio is 41-21 (.661) in his fifth season as head coach at Michigan State. Dantonio served as Cincinnati's head coach from 2004-06 and carries an overall record of 59-38 (.608).

    News & Notes
    • Indiana and Michigan State will meet for the first time since 2008.
    • MSU leads the overall series, 40-15-2, and holds a 40-12-1 advantage in Old Brass Spittoon meetings.
    • The Spartans own a 21-6-1 edge in East Lansing. IU last won at Michigan State in 2001 (37-28 on Nov. 10) and last defeated MSU in 2006 (46-21 on Oct. 28).
    • In his three starts, Tre Roberson is 41-of-71 and has thrown for 540 yards with three touchdowns. The true freshman has rushed for 275 yards with one score and a 4.7 average during the stretch.
    • The Hoosiers have averaged 27.5 points, 231.7 rushing yards and 411.7 total yards in Roberson's three starts.
    Stephen Houston's 633 rushing yards are the most for a Hoosier RB since Chris Taylor (740) in 2005. The sophomore's 542 Big Ten yards are the most for a Hoosier RB since BenJarvus Green-Ellis (784) in 2003.
    Kofi Hughes recorded career highs with eight receptions, 147 receiving yards and 156 all-purpose yards at Ohio State. The sophomore also pulled in a 34-yard touchdown grab.
    • Redshirt freshman linebacker Chase Hoobler set career marks with nine tackles, two sacks (16 yards) and three tackles for loss (17 yards) against the Buckeyes.
    • Indiana has played 29 freshmen (16 true) this season, which is tied for the most nationally.
    Adam Replogle (second time) and Greg Heban earned Capital One Academic All-District V team honors.

    Michigan Connection
    Eight Hoosiers hail from Michigan, including Charlie Chapman (South Rockwood/Airport H.S.), Jamonne Chester (Detroit/Redford Covenant), Adam Follett (Caledonia/Alma), Bill Ivan (Charlevoix/Charlevoix), Darius Johnson (Detroit/Highland Park), Ishmael Thomas (Detroit/Renaissance), Bernard Taylor (Detroit/Dakota) and Matt Zakrzewski (Traverse City/St. Francis).

    Young Yards
    Underclassmen on the IU roster have accounted for:
    • all of the team's 15 rushing scores (100%)
    • all of the team's 179 completions, 2,104 passing yards and 10 passing touchdowns (100%)
    • 3,731 of the team's 3,735 total yards (99.9%)
    • 1,627 of the team's 1,631 rushing yards (99.8%)
    • 419 of the team's 421 rushing attempts (99.5%)
    • 993 of the team's 999 kick return yards (99.4%)
    • 223 or the team's 229 points (97.4%)
    • nine of the team's 10 receiving touchdowns (90.0%)
    • 4,291 of the team's 4,831 all-purpose yards (88.8%)
    • 1,610 of the team's 2,104 receiving yards (76.5%)
    • 132 of the team's 179 receptions (73.7%)

    Kofi Break
    Kofi Hughes leads the team with 445 receiving yards, 28 catches and 15.9 yards per reception. He shares the team lead with three touchdowns, has 151 rushing yards (6.6 average) and has taken 12 snaps in the Wildcat formation.
    • The Indianapolis native broke through with a career performance at Ohio State. Hughes recorded career highs with eight receptions, 147 receiving yards and 156 all-purpose yards. He also pulled in a 34-yard touchdown grab.
    • He entered the game with previous bests of five catches, 74 receiving yards and 92 all-purpose yards.
    • His 147 yards were the most for a Hoosier wideout since Tandon Doss covered 221 yards on 15 receptions vs. Michigan last season (Oct. 2, 2010).
    • Hughes debuted in the Wildcat at Wisconsin, rushing six times and handing off once.
    • In total, he carried the ball seven times for 31 yards and also snagged a 13-yard reception.
    • He set a career-high with 51 rushing yards on seven attempts (7.3 average) and made three catches for 34 yards at Iowa the following weekend.
    • Hughes hauled in a 67-yard touchdown, the longest reception of his career, and finished the North Texas game with two catches for 74 yards.
    • He grabbed three balls for 47 yards, with his first career touchdown from 40 yards, and added 45 rushing yards on two carries vs. South Carolina State.
    • One of two true freshmen to play in 2010, Hughes appeared in the final 10 games of the campaign and recorded seven catches for 42 yards.
    • At Cathedral High School, Hughes played quarterback and was named the 2009 Gatorade Indiana Football Player of the Year.
    • Hughes threw for 1,584 yards with 19 scores and rushed for 1,552 with 22 TDs as a senior.

    Sack Attack
    Indiana entered the Ohio State game with 11 sacks on the season. Four Hoosiers recorded at least one sack and they tallied six overall against the Buckeyes.
    • The six sacks were the most for an IU team since it recorded seven vs. Central Michigan on Nov. 1, 2008.
    • It also marked the most sacks in a Big Ten contest since the Hoosiers sacked Iowa nine times in 2007.
    • Linebacker Chase Hoobler and defensive end Bobby Richardson each collected a pair of sacks, while linebacker Leon Beckum and defensive tackle Larry Black, Jr., added one apiece.
    • Indiana is fifth in Big Ten games with 16 sacks and is tied for seventh in all games with 17.




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