Nov. 14, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Opening up a two-game road stretch, the Indiana football team (4-5, 2-3 Big Ten Leaders) will face Wisconsin (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten Leaders) on Saturday, Nov. 16. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. CST/noon EST at Camp Randall Stadium (80,321; FieldTurf) and ESPN2 will televise the game.
Two players on the Indiana roster hail from The Badger State: junior offensive lineman Cody Evers (Little Chute/Little Chute) and junior defensive end John Laihinen (Mequon/Homestead).
IU head coach Kevin Wilson (1999-2001), co-offensive coordinator Kevin Johns (1999-2001) and recruiting/special teams coordinator James Patton (1999-2003) worked with UW's tight ends coach and special teams coordinator Jeff Genyk at Northwestern.
The Wisconsin Series
Wisconsin holds a 39-18-2 advantage in the all-time series, including a 22-8-1 edge in Madison.
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).
In its victory over Illinois, Indiana finished with 371 rushing yards. The total marked the most for the Hoosiers since a 489-yard performance at Michigan State on Nov. 10, 2001.
For the second straight week and the third time this season, Tevin Coleman (215) and Stephen Houston (150) each went over 100 yards. The duo is the first set of IU running backs to register back-to-back 100-yard games in consecutive weeks.
They became the first two Hoosier running backs to gain 150-or-more yards in the same game since Alex Smith (221) and Jermaine Chaney (167) at Kentucky on Sept. 17, 1994.
It marked the first time since 2000 that Indiana has had two players rush for over 150 yards in the same game (quarterback Antwaan Randle El - 209 and Levron Williams - 161 at Illinois on Nov. 4, 2000).
The last time two Hoosiers rushed for over 100 yards in consecutive games was at Michigan State on Nov. 10 and at Penn State on Nov. 17, 2001). Against the Spartans, Williams rushed for 251, while Randle El had 149. Against the Nittany Lions, Randle El had 141 and Williams had 129.
Coleman and Houston became the first Indiana running backs since BenJarvus Green-Ellis in 2003 to record 100-yard games in two straight weeks. Green-Ellis was also the last IU back to reach 200 yards at Penn State on Nov. 15, 2003.
With its 227 yards, 37 carries and two scores the previous week against Minnesota, the Hoosiers have rushed for 598 yards on 80 attempts, good for a 7.5 average, with six rushing TDs.
Overall in 2013, Indiana's 199.7 yards per game, 23 scores and 5.4 average are its best totals since 2001 - 269.5, 33 and 5.5.
Indiana is averaging 5.7 plays in 1:36 while covering 60.0 yards on its 59 scoring drives (51 TDs).
The Hoosiers have seven (7 TDs) scoring drives under 30 seconds, 12 (11 TDs) under 45 seconds, 20 (19 TDs) under 60 seconds, 27 (26 TDs) under 75 seconds and 37 (34 TDs) under 90 seconds.
Thirty-three scoring drives (31 TDs) have taken five-or-fewer plays - one play (three), two plays (five), three plays (nine), four plays (10) and five plays (six).
Indiana is running one play every 19.3 seconds, the fourth-fastest total in the country (Texas Tech - 18.9, Wyoming - 19.0, BYU - 19.1).
Fifty (43 TDs) of IU's 59 scoring drives (84.8 percent) have taken three minutes or less.
In 2012, the Hoosiers had 12 TD drives under 60 seconds and 23 TD drives under 90 seconds.
Indiana had 17 TD drives of five plays or fewer.
IU ran one play every 20.3 seconds.
Forty-four (34 TDs) of the Hoosiers 60 scoring drives took three minutes or less.
Hitting It Big
Indiana is T-3rd nationally in 60-plus yard plays (7), T-2nd in 50-plus yarders (13), 2nd in 40-plus yarders (26), 2nd in 30-plus yarders (37) and 5th in 20-plus yarders (69) this season.
Passing: Indiana is T-20th nationally in 60-plus yard passing plays (3), T-13th in 50-plus yarders (6), 2nd in 40-plus yarders (26), T-5th in 30-plus yarders (24) and T-10th in 20-plus yarders (46).
Rushing: Indiana is T-4th nationally in 60-plus yard rushing plays (4), 2nd in 50-plus yarders (7), T-1st in 40-plus yarders (11), T-8th in 30-plus yarders (13) and T-10th in 20-plus yarders (23).
Sophomore running back Tevin Coleman: Coleman is T-2nd nationally in 60-plus yard rushing plays (3), 1st in 50-plus yarders (5), 1st in 40-plus yarders (8), 2nd in 30-plus yarders (9) and T-3rd in 20-plus yarders (14).
All Hands On Deck
Indiana is the only team in the FBS with four players with 100 receptions and 1,000 yards in their careers, the first team since 2011 (Houston and Texas A&M) and the first Big Ten team since 2008 (Northwestern).
The Hoosiers are the first team in Big Ten history, the only team in the FBS and the first team since 2011 (Houston) with five 1,000-yard pass-catchers playing together at one time.
Junior Shane Wynn (116; 1,367) became the first to reach 100 and 1,000 vs. Missouri, senior Kofi Hughes (116; 1,722) followed suit vs. Penn State, fifth-year senior tight end Ted Bolser (112; 1,313) made it three straight at Michigan State and junior Cody Latimer (118; 1,830) surpassed the marks at Michigan.
Fifth-year senior Duwyce Wilson (81 and 1,043) is 19 catches away from making it five.
Hughes and Bolser welcomed Latimer to the 1,000-yard club against Navy, Wynn against Bowling Green and Wilson at MSU.
On IU's all-time lists, Latimer is ninth in yardage and tied for 11th all-time in receptions followed by Hughes (10th, T-13th), Wynn (22nd, T-13th), Bolser (23rd, 19th) and Wilson (37th, T-32nd).
Wynn (5.7, 55.0), Latimer (4.2, 67.1) and Hughes (3.9, 58.1) each ranked in the Big Ten's top 10 in receptions and yardage per game in 2012. The Hoosiers were the only team in the conference with a trio in the top 10 in either category.
The Hoosiers defense leads the Big Ten with eight fumble recoveries, which shares 23rd nationally.
Junior cornerback Tim Bennett leads the nation with 19 pass breakups and 20 passes defended.
Four Hoosiers rank in top 20 in the league in tackles: junior linebacker David Cooper (7.7, 13th), fifth-year senior safety Greg Heban (7.3, 14th), junior safety Mark Murphy (7.1, T-15th) and Bennett (7.0, T-17th).
True freshman linebacker T.J. Simmons leads all B1G freshmen in stops (6.7),
Heban is second among conference defensive backs in tackles and is tied for fourth among all defenders in solo stops with 47.
Bennett's 53 solos lead the Big Ten and are 14th nationally. He is fourth among league defensive backs in overall tackles behind Heban and Murphy (third).
Junior defensive end John Laihinen owns 4.5 sacks, which shares seventh in the conference.
Junior linebacker Flo Hardin shares the B1G lead and is tied for 11th nationally with three forced fumbles, while true freshman linebacker Marcus Oliver is tied for second with two forced fumbles.
Hanging With Mr. Cooper
Looking to strengthen the team's linebacking unit, the Hoosiers coaching staff uncovered its 2012 starting middle linebacker from Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College in David Cooper.
Cooper started all 12 games and finished second on the team with 86 tackles, 50 solo, with three sacks (26 yards) and nine tackles for loss (36 yards).
Showing his versatility, Cooper has started on the strong-side in all nine games this season.
Following his fourth career 10-tackle game (career-high) against Minnesota, Cooper finished with nine, including a career-high-tying eight solos, and one for a loss in the win over Illinois last weekend.
He leads the team with 69 tackles to go along with 43 solos, a half-sack, 3.5 tackles for loss, and his first career fumble recovery (Michigan).
Six times this season Cooper has reached eight stops, as he started the year with eight, nine and 10 against Indiana State, Navy and Bowling Green. He added eight more in the Big Ten opener vs. Penn State.
Cooper redshirted the 2010 season at Coffeyville before a big 2011 campaign, which saw him collect 102 tackles, two sacks, 13 tackles for loss, three fumble recoveries, one interception and one forced fumble.
The 6-1, 225-pounder enrolled at Indiana in the 2012 spring, where he immediately found himself starting in the middle during spring drills.
He tied for 15th in the Big Ten with 7.2 stops per game, his nine TFLs ranked third on the team and he made eight-or-more tackles in seven games.
Cooper set career-highs with 10 tackles and three stops for loss at Illinois and added his first career sack.
Against Wisconsin, Cooper reached 10 tackles once again to go along with one sack and one pass breakup.
A native of Lilburn, Ga., Cooper attended Brookwood High School before heading to Coffeyville.
Special Teams Rankings
IU tops the Big Ten in kickoff coverage (43.1, 17th nationally) and is second in punt return (12.6, 20th).
Mitch Ewald is one of just four kickers nationally perfect on the season on field goals (min. five) and extra points. He also leads the nation in field goal and PAT percentage, leads the league in kickoff average (64.0) and is second with 32 touchbacks (T-15th) and 46 extra points (T-9th).
Just For Kicks
Mitch Ewald has put together an assault on Indiana's kicking records. The fifth-year senior is the school's all-time leader in field goals, field goal percentage and extra points. Ewald is also tops among kickers and second overall with 307 points.
He is 52-of-63 (82.5 percent) in his career, with two blocked, and 151-of-152 (99.3) on extra points.
Ewald, who was on the Lou Groza Award Watch List for the third straight year, is seventh in PATs and total points, eighth in field goals and 11th in field goal percentage among active kickers in the country.
At Michigan, Ewald earned his second career Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honor after he hit a pair of field goals, including one from 50, and five extra points.
The 50-yarder was the first of his career, the 18th in school history, the program's first since 2002 and the second for a Big Ten kicker this season.
In his career, he is 9-of-13 (69.2) from 45-plus yards.
He added two more field goals against Minnesota and one against Illinois last weekend to improve to 8-of-8 this year and run his consecutive made streak to nine, which matches his career-long and is tied for the third-longest streak in program history.
Ewald opened 2013 with a school record 10 extra points against Indiana State and is a perfect 46-of-46 on the year. The 46 extra points are second on the Hoosiers single-season list (Austin Starr, 48 - 2007).
Behind his 32 touchbacks on 63 kickoffs (50.1 percent) and career-best and league-best 64.0 average, IU is tops in the conference in kickoff coverage (43.1).
The Naperville, Ill., native connected on 15-of-20 (one blocked) field goals (75.0 percent) and 42-of-43 extra points (97.7 percent) in 2012. His 42 extra points are fourth, 15 field goals are tied for fifth and 87 points are eighth on IU's single-season list.
He has drilled three field goals in a game three times and had his consecutive PAT streak snapped at 100 at Penn State one season ago. It was the second-longest in Indiana history (Pete Stoyanovich, 107) and the fifth-longest in Big Ten history.
Ewald's recorded his first streak of nine straight field goals last year. He also owns the fifth- (eight) and eighth- (seven) longest marks.
For the third straight year, Ewald recovered his own onside kick. He converted a league-high three onside kicks in four attempts and is 5-of-11 in his career.
On Indiana's single-season charts, Ewald is tied for third (16, 2010) and tied for ninth (13, 2011) in field goals, ninth (33, 2010) in extra points and ninth in total points (81, 2010).
In 29 career Big Ten games, Ewald has hit 36-of-42 (85.7) field goals, including a perfect 7-of-7 in 2013.