Hoosiers Look to Bring Bucket Back to Bloomington

    Go Hoosiers! Senior linebackers Will Patterson and Matt Mayberry will take the field one last time on Saturday.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior linebackers Will Patterson and Matt Mayberry will take the field one last time on Saturday.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 16, 2009

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -The Indiana football team (4-7, 1-6 Big Ten) closes out the 2009 campaign against Purdue (4-7, 3-4 Big Ten) at Memorial Stadium (52,692) on Saturday, Nov. 21. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. EST and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. The longtime rivals will battle for the Old Oaken Bucket, the trophy awarded to the winner of the annual Indiana-Purdue game. Saturday's meeting marks the 85th battle for the Bucket and the 112th overall meeting.

    Craig Coshun will handle play-by-play duties and he will be joined by analyst Anthony Herron and sideline reporter Mark Campbell. Saturday's game can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network and on Sirius 125 and XM 198 Satellite Radios with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Pete Compise (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.

    Additionally, the 1979 Holiday Bowl championship team is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a weekend full of festivities and will be recognized during the game. Returning members of the team will lead the current Hoosiers on The Walk and welcome them onto the field prior to the game.

    The 1979 Hoosiers capped off their 8-4 season with a thrilling, 38-37 victory over ninth-ranked Brigham Young in the Holiday Bowl. Trailing 37-31, Tim Wilbur returned a 62-yard punt to tie the game. Kevin Kellogg would add the extra point to give IU a one-point advantage with 6:53 remaining. BYU had an opportunity to win on a field goal attempt with just 11 seconds remaining. However, a 27-yard effort by Cougar kicker Brent Johnson failed, and Indiana held on for the program's first bowl victory.

    Senior Salute
    Twenty-one Hoosier seniors will don the IU uniform for the final time on Saturday. Wide receiver Chris Banks, long snapper Brandon Bugg, linebacker Justin Carrington, cornerback Ray Fisher, defensive end Jammie Kirlew, kicker Charlie Klingensmith, safety Matt Kurz, linebacker Matt Mayberry, running back Demetrius McCray, defensive end Greg Middleton, linebacker Will Patterson, running back Bryan Payton, offensive lineman Alex Perry, safety Nick Polk, offensive lineman Mike Reiter, left tackle Rodger Saffold, offensive lineman Pete Saxon, safety Collin Taylor, safety Austin Thomas, tight end Troy Wagner and tight end Brian Zematis will bid farewell to the Indiana faithful.

    Last Meeting In Bloomington
    The last time the two teams met in Bloomington, 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 on Nov. 17, 2007. The win gave the Hoosiers (7-5, 3-5 Big Ten) the Old Oaken Bucket for the first time since 2001 and secured a spot in the Insight Bowl, IU's first bowl appearance since 1993. Bill Lynch became the first Hoosier coach to lead his team to a bowl game in his first season.

    Scouting Purdue
    Purdue is 4-7 on the season and 3-4 in the Big Ten following a 40-37 home loss to Michigan State last weekend. The Boilermakers are tied for seventh in the league and own conference victories over Ohio State, Illinois and Michigan.

    PU is second in the Big Ten in passing offense (259.8) and fourth in total offense (397.0). The Boilermakers average 26.9 points per game and 137.2 rushing yards each time out.

    Quarterback Joey Elliott leads the league with 256.5 passing yards per game. The senior has completed 60.9 percent of his passes with 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Junior wideout Keith Smith leads the Big Ten with 92.3 yards and 7.82 receptions per game. He also has five scores. Senior Aaron Valentin paces PU with seven TDs to go along with 601 yards and 4.55 grabs per contest, which is sixth in the league.

    Ralph Bolden is third in the conference with 84.6 rushing yards per game. The sophomore has nine touchdowns and is averaging 4.7 yards per carry. Bolden also has 261 receiving yards, 20 receptions and two scores. Elliott has rushed for 270 yards and four TDs, while senior Jaycen Taylor has 277 yards on the ground, a 5.5 average and four touchdowns.

    Ryan Kerrigan paces a Purdue defense that is allowing 29.8 points, 171.4 rushing yards, 197.5 passing yards and 368.8 total yards per game. The junior defensive end leads the Big Ten with 11 of the team's 29 sacks to go along with 16.5 tackles for loss (third in league), five forced fumbles (tied for first), one fumble recovery and 63 tackles.

    Jason Werner sits atop the team with 74 tackles and 58 solo stops. The senior linebacker also has 4.5 sacks, 14.5 TFLs, two forced fumbles and one interception. Senior safety Torri Williams owns 71 tackles with two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one interception.

    Valentin is the conference leader with 13.0 yards per punt return and one TD. Sophomore kicker Carson Wiggs is 13-of-19 with a long of 59 and senior punter Chris Summers is averaging 38.8 yards per punt.

    Danny Hope is in his first season at Purdue. Hope spent five years as the head coach at Eastern Kentucky (2003-07) and owns a 39-29 overall record (.574) in his sixth overall season.

    Going To The Chappell
    Junior Ben Chappell took over the reigns at quarterback in the spring and has not looked back. The school's all-time completion percentage leader (59.9) joined Kellen Lewis (four) and Steve Bradley (three) as the only QBs in school history to throw for 300 yards three times in their careers (all this season for Chappell) when he posted 323 yards vs. Wisconsin. Chappell completed 25-of-35 to go along with three scores, his second career three-TD game.

    At Penn State last weekend, he threw for 298 yards, the most allowed by a PSU defense that entered the game surrendering 166.1 per game. Chappell completed 32 passes in 51 attempts, both the third-highest totals in IU single-game history. He also tossed two touchdowns, his fifth multi-TD game this season and in his career, and one INT.

    The Bloomington South High School graduate is in IU's career top 10 in passing yards (3,690; 9th), completions (326; 8th), attempts (544; 9th) and passing touchdowns (19; T-10th) and sits in the school's single season top 10 in passing yards (2,675; 2nd), passing touchdowns (15; 4th), completions (245; 2nd), attempts (389; 3rd), completion percentage (63.0; 1st) and total offense (2,652; sixth). Chappell ranks second in the Big Ten with 243.2 passing yards per game and completion percentage (63.0) and is fourth in total offense (243.1). He is 245-of-389 on the season and has 15 touchdown tosses, 13 interceptions and two rush scores.

    He shared Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors after IU's win over Illinois and became the ninth Hoosier to reach the 3,500-yard passing mark in his career and the fourth to eclipse 2,500 yards in a single season at Penn State. Against the Fighting Illini, Chappell set career highs with 333 yards and three touchdowns and did not throw an interception. He also matched a then-career high with 38 attempts to go along with a 160.2 passing efficiency mark.

    Chappell posted 326 yards, going 27-for-36 with one touchdown in the season opener against Eastern Kentucky. He became the 15th player in school history to pass for 300 yards and the first Hoosier to eclipse 300 yards since Lewis (354) did so against Ball State on Nov. 3, 2007. Chappell completed 18-of-28 for 185 yards with one rushing score and no turnovers vs. Western Michigan, threw a pair of TDs at Akron, passed for 270 yards in IU's near miss at Michigan and became the first QB to reach the 200-yard mark (210) to go along with two touchdowns vs. Ohio State. To see a game-by-game breakdown of Chappell's numbers, please visit page 14.

    An accounting major with a 3.7 grade point average, Chappell earned a spot on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V team. He also carries those smarts onto the field, where he has 17 touchdowns, four rushing scores, 13 interceptions, a 61.2 completion percentage and an average of 228.0 yards per game in 14 career starts.

    Man In The Middle
    Senior Matt Mayberry has started 23 straight games at middle linebacker since the 2008 opener and paces the Hoosiers with 99 tackles and 58 solo stops in 2009. Following his career-high 15 tackles at Penn State, he has moved into fifth place in the Big Ten in tackles. Mayberry now has nine career double-digit tackle games, at least 10 stops in eight of the last 10 conference contests, sits third in league games only with 10.7 tackles per game, owns the team's highest single-game tackle total this year and has led the team in tackles seven times.

    He also picked off his third pass of the season, his career and in as many road games vs. PSU. Mayberry started his conference domination with back-to-back 10-tackle efforts at Michigan and vs. Ohio State, a then-career-best 14 tackles and 12 solos in the win over Illinois, 13 stops at Northwestern and nine tackles at Iowa.

    In addition to his game-high 13 stops at Northwestern, Mayberry made a brilliant diving interception - the first of his career - and added two tackles for loss. He corralled another diving pick the following weekend vs. the Hawkeyes and added one sack and one QB hurry. Over the last eight games, he has led the team in tackles six times and sits atop the Hoosiers with 83 tackles, 48 solo, to go along with two sacks (tied for third), 6.5 tackles for loss (second), one fumble recovery and three INTs (first).

    Overall, Mayberry is second on the club with nine tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, three interceptions and owns the one fumble recovery.

    In his first year as a starter patrolling the middle, he led the team and finished 10th in the Big Ten with 89 tackles. He became the first member of the front seven to lead IU in tackles since 2005 (Kyle Killion). Mayberry finished second with five sacks and shared second with 8.5 tackles for loss.

    Fan Appreciation
    Head coach Bill Lynch made a concerted effort to reach out to the students this season and it has paid off. He kicked off the student campaign by visiting 19 Greek houses during spring practice and meeting with student groups throughout campus.

    Lynch dispensed football student-athletes to help incoming freshmen move into their dorms this fall, and he has visited classrooms, attended pep rallies and kept in touch with the student body through student newsletters and messages in the student paper - the Indiana Daily Student.

    The students have responded by coming out in droves this season, especially against Ohio State on October 3. Indiana University Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass expanded the student section from the normal 8,100 to 11,000, and it completely sold out the Thursday before kickoff.

    Overall, 51,500 people attended the contest, IU's largest crowd since 2005. Indiana has not had a crowd below 35,000 this season and has averaged 40,478 in five home games, posting a 3-2 mark. In 2008, the Hoosiers went 3-5 at Memorial Stadium and averaged just 31,782 per game. The last time IU averaged over 40,000 fans per home contest came back in 1992 (44,074).

    Coming Into His Own
    Tandon Doss has worked his way into the conversation as one of the top wide receivers in the country. Doss has led the team in receptions in nine games and receiving yards eight times, and he paces the team with 911 yards, 73 receptions, five touchdowns, 82.8 yards per game, a 12.5 average per catch and 324 yards after the catch (35.6 percent of his yardage).

    The sophomore is second in the Big Ten and 24th nationally in yards per game and is third in the league and tied for 21st nationally in catches per game (6.64). His 911 yards are 18th in the country and are the second most for an underclassman. Doss is second on IU's single-season receptions list, six shy of matching James Hardy's record of 79 in 2007, and is sixth in the school's single-season yardage rankings, only 89 yards away from becoming the fifth Hoosier to reach 1,000 yards and the second underclassman (Courtney Roby, 2002).

    Along with his three 100-yard games this season (four career), Doss has taken on two additional roles with an injury to kick and punt returner Ray Fisher. He owns 394 kick return yards, has 92 rushing yards, 27 punt return yards and leads the conference with 129.5 all-purpose yards per contest. He is 10th on IU's single-season list with 1,424 all-purpose yards, has surpassed 100 all-purpose yards in six of the last eight games and seven times this season, including a season-best 208 against Wisconsin. For a game-by-game breakdown of his performances this season, please visit page 12.

    The 6-3, Indianapolis product posted 92 receiving, 88 kick return and 27 punt return yards vs. the Badgers. Doss finished with six receptions, including TDs of 11 and 46 yards (career long) in the first half, for his first career two-score game. He became the first Hoosier receiver with two touchdown grabs in a game since Hardy had a pair at Northwestern on Oct. 10, 2007. He followed that up with a career-high eight receptions for 68 yards and a score at Penn State, which moved him into a share of fourth with 5.1 points per game in Big Ten play.

    If he did not catch everyone's attention following the Michigan game, the Ben Davis High School product surely should have gotten it after his effort vs. Ohio State. Doss caught six passes for 96 yards with one touchdown, ran the ball twice for 16 yards and returned a kickoff for 29 yards. On the team's first scoring drive, Doss accounted for 62 of the 80 yards, including 46 receiving and 16 rushing. He hauled in a one-handed grab to set up his 7-yard score, where he split three Buckeye defenders to reach the end zone.

    Not to be outdone, he set a career-high with 130 yards on seven catches, including a 44-yard touchdown, in the team's victory over Illinois. The previous week, Doss set a career high with nine receptions and led the Hoosiers with 76 yards at Virginia. He also returned three kicks for 47 yards to finish with 121 all-purpose yards.

    In addition to his second 100-yard receiving game of the season, Doss collected a career-high 193 all-purpose yards at Michigan. The sophomore wideout caught five balls for 104 yards and a career-long 56-yarder, ran the ball three times for 41 yards, including rushing the pitch on an option toss from Mitchell Evans 25 yards for his first ground score, and returned two kicks for 48 yards.

    A Second No. 1
    Tandon Doss is not the only Hoosier wide receiver making a mark in the Big Ten. Damarlo Belcher is second on the team to Doss with 57 catches, 706 yards, four touchdowns, a 12.4 average and 64.2 yards per game. He has also joined Doss in the Big Ten's top 10 in receptions per game (5.18, fifth) and yards per game (fifth), and he moved into sixth on IU's single-season top 10 receptions list with a career-high nine at Penn State. He also added 95 yards, the third time he has reached 90 yards this year and in his career, and a 26-yard touchdown.

    Belcher has led the team in receiving yards three of the last four games and has reached at least five catches and 60 yards in each of the last five contests. In those five ballgames, Belcher has averaged 6.2 receptions, 83.6 yards (tops on the team), 13.5 yards per catch and has scored three times.

    He opened the five-game stretch with 91 yards on six catches with one TD against Illinois, added five grabs for 60 yards at Northwestern, collected six receptions to go along with 89 yards and a score at Iowa and finished with five catches for 83 yards vs. Wisconsin. For a game-by-game breakdown of his performances this season, please visit page 14.

    The 6-5, Fort Wayne native kicked off the season with a career-high 97 yards and six grabs against Eastern Kentucky. Belcher has at least five receptions in eight of IU's 11 games and owns eight 20-plus yard receptions, three of which have resulted in scores.

    Two Of The Big Ten's Best
    Combined, the sophomore duo of Tandon Doss and Damarlo Belcher is producing 11.8 catches and 147.0 receiving yards per game. The last time two Hoosier wideouts collected 700-plus yards and 50-plus receptions in a season came back in 2002, when current New Orleans Saints standout Courtney Roby (1,039 and 59) and Glenn Johnson (837 and 53) accomplished the feat.

    Belcher and Doss flashed moments of brilliance as true freshmen last season and after the 2009 opener, it became clear more was on the way. Doss matched a then-career high with eight receptions against Eastern Kentucky and set a then-career best with 125 receiving yards. Belcher posted six receptions and racked up a career-high 97 receiving yards. With their 222 combined yards, the duo eclipsed its combined high from last season of 189, which set an Indiana true freshmen record, in the team's win over No. 22 (BCS) Northwestern.

    Doss broke that career high with 130 yards on seven catches, including a 44-yard TD catch vs. Illinois. Belcher added six receptions and 91 yards and a 29-yard score as the duo accounted for 221 receiving yards.

    In 2008, Doss played in eight games and caught 14 passes for 186 yards, averaging 13.3 yards per reception, and added one touchdown. Doss hauled in eight passes for a team season-high 107 yards and a TD vs. Northwestern. He became the first true freshman since O.J. Conner in 1997 to go over 100 receiving yards, just the third true freshman (fourth time) in IU history to record a 100-yard receiving game (Ernie Jones, twice; Conner) and the fifth freshman (10th time) to reach the 100-yard mark (James Hardy, five times; Jones, twice; Levron Williams; Conner).

    Belcher, a 6-5, Fort Wayne native, played in all 12 games and finished the 2008 season fourth on the team with 25 receptions, third with 337 yards, tied for second with two touchdowns, and third with 13.5 yards per catch and 28.1 yards per game. His 337 yards and 25 grabs rank third in IU history among true freshmen.

    Their 523 combined yards in 2008 rank second and their 39 combined receptions rank third all-time by a true freshman duo in IU lore.




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