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    Hoosiers to Face Nittany Lions at FedExField

    Go Hoosiers! Safety Mitchell Evans and the Hoosiers face Penn State in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Safety Mitchell Evans and the Hoosiers face Penn State in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 16, 2010

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana football team (4-6, 0-6 Big Ten) will face Penn State (6-4, 3-3 Big Ten) at FedExField (91,704) in Landover, Md. IU and PSU will meet in the home of the Washington Redskins on Saturday, Nov. 20. Kickoff is at noon EST and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. The last time the Hoosiers played a regular-season game at a neutral site came back on Oct. 28, 2000, against the Nittany Lions. Penn State earned a 27-24 victory at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis.

    Tom Hart will handle play-by-play duties and he will be joined by Anthony Herron (analyst) and Lisa Byington (sideline). The game can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Buck Suhr (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.

    Hoosiers Head To Washington
    The Indiana Department of Athletics reached an agreement with the Washington Redskins and FedExField to move Saturday's home football game with Penn State to the Redskins' home facility in Landover, Md. IU will play in metropolitan Washington, D.C., for the first time since a 1935 meeting with the University of Maryland in Baltimore.

    FedExField, with a seating capacity of 91,704, is the largest venue used by a professional sports team in the United States. Opened in 1997, the venue has hosted several college football games, including the Virginia Tech-Boise State game earlier this season.

    Penn State Tie
    Hoosier redshirt freshman defensive end Javon Cornley is quite familiar with Penn State University. His brother, Jamelle, played forward on PSU's basketball team from 2006-09. Jamelle is the program's fourth all-time scorer (1,579) and rebounder (755). Javon has appeared in all 10 games this season and is a special teams contributor.

    Pennsylvania Connection
    Colin Rodkey is the lone player on the Hoosier roster from the state of Pennsylvania. The redshirt freshman offensive lineman attended Gateway High School and hails from Monroeville. Rodkey has played against Towson, Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin in 2010.

    The Penn State Series
    Indiana has never defeated Penn State. The Nittany Lions have won all 13 meetings, including seven in Happy Valley, five in Bloomington and one at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. Five of the 13 matchups and two of the last four contests have been decided by seven points or less. PSU earned a 31-20 victory at Beaver Stadium on Nov. 14, 2009.

    Scouting Penn State
    Penn State enters Saturday 6-4 overall and 3-3 in the Big Ten. The Nittany Lions have won three of their last four with wins at Minnesota, vs. Michigan and vs. Northwestern, and a loss to No. 8 Ohio State in Columbus last weekend.

    PSU is averaging 23.2 points, 145.9 rushing yards, 213.8 passing yards and 359.7 total yards per game. Evan Royster, the school's all-time leading rusher, is averaging 78.3 yards per game. The fifth-year senior has 783 yards, a 5.0 average and four scores.

    Walk-on quarterback Matt McGloin has started twice, including last weekend at Ohio State. The junior is 56-of-100 (56.0 percent) for 710 yards with nine touchdowns, three interceptions and a 139.3 passing efficiency. True freshman Rob Bolden has started eight games and is 110-of-191 (57.6 percent) for 1,350 yards with five TDs, seven INTs and a 118.3 passing efficiency.

    Junior Derek Moye leads the team with 37 receptions, 651 yards, five TDs and a 17.6 average, while fifth-year senior Brett Brackett has 30 catches, 408 yards, four scores and a 13.6 average.

    Penn State is allowing 21.9 points, 172.2 rushing yards, 184.5 passing yards (19th nationally) and 356.7 total yards per game. The Nittany Lions have 14 sacks, eight interceptions and four fumble recoveries.

    Linebacker Chris Colasanti leads the way with 90 tackles and seven tackles for loss. The senior is third in the Big Ten averaging 9.0 tackles per game. Junior defensive tackle Devon Still has a team-high four sacks with 6.5 tackles for loss, while sophomore defensive end Pete Massaro has three sacks, 6.5 TFLs, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Sophomore linebacker Michael Mauti is second on the club with 61 tackles and owns two sacks and five tackles for loss.

    Collin Wagner is tied for 12th in the country with 1.6 field goals per game. The fifth-year senior is 16-of-20, including 7-of-9 from 40-plus yards. PSU is 11th nationally and tops in the Big Ten with a 39.3 net punting average. Redshirt freshman Anthony Fera is averaging 41.6 per punt with eight over 50 yards and 13 inside the 20-yard line. Junior Chaz Powell is averaging 25.3 yards per kick return, including a 100-yard touchdown against Youngstown State.

    Joe Paterno is in his 45th season as head coach at Penn State. Paterno is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I history and holds a 400-133-3 overall record.

    Turning The Corner
    Entering the Wisconsin game with 48 rushing yards, redshirt freshman Nick Turner surpassed that total on his first carry, a 67-yard scamper - the team's longest in 2010, and finished with a team season-high 103 yards. Turner, Indiana's fastest player with a 4.34 40 time, needed just 11 carries (9.4 average) to reach the century mark. The Indianapolis native added 50 kick return yards and two receiving yards for a career-best 155 all-purpose yards.

    With his 103 yards, Turner became the third Hoosier to rush for 100 yards this year, joining Darius Willis (102 vs. Towson) and Trea Burgess (102 vs. Arkansas State). The last time three IU players accomplished this came back in 2006 - Marcus Thigpen, Josiah Sears and Kellen Lewis.

    Turner has 151 yards on 26 carries (6.3 average) and one touchdown, a 24-yarder at Western Kentucky, on the year. He also has six catches for 43 yards and 199 kick return yards on nine returns, giving him 393 all-purpose yards.

    Pocket Protection
    A season ago, the Indiana offensive line surrendered 16 sacks. That total ranked second in the Big Ten and shared 28th nationally. The Hoosiers' front five surrendered one sack per 27.5 pass attempts, which ranked second in the league.

    In 2010, the Hoosiers have used five different combinations upfront and have only allowed nine sacks in 10 games. LT Andrew McDonald (9 starts)/Justin Pagán (1), LG Aaron Price (10), C Will Matte (10), RG Pagán (6)/Marc Damisch (3)/Jordan Marquette (1) and RT James Brewer (7)/Pagán (1)/Josh Hager (1)/Damisch (1) have surrendered 0.9 sacks per game average, which shares 12th in the country and second in the Big Ten. IU is surrendering one sack per 46.6 pass attempts, which is tops in the conference.

    Ewald For Three
    Redshirt freshman Mitch Ewald came to the Hoosiers amid a lot of hype - he was the third-ranked kicker in the country and was expected to come in as the starter. But with the performance of Nick Freeland last year, Ewald did not play.

    Coming into 2010, Ewald and Freeland went back-and-forth in an even battle during preseason camp, with Freeland beginning the season as the starter. But Freeland suffered a hip injury prior to the Western Kentucky game and Ewald has answered the call in a big way. After missing his first career field goal attempt, he connected on nine straight, the third-longest streak in school history, before missing a 40-yarder vs. Northwestern. Ewald bounced back with a 2-for-2 showing vs. No. 15 Iowa and added two more at No. 6 Wisconsin, including a career-long 48-yarder, the longest by a Hoosier since Austin Starr's 49-yarder vs. Purdue on Nov. 17, 2007.

    The Naperville, Ill., native is 13-of-16 (81.3 percent) on the season and 26-of-26 on extra points. He is fifth in the Big Ten in percentage and tied for fifth with 1.3 field goals per game. Ewald has four games with at least two field goals and has four field goals over 35 yards this season (36, 46, 37, 48).

    Against Arkansas State, Ewald upped his game even more. He drilled all three of his field goal attempts, including a 46-yarder. He became the first Hoosier with three field goals or more since Freeland hit four against Michigan last year.

     

     

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