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    Weekly Press Release For Game Against Purdue

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!
    November 18, 2001

    Weekly Release #10:
    Indiana (3-6, 3-4) vs. Purdue (6-3, 4-3)

    When:
    Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001; 12:10 p.m. local
    Where: Memorial Stadium; Bloomington, Ind.
    Television: ESPN Regional
    Radio: IU Radio Network; WBWB 96.7 in Bloomington is the flagship
    Indiana's Cam Cameron: 16-37, fifth season
    Purdue's Joe Tiller: 39-19 in five years at Purdue and 78-49-1 in his 12th season overall
    Series History: This year's game marks the 104th meeting between Indiana and Purdue, one of the country's most storied football rivalries. The series began in 1891 and has continued every season with the exception of 1895, 1896, 1903, 1906, 1907, 1918, and 1919. Since 1920 the teams have met every year. This year's game is the 77th for the Old Oaken Bucket.
    Overall Series: Purdue leads 63-34-6
    Indiana at home: 16-30-1
    Most points by Indiana: 52, Indiana 52-7 in 1988
    Most points by Purdue: 68, Purdue 68-0 in 1892
    IU at Home: 52, Indiana 52-7 in 1988
    Purdue on the Road: 56, Purdue 56-7 in 1997
    Longest Winning Streak by IU: 4 from 1944-47
    Longest Winning Streak by PU: 10 from 1948-57
    Purdue has won four consecutive Bucket games.

    The Game: On Saturday, November 18, Purdue will visit Indiana as the two schools will meet for the 104th time on the football field. It will also mark the 77th battle for the Old Oaken Bucket. Indiana had its hopes for a bowl game dashed this past week at Penn State as the Hoosiers fell to the Nittany Lions, 28-14, despite 366 total yards from Heisman Trophy candidate Antwaan Randle El. Purdue overcame a sluggish start to score 24 second-half points in a 24-14 victory over the visiting Michigan State Spartans. Purdue's stifling defense forced six MSU turnovers and RB Montrell Lowe gained 121 yards on 28 carries. Freshman quarterback Kyle Orton came off the bench to complete 6 of 9 passes for 61 yards for the Boilermakers.

    One of the Nation's Toughest Schedules: According to the most recent Sagarin Ratings Index, Indiana has played the 7th-most difficult schedule in the country thus far in 2001. The combined record of the six opponents to whom Indiana has lost currently stands at 38-21. Of IU's nine opponents, Iowa (receiving votes) has a 6-4 overall record, Illinois (ranked 10th in USA Today Coaches' poll) has recorded an 9-1 overall mark, and North Carolina State (6-4) won at Florida State on November 10. Utah (7-3) is receiving votes and lost its only three games at 7th-ranked Oregon, 24-10, at Colorado State, 19-17, and at 8th-ranked BYU, 24-21. Ohio State (receiving votes) is 6-4 with road losses at UCLA and Penn State and home setbacks vs. Wisconsin and Illinois. IU also lost at 4-5 Penn State. Indiana has defeated 5-6 Wisconsin, 4-6 Northwestern, 56-21, and 5-4 Michigan State, 37-28.

    Titan Series Continues: The Titan Series, which is in its inaugural year, is a competition between Purdue and Indiana in all sports. As of November 18, this year's series between the two schools is tied 2-2. Each sport is worth one point toward an overall championship. A total of 18 points can be won. The winner of regular season head-to-head competition earns the point for its institution. Should the teams split or tie in regular season competition the point is split between the two institutions (i.e. if each team wins two games in baseball the point is split).

    A Statistical Comparison
    2001 Offensive Averages (NCAA rank)
    Indiana Statistic Purdue
    282.78 (3) Rushing/Game 117.22 (89)
    5.9 Rushing/Attempt 3.0
    214-115-4 Att.-Comp.-INTs 288-151-10
    170.44 (93) Passing/Game 191.67 (80)
    453.22 (11) Total/Game 308.89 (103)
    29.56 (34) Scoring/Game 22.00 (88)

    2001 Defensive Averages
    Indiana Statistic Purdue
    175.33 (76) Rushing/Game 117.89 (25)
    4.3 Rushing/Attempt 2.9
    253-170-8 Att.-Comp.-INTs 293-168-17
    239.89 (83) Pass Defense 227.89 (70)
    415.22 (87) Total/Game 345.78 (41)
    30.67 (88) Scoring/Game 23.11 (44)

    Top Graduation Rate: In the NCAA's most recent graduation report, Indiana (86 percent) recorded the fifth-best graduation rate in the country trailing only Stanford (93%), Rice (92%), Syracuse (91%), and Tulane (89%). IU recorded the top football graduation rate of any public institution in the country.

    The Golden Trio: While great players will most certainly follow in their footsteps, college football may not be quite as exciting after this season as Indiana's Antwaan Randle El, Nebraska's Eric Crouch, and Clemson's Woodrow Dantzler are all in the twilight of amazing careers. The three multi-talented signal callers career stats are as follows:
    • Antwaan Randle El, Indiana, 42 career games
    7,179-40TDs passing, 3,786-43TDs rushing
    • Eric Crouch, Nebraska, 42 career games
    4,223-29TDs passing, 3,272-57TDs rushing
    • Woodrow Dantzler, Clemson, 36 career games
    5,576-33TDs passing, 2,569-26TDs rushing

    Protecting the Quarterback: In nine games this fall, Indiana's offense has surrendered only eight sacks, including only five sacks allowed in seven Big Ten games (1 at Michigan St., 4 at Penn State). Certainly the elusiveness of Indiana QB Antwaan Randle El contributes to the success of IU's pass protection, however, by comparison Virginia Tech's Michael Vick was sacked more than 20 times in 2000.

    Improving Defense: While it may seem like baby steps, Indiana has held its opponent under 30 points for three consective weeks. It marked the first time since 1994 that the Hoosiers held three straight Big Ten opponents to fewer than 30 points.

    Securing the Football: With nine turnovers (five lost fumbles and four interceptions), Indiana has fewer turnovers than any team in Division I-A football. Oregon (10 turnovers) and Tennessee (11) rank third and fourth, respectively.

    Indiana Topping the Big Ten Charts in Several Key Categories: In Big Ten games only, Indiana is first in the league in total offense (488.1 yards per game), rushing offense (315.7 yards per contest), third-down conversions (50.0%), and sacks allowed (5). IU is second in turnover margin (1.33 per game) and is third in scoring offense (32.3 points per game).

    Major College Football's First "40-40 Man": With three touchdown passes in Indiana's 56-21 win over Northwestern, graduate QB Antwaan Randle El became the first player in Division I-A history to record 40 career touchdown passes and score 40 TDs. In 42 career games, he has passed for 7,179 yards and 40 TDs and rushed for 3,786 yards and 43 scores. He also has recorded a receiving touchdown.

    Randle El Sets NCAA Division I-A Quarterback Career Rushing Yardage Record: With with 149 rushing yards at Michigan State, Antwaan Randle El moved into first place on the NCAA Division I-A rushing list for quarterbacks. He now has 3,786 career rushing yards. The all-time list is as follows:

    1. Antwaan Randle El, IU, 3,786 yards (1998-)
    2. Dee Dowis, Air Force, 3,612 yards (1986-89)
    3. Kareem Wilson, Ohio, 3,597 yards (95-98)
    4. Chris McCoy, Navy, 3,401 yards (95-97)
    5. Beau Morgan, Air Force, 3,379 yards (94-96)
    6. Brian Mitchell, La.-Lafayette, 3,335 yards (86-89)
    7. Fred Solomon, Tampa, 3,299 yards (71-74)
    8. Eric Crouch, Nebraska, 3,272 yards (1998-)

    Win at Michigan State 15 Years in the Making: Indiana's 37-28 win at Michigan State was IU's first victory at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing since a 17-14 win on November 8, 1986.
    November Success: IU's wins vs. Northwestern and at Michigan State marked the first time since 1986 that Indiana has won its first two games played in the month of November. Indiana has not won three games in the month of November since 1967.

    Defensive Shakeup Yields Results: Head coach Cam Cameron used the bye week prior to the Northwestern game on November 3 to make several personnel changes on the defensive side of the football. The moves definitely proved beneficial as IU held a highly productive Northwestern offense to 21 points and stopped the Wildcats four times inside the 6-yard line. Defensive coordinator James Bell inserted senior graduate cornerback Marcus Floyd into the starting lineup for the first time this fall and the Bartow, Fla., product responded with 10 tackles, a forced fumble, and an interception. The staff also moved Justin Smith from outside linebacker to middle linebacker and the senior graduate recorded 17 tackles, including two for loss. Taking Smith's spot in the defense was redshirt freshman Herana-Daze Jones who notched a fumble recovery and an interception. He also notched a game-clinching INT at Michigan State this past Saturday. Also, sophomore Steve Williams was moved from defensive end to defensive tackle and the Bolingbrook, Ill, native forced a fumble by RB Damien Anderson at the goalline. In addition, junior A.C. Carter, who made the first start of his career at safety two weeks ago at Iowa, recorded 18 tackles against the Wildcats.

    Breaking into the top 10: Senior quarterback Antwaan Randle El is presently in 8th place on the NCAA I-A total yardage list with 10,965 yards passing and rushing. The top 21 is as follows:

    1. Ty Detmer, Brigham Young, 14,665 yards
    2. Tim Rattay, Louisiana Tech, 12,618 yards
    3. Chris Redman, Louisville, 12,129 yards
    4. Drew Brees, Purdue, 11,815 yards
    5. Doug Flutie, Boston College, 11,317 yards
    6. Tim Lester, Western Michigan, 11,081 yards
    7. Peyton Manning, Tennessee, 11,020 yards
    8. Antwaan Randle El, Indiana, 10,965 yards
    9. Eric Zeier, Georgia, 10,841 yards
    10. Alex Van Pelt, Pittsburgh, 10,814 yards
    12. Chad Pennington, Marshall, 10,758 yards
    12. Stoney Case, New Mexico, 10,651 yards
    13. Joe Hamilton, Georgia Tech, 10,640 yards
    14. Todd Santos, San Diego State, 10,513 yards
    15. Danny Wuerffel, Florida, 10,500 yards
    16. Cade McNown, UCLA, 10,487 yards
    17. Daunte Culpepper, Central Florida, 10, 344 yards
    18. Kevin Sweeney, Fresno State, 10,252 yards
    19. Troy Kopp, Pacific, 10,037 yards
    20. Bart Hendricks, Boise State, 10,034 yards
    21. Donovan McNabb, Syracuse, 9,950 yards

    One of the Nation's Most Productive and Versatile Running Backs: Throughout the 2001 campaign, senior running back Levron Williams has played the best football of his impressive career having rushed for 1,222 yards and 16 touchdowns in nine games. He is currently second in NCAA Division I-A in all-purpose yardage (205.56 ypg), is fourth in scoring (12.00 ppg), and is seventh in rushing (135.78 ypg). In Big Ten games, Williams is averaging 157.6 yards per game rushing. This past Saturday at Penn State, Williams rushed 21 times for 129 yards. In a 37-28 upset win over 22nd-ranked Michigan St., Williams rushed 26 times for 251 yards and three scores. During IU's 63-32 win at Wisconsin, the Evansville, Ind., product rushed 20 times for 280 yards and 6 TDs. The six touchdowns ties him with MSU's Blake Ezor (6 TDs vs. Northwestern on 11/18/89) for most TDs in a Big Ten contest. Williams averaged 14 ypc and recorded runs of 56, 51, 48, and 44 yards.

    Williams closes in on impressive 3,000 rushing/1,000 receiving barrier: With 251 yards rushing and 18 yards receiving at Michigan St., senior RB Levron Williams became one of only a handful of players in NCAA Division I-A history to record 2,500 career yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving. In 39 career games, the Evansville, Ind., product has rushed for 2,916 yards and 30 touchdowns and caught 89 passes for 1,023 yards and 7 scores.

    Nation's Top Rushing Performances on 11/10/01:
    • Levron Williams, Indiana vs. Michigan State 26 carries, 251 yards, 3 touchdowns
    • Leonard Henry, East Carolina vs. Cincinnati 18 carries, 234 yards, 2 touchdowns
    • Terrence Jackson, C. Michigan vs. E. Michigan 25 carries, 207 yards, 4 touchdowns
    • Chester Taylor, Toledo vs, Western Michigan 30 carries, 203 yards, 1 touchdown
    • Brian Madden, Navy vs. Tulane 33 carries, 201 yards, 2 touchdowns

    Closing the Gap on Mike Rozier: In 39 career games, senior running back Levron Williams has rushed 410 times for 2,916 yards and 30 touchdowns. If he can manage to improve his career average yards per rush by one-tenth of a percentage point, Williams would join Nebraska's Mike Rozier as the only NCAA Division I-A running backs to average 7.2 yards per carry with over 414 career carries.

    Randle El Becomes IU Career Passing Yardage Leader: With 160 passing yards at Iowa, senior quarterback Antwaan Randle El moved into first place on IU's career passing list (Steve Bradley; 6,579 passing yards from 1983-85). Randle El now has 7,179 career yards passing in 42 games.

    Brotherly Love: Indiana senior DE Kemp Rasmussen's brother, Kyle, is a sophomore starter at defensive tackle at Michigan State. Junior tackle A.C. Myler's brother, Joe, is a true freshman at Central Michigan. Versus the Spartans, in what Kemp called the game that would provide "bragging rights for life,", the older brother recorded two sacks and forced a fumble in a 38-27 IU win.

    Randle El Moving Up Both Big Ten Career Passing and Rushing Charts: In what is truly an extraordinary accomplishment, graduate QB Antwaan Randle El is in the top 15 on the Big Ten's career passing yardage list and is only eight yards shy of moving into the top 15 on the Big Ten's career rushing yardage list.

    Big Ten Career Passing Yardage List:
    1. Drew Brees, Purdue, 11,792 yards
    2. Chuck Long, Iowa, 10,461 yards
    3. Mark Hermann, Purdue, 9,946 yards
    4. Jack Trudeau, Illinois, 8,723 yards
    5. Kurt Kittner, Illinois, 8,073 yards
    6. Darell Bevell, Wisconsin, 7,686 yards
    7. Scott Campbell, Purdue, 7,636 yards
    8. Art Schlichter, Ohio State, 7,547 yards
    9. Jason Verduzco, Illinois, 7,532 yards
    10. Len Williams, Northwestern, 7,487 yards
    11. Jim Everett, Purdue, 7,411 yards
    12. Bobby Hoying, Ohio State, 7,232 yards
    13. Antwaan Randle El, Indiana, 7,181 yards
    14. Tony Eason, Illinois, 7,031 yards
    15. Chuck Hartlieb, Iowa, 6,934 yards

    Big Ten Career Rushing Yardage List
    1. Ron Dayne, Wisconsin, 7,125 yards
    2. Archie Griffin, Ohio State, 5,589 yards
    3. Anthony Thompson, Indiana, 5,299 yards
    4. Lorenzo White, Michigan State, 4,887 yards
    5. Darrell Thompson, Minnesota, 4,654 yards
    6. Damien Anderson, Northwestern, 4,485 yards
    7. Anthony Thomas, Michigan, 4,470 yards yards
    8. Jamie Morris, Michigan, 4,383 yards
    9. Tico Duckett, Michigan St., 4,212 yards
    10. Tyrone Wheatley, Michigan, 4,178
    11. Sedrick Shaw, Iowa, 4,156 y ards
    12. Robert Holcombe, Illinois, 4,105 yards
    13. Butch Wolfolk, Michigan, 3,861 yards
    14. Thomas Hamner, Minnesota, 3,810 yards
    15. Darnell Autry, Northwestern, 3,793 yards
    16. Antwaan Randle El, Indiana, 3,786 yards
    17. Blake Ezor, Michigan State, 3,749 yards
    18. Billy Marek, Wisconsin, 3,709 yards
    19. Eddie George, Ohio State, 3,668 yards
    20. Mike Alstott, Purdue, 3,635 yards

    Talk about fast starts: In seven Big Ten games in 2001, Indiana is averaging 22.9 first-half points. In its three wins at Wisconsin, vs. Northwestern, and at Michigan State, IU is averaging 37.3 first-half points.

    Braucher Ties School Record: With eight extra points in Indiana's 56-21 win vs. Northwestern, sophomore placekicker Adam Braucher tied the IU school record for extra points in a game. Braucher's eight extra points matched Bill Manolopoulos who kicked eight extra points at Kentucky on 9/17/94.

    A Record Setting Day vs. the Badgers: Indiana's offense produced a record setting performance during its visit to Wisconsin on October 6. The Hoosiers set a school record for points scored in a Big Ten contest with 63. Also, the 63 points matched the most points ever scored against a Wisconsin football team and was the most scored against the Badgers since Minnesota scored 63 in 1890. The 63-point effort was the most points scored by an Indiana team in a Big Ten Conference football game. The top five scoring outputs are as follows:
    63 -- at Wisconsin, Oct. 6, 2001
    56 -- vs. Northwestern, November 3, 2001
    52 -- at Purdue, Nov. 21, 1988
    52 -- at Iowa, 1945
    51 -- vs. Minnesota, Oct. 14, 2000

    Smith Reaches 300 Career Tackles: Senior graduate linebacker Justin Smith has lived up to his advanced billing throughout the 2001 campaign. With 17 tackles, including 2 for loss, vs. Northwestern, Smith, who was playing middle linebacker for the first time, recorded the 300th tackle of his career. He has now notched 316 stops in 40 career games. The 17 tackles marked the fourth time in five Big Ten games this fall that Smith has reached double-figure tackles. Smith currently ranks ninth in the Big Ten in tackles with 9.9 stops per contest. In Big Ten games only, Smith is eighth in tackles with 10.9 per contest. He recorded the third INT of his career at Michigan State.

    Indiana's Career Tackles List:
    1. 444, Joe Norman, 1975-78
    2. 384, Willie Bates, 1985-88
    3. 369, Donnie Thomas, 1973-75
    4. 342, Craig Walls, 1979-81
    5. 337, Mark Weiler, 1981-84

    Playing Down Hill: Senior linebacker Justin Smith and senior defensive end Kemp Rasmussen continue to climb Indiana's career tackle for loss chart.

    Indiana - Career Tackles for Loss
    1. 64 Adewale Ogunleye, 1996-99
    2. 44 Van Waiters, 1985-87
    3. 40 Greg Farrall, 1988-91
    4. 37 Nathan Davis, 1993-96
    5. 35 Joe Huff, 1984, 86-88
    6. 34 Ed McGuire, 1969-70
    7. 32 Justin Smith, 1998-present
    8. 27.5 Kemp Rasmussen, 1998-present

    It's Been Too Long: After almost a year without winning the turnover battle in a game, the Hoosiers finished on the plus side of the takeaway/giveaway chart for the sixth consecutive week as IU recorded an interception at Penn State. Indiana is now +7 on the year on the turnover table. With four takeaways and only one turnover at Wisconsin, Indiana won the ever important turnover battle in a game for the first time since the Hoosiers lost at Minnesota 44-20 on November 13, 1999. It also marked the first time since September 19, 1998, that IU finished +3 or better in a contest. In that 1998 game, IU intercepted Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch four times but lost 31-27 at Commonwealth Stadium.

    Second-best per-rush average in the country: Indiana is averaging 5.85 yards per carry in 2001. The only other Division I-A schools who are averaging more than 5.0 yards per carry this fall are Brigham Young (6.15), East Carolina (5.63), Middle Tennessee State (5.55), Miami, Fla. (5.50), Nebraska (5.49), Oregon (5.36), Alabama (5.25), Minnesota (5.17), and Kent State (5.12).

    Randle El First to NCAA Mark: With 181 yards passing in game three vs. Ohio State, senior graduate quarterback Antwaan Randle El became the only NCAA Division I-A player in history to record 6,000 career yards passing and 3,000 career yards rushing. With 225 yards passing at Penn State, he surpassed the 7,000 passing/3,500 rushing plateau. In 42 career games, Randle El has recorded 7,179 yards passing and 3,786 yards rushing. To put this mark in perspective, Randle El is one of only eight Division I-A QBs to reach the 4,000 passing/2,000 rushing plateau. Earlier this season, Clemson's Woodrow Dantzler reached the 5,000/2,000 mark. Nebraska's Eric Crouch topped the 4,000/3,000 plateau several weeks ago at Oklahoma.

    Williams Among NCAA and Big Ten Leaders: As of November 17, senior running back Levron Williams leads the Big Ten and is second nationally in all-purpose yardage per game (208.13 ypg), is first in the Big Ten and fourth nationally in scoring (12.00 ppg), and is first in the Big Ten Conference and seventh nationally in rushing yards per game (135.78 ypg).

    Success in the Red Zone: Over the past several years, Indiana has been highly successful scoring touchdowns while inside the "Red Zone" (Based on having a first down play inside the 20-yard line). During the first nine games in 2001, Indiana has made 35 trips into the red zone and has scored 27 touchdowns (77.1 touchdown percentage) and two field goals (29 scores in 35 trips overall, 82.9 conversion percentage). The Hoosiers have missed three field goals and been stopped three times on downs, once on a fumble, and once on a fake field goal. In 2000, the Hoosiers recorded 42 possessions in the red zone and scored 35 times (31 touchdowns and 4 field goals).

    It goes hand-in-hand: Performing well in the red zone often goes hand-in-hand with converting in short yardage situations. In 2001, Indiana is second in the Big Ten on third down conversions (60 of 127 for 47.2 percent).

    Interception Streak: Indiana has recorded interceptions in six consecutive contests. Senior cornerback Marcus Floyd intercepted a Matt Senneca pass in the second quarter at Penn State. With IU leading 31-28 with less than 4:00 minutes remaining at Michigan State, redshirt freshman linebacker Herana-Daze Jones intercepted a QB Jeff Smoker pass at the IU-46 and returned it to the MSU-39. On Michigan State's next possession, senior middle linebacker Justin Smith intercepted a Smoker pass. Floyd and Jones notched INTs in a 56-21 win over Northwestern. Sophomore cornerback Michael Hanley recorded interceptions at Wisconsin and vs. Illinois and junior safety A.C. Carter recorded his first career INT at Iowa. Indiana recorded only 4 interceptions during the entire 2000 campaign.

    An Unbelievable Start: When quarterback Antwaan Randle El connected with tight end Aaron Halterman on a 4-yard touchdown pass with 3:13 remaining in the first quarter at Wisconsin, it provided the Hoosiers a 32-0 advantage. Amazingly, IU scored its first 32 points in only 2:31 time of possession.

    More Marks Against the Badgers: Indiana's 42 points in the first half at Wisconsin set a school record for points in a half (matched again vs. Northwestern). Levron Williams's 280 rushing yards is the second-best single game rushing total in IU history. IU assistant head coach Anthony Thompson rushed for 377 yards at Wisconsin on 11/11/89.

    Special Teams Improvement: While kicking and punting have remained a problem, IU's special teams in many other areas continue to make tremendous gains. True freshman Deonte Smith blocked a punt at Michigan State. Junior Brian Lewis' punt block at Wisconsin, which sophomore Duane Stone returned for a touchdown, was Indiana's first touchdown as a direct result of a punt block since Nathan Davis returned a blocked punt 51 yards for a touchdown vs. Purdue on 11/23/96.

    ESPN's Coach and Player of the Week: ESPN's Gene Wojciechowski named Levron Williams and Cam Cameron his national player and coach of the week, respectively, following the Hoosiers 63-32 win over Wisconsin. Williams also earned Big Ten Offensive Player-of-the-Week in wins at Wisconsin and Michigan State and quarterback Antwaan Randle El earned Big Ten Player-of-the-Week honors vs. Northwestern. Cameron earned Wojciechowski's honorable mention national coach-of-the-week mention following IU's upset of 22nd-ranked MSU.

    The Randle El File: IU graduate Antwaan Randle El (B.A. Sport Communication/Broadcasting in August '01) is recognized as a candidate for the 2001 Heisman Trophy. The Riverdale, Ill., product is the second-leading active passer in the Big Ten (trailing Illinois' Kurt Kittner) and second on the active career rushing list (trailing Northwestern's Damien Anderson) in the conference:

    Moving Up the Big Ten Charts: With 321 total yards in a 56-21 win over Northwestern, Randle El moved into second place on the Big Ten's career total yardage. He passed Iowa signal caller Chuck Long who recorded 10,254 total yards from 1981-85. Randle El now has 10,965 yards in 42 career games.

    Randle El Moves into Second Place on IU Career Rushing List: With 78 yards rushing vs. Northwestern, Randle El passed Alex Smith (3,492 from 1994-96) to move into second place on IU's career rushing list. He has now rushed for 3,786 career yards, second on the IU career list behind IU running backs coach Anthony Thompson (5,299 from 1986-89).

    Randle El Breaks Indiana's Career Touchdown Passes Mark: With a 4-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Halterman during the first quarter at Wisconsin, Antwaan Randle El moved past Steve Bradley (35 TD passes from 1983-85) into first place on Indiana's career touchdown passes list. Randle El has recorded 40 TD passes in 42 career games.

    The NCAA Record Book: Despite having eligibility remaining, Indiana quarterback Randle El is pictured on page three of the 2001 NCAA Record Book. He is presently featured in the following categories in the book:

    p. 6: MOST SEASONS GAINING 2,500 YARDS OR MORE: 3 -- Joins 14 other players including John Elway, Doug Flutie, Randall Cunningham, Ty Detmer, Peyton Manning, and Daunte Culpepper. Randle El will need to average 212.3 yards per game for the remainder of the season to become the first player in Division I-A history to gain 2,500 yards or more in four consecutive seasons. He needs to average 135.5 yards per game over his final two games two become the first player in NCAA Division I-A history to record 2,500 total yards in four consecutive seasons.

    p. 7: GAINING 1,000 YARDS RUSHING AND 1,000 YARDS PASSING (Season): Is one of 11 players on 12 different occasions. Needs to average 72.5 yards per game over the final two games of the season to reach this mark for the second time.

    p. 7: A QUARTERBACK GAINING 2,000 YARDS RUSHING AND 4,000 YARDS PASSING (Career): Is one of eight players, including current Clemson QB Woodrow Dantzler and Nebraska QB Eric Crouch to achieve this mark.

    p. 7: A QUARTERBACK GAINING 3,000 YARDS RUSHING AND 3,000 YARDS PASSING (Career): Is not listed in the 2001 book, however, reached this plateau in game two vs. Utah. He joins La-Lafayette's Brian Mitchell and Air Force's Beau Morgan on this list. Nebraska's Eric Crouch has also joined the list in 2001.

    p. 7: (will be included in 2002 Record Book): A QUARTERBACK GAINING 6,000 YARDS PASSING AND 3,000 YARDS RUSHING (Career): Antwaan Randle El is the only player to achieve this mark.

    p. 7: A QUARTERBACK GAINING 200 YARDS RUSHING AND 200 YARDS PASSING (Game): Randle El is one of five players in Division I-A history to have achieved this mark.

    p. 8: SCORING 200 POINTS AND PASSING FOR 200 POINTS (Career): Rick Leach, Michigan, 1975-78 (scored 204, passes for 270); Antwaan Randle El, Indiana, 1998-present (scored 258, passed for 228).

    p. 15: PASSING FOR A TOUCHDOWN AND SCORING TOUCHDOWNS BY RUSHING AND RECEIVING (GAME): By many players: Most recent, Craig Ochs, Colorado; Eric Crouch, Nebraska; Antwaan Randle El, Indiana.

    p. 24: CAREER YARDS: Randle El is the only active player on this list. He is presently in 8th place on the I-A list with 10,965 total yards. The top 21 is as follows:

    1. Ty Detmer, Brigham Young, 14,665 yards
    2. Tim Rattay, Louisiana Tech, 12,618 yards
    3. Chris Redman, Louisville, 12,129 yards
    4. Drew Brees, Purdue, 11,815 yards
    5. Doug Flutie, Boston College, 11,317 yards
    6. Tim Lester, Western Michigan, 11,081 yards
    7. Peyton Manning, Tennessee, 11,020 yards
    8. Antwaan Randle El, Indiana, 10,965 yards
    9. Eric Zeier, Georgia, 10,841 yards
    10. Alex Van Pelt, Pittsburgh, 10,814 yards
    12. Chad Pennington, Marshall, 10,758 yards
    12. Stoney Case, New Mexico, 10,651 yards
    13. Joe Hamilton, Georgia Tech, 10,640 yards
    14. Todd Santos, San Diego State, 10,513 yards
    15. Danny Wuerffel, Florida, 10,500 yards
    16. Cade McNown, UCLA, 10,487 yards
    17. Daunte Culpepper, Central Florida, 10, 344 yards
    18. Kevin Sweeney, Fresno State, 10,252 yards
    19. Troy Kopp, Pacific, 10,037 yards
    20. Bart Hendricks, Boise State, 10,034 yards
    21. Donovan McNabb, Syracuse, 9,950 yards

    p. 30: QUARTERBACK RUSHING (SEASON YARDS): With 1,270 rushing yards in 2000, ranks ninth on the single-season list (Beau Morgan is first with 1,494 yards in 1996).

    p. 30: QUARTERBACK RUSHING (CAREER YARDS): Is first on the career rushing list with 3,786 yards. Air Force's Dee Dowis (1986-89) is second on the career list with 3,612 rushing yards.

    For More Antwaan Information: For additional information on Randle El, you may access Antwaan's web site at www.athletics.indiana. edu/twaan4heisman.

    One of the Nation's Top Offensive Lines: Indiana's offensive line, which features senior center Craig Osika, juniors Bobby Brandt, A.C. Myler, Enoch DeMar, and sophomore Anthony Oakley, was selected by Phil Steele's 2001 College Football Annual, as the third-best unit in the country. It was this unit that helped IU lead the Big Ten in rushing in 2000 (266.7 ypg) and allowed only nine sacks in 11 contests. In 2001, Indiana has allowed only eight sacks in the first nine contests and leads the Big Ten, and is third nationally, in rushing at 282.78 yards per game. Said Utah coach Ron McBride after the Utes' visit to Bloomington, "Indiana is probably more physical than the teams we have played so far this season. Oregon is a tough team, but Indiana's offensive line is way more physical."

    It Certainly Looks the Part: The IU offense will certainly be as impressive physically as any team in the country. Although 5-foot-9 Antwaan Randle El has replaced Tommy Jones (6-3.5, 236) at quarterback, fullback Jeremi Johnson (5-11, 255), and tailback Levron Williams (6-3.5, 228) will line up in the Indiana backfield. Also, starting tight end Kris Dielman is 6-4, 267, pounds and IU's starting offensive line is as follows: left tackle A.C. Myler (6-4, 325), left guard Anthony Oakley (6-3, 299), center Craig Osika (6-4, 297), right guard Enoch DeMar (6-4, 306), and right tackle Bobby Brandt (6-7, 294).

    30+ Point Games: Indiana averaged 30.6 points per game in 2000, the second-highest total in school history, and is averaging 29.56 points per contest this fall. Indiana has scored 30-or-more points in 16 of its last 31 games and has scored 50-or-more points in two of its last six games.

    A Truly Amazing Stat: Indiana is averaging 5.9 yards per carry in 2001. Amazingly, last fall, every Indiana player who tallied more than one carry in 2000 averaged at least 5.0 yards per rush. Indiana averaged 5.6 yards per carry last fall, the second best average in the country trailing only the University of Nebraska. The list included running back Levron Williams (7.1 ypc), quarterback Antwaan Randle El (5.8), fullback De'Wayne Hogan (5.7), fullback Jeremi Johnson (5.7), running back Brian Lewis (5.6) running back Rashon Myles (5.4), and quarterback Tommy Jones (5.0). All but Hogan returned in 2001. In 2001, Williams is averaging 7.2 yards per carry, Randle El (5.4 ypc), Johnson (5.8), and Brian Lewis (4.4). No other back has carried the football more than five times.

    Looking for Better Finishes: In 2000, Indiana lost four games (vs. N.C. State, at Kentucky, vs. Penn State, at Illinois) that were decided in the final minute of play. In game two of the 2001 season vs. Utah, Indiana held a 20-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter but fell 28-26. Indiana trailed Ohio State 20-14 early in the fourth quarter but fell 27-14. Indiana trailed Illinois only 7-6 with 2:00 minutes remaining in the third quarter but lost 35-14 and only trailed Iowa 35-28 with less than 10:00 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

    The City of Brotherly Love: Philadelphia Eagles special teams coach John Harbaugh (brother of Carolina Panthers quarterback Jim Harbaugh) has had the unique pleasure of coaching two of the finest dual-threat players in the college game, albeit one when the player was in college and one in the pros. Harbaugh spent the 1997 season as the special teams coach at Indiana, Randle El's redshirt season. For the past two seasons he has coached special teams ace Brian Mitchell, who along with Randle El, is the most statistically productive dual-threat signal caller in college football history.

    The Coaches:
    Purdue's Joe Tiller:
    Born: December 7, 1942
    Hometown: Toledo, Ohio
    Education: B.A., Montana State University, 1965
    Playing Experience: Offensive guard for Montana State...offensive lineman, Calgary Stampeders
    Personal Date: Wife Arnette...two daughters, Renee and Julie, and one son, Mike.
    Coaching Experience: Assistant coach, Montana State, 1965-70; Assistant coach, Washington State, 1971-73; Assistant coach, Calgary Stampeders, 1974-77; Interim head coach, Calgary Stampeders, 1977; Director of Player Personnel, Calgary Stampeders, 1978-82; Assistant coach, Purdue, 1983-86; Assistant Coach, Wyoming, 1987-88; Assistant coach, Washington State, 1989-90; Head coach, Wyoming, 1991-96; Head coach, Purdue, 1997-present.


    Indiana's Cam Cameron:
    Born: February 6, 1961 in Chapel Hill, N.C.
    Family: Married to Missy and the couple lives in Bloomington with their four children, Tommy, Danny, Christopher, and Elizabeth
    Coaching Experience: College: Indiana head coach (1997-present), Michigan assistant coach (1986-93), Michigan graduate assistant (1984-85); NFL: Washington Redskins asst. ('94-96).
    Education: Graduated from Terre Haute (Ind.) South H.S.; Earned a bachelor's degree in business from Indiana in 1983.

    The Senator: Redshirt freshman linebacker Chris Bayh may be one of the most politically connected players in college football. The Chevy Chase, Md., product is the son of Birch Bayh, who was Indiana's U.S. Senator from 1963-81 and Chris's half-brother, Evan Bayh, is currently a United States Senator. Bayh attended the Sidwell Friends School, the same high school attended by Al Gore III and Chelsea Clinton.

    Two-Sport Athletes: Indiana currently has two players on its roster who are two-sport athletes. Junior quarterback Gibran Hamdan started 49 games at first base for the Hoosiers in 2001 and hit .300 with 11 doubles and three home runs. Senior linebacker Brett Becks wrestled at 197 pounds for the Hoosiers in 2001 and finished with an 8-6 overall record, including a 2-1 mark in the Big Ten. Senior wide receiver/quarterback Antwaan Randle El has also played basketball and baseball at different stages of his career and was a 14th-round selection of the Chicago Cubs in the 1997 draft.

    The Graduates: In 2001, safety Greg Jensen, cornerback Marcus Floyd, Butkus Award candidate Justin Smith and Heisman Trophy candidate Antwaan Randle El are competing as Indiana University graduates. Indiana is one of only 13 schools to be recognized by the American Football Coaches Association for its exemplary football graduation rate in each of that organization's past three reports. Also, Indiana ranks second in the Big Ten in Academic All-Big Ten recipients over the past two seasons with 28. The total is the best two-year total in school history.

    Indiana's Academic All-America Candidates: The Hoosiers feature two strong Academic All-America candidates in 2001. The group will be paced by safety Joe Gonzalez, who was a Verizon All-District V Football Team Member in 2000 and fifth-year senior defensive tackle Kemp Rasmussen, both of whom earned 2001 Verizon Academic All-District honors and are now on the national ballot.

    Justin, The Actor: Justin Smith spent his summer in Bloomington preparing for the season. While he lived in the weight room, he also spent some time on the stage. Smith performed in a four-person play called "Convergence." In this play, he played the conscience of Derek, the lead character in the play. The play ran during the month of August at the Indiana Memorial Union.

    Levron, The Artist: In addition to Levron Williams's exploits on the playing field, he is also an outstanding artist who is becoming known for his drawings. Recently, he constructed a football helmet out of limestone and has constructed a football player out of wire. His art work was recently featured in a photograph in the Bloomington Herald-Times.

    The Nation's Top-Rated Junior Fullback: Jeremi Johnson, a 5-foot-11, 255-pound, fullback from Ballard High School in Louisville, Ky., has been recognized by www.nfldraftdigest.com as the top junior fullback in the country. He ranked fifth on the list among all fullbacks, trailing only seniors. Johnson, who dropped his playing weight 20 pounds from 275 to 255 during the spring and summer months, has rushed for 396 yards and 5 touchdowns in the first nine games of the 2001 campaign. He has also caught 15 passes for 206 yards and one score.

    The All-Airport Team: College football teams throughout the country are featuring bigger players and Indiana is no exception. The Hoosiers feature three offensive linemen who are 6-foot-7 or taller, including 6-foot-8.5" redshirt freshman offensive tackle Jason Fryar and 6-foot-8" Brett Taylor. IU's receiving corps includes 6-foot-7.5" Michael Robinson and 6-foot-4" Travis Haney and running back Levron Williams is among the tallest tailbacks in the country as he measures in at 6-foot-3.5".

     

     


       

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