IU Football's Greatest Games - No. 1
Nov. 20, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - In celebration of the 125th year of football at Indiana University, IUHoosiers.com will reveal the top 12 games in IU history, voted on by Hoosier fans. Each week during the regular season a game will be revealed. This week we bring you the greatest game in IU Football history.
A panel consisting of former Hoosier players and current football directors of operations Mark Deal and Harold Mauro, former Indiana radio analyst Max Skirvin, current "Voice of the Hoosiers" Don Fischer, current IU pre-game, post-game and halftime voice Joe Smith, Herald-Times reporter Lynn Houser, long-time Hoosier sports information director and current IU assistant athletic director Kit Klingelhoffer and long-time Herald-Times sports editor Bob Hammel deliberated and came up with a list of the top 33 all-time games.
Fans then emailed their votes from this list, resulting in the top 12 games in Hoosier lore. The list culminates this week with the top game in IU history being revealed.
GREATEST GAME NO. 1 - INDIANA 19, PURDUE 14
On Nov. 25, 1967, Indiana played Purdue in the greatest game in IU Football history. At stake, the Big Ten championship and a trip to the Rose Bowl. The Hoosiers came in a 14-point underdog to the third-ranked Boilers, who had an 8-1 mark overall and an undefeated 6-0 record in Big Ten play.
The Hoosiers struck first on a Harry Gonso to Jade Butcher touchdown pass and then the two teams traded short rushing touchdowns to leave IU with a 13-7 lead. Late in the first half, Terry Cole made the most memorable run in IU Football history, rumbling 63 yards for the touchdown to put the Hoosiers ahead 19-7 going into halftime.
Indiana was held off the scoreboard in the second half, but the Boilers managed just one TD. The IU defense was opportunistic during the game, registering four takeaways via fumble to keep the PU offense at bay.
The Hoosiers and Coach John Pont were headed to Pasadena and finished the 1967 season 9-2 and ranked 4th in the country. Indiana 19, Purdue 14 - The greatest game in 125 years of IU Football.
No. 1 - Indiana 19, Purdue 14, 11/25/67
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