Hoosiers Look to Retain Old Oaken Bucket

    Go Hoosiers! Mitch Ewald clinched last year's Bucket victory with a 31-yard field goal in overtime.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Mitch Ewald clinched last year's Bucket victory with a 31-yard field goal in overtime.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 21, 2011

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Closing out its 2011 campaign and hosting its Senior Day, the Indiana football team (1-10, 0-7 Big Ten) welcomes the Purdue Boilermakers (5-6, 3-4 Big Ten) to Memorial Stadium (52,929; FieldTurf) on Saturday, Nov. 26. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. EST and the game will be televised on the BTN.

    The longtime rivals will battle for the Old Oaken Bucket, the trophy awarded to the winner of the annual game. Saturday's meeting marks the 87th battle for the Bucket and the 114th overall meeting.

    Matt Devlin (play-by-play), Glen Mason (analyst) and Jon Jansen (sideline) will call the game. The game can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network, Sirius 112 and XM 191 with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Buck Suhr (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.

    The Coaches
    Kevin Wilson earned his first victory as Indiana head coach vs. South Carolina State. Wilson spent the 2002-10 seasons at Oklahoma, where he served as co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach from 2002-05 and as offensive coordinator and tight ends and fullbacks coach from 2006-10. OU played in seven Big 12 Title games in Wilson's nine years, going 6-1 in those appearances. His offenses were vital to accumulating an overall record of 99-24 (.805) during his time in Norman, including seven 10-win seasons.
    • Danny Hope is 14-21 in his third season as head coach at Purdue. Hope spent the previous five years at Eastern Kentucky and owns a 49-43 overall record.

    News & Notes
    • Twenty Hoosier seniors will take the field for the final time on Saturday.
    • Indiana currently holds the Old Oaken Bucket following a 34-31 overtime victory in West Lafayette last year.
    • The Hoosiers last won back-to-back Bucket games in 1993 and 1994.
    • IU last downed Purdue in Bloomington in 2007 and the teams have split the last four meetings overall.
    • The Old Oaken Bucket has been awarded to the IU-PU winner since the trophy's inception in 1925.
    • Hoosier assistant Mark Hagen is familiar with both sides of the rivalry. Hagen served as an assistant at PU (2000-10). He starred at linebacker (1987-91) and was a graduate and administrative assistant (1992-95) at IU.
    • Fifth-year senior Dre Muhammad set career highs with nine receptions for 73 yards at Michigan State.
    • Sophomore cornerback Lawrence Barnett posted nine tackles with two PBUs and a TFL.
    • In his four starts, Tre Roberson has thrown for 632 yards with three touchdowns. The true freshman has rushed for 287 yards with one score and a 4.2 average. Roberson is averaging 229.8 yards of total offense.
    • The Hoosiers have averaged 197.2 rushing yards and 367.8 total yards in Roberson's four starts.
    Stephen Houston's 673 rushing yards are the most for a Hoosier RB since Chris Taylor (740) in 2005. The sophomore's 582 Big Ten yards are the most for a Hoosier RB since BenJarvus Green-Ellis (784) in 2003.
    • Indiana has played 32 freshmen (16 true) this season, which is the highest total in the country.

    Senior Salute
    Twenty Hoosier seniors will don the IU uniform for the final time on Saturday: S Chris Adkins, LB Leon Beckum, WR Connor Creevey, OL Marc Damisch, TE Max Dedmond, S Jarrell Drane, QB Adam Follett, OL Josh Hager, DE Darius Johnson, S Donnell Jones, DL Fred Jones, OL Andrew McDonald, LB Brandon McGhee, WR Dre Muhammad, OL Justin Pagán, P Adam Pines, QB Teddy Schell, LB Chad Sherer, LB Greg Svarczkopf and LB Jeff Thomas.

    Earning His Spot
    Fifth-year senior Dre Muhammad earned a scholarship prior to the 2011 campaign. After redshirting the 2007 season at Purdue, Muhammad walked on at IU in 2008 and played in eight games from 2008-10 before starting for the first time vs. Ball State.
    • Muhammad made the most of his opportunity, not only making his first career reception, but leading the team with six catches.
    • He netted 68 yards, with a long of 24, rushed once for seven yards and returned one punt.
    • The Fort Wayne, Ind., native set career marks with a game-high nine receptions and an Indiana-best 73 yards at Michigan State last weekend.
    • On the season, Muhammad is tied for second on the team with 25 catches for 234 yards, which is third on the Hoosiers.
    • He has also returned seven punts for 36 yards.
    • The Michigan State game gave Muhammad three contests with five-or-more catches this season. He also made six receptions for 49 yards at North Texas.




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