Nov. 21, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Leaving Bloomington for the final time this season, the Indiana football team (4-6, 2-4 Big Ten Leaders) will meet No. 4/3 Ohio State (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten Leaders) on Saturday, Nov. 23. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. EST at Ohio Stadium (102,329; FieldTurf) and ABC/ESPN2 will televise the game.
The Ohio State Series
Sixteen Hoosiers hail from the state of Ohio: Pete Bachman (Cincinnati/Elder High School), Ted Bolser (Cincinnati/Indian Hill), Patrick Dougherty (Aurora/Aurora), Dawson Fletcher (West Chester/Lakota West), Nate Hoff (Solon/Solon), Chase Hoobler (Orrville/Orrville), David Kaminski (Strongsville/Strongsville), Cody Latimer (Dayton/Jefferson Township), Mark Murphy (Akron/St. Vincent-St. Mary), Marcus Oliver (Hamilton/Hamilton), Ryan Phillis (Boardman/Boardman), Mike Replogle (Centerville/Centerville), Zack Shaw (Coshocton/Coshocton), Alex Todd (Streetsboro/Streetsboro), Shane Wynn (Cleveland/Glenville) and Anthony Young (Medina/St. Edward).
Ohio State holds a 69-12-5 advantage in the all-time series with Indiana.
IU last downed OSU on Oct. 8, 1988, (41-7 in Bloomington), a year after a 31-10 victory in Columbus.
In 2012, the No. 8 Buckeyes held off the Hoosiers, 52-49, at Memorial Stadium.
The 49 points are the most an Indiana team has scored in the 86-game series and the most surrendered by an Ohio State team since 1994.
IU has never scored more against a top 10 opponent.
Sophomore Nate Sudfeld tops the Big Ten in passing touchdowns (19, T-26th nationally), is third in points responsible for (120), completions (168), completions per game (16.8) and yards per completion (13.6, 21st), is fourth in passing yards (2,281), passing yards per game (228.1), completion percentage (60.0) and passing efficiency (144.4, 33rd), and is fifth in total offense (2,268) and total offense per game (226.8).
Sophomore Tre Roberson is third in the league in passing efficiency (157.8).
Sophomore Tevin Coleman is second in the conference in all-purpose yards per game (141.7, 19th) and yards per carry (7.3, 18th), tied for second with 12 rushing scores (T-15th), third in scoring per game (8.0), fourth in rushing yards (958, T-25th), rushing yards per game (106.4, 21st) and all-purpose yards (1,275, 31st), and tied for fourth in total touchdowns (12, T-21st).
Junior Cody Latimer is tied for second in the Big Ten in receiving touchdowns (8, T-21st), third in receptions (60, T-35th), receptions per game (6.0, T-36th), yards (926, 22nd) and yards per game (92.6, 27th).
Senior Kofi Hughes is tied for sixth in the league in receiving touchdowns (6) and eighth in yards (565) and yards per game (56.5).
Junior Shane Wynn is tied for fourth in the conference in receiving TDs (7, T-33rd) and tied for 10th in total touchdowns (9).
Fifth-year senior Ted Bolser is tied for sixth nationally among tight ends with five touchdowns (tied for first in Big Ten), 13th with 30 receptions (second) and 33rd with 296 yards (fifth).
All Hands On Deck
Indiana is the only team in the FBS with four players with 100 receptions and 1,000 yards in their careers, the first team since 2011 (Houston and Texas A&M) and the first Big Ten team since 2008 (Northwestern).
The Hoosiers are the first team in Big Ten history, the only team in the FBS and the first team since 2011 (Houston) with five 1,000-yard pass-catchers playing together at one time.
Junior Shane Wynn (116; 1,367) became the first to reach 100 and 1,000 vs. Missouri, senior Kofi Hughes (116; 1,722) followed suit vs. Penn State, fifth-year senior tight end Ted Bolser (112; 1,313) made it three straight at Michigan State and junior Cody Latimer (118; 1,830) surpassed the marks at Michigan.
Fifth-year senior Duwyce Wilson (81 and 1,043) is 19 catches away from making it five.
Hughes and Bolser welcomed Latimer to the 1,000-yard club against Navy, Wynn against Bowling Green and Wilson at MSU.
On IU's all-time lists, Latimer is ninth in yardage and tied for 11th all-time in receptions followed by Hughes (10th, T-13th), Wynn (22nd, T-13th), Bolser (23rd, 19th) and Wilson (37th, T-32nd).
Wynn (5.7, 55.0), Latimer (4.2, 67.1) and Hughes (3.9, 58.1) each ranked in the Big Ten's top 10 in receptions and yardage per game in 2012. The Hoosiers were the only team in the conference with a trio in the top 10 in either category.
En route to second team All-Big Ten honors in 2012, Cody Latimer led Indiana with 805 yards, 67.1 per game and a 15.8 average. He shared the top spot with six touchdowns and finished second with 51 catches.
The junior, who is on the Biletnikoff Award Watch List, became the 21st Hoosier to break the 100-reception and 1,000-yard career marks at Michigan and currently sits ninth with 123 catches and eighth with 1,872 yards. His 16 receiving touchdowns are fifth.
In the first two games this season, Latimer corralled five balls for 73 yards with zero scores. In the last eight games, Latimer owns 55 receptions (6.9 per game), 853 yards (106.6) and eight TDs.
Latimer collected ESPN All-America Player of the Week honors against Illinois, posting career-highs with 11 catches for 189 yards and three scores (11, 41, 50).
The three touchdowns matched his career-best and is tied for the second-most in school history (11 times), trailing only James Hardy's four (Michigan State on Oct. 28, 2006).
Latimer has four 100-yard games this season and six in his career, which is tied for fifth on IU's all-time list.
He leads the Hoosiers with 60 receptions (10th on IU's single-season list), 926 yards (7th), eight touchdowns (T-8th) and 92.6 yards per game.
Latimer eclipsed the 100-yard mark in three consecutive games - Bowling Green, Missouri and Penn State - and became the first Hoosier since Hardy (2007) with three straight 100-yard efforts.
He has at least five receptions in seven of the last eight games, has led the team in catches six times and yardage four times in 2013, and has caught a pass in all 30 contests in which he has played in his career.
Against Penn State, Latimer made nine grabs for 140 yards. He also excelled on special teams, as he added one tackle, recovered a fumble, which led to a touchdown, and gathered an onside kick.
Latimer posted eight receptions for 136 yards, scored from 10 yards out and pulled in a career-long 77-yarder vs. Missouri. A week earlier against Bowling Green, he netted 137 yards to go along with six catches and a 33-yard touchdown.
He closed out 2012 second in the Big Ten in yards per game, tied for fourth in receiving TDs and seventh in receptions per game (4.2).
Latimer broke out with 113 yards, seven catches and a career-high three touchdowns en route to his first co-Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honor vs. Iowa.
The Dayton, Ohio, native is in his fifth season in organized football. Latimer only played two years of high school football, where he was a defensive back and wide receiver at Jefferson Township.
Latimer starred on the basketball team, as evidenced during his throwdown at the team's Dunk Contest back in April, which was featured on ESPN's SportsNation.
The Hoosiers defense is second in the Big Ten with eight fumble recoveries, which shares 37th nationally.
Junior cornerback Tim Bennett leads the nation with 19 pass breakups and 20 passes defended.
Six Hoosier defenders rank in the top 25 in the league in tackles: junior linebacker David Cooper (7.3, T-15th) and fifth-year senior safety Greg Heban (7.3, T-15th) lead the way, followed by junior safety Mark Murphy (7.1, 17th), junior linebacker Flo Hardin (6.8, 21st), Bennett (6.6, T-22nd) and true freshman linebacker T.J. Simmons (6.3, T-25th).
Simmons leads all B1G freshmen in stops.
Heban is third among conference defensive backs in tackles and is sixth overall in solo stops with 51.
Bennett's 53 solos are third the Big Ten. He is sixth among league defensive backs in overall tackles and Murphy is fourth behind Heban.
Junior defensive end John Laihinen owns 4.5 sacks, which shares seventh in the conference.
Hardin shares the B1G lead and is tied for 13th nationally with three forced fumbles, while true freshman linebacker Marcus Oliver is tied for sixth with two forced fumbles.
Defensive back Greg Heban started his IU career as a pitcher for head coach Tracy Smith's baseball team. After dominating the 2009 intramural flag football season, Smith urged Heban to give football, one of three sports he played at Delta High School in Muncie, Ind., along with basketball and baseball, another shot.
Heban arrived at preseason camp in 2010, made the team, worked his way up the depth chart and eventually started four of the final five games at cornerback and played in all 12.
Head coach Kevin Wilson awarded the now fifth-year senior defensive back a scholarship prior to the 2011 season and he has not disappointed since.
Heban, who posted his second career two-interception contest and a game-high eight tackles against Missouri, tops all Indiana defenders with 266 career stops, 183 solos, 13.5 tackles for loss, eight picks, 23 pass breakups and three fumble recoveries.
Overall in 2013, Heban is tied for first on the Hoosiers with 73 stops, is second with 47 solos and leads the way with two INTs in addition to his 1.5 TFLs, one fumble recovery, the first forced fumble of his career at Wisconsin last weekend and four PBUs.
Heban made a game-high 12 tackles and a career-high 10 solos against the Wolverines. He has two 10-plus tackle games this year and has led the team and finished with game-high honors three times.
Prior to the Missouri game, Heban matched his season-high with 12 tackles and nine solos vs. Bowling Green after he posted nine stops, seven solo, vs. Navy.
The Muncie, Ind., native started all 12 games at cornerback in 2011 and led IU with two INTs, shared first with six PBUs and was third with 62 tackles.
Heban moved inside as a nickel back for the first five games of 2012 before making his first career start at safety against Ohio State in week six, and he has started there every game since.
He led the team with 91 tackles, 68 solo, three picks and eight pass breakups (tied) and added one sack, seven tackles for loss and one fumble recovery.
Heban finished 12th in the Big Ten with 7.6 tackles per game, tops among defensive backs, tied for fifth in interceptions and tied for 11th in passes defended.
He received honorable mention All-Big Ten, was named Indiana's Teammate of the Year and received Academic All-Big Ten for the third straight year.
Heban graduated in May of 2013 with a bachelor's degree in exercise science. He is currently working on a second degree in nutrition science and is one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award and was a nominee for the AFCA Good Works Team.
In 2011, Heban was a member of the Capital One Academic All-District V team and received the IU Football Academic Excellence Award.
Despite being just 6-foot-1, he can dunk a basketball from standing flat-footed and can throw 90 mph, as he pitched 1 1/3 innings for the 2010 IU baseball team.
Special Teams Rankings
IU tops the Big Ten in kickoff coverage (43.0, 21st nationally) and is third in punt return (13.0, 19th).
Mitch Ewald is one of just three kickers nationally perfect on the season on field goals and extra points. He also leads the league in kickoff average (64.0) and is second with 34 touchbacks (T-16th) and 46 extra points (T-17th).
Just For Kicks
Mitch Ewald has put together an assault on Indiana's kicking records. The fifth-year senior is the school's all-time leader in field goals, field goal percentage and extra points. Ewald is also tops among kickers and second overall with 310 points.
He is 53-of-64 (82.8 percent) in his career, with two blocked, and 151-of-152 (99.3) on extra points.
Ewald, who was on the Lou Groza Award Watch List for the third straight year, is tied for seventh in field goals, eighth in total points, tied for eighth in extra points and 12th in field goal percentage among active kickers in the country.
At Michigan, Ewald earned his second career Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honor after he hit a pair of field goals, including one from 50, and five extra points.
The 50-yarder was the first of his career, the 18th in school history, the program's first since 2002 and the second for a Big Ten kicker this season.
In his career, he is 9-of-13 (69.2) from 45-plus yards.
He added two more field goals against Minnesota and one in each of the last two games to improve to 9-of-9 this year and run his consecutive made streak to 10, which is tied for the second-longest streak in program history (Doug Martin, 1981-82).
Ewald opened 2013 with a school record 10 extra points against Indiana State and is a perfect 46-of-46 on the year. The 46 extra points are second on the Hoosiers single-season list (Austin Starr, 48 - 2007).
Behind his 34 touchbacks on 65 kickoffs (52.3 percent) and career-best and league-best 64.0 average, IU is tops in the conference in kickoff coverage (43.0).
The Naperville, Ill., native connected on 15-of-20 (one blocked) field goals (75.0 percent) and 42-of-43 extra points (97.7 percent) in 2012. His 42 extra points are fourth, 15 field goals are tied for fifth and 87 points are eighth on IU's single-season list.
He has drilled three field goals in a game three times and had his consecutive PAT streak snapped at 100 at Penn State one season ago. It was the second-longest in Indiana history (Pete Stoyanovich, 107) and the fifth-longest in Big Ten history.
In addition to his current streak of 10 straight field goals, Ewald also owns the fourth- (ninth), fifth- (eight) and eighth- (seven) longest marks.
For the third straight year, Ewald recovered his own onside kick. He converted a league-high three onside kicks in four attempts and is 5-of-11 in his career.
On IU's single-season charts, Ewald is tied for third (16, 2010) and ninth (13, 2011) in field goals, is ninth (33, 2010) in extra points and ninth in points (81, 2010).
In 30 career Big Ten games, Ewald has hit 37-of-43 (86.0) field goals, including a perfect 8-of-8 in 2013.