Indiana Looks to Bring the Bucket Back to Bloomington

    Go Hoosiers! Junior wide receiver Tandon Doss and the Hoosiers face Purdue in West Lafayette at noon on Saturday.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Junior wide receiver Tandon Doss and the Hoosiers face Purdue in West Lafayette at noon on Saturday.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 23, 2010

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana football team (4-7, 0-7 Big Ten) closes out the 2010 campaign against Purdue (4-7, 2-5 Big Ten) at Ross-Ade Stadium (62,500) on Saturday, Nov. 27. Kickoff is set for noon EST and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. The longtime rivals will battle for the Old Oaken Bucket, the trophy awarded to the winner of the annual Indiana-Purdue game. Saturday's meeting marks the 86th battle for the Bucket and the 113th overall meeting.

    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.

    Senior Salute
    Sixteen Hoosier seniors will don the IU uniform for the final time on Saturday. Offensive tackle James Brewer, running back Trea Burgess, safety Aaron Burks, cornerback Adrian Burks, quarterback Ben Chappell, cornerback Richard Council, safety Mitchell Evans, kicker Nick Ford, linebacker Jamie Lukaszewski, defensive lineman Deonte Mack, offensive lineman Jordan Marquette, tight end Brad Martin, linebacker Tyler Replogle, long snapper Jeff Sanders, defensive lineman Terrance Thomas and wide receiver Terrance Turner will take the field for the last time.

    The Wright-Baker Stuff
    Getting extra reps during practice leading up to the Penn State game due to injuries to Ben Chappell and Dusty Kiel, the Hoosiers incorporated Edward Wright-Baker into the offense vs. the Nittany Lions last weekend. The southpaw redshirt freshman took 14 snaps under center and helped spark the Hoosier offense. Running the read option, Wright-Baker accumulated 15 rushing yards on three carries and also threw one pass for seven yards.

    The southpaw out of Jeffersonville, Ind., split time with Kiel, who suffered a season-ending thumb injury at No. 6 Wisconsin, all season. In 2010, Wright-Baker has completed 5-of-11 passes for 80 yards with one touchdown, a 62-yarder to redshirt freshman Duwyce Wilson vs. the Badgers, and one interception to go along with 28 rushing yards on eight attempts in four games.

    Flag Free
    Indiana did not commit a penalty vs. Penn State last weekend. It marked the first time a Hoosier team went 60 minutes without an infraction since a 45-3 win over Murray State on Sept. 6, 2008. Before 2008, IU went 27 years without a flag-free game (vs. Michigan on Oct. 3, 1981).

    The Hoosiers are tied for fourth nationally in fewest penalties (4.3) and tied for 11th in fewest penalty yards (40.6).

    Scouting Purdue
    Purdue heads into the Old Oaken Bucket game at 4-7 overall and 2-5 in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers started the year 4-2 with conference wins at Northwestern and vs. Minnesota, but they have dropped five straight, including a 35-31 loss at No. 11 Michigan State last weekend.

    PU is averaging 18.6 points, 170.2 rushing yards, 141.5 passing yards and 311.7 total yards per game. The Boilermakers have started four quarterbacks in 2010, including current starter Rob Henry. Henry made his fifth start at MSU. The redshirt freshman has thrown for 744 yards with five touchdowns, six interceptions and a 53.0 completion percentage. Henry is also second on the team with 519 rushing yards to go with four TDs and a 5.5 average.

    Senior fullback Dan Dierking leads the team with 521 rushing yards, good for a 52.1 average, with three scores and a 4.9 average. Senior Keith Carlos rushed for 103 yards last weekend, including an 80-yard touchdown, and has 291 yards and a 6.1 average in 2010. Fifth-year senior tight end Kyle Adams (33 receptions, 210 yards), senior Cortez Smith (31, 370, 3 TDs) and sophomore Antavian Edison (27, 227, 3) are the team's top three targets.

    Purdue is allowing 28.3 points, 143.8 rushing yards, 222.5 passing yards and 365.9 total yards per game. The Boilermakers lead the Big Ten with 32 sacks (T-8th nationally), 83 tackles for loss (T-7th) and 10 interceptions.

    Defensive end Ryan Kerrigan is an All-American candidate. The senior leads the nation with 25.0 tackles for loss (109 yards), is second with 12.5 sacks (73 yards) and shares second with five forced fumbles. He also has 66 tackles 48 solo, and two fumble recoveries. Sophomore defensive tackle Kawann Short has added six sacks, 12.5 TFLs and a team-high eight pass breakups.

    True freshman cornerback Ricardo Allen has two interceptions returned for scores, including a 35-yarder last weekend, and leads the team with three (129 yards) in addition to 65 tackles, one sack, 3.5 tackles for loss and four pass breakups. Junior safety Logan Link leads the team with 87 tackles, 62 solo, with one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and two TFLs.

    Junior kicker Carson Wiggs is 14-of-18 on the season, including a 5-of-6 mark from 40-plus yards, with a long of 52. He has also punted 20 times with a 36.5 average. True freshman Cody Webster has punted 41 times with a 41.4 average, 11 50-plus yard boots and nine inside the 20-yard line.

    Danny Hope is 9-14 in his second season as head coach at Purdue. Hope spent the previous five years at Eastern Kentucky and is 44-36 overall.

    TD On Top
    After one of the top seasons in the Big Ten in 2009, Tandon Doss has garnered national attention. The junior wide receiver, who ranks in the school's top 10 in career receptions (146; 5th), receiving yards (1,790; 8th), all-purpose yards (3,587; 7th) and kick return yards (1,432; 5th), was named to the Biletnikoff Award (nation's top receiver) and the Paul Hornung Award (nation's most versatile player) Watch Lists heading into the season.

    The 6-3, 200-pounder out of Indianapolis posted one of the top games in IU history against No. 19 Michigan, as he finished with career highs of 221 yards and 15 catches (more details on page nine). Doss also set a career high with 363 all-purpose yards (third most in IU history), adding 21 rushing yards, 111 on kickoff returns and 10 on punt returns.

    He turned in another spectacular performance last weekend vs. Penn State. Doss nearly topped 300 all-purpose yards for the second time, delivering 293 yards (tied for seventh in IU history), 141 kick return (five returns), 90 receiving, a career-high 61 rushing (five carries) and one punt return. He also hauled in seven catches, one touchdown and made a tackle on kick coverage. With his performance, Doss broke the school's single-season kick return record (899) and moved into 10th place on the Big Ten's single-season list. He now has five games with 100-plus kick return yards in 2010 and six in his career.

    Doss, who is seventh on the Hoosiers' single-season chart with 1,442 all-purpose yards in 2010, now has two 275-plus, five 200-plus, nine 150-plus and 17 100-plus all-purpose yard games. He has reached 100 APY 15 times in his last 19 games, 150 six times in his last 13 games and 200 five times in his last 13 games.

    In 2010, Doss is averaging 64.2 receiving yards per game and owns 55 catches, which is tied for ninth on the school's single-season list, for 642 yards (365 yards after catch, 56.9 percent), four touchdowns and 11.7 yards per catch. He is averaging 173.5 all-purpose yards, sixth in the country and tops in the Big Ten, and 25.7 kick return yards. Doss has accounted for 34 20-plus yard plays this season, including 26 kick returns, seven receptions and one rush.

    He eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark for the sixth time in his career, which is tied for the fifth most in IU history, and posted at least eight receptions for the eighth time with 103 yards, eight grabs and one score against Arkansas State. Doss added 121 kick return yards and 17 yards on four carries for 241 all-purpose yards, the fourth-highest total of his career.

    At No. 6 Wisconsin, Doss closed with 148 all-purpose yards, He finished with 146 yards on six kick returns and a 2-yard touchdown reception. The 146 yards tied him with Lance Bennett for the ninth-best single-game mark in school history.

    After missing the opener against Towson with a groin injury, Doss returned to action at Western Kentucky and made an immediate impact, racing the opening kickoff back a career-long 87 yards. He added five catches for 62 yards and a score, one rush for eight yards and a 12-yard punt return to finish with 169 all-purpose yards in the game.

    The following weekend against Akron, Doss caught three balls for 40 yards, registered 52 kick return yards and scored on a 9-yard run, giving him his second career rushing score. Doss, the fourth Hoosier receiver in five years up for the Biletnikoff, was an and Sporting News preseason All-Big Ten receiver and a first team All-Big Ten selection by Phil Steele's preview magazine. He was named a first team All-Big Ten punt returner and a second team All-Big Ten wide receiver by Athlon Sports, and he was rated the 20th-best wide receiver nationally and as a second team All-Big Ten honoree by Lindy's Sports.




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