Memorial Stadium's Greatest Games - No. 1

    Go Hoosiers! John Pont led the Hoosiers to the program's only Rose Bowl appearance.
    Go Hoosiers!
    John Pont led the Hoosiers to the program's only Rose Bowl appearance.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 26, 2010

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The 2009 campaign marked the Indiana football program's 50th season in Memorial Stadium. will count down the top 12 games in Memorial Stadium history this season.

    A panel consisting of former Hoosier player and Director of Operations Harold Mauro, former player and current Athletic Director for Football Operations Mark Deal, former IU 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 all-time games.

    Fans then emailed their votes from this list, resulting in the top 12 games in Memorial Stadium history. Here is No. 1:

    Indiana 19, Purdue 14
    November 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.




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