Indiana Set for Take Off to Tempe

    Go Hoosiers! Sophomore quarterback Kellen Lewis and the Hoosiers head to Tempe Thursday morning.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Sophomore quarterback Kellen Lewis and the Hoosiers head to Tempe Thursday morning.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Dec. 26, 2007

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana football team heads to Tempe, Ariz., on a 9:30 a.m. EST flight Thursday morning and will arrive in the desert at 11:30 a.m. MST. IU will hold its first practice in Arizona at 3:45 MST Thursday afternoon.

    Indiana (7-5, 3-5 Big Ten) will face Oklahoma State (6-6, 4-4 Big 12) in the 19th annual Insight Bowl on New Year's Eve. Kickoff is set for 4:07 MST/6:07 EST at Sun Devil Stadium (56,000). The game will be carried by the NFL Network and locally by FOX 59.

    Bob Papa (play-by-play), Sterling Sharpe (analyst), Mike Mayock (analyst) and Kim Jones (sideline) will call the game for the NFL Network. The game can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Pete Compise (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call as well as the Sports USA Radio Network with Tom Dillon (play-by-play), Gary Barnett (analyst) and Scott Gordon (sideline) providing the call.

    Bowl Bound
    Indiana is making its first bowl appearance since the 1993 Independence Bowl, where it fell to Virginia Tech on New Year's Eve, 45-20. IU has appeared in eight bowl games in the program's history, posting a 3-5 mark. The Hoosiers' last bowl victory came in the Copper Bowl, a 24-0 shutout win over Baylor on New Year's Eve.

    Insight Bowl History
    This is the 19th year of the Insight Bowl. It began as the Copper Bowl, with the inaugural game taking place on New Year's Eve in 1989. Arizona defeated North Carolina State, 17-10.

    The bowl title changed to the Bowl in 1997 before dropping the .com in 2002. Last season the bowl and the Big Ten Conference agreed to terms to annually send a league representative to Tempe to face an opponent from the Big 12 Conference.

    Did You Know...
    Indiana was the first Big Ten team to visit the desert. On Dec. 31, 1991, the Hoosiers blanked Baylor 24-0 - the only shutout in the bowl's history - in the Copper Bowl. Only Wisconsin and Minnesota have participated in the game since 1991. Wisconsin blasted Utah, 38-10, on Dec. 27, 1996, while Minnesota dropped a double-overtime thriller to Texas Tech on Dec. 29 last season.



    In The Grand Canyon State
    IU owns a 2-1 record in the state of Arizona. In addition to its Copper Bowl victory over Baylor, Indiana split a pair of contests against Arizona. The Hoosiers tamed the Wildcats, 42-7, on Oct. 28, 1967, before Arizona returned the favor by a score of 26-10 on Sept. 22, 1973.

    Inside The Hoosiers
    First-year head coach Bill Lynch leads the Indiana football team into its first bowl game since the 1993 season and its first matchup against Oklahoma State since Oct. 11, 1930. The Hoosiers are making their ninth bowl appearance and second bowl trip to Arizona (1991 Copper Bowl). IU enters the New Year's showdown with a 7-5 record and a 3-5 Big Ten mark, which shared seventh place with Michigan State and Purdue. The Hoosiers' seven victories marked their highest win total since the 8-4 1993 team. Indiana completed the first half of the season 5-1 before dropping three straight games. IU bounced back to win two of its final three contests, including a thrilling 27-24 victory over archrival Purdue to close out the season. The Hoosiers posted a perfect 4-0 record against non-conference foes.

    A Look At Coach Lynch
    Bill Lynch is in his first season as Indiana head coach and his 15th season overall. Lynch is the only head coach in Hoosier history to lead a team to a bowl game in his debut season. He led Indiana to its most wins since 1993, its first bowl appearance since 1993 and its first Old Oaken Bucket victory since 2001. The team's seven victories are the second most for a first-year Indiana head coach, trailing only James M. Sheldon, who went 8-1-1 in 1905.

    Lynch signed an agreement on Nov. 26 to remain head coach through July 1, 2012. He was named Indiana's 27th head coach on June 15, 2007. Lynch has compiled an 88-72-3 record with stops in Bloomington, Butler, Ball State and DePauw. He has won or shared seven conference or divisional titles in his 15 seasons. Lynch has 31 overall years of coaching experience, spending 30 of those seasons in the state of Indiana.

    Lynch In Bowl Games
    Hoosier head coach Bill Lynch is making his third appearance in a bowl game. He was an assistant under former Hoosier head coach Bill Mallory when Indiana fell to Virginia Tech in the 1993 Independence Bowl.

    Lynch served as the Ball State head coach and led the Cardinals to the 1996 Las Vegas Bowl. BSU dropped an 18-15 decision to Nevada.

    The Oklahoma State Series
    The Hoosiers and Cowboys have only met once. On Oct. 11, 1930, the teams battled to a 7-7 deadlock in Bloomington.

    Against The Big 12
    Indiana holds a 23-19-6 (.542) overall record against the Big 12 Conference, including a 20-10 victory in its last Big 12 battle against Missouri on Sept. 26, 1992. The Hoosiers have faced nine Big 12 teams. IU has never squared off against Iowa State, Texas A&M or Texas Tech.

    Scouting Oklahoma State
    Oklahoma State finished the regular season 6-6 and 4-4 in the Big 12 South, good for a share of third place. The Cowboys started the season 1-2 before reeling off four victories in their next five games. However, OSU dropped three of its last four contests, including a 49-17 defeat to rival Oklahoma to end the regular season.

    The Cowboys boast a potent offense, ranking in the top 10 in the country in total offense (484.08 - ninth) and rushing offense (245.83 - seventh). Oklahoma State is averaging 33.42 points per game, which shares 28th nationally, and is surrendering just 0.92 sacks per game, which is fifth in the country. Sophomore quarterback Zac Robinson leads the Cowboy attack. A dual-threat, Robinson threw for 2,522 yards (second on OSU single-season list), 20 touchdowns, 210.2 yards per game, eight interceptions and completed 59.2 percent of his passes while rushing for 64.8 yards per game and seven scores.

    Senior running back Dantrell Savage is the Cowboys' top rusher, sitting 18th in the NCAA with 117.20 yards per game, and he leads the team with eight touchdowns. The first team All-Big 12 selection finished the year with 1,172 yards and nine consecutive 100-yard games.

    Leading the wideouts, second team All-Big 12 honoree Adarius Bowman posted 93.2 yards per game (19th nationally) during the regular season along with a team-best seven TD grabs. First team All-Big 12 tight end Brandon Pettigrew adds 41.8 yards per game along with four scores.

    On the other side of the ball, the Cowboys are surrendering 446.67 yards of total offense, 292.83 passing yards and 153.83 rushing yards per game. Opponents put up 29.25 points per contest during the regular season. The Cowboy defense picked off 12 passes and recovered 12 fumbles. Junior Jacob Lacey led OSU with five of the 12 interceptions and added 62 tackles. Second team All-Big Ten selection Nathan Peterson led the Oklahoma State defense with six of the club's 21 sacks and a team-high 14 tackles for loss.

    Walk-on kicker Dan Bailey took over starting duties the final two weeks and is 2-for-4 this season, while junior kicker Jason Ricks is 8-for-14, including 1-for-6 from 30-plus yards. Junior punter Matt Fodge is averaging 42.9 yards per punt. Sophomore Perrish Cox averages 22.5 yards per kick return and 11.1 yards per punt return, which is 26th in the country.

    A Look At Coach Gundy
    Head coach Mike Gundy is in his third season at Oklahoma State and holds a 17-19 overall record. He is leading the Cowboys into their second bowl game under his stewardship (2006 Independence Bowl champions).

    Gundy starred at quarterback for OSU from 1986-89. He led the Cowboys to back-to-back bowl victories and 10-2 seasons in 1987 and 1988. Gundy closed his career as the Big Eight's all-time passing and total offense leader.

    Following his playing career, Gundy stayed on as an assistant with Oklahoma State before moving to Baylor in 1996. Following a one-year stint with the Bears, he spent four seasons with Maryland and then returned to Stillwater as offensive coordinator from 2001-04.

    Gundy has appeared in six bowl games as a player and a coach - all at OSU. He owns a 4-2 record with victories in the 1987 Sun Bowl, the 1988 Holiday Bowl, the 2002 Houston Bowl and the 2006 Independence Bowl. Gundy and the Cowboys dropped the 2003 Cotton Bowl and the 2004 Alamo Bowl.

    Bowling With The Cowboys
    Oklahoma State is making its fifth bowl appearance in six years. This is just the second time in program history the Cowboys have appeared in five bowl games in a six-year span (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988). Overall, OSU is heading to its 18th bowl game. Oklahoma State holds an 11-6 mark with a .647 winning percentage, which is tops in the Big 12 Conference.

    The Cowboys will be bowling in Arizona for the second time. Their previous appearance came in the 1974 Fiesta Bowl - a 16-6 triumph over Brigham Young. Last season, OSU pulled out a 34-31 victory over Alabama at the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La.

    Senior Salute
    Sixteen Hoosiers will don the IU uniform for the final time at the Insight Bowl. Long snapper Tim Bugg, offensive lineman Sean Edmundson, offensive lineman Charlie Emerson, defensive end Brian Faires, punter Michael Hines, defensive tackle Joe Kremer, cornerback Leslie Majors, linebacker Adam McClurg, center Matt Moses, cornerback Tracy Porter, quarterback Blake Powers, offensive lineman John Sandberg, fullback Josiah Sears, tight end Nick Sexton, kicker Kevin Trulock and center Ben Wyss are stepping onto the field for the final time in their Hoosier careers.

    Arizona Connection
    Twins Aaron and Adrian Burks are the lone Hoosiers on the roster from the Grand Canyon State. Adrian is a reserve cornerback and Aaron switched from cornerback to wide receiver during the regular season. The redshirt freshmen pair attended Desert Vista High School in Phoenix. In addition to starring on Desert Vista's football team, they both ran track.


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