Bowl Games

    1968 ROSE BOWL

    JANUARY 1, 1968

    On Nov. 25, 1967, Indiana University improved its record to 9-1 with a 19-14 upset win over Purdue in the regular-season finale. The win clinched the Big Ten title and secured the Hoosiers' initial postseason bid - a trip to the Rose Bowl and a tilt against top-ranked and O.J. Simpson-led Southern California. Remarkably, just one season earlier in 1966, Indiana had finished the season with a 1-8-1 record.

    IU's only Rose Bowl appearance would not be an easy task for the Hoosiers. However, 102,946 fans watched intently as Indiana would give the Trojans everything they could handle for four quarters.

    USC tallied first when All-America running back Simpson (25-128-2TDs rushing) scored on a 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to cap an 84-yard scoring drive. Indiana would answer just one quarter later. The Hoosiers had a first-and-goal inside the Southern California 10-yard line but could not score a touchdown. However, Indiana kicker David Kornowa did connect on a 27-yard field goal attempt that pulled the Hoosiers to within 7-3, a lead that USC would take into the locker room at halftime.

    In the third quarter, the Trojans put together their final scoring drive of the day. This time it was a 45-yard drive capped by an eight-yard touchdown run by Simpson. The "Cardiac Kids," a nickname that IU had been given because of several exciting comebacks throughout the 1967 campaign, would threaten one more time but could not close the gap. IU moved to the USC 37-yard line midway through the fourth stanza but failed on two chances to gain a first down with just inches to go.


    DECEMBER 21, 1979

    Many people described it as the most exciting game of the 1979 bowl season. The 1979 Holiday Bowl featured Indiana and Brigham Young. The two squads would combine to score 75 total points in addition to tallying 52 first downs and 874 yards of total offense. However, after eight lead changes, Indiana stood victorious, 38-37, over the previously unbeaten Cougars.

    Having finished the 1979 regular season with a 7-4 record, Indiana looked to gain its initial bowl victory when it faced off against the Cougars. It was a tight battle throughout as Brigham Young quarterback Marc Wilson completed 28-of-43 passes for 380 yards and 2 TDs. Throughout the game, he showed many reasons why he led the nation in passing and total offense during the regular season. However, IU found a way to answer every BYU score.

    The Cougars would take a 24-21 lead early in the third quarter, but IU tallied right back when running back Mike Harkrader (24-71-1TD rushing) scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to give the Hoosiers a 28-24 lead. Indiana kicker Kevin Kellogg would then connect on a 26-yard field goal to increase the IU lead to 31-24. However, a 29-yard field goal by BYU and a 15-yard touchdown strike from Wilson to fullback Eric Lane, put the Cougars in front, 34-31, at the end of three quarters.

    The fourth quarter did not lack for theatrics. BYU would score the quarter's first points to increase its lead to 37-31. However, Indiana's Tim Wilbur countered with a 62-yard punt return to tie the game at 37-37. Kellogg would add the extra point to give IU a one-point advantage with 6:53 remaining in the contest. Brigham Young had the opportunity to win the contest on a field goal attempt with just 11 seconds remaining. However, a 27-yard effort by Cougar kicker Brent Johnson failed, and IU held on for the thrilling 38-37 victory.


    DECEMBER 31, 1986

    Although he finished with an 0-11 record during his first campaign at Indiana in 1984, it would take Bill Mallory just three seasons to lead the Hoosiers to their first bowl appearance under his direction. Indiana finished with a 6-5 regular-season record in 1986 and capped its season by playing a talented Florida State team in the 1986 All-American Bowl on New Year's Eve in Birmingham, Ala.

    Despite losing 27-13, the Hoosiers would go on to make bowl appearances following four of the next five seasons.

    Florida State used four time-consuming scoring drives that averaged 66 yards each to capture the 10th annual All-American Bowl. IU penetrated inside the Seminole 35-yard line four times without a score.

    Indiana would tally first as Pete Stoyanovich connected on a 35-yard field goal to give the Hoosiers a 3-0 lead. However, Florida State running back Sammie Smith (25-205-2TDs) scored on runs of four and nine yards in the first and second quarters, respectively, to give the Seminoles a 13-3 halftime lead.

    The Seminoles would score another touchdown during the third quarter that would essentially clinch the victory. IU did close the gap to within 20-13 in the fourth quarter, but FSU iced the game with a 68-yard scoring drive.

    Indiana running back Anthony Thompson, who was playing in his first bowl game, finished with 127 rushing yards on 28 carries and quarterback Dave Kramme threw for 168 yards. IU dominated the time of possession and totaled more first downs (23-20) and total yards (383-342) than Florida State. However, the Seminoles rushed for 288 yards and were forced into third-down situations on just three occasions during the entire game.

    1988 PEACH BOWL

    JANUARY 2, 1988

    Tennessee drove 40 yards in nine plays and scored on a 9-yard touchdown run by running back Reggie Cobb with just 1:52 remaining in the game to clinch a 27-22 victory over Indiana in the 20th Peach Bowl. The game, which was played on Jan. 2, 1988, at Atlanta's Fulton County Stadium, was witnessed by 58,737 fans. Despite the disappointing loss, IU finished the season with an 8-4 record, which included wins over Michigan and Ohio State.

    The Volunteers jumped to a quick 21-3 second-quarter lead. That same stanza, UT blocked an Indiana punt on the IU 9-yard line that gave the Volunteers an opportunity to put the game out of reach. However, IU forced a fumble and drove 91 yards for a touchdown, a 43-yard pass play from quarterback Dave Schnell (33-18-218-1TD-2INTs) to wide receiver Ernie Jones (7-150-1TD). The score narrowed IU's deficit to 21-10 prior to halftime.

    The lone score of the third period was a 12-yard run by running back Anthony Thompson (18-67-1TD) that moved Indiana to within 21-16, however, the two-point conversion failed. In the fourth quarter, Indiana scored on a fake field goal attempt when tight end Tim Jorden ran 12 yards for a score that gave IU a one-point lead, 22-21. The two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful. Tennessee, which had come from behind on four other occasions during the 1987 campaign would turn the trick again as Cobb scored his second touchdown of the game, this one a 9-yard run, to give Tennessee the 27-22 victory.

    Tennessee gained 474 yards of total offense, including 146 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Cobb, the game's Most Valuable Offensive Player. However, Jones was just as impressive, as he finished with 246 all-purpose yards (150 receiving, 15 rushing, 81 kickoff returns). Indiana linebacker Van Waiters was recognized as the game's Most Valuable Defensive Player.


    DECEMBER 28, 1988

    After finishing the regular season with a 7-3-1 record and a 5-3 mark in the Big Ten, Indiana earned a postseason berth for the third consecutive year and played South Carolina in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn. The Hoosiers dominated the game and cruised to a 34-10 victory before 39,210 fans.

    Indiana running back Anthony Thompson (26-140-2TDs) began the scoring with a 7-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and the Hoosiers would add 10 more second-quarter points to take a 17-0 halftime lead. The Gamecocks would close the gap to 17-7 in the third quarter when they scored on a 34-yard return of a blocked punt. The two teams would then trade third-quarter field goals and the fourth quarter began with Indiana leading, 20-10.

    Although Indiana dominated throughout, the game-breaking play occurred on the first snap of the fourth quarter when Indiana quarterback Dave Schnell (31-16-378-2TDs-1INT) hooked up with wide receiver Rob Turner (5-182-1TD) on an 88-yard touchdown pass that upped IU's lead to 27-10. Thompson would cap the scoring with an 8-yard touchdown run later that quarter that earned him a tie for the Big Ten single-season touchdown record with 26 scores.

    Indiana set a Liberty Bowl record with 575 yards of total offense. South Carolina, on the other hand, could muster only 153 total yards, including just 23 yards rushing. The IU defense intercepted three passes and recovered a fumble to go along with six quarterback sacks.

    Schnell was the game's Most Valuable Player, and wide receiver Tony Buford caught three passes for 100 yards.

    1990 PEACH BOWL

    DECEMBER 30, 1990

    Indiana finished with a 6-4-1 regular-season record in 1990, a mark good enough to earn the Hoosiers a berth in the Peach Bowl for a date with the Auburn Tigers. The game, which was played at Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta on Dec. 30, 1990, was one of the best games played during the 1990 bowl season.

    Auburn led Indiana 17-10 at halftime and increased its lead to 20-10 on a 43-yard field goal during the third quarter, but the Hoosiers returned the favor as quarterback Trent Green scored on touchdown runs of two and 11 yards to give IU a 23-20 lead.

    However, Auburn quarterback Stan White (48-31-351-1TD passing and 2 TD runs) would direct the Tigers on a 13-play, 72-yard, 1:40-minute, scoring drive. He capped the drive himself when he scored on a 1-yard run with just 39 seconds remaining in the game. The touchdown gave Auburn a 27-23 victory.

    Auburn dominated the game statistically, as the Tigers tallied 440 total yards to IU's 220. However, Indiana utilized a solid kicking game to keep the game close. Trent Green tied a Peach Bowl record with his three rushing touchdowns while running back Vaughn Dunbar (21-81) and free safety Mike Dumas (14 tackles, 4 passes broken up) earned offensive and defensive Most Valuable Player honors, respectively.

    1991 COPPER BOWL

    DECEMBER 31, 1991

    In one of the most impressive performances by any team during the 1991 bowl season, Indiana dominated a highly-regarded Baylor team in the Copper Bowl, 24-0.

    Indiana wasted little time getting started as it jumped to a 17-0 halftime lead and was never threatened on its way to winning its second bowl game in four years.

    Indiana quarterback Trent Green (21-11-165-0-0 passing, 2 rushing touchdowns) broke the Hoosiers into the scoring column when he tallied a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. IU would increase its lead one quarter later when kicker Scott Bonnell connected on a 27-yard field goal attempt and running back Vaughn Dunbar (28-106-1TD rushing) scored on a 5-yard touchdown run to give the Hoosiers a 17-0 halftime advantage.

    IU's only scary moment came in the third quarter when Baylor reached Indiana's 2-yard line. However, a muffed handoff resulted in a fumble that was recovered in the end zone by free safety Damon Watts and the game was, for all intents and purposes, over.

    Dunbar won game Most Valuable Player honors on offense and linebacker Mark Hagen (11 tackles, including 2 tackles for loss, and 1 pass broken up) was the game's defensive MVP.


    DECEMBER 31, 1993

    Virginia Tech used two touchdowns in the final 23 seconds of the first half to post a 45-20 victory over Indiana in the 1993 Independence Bowl.

    On the positive side of the ledger for IU, wide receiver Thomas Lewis tallied six receptions for 177 yards and two touch-downs. However, Virginia Tech quarterback Maurice DeShazo completed 19-of-33 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns on his way to earning offensive game MVP honors.

    On the other side of the ball, safety Antonio Banks was the game's defensive MVP as he tallied nine tackles, one interception and one pass broken up, in addition to a touchdown on the blocked field goal.

    Indiana finished the 1993 season with an 8-4 record. Two of its three regular season losses were by seven points or less.


    DECEMBER 31, 2007

    Indiana capped off an emotional season in achieving late head coach Terry Hoeppner's dream of "Playing 13," as the Hoosiers returned to a postseason bowl for the first time in 14 years at the 2007 Insight Bowl.

    Oklahoma State's no-huddle offense took a strong first half lead, and it was too much for a spirited Hoosier squad to overcome in a 49-33 defeat. The Hoosiers rallied from a 35-10 halftime deficit to get within two scores on two separate occasions in the second half.

    Kellen Lewis threw for 204 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the loss, tying IU great Antwaan Randle El for first place on the all-time list with 42 TD passes in his career. The sophomore quarterback also ran for 83 yards on 10 carries and scored a touchdown on the ground.

    The Hoosiers drove 52 yards on 11 plays on their opening drive, taking a 3-0 lead on Austin Starr's 43-yard field goal at the 10:41 mark of the opening quarter. But OSU scored the next 28 points of the game before the Hoosiers made it 28-10 on a Marcus Thigpen 4-yard TD grab. Cowboy quarterback Zac Robinson tacked on a 1-yard run just before the half to give OSU a 25-point lead at the break.

    IU struck with the first points of the second half on a Lewis 1-yard run that followed a 4th-and-8 conversion on a fake field goal pass from Lewis to Starr. The Cowboys rebutted with a TD of their own, and 16 fourth quarter points by the Hoosiers proved to not be enough to overcome the early deficit.

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