INDIANA FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. RUTGERS
(INDIANA SPORTS INFORMATION)
RUTGERS (1-4, 0-3) VS. INDIANA (3-2, 0-2)
Kickoff: Noon EDT
Date: Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019
Location: Memorial Stadium (52,656; FieldTurf) – Bloomington, Ind.
TV: BTN: Lisa Byington (p-b-p) & J Leman (analyst)
Radio: IU Radio Network; Sirius 108, XM 210, Internet 965: Don Fischer, Buck Suhr & Joe Smith
INDIANA STAT LEADERS
Michael Penix Jr.: 71-102, 809 Yds, 6 TD, 2 INT
Stevie Scott III: 76-281, 4 TD, 3.7 Avg
Whop Philyor: 31-371, 3 TD, 12.0 Avg
LB Reakwon Jones: 29 T, 0.5 TFL, 1 QBH
LB Micah McFadden: 19 T, 0.5 S, 4.5 TFL, 1 QBH
DT Demarcus Elliott: 15 T, 2 S, 2 TFL
RUTGERS STAT LEADERS
Artur Sitkowski: 38-60, 523 Yds, 3 TD, 2 INT
Isaih Pacheco: 58-215, 4 TD, 3.7 Avg
Raheem Blackshear: 18-234, 3 TD, 13.0 Avg
LB Tyshon Fogg: 46 T, 1 TFL, 1 QBH
LB Olakunle Fatukasi: 31 T, 0.5 S, 2.5 TFL, 1 PBU
LB T. Maddox-Williams: 26 T, 1 S, 3 TFL, 3 QBH
SETTING THE SCENE • Indiana (3-2, 0-2 B1G East) welcomes Rutgers (1-4, 0-3 B1G East) for the school’s 107th Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 12. Kickoff is set for noon EDT at Memorial Stadium (52,656; FieldTurf) on BTN. • IU owns a 44-56-6 record on Homecoming. • The Hoosiers will host the Scarlet Knights for the second time (2015) on Homecoming. • Saturday marks the sixth meeting between the two programs and the third in Bloomington. • Indiana has won the last three games in the series: on Nov. 5, 2016 (33-27, A), on Nov. 18, 2017 (41-0, H) and on Sept. 29 2018 (24-17, A). • IU is 3-2 overall against RU and 1-1 at Memorial Stadium. • The Hoosiers will wear special uniforms to commemorate the university’s bicentennial. THE COACHES • Tom Allen was named Indiana’s head coach on Dec. 1, 2016, and made his debut at the 2016 Foster Farms Bowl against Utah. The New Castle, Ind., native joined IU as associate head coach/defense on Jan. 15, 2016. In Allen’s two seasons as head coach, 21 Hoosiers have earned All-Big Ten honors and 15 have been drafted or invited to NFL camps. (full bio on page 18) • Nunzio Campanile was elevated to interim head coach on Sept. 29, 2019. Campanile, who is in his second year at Rutgers, serves as offensive coordinator. He has also coached running backs (2018) and tight ends (2019). NEWS & NOTES • Michael Penix Jr. earned his second Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor after he went 33-of-42 (78.6 percent) for 286 yards with a career-best three passing TDs and one rushing score at No. 25 Michigan State. • The Tampa native completed a school-record 20-straight passes, the second-longest streak in conference history behind Chuck Long’s 22-consecutive completions in 1984. • Whop Philyor reached double-digits in receptions for a program-record third time with 14 (T-1st nationally in 2019), which shares third on Indiana’s single-game list. • The Tampa Plant graduate topped 100 yards for the third time in his career with 142 yards (6th-most in the B1G in 2019) and hauled in a career-best two scores. • Philyor’s 6.2 grabs per game rank fourth in the league (T-23rd nationally), and his 74.2 yards sit fifth. • IU is third in the Big Ten in passing offense (304.0, 21st nationally) and third-down conversions (48.5, 14th), and fourth in time of possession (32:47, 20th) and first downs (23.4, T-35th). • True freshman cornerback Tiawan Mullen broke up a team season-high four passes against the Spartans and shares sixth in the conference with 1.0 passes defended per game.
(RUTGERS SPORTS INFORMATION)
All-Time: Indiana leads, 3-2
At Indiana: Tied, 1-1
Last Meeting: Sept. 29, 2018
Indiana 24, Rutgers 17 (at RU)
Last Rutgers Win: Oct. 17, 2015
Rutgers 55, Indiana 52 (at IU)
NOTABLE • Rutgers is set for its third Big Ten road game of the season and second inside the division. • Rutgers, “The Birthplace of College Football,” has played the most games in college football history (1,354) and is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first game this year. VERSUS INDIANA • Saturday will mark the sixth meeting on the gridiron between Rutgers and Indiana since first playing in 2014. The Scarlet Knights won the first two matchups, while the Hoosiers have taken the last three. • Rutgers won the first game in 2014 by the score of 45-23, its largest margin of victory over a Big Ten opponent since joining the conference. • In the 2015 meeting in Bloomington, Rutgers tied its school record with a 25-point comeback in a 55-52 victory that featured 1,223 combined yards of total offense. The 55 points are the most scored by Rutgers in a Big Ten game since joining the conference.
LAST GAME: PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers football (1-4, 0-3) was topped by Maryland (3-2, 1-1), 48-7, on Saturday afternoon at SHI Stadium. The game was presented by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. Redshirt freshman Johnny Langan, in his first career start, went 13-of25 passing for 163 yards, adding 59 yards on the ground with a rushing touchdown. Junior wide receiver Bo Melton led the Scarlet Knights with a 49-yard catch from Langan to set up the score. Sophomore running back Isaih Pacheco paced the offense with 78 rushing yards. On defense, junior linebacker Tyreek Maddox-Williams recorded a teamhigh seven tackles. Sophomore linebacker Drew Singleton posted his first career sack, with fifth-year senior Willington Previlon also took down the quarterback. Junior defensive lineman Julius Turner blocked a Maryland extra point attempt and sophomore defensive lineman Mike Tverdov denied a field goal attempt.