INDIANA FOOTBALL NOTES VS. MARYLAND
Kickoff: Noon EDT Date: Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020 Location: Memorial Stadium (FieldTurf) – Bloomington, Ind. TV: ESPN2: Roy Philpott (p-b-p), Kelly Stouffer (analyst) & Dr. Jerry Punch (sideline) Radio: IU Radio Network; Sirius 136, XM 195, Internet 957: Don Fischer, Buck Suhr & Joe Smith
SETTING THE SCENE • No. 12/12 Indiana (4-1, 4-1 B1G East) returns to Memorial Stadium (Field Turf) following a two-game road swing when it hosts –/RV Maryland (2-1, 2-1 B1G East) on Saturday, Nov. 28. Kickoff is set for noon EDT on ESPN2. • IU is ranked for the fifth-consecutive week, its longest stretch since 1993 (5 weeks), coming in at No. 12 in the Associated Press Top 25 and at No. 12 in the Amway Coaches Poll presented by USA Today Sports. • The Hoosiers were ranked in the Top 10 the previous two weeks, the first time they reached the Top 10 in back-to-back weeks since 1967 (Nov. 6, 13). • Indiana collected its first Top-10 ranking in the AP Poll since Sept. 22, 1969 (No. 10), and its No. 9 rating from last week was its best in the AP Poll since Nov. 27, 1967 (No. 4). • Last weekend’s Ohio State game marked IU’s first regular-season Top-10 showdown in program history and just the second overall (1968 Rose Bowl, No. 4 Indiana vs. No. 1 Southern Cal). • The Hoosiers are 12-6 overall and 9-5 in league play since the start of the 2019 campaign. • Indiana opened 4-0 for the first time since 2015 (4-0) and the seventh time in school history (1990, 4-0; 1986, 4-0; 1985, 4-0; 1967, 8-0; 1910, 5-0). It went 4-0 to start Big Ten play for just the third time (1987, 4-0; 1967, 5-0). • IU matched a program-record with five-straight B1G wins (1967) and have won nine of its last 12, its most successful stretch in conference games since a 9-3 mark from Oct. 3, 1987-Oct. 22, 1988. • The Hoosiers defeated Michigan State, 24-0, to reclaim the Old Brass Spittoon for the first time since 2016 and earn their first victory in East Lansing since 2001. • Indiana is in possession of both of its rivalry trophies, the Old Brass Spittoon and the Old Oaken Bucket (Purdue). • IU’s 38-21 victory over No. 23 Michigan was its first over the Wolverines since Oct. 24, 1987 (14-10). • The Hoosiers 36-35, overtime win against No. 8 Penn State in the season opener was the sixth against a Top-10 opponent in school history, with the last coming at No. 9 Ohio State (31-10) on Oct. 10, 1987. • It marked Indiana’s first Top-10 victory at Memorial Stadium since Nov. 25, 1967 (No. 3 Purdue, 19-14). • IU has defeated PSU, U-M and MSU in the same season for the first time in program history and beaten the Wolverines and Spartans in the same year for the first time since 1967. • The Hoosiers have defeated two ranked teams for the sixth time in school history and for the first time since 2004. The 1945 team holds the program record with three ranked wins in one year. THE COACHES • One of 22 semifinalists for the 2019 George Munger College Coach of the Year Award, Tom Allen is 22-21 in his fourth season at Indiana. Allen, who is on the watch lists for the 2020 Dodd Trophy and Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards, became the fourth-fastest IU head coach to reach 20 wins (40 games), trailing only James Horne (32, 1898-1904), James Sheldon (34, 1905-13) and Ewald Stiehm (39, 1916-21). A 28-year coaching veteran, Allen was named the program’s 29th head football coach on Dec. 1, 2016. He made his debut in the 2016 Foster Farms Bowl. (full bio on page 14) • Michael Locksley was named Maryland’s 37th head football coach in Dec. 2018. The Washington, D.C., native owns nearly 30 years of coaching experience, including two separate stints with the Terps, with this being his 12th season in College Park.
Indiana leads the all-time series with Maryland, 6-2, including a 3-1 mark at home. • The Hoosiers downed the Terps, 34-28, in College Park last season (Oct. 19) and by a score of 34-32 in Bloomington in 2018 (Nov. 10). • Redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Aidan Rafferty (Kensington) is the lone Hoosier from the state of Maryland. • IU is tied for second in the Big Ten (T-6th nationally) in takeaway margin (+8), first in interceptions (13, T-1st) and tied for first in takeaways gained (15, T-12th). • Prior to their loss at No. 3 Ohio State last weekend, Indiana won three-straight Big Ten road games for the first time since 1982 and earned victories in its first two league games away from home for the first time since 1993. • With their win at Michigan State, the Hoosiers earned their first triumph as a Top-10 team since Nov. 11, 1967, also in East Lansing (14-13). • IU set its largest margin of victory on the road in the MSU series, blanked the Spartans for the first time since 1993, and recorded its first road shutout since Oct. 23, 1993, at Northwestern (24-0). • With its victory over No. 8 Penn State, Indiana has won 15 of its last 17 season openers. The Hoosiers are 43-18 in Memorial Stadium openers with wins in 17 of their last 19 and 34 of their last 39. IU’s previous win over a ranked opponent came against No. 17 Michigan State in Bloomington, 24-21, in overtime on Oct. 1, 2016. This also marked Indiana’s last win in a conference opener. The Hoosiers improved to 5-7 in OT games with twostraight wins (44-41 double OT at Purdue – Nov. 30, 2019). • The Hoosiers all-time record as a ranked team is 26-22-1. • True freshmen RB Tim Baldwin Jr., TE AJ Barner, S Bryson Bonds, K Chris Freeman, CB Chrstopher Keys, WR Javon Swinton and CB Lem Watley-Neely have seen action this year. • The team voted center Harry Crider, linebacker Cam Jones, defensive back Marcelino McCrary-Ball, linebacker Micah McFadden and quarterback Michael Penix Jr. season captains. • The Hoosiers posted an 8-5 record and a 5-4 Big Ten mark en route to an appearance in the 2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl against Tennessee, the program’s first bowl game in the state of Florida. IU won eight games for just the eighth time in program history and the first time since 1993. Indiana’s five-conference wins tied for the third-most in program history (1945, 1979, 1988, 1991, 1993, 2019). The Hoosiers posted a winning conference record for the first time since 1993 (5-3). On Nov. 10, 2019, IU entered the AP Poll (No. 24) for the first time since Sept. 20, 1994, and the Coaches Poll (No. 25) for the first time since Oct. 17, 1994.