INDIANA FOOTBALL NOTES VS. MICHIGAN STATE

INDIANA SPORTS INFORMATION

MICHIGAN STATE (1-1) AT INDIANA (3-0) Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. EDT Date: Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 Location: Memorial Stadium (52,656; FieldTurf) – Bloomington, Ind. TV: BTN: Brandon Gaudin (p-b-p), Glen Mason (analyst) & Elise Menaker (sideline) Radio: IU Radio Network; Sirius 133, XM 195, Internet 957: Don Fischer, Buck Suhr & Joe Smith.

 

INDIANA STAT LEADERS

STAT LEADERS

Passing

Peyton Ramsey: 56-76, 479 Yds, 5 TD, 2 INT

Rushing

Stevie Scott: 69-388, 3 TD, 5.6 Avg

Receiving

Luke Timian: 13-138, 0 TD, 10.6 Avg

Defense

S J. Crawford: 15 T, 1 Sack, 2 TFL, 1 INT, 1 FF

LB Dameon Willis Jr.: 14 T, 1 TFL

LB Reakwon Jones: 13 T, 1 Sack, 3.5 TFL

 

MICHIGAN STATE STAT LEADERS

STAT LEADERS

Passing

Brian Lewerke: 50-72, 601 Yds, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing

L.J. Scott: 30-103, 0 TD, 3.4 Avg

Receiving

Cody White: 14-183, 2 TD, 13.1 Avg

Defense

LB Joe Bachie: 21 T, 1 Sack, 2.5 TFL, 1 INT

S Khari Willis: 13 T, 1 INT, 3 PBU

DE Kenny Willekes: 8 T, 2 Sacks, 3 TFL, 3 QBH, 1 FF

 

SETTING THE SCENE • After securing its second consecutive unblemished non-conference slate, Indiana (3-0) opens Big Ten play hosting No. 24/23 Michigan State (1-1) at Memorial Stadium (52,656; FieldTurf) on Saturday, Sept. 22. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. EDT on BTN. • The Old Brass Spittoon has been awarded to the IU-MSU victor since its inception in 1950. (more on page 3) • In 2016, the teams opened conference action in Bloomington and the Hoosiers earned a 24-21 overtime victory (Oct. 1) to capture the Spittoon for the first time since 2006. • Indiana last defeated the Spartans in back-to-back games at Memorial Stadium in 1991 and 1993. • IU is 3-0 for the 17th time in program history. THE COACHES • Tom Allen was named Indiana’s head coach on Dec. 1, 2016, and made his debut at the 2016 Foster Farms Bowl. The New Castle, Ind., native joined IU as associate head coach/defense on Jan. 15, 2016. Over his first two years, the Hoosiers were the most improved nationally in total defense and passing defense, the sixth-most improved in third down defense and the ninth-most improved in points per game allowed. (full bio on page 19) • Mark Dantonio is 101-46 (.687) in his 12th season as Michigan State head coach. Dantonio served as Cincinnati’s head coach from 2004-06 and carries an overall record of 119-63 (.654). NEWS & NOTES • Indiana has won 14 of its last 15 regular season non-conference games, including six straight overall, 10 of the last 11 at home and five consecutive on the road. • IU is looking for its seventh 4-0 start in school history (2015, 1990, 1986, 1985, 1967, 1910). • J-Shun Harris II collected his third Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honor after the Ball State win. • Stevie Scott earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors for the second consecutive week. • Harris matched Tim Wilbur’s program mark with his third career punt return touchdown, an 86-yarder. • Since the start of 2017, he is second nationally in punt return TDs (3) and sixth in punt return yardage (377). • Scott became the quickest Hoosier true freshman back to two 100-yard rushing games. • He is second in the Big Ten in yardage (388, T-8th nationally) and third in attempts (69, 7th nationally). • Indiana has used 33 defenders and ranks 1st in the B1G in pass defense (135.3, 8th nationally), 2nd in passing efficiency (102.5, 22nd), T-4th in takeaways (5), and 5th in scoring (17.3, T-33rd) and total defense (322.7, 37th). • Twenty-four Indiana freshmen (12 true, 12 redshirt) have seen the field through two games. • IU is the 19th youngest team in the country and the fourth youngest in the Big Ten. Seventy-seven of the 116 (66.4 percent) Hoosiers are underclassmen (55 freshmen – 31 true, 22 sophomores).