INDIANA FOOTBALL NOTES VS. UCONN
CONNECTICUT (1-1, 0-0) VS. INDIANA (2-1, 0-1) Kickoff: Noon EDT Date: Saturday, Sept. 21, 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 195, Internet 957: Don Fischer, Buck Suhr & Joe Smith
STAT LEADERS Passing Jack Zergiotis: 21-31, 275 Yds, 0 TD, 2 INT Rushing Kevin Mensah: 50-171, 2 TD, 3.4 Avg Receiving Cameron Ross: 4-85, 0 TD, 21.3 Avg Defense LB D.J. Morgan: 19 T, 1.5 Sacks, 2.5 TFL, 1 FF, 1 FR LB Omar Fortt: 14 T, 1 TFL, 1 PBU LB Ryan Gilmartin: 14 T, 2 TFL
STAT LEADERS Passing Michael Penix Jr.: 38-60, 523 Yds, 3 TD, 2 INT Rushing Stevie Scott III: 37-118, 3 TD, 3.2 Avg Receiving Peyton Hendershot: 13-191, 2 TD, 14.7 Avg Defense LB Reakwon Jones: 18 T, 0.5 TFL LB Micah McFadden: 13 T, 0.5 S, 1.5 TFL DT Demarcus Elliott: 10 T, 2 S, 2 TFL
SETTING THE SCENE • Closing out its non-conference schedule, Indiana (2-1, 0-1 B1G East) meets the Connecticut Huskies (1-1, 0-0 AAC) at Memorial Stadium (52,656; FieldTurf) on Saturday, Sept. 21. Kickoff is set for noon EDT on BTN. • The Hoosiers have won 16 of their last 17 non-conference games, including eight straight. • Former kicker Chris Gartner (1970-72) and linebacker Donnie Thomas (posthumously, 1973-75) will officially be inducted into the IU Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday and will be recognized at halftime on Saturday. • BTN Tailgate, hosted by Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Michelle McMahon, will air live outside the west entrance of Assembly Hall from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday. • UConn holds a 2-0 edge in the series with a 34-10 win in Storrs (Aug. 30, 2003) and a 14-7 victory in Bloomington (Sept. 23, 2006). 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 17) • Randy Edsall is 79-91 (.465) over his two stints at Connecticut (1999-2010, 2017-). Edsall spent five seasons as Maryland’s head coach (2011-15) and owns a 101-125 (.447) overall record. NEWS & NOTES • Ohio State marked Indiana’s 12th Top-10 opponent since the start of 2015, tied for the third-most nationally with Auburn and Michigan State, behind Alabama (17) and the Buckeyes (13). • IU also has faced eight Top-5 foes since the start of 2015, tied for the second-most nationally with Auburn and Clemson, behind Alabama (12). • The Hoosiers have recorded a takeaway in 20 of their last 21 games. • Redshirt sophomore tight end Peyton Hendershot shares the team lead with 13 receptions (T-6th in Big Ten) for a team-high 191 yards (11th) and a team-best two scores (T-7th). • Among tight ends nationally, he shares fifth in catches, is fifth in yardage and shares eighth in TDs. • His 191 yards rank 10th on the program’s single-season list for tight ends. • Fifth-year senior Donavan Hale became the 45th Hoosier to reach 1,000 receiving yards against OSU. • Fifth-year senior kicker Logan Justus collected his 100th career point last weekend. • Left tackle Coy Cronk, linebacker Reakwon Jones, right guard Simon Stepaniak and wide receiver Nick Westbrook are Indiana’s 2019 captains.
THIS WEEK’S CONTEST UConn plays its first road game of 2019 at Big Ten foe Indiana on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 12:00 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. Saturday’s game is being televised on Big Ten Network with Lisa Byington (PxP), and J Lemen (Analyst) on the call. UCONN VS.INDIANA HISTORY Saturday’s game will be the third meeting between UConn and Indiana on the gridiron. The Huskies are 2-0 against the Hoosiers. UConn celebrated the opening of Rentschler Field on Aug. 30, 2003 with an impressive 34-10 victory against the Hoosiers behind Dan Orlovsky’s three touchdown passes. In 2006, Danny Lansanah recorded a pick-six to help the Huskies earn a 14-7 road win. HUSKIES VS. NON-CONFERENCE FOES SINCE 2002 The Huskies boast a 52-38 record against non-conference opponents in the regular season since making the move to the FBS in 2002. The Huskies have won 25 of their last 43 regular season non-league games overall. UConn has posted the following records in non-conference regular season games: 6-6 (2002), 9-3 (2003), 4-1 (2004), 3-1 (2005), 3-2 (2006), 4-1 (2007), 4-1 (2008), 4-1 (2009), 3-2 (2010), 2-3 (2011), 3-2 (2012), 0-4 (2013), 1-3 (2014) and 2-2 (2015), 2-2 (2016), 1-3 (2017). 1-3 (2018) and 1-1 in 2019. UCONN VS. THE B1G TEN UConn plays a pair of Big Ten teams in 2019 with matchups against Illinois and Indiana. The Huskies lost to Illinois on September 7, 31-23, in the firstever meeting between the two programs. UConn is 14-27 all-time against current Big Ten teams. Indiana (2-0), Illinois (0-1) Maryland (1-2), Michigan (0-2) and Rutgers (11-22). GROUND AND POUND The Huskies won their season-opening game against Wagner, 24-21, behind a strong running attack from Kevin Mensah and Art Thompkins. Mensah rushed for 144 yards and one touchdown on a career-high 36 carries. It was the sixth time in the junior’s career that he rushed for 100-yards or more. In his UConn debut, Thompkins rushed for 91 yards and a score. GETTING TO THE QB The Huskies racked up four sacks in their season opener against Wagner. Lwal Uguak (2.0 sacks), Pierce DeVaughn and Dillon Harris all registered their first career sacks. UConn only sacked the quarterback on 11 occasions in 2018 and did not record a four-sack effort.
#RAISETHEBAR There are already signs of improvement for the 2019 Huskies on opening night against Wagner. Coming off a rough year defensively in 2018, the defense forced six three-and-outs vs. the Seahawks. UConn forced 17 threeand-outs during the entire 2018 campaign. The Huskies limited big yardage plays against Wagner, giving up only seven play for 10 yards or more. In last year’s matchup with FCS opponent, URI, UConn gave up 24 plays of 10 yards or more. Through two games the Huskies have made dramatic improvements on the defensive side of the ball. UConn ranks fourth in The American with 2710 yards allowed per game and are third in the conference with 154.4 passing yards alllowed. UConn is second in the league with 16.5 first downs allowed per game. Navy has the fewest at 12.0 per game.