Some notes from IU’s season-opening win

The folks over at the IU sports information department do a terrific job of compiling notes in the wake of a game. It is often a thankless job, but one that certainly does not go unappreciated with this bespectacled local newspaper fella.

Here, after Indiana’s 28-10 win over Indiana State, is a look at some the statistical notables from IU’s season opener.

This one’s cheating a little bit, but I’ll look the other way. Saturday marked the third time in Indiana history that the Hoosiers posted back-to-back 400-yard rushing efforts, counting the 401 total yards recorded in the Bucket Game last November. IU’s 455 rushing yards are a Memorial Stadium record. It’s also the second time under Kevin Wilson that Indiana has rushed for 400 total yards.

If we’re also counting last year’s Bucket Game, it’s the second straight contest that IU has had two 100-yard runners after Stephen Houston (120) and D’Angelo Roberts (113) went off against the Boilers.

Saturday was the eighth time that Wilson’s team has finished with over 550 yards. The Hoosiers had 566 in the opener.

Indiana State’s 170 total yards were the fewest allowed by an IU defense since holding Murray State to only 149 yards in 2008. ISU’s 30 rushing yards were an IU opponent low dating back to the 22 yards racked up by Western Michigan in 2009.

Tevin Coleman’s 247 yards were both a career and Memorial Stadium best. He has had five career 100-yard games and is the eighth IU player to have multiple 200-yard games in his career. He’s the first Hoosier since Levron Williams to do so. Dating back to last season, Coleman now has 10 consecutive games with at least one touchdown. Coleman trails only Anthony Thompson’s school mark of 12.

Bobby Richardson’s three sacks are tied for fifth most in a single game in IU history. He now has 8.5 in his career.


  1. “But check out this comparison from last year’s blowout and this year’s, well, win that looked pretty vanilla. It’s pretty telling.”

    Vanilla was completely unknown in the Old World before Cortés. Spanish explorers arriving on the Gulf Coast of Mexico in the early 16th century gave vanilla its current name. Spanish and Portuguese sailors and explorers brought vanilla into Africa and Asia later that century. They called it vainilla, or “little pod”. The word vanilla entered the English language in 1754, when the botanist Philip Miller wrote about the genus in his Gardener’s Dictionary.[15] Vainilla is from the diminutive of vaina, from the Latin vagina (sheath) to describe the shape of the pods(courtesy: Wikipedia)

    And didn’t Andy use “vanilla” during the LiveDiscussion…? I would advise a certain level of caution in attempts at being cooler than the first go-around of vanilla. I don’t think I ever remember Dustin describing anything as vanilla. Suddenly we have a double vanilla Scoop day.

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