One last time at the Metrodome

Saturday will mark Indiana last game at the Metrodome with Minnesota moving into its new $288.5 million TCF Bank Stadium next season. Here’s a closer look at the Metrodome and Indiana’s history there:

The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome

Years played in: 1982-2008

Location: Downtown Minneapolis, about two (long, cold) miles from the heart of campus.

History: Instead of renovating its on-campus digs in the early 1980’s, Minnesota opted to move across the river to the just-opened Metrodome in 1982. While Gophers fans originally enjoyed not freezing during games held in the second half of the season, the venue never had much of a college feel. That and the fact that the university was not generating an optimum amount of revenue led to the proposal for a new stadium.

The Dome’s days seem numbered: the Minnesota Twins have begun construction on a new baseball-stadium with a price tag of more than $500 million, while the Vikings are hoping to build spend close to $1 billion dollars on a new facility in the near future.

The Hoosiers have gone 4-7 in games at the Metrodome, but have lost their last four games there.

1. Oct. 16, 1982: W, 40-21
Indiana ruined Minnesota’s first homecoming in its new home, as Orlando Brown ran 25 times for 159 yards and three touchdowns to give coach Lee Corso one of five wins in his final season with the Hoosiers.
2. Oct. 5, 1984: L, 33-24
3. Oct. 18, 1986: L, 19-17
4. Oct. 15, 1987: W, 18-17

Coming off a 31-10 win at Ohio State — the darkest day in that program’s history, some said at the time — and looking ahead to a game against Michigan the week later, Indiana won the first Friday night game in Big Ten history when Gopher’s kicker Chip Lohmiller, who’d beaten the Hoosiers on a kick with two seconds left in 1986, missed wide left with 1:32 left.
Indiana still needed some heroics from Anthony Thompson to ensure the win; he bolted 40 yards on 3rd and 9 from his own 28 to keep Minnesota from having one last opportunity. He finished with 160 yards.
The next night, the Twins beat the Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series, which they would win in seven games.
5. Oct. 20, 1990: L, 12-0
6. Oct. 31, 1992: W, 24-17
7. Oct. 2, 1993: W, 23-19

Making his sixth-career start, John Paci completed 18-of-32 passes for 255 yards. Paci’s quarterbacks coach at the time? Current Indiana coach Bill Lynch. Thomas Lewis accounted for five catches and 123 yards.
8. Nov. 15, 1997: L, 24-12
9. Nov. 13, 1999: L, 44-20
10. Nov. 1, 2003: L, 55-7
11. Nov. 4, 2006: L, 63-26

Having won three-of-their last four to get to 5-4 — one win from being bowl eligible — Indiana stormed into to Minneapolis to face a team that was 0-5 in conference play and had managed only 22 points its previous three games. Early in the second quarter, the game was already out of hand; it was 35-0 … Minnesota.
“It’s hard to put into words how we took such a big step backwards, defensively especially,” said a shaken Terry Hoeppner after the game.

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