Akron Coach J.D. Brookhart
Bloomington - After coming away with narrow victories over Eastern Kentucky and Western Michigan, Indiana goes on the road Saturday for a match-up with Akron. Hoosier Nation begins its day-by-day preview of this weekend's match-up with five numbers to note about the game...
21 – penalties for Indiana in the first two games, making it one of the most heavily-penalized teams in college football. Indiana has been flagged 21 times for 149 yards, ranking IU 112th out of 120 Division I teams in penalties/game. The 21 penalties are the most of any team in the Big Ten, while the 149 yards ranks second to Illinois’ 155. The most common miscue has been false starts by the offense, with the Hoosiers getting penalized six times for that infraction. Other miscues that have set Bill Lynch’s team back in the first two games include off-sides (three times), pass interference (three), substitution infraction (two), personal foul (two), holding (two), illegal procedure (one), illegal block in the back (one) and facemask (one).
115 – years since Akron last beat a Big Ten team. That victory came in 1894 when head coach and quarterback John Heisman (after whom the annual award for college football’s top player is named) led the Zips to a 12-6 victory over Ohio State. Since then, the Zips have lost 19 straight to Big Ten opponents, including a 31-7 loss at Penn State in their season opener. Akron is 1-6 against Ohio State; 0-4 against Penn State; 0-2 against Wisconsin, Michigan State and Purdue; and 0-1 against Indiana, Illinois and Iowa). It has played all 20 of those games on the road, and Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. kick-off at the brand-new InfoCision Stadium.
338 – rushing yards for Indiana in its 41-24 win over Akron in 2007. Kellen Lewis had thrown for more than 500 yards and six touchdowns in the season’s first two games, so the Zips’ strategy was to take away the pass and force Indiana to beat them by running the ball. That’s exactly what the Hoosiers did, with Lewis running for 199 yards and Marcus Thigpen (78 yards) and Demetrius McCray (60 yards) also chipping in solid totals. Akron has been solid against the run in its first two games this season, surrendering only 138 to Penn State and 41 to Morgan State.
10 - three-and-outs for the Morgan State offense in 12 total drives against the Zips’ defense last weekend in a 41-0 Akron victory. Morgan State’s offense was seemingly striving toward a new level of ineptitude, producing only three total first downs in the game and 127 total yards. After going 57 yards in 10 plays on its opening drive, Morgan State didn’t get its third (and final) first down until the closing seconds of the third quarter. Morgan State threw a pair of interceptions in the game and fumbled the ball four times.
13 – times in the history of IU football that the Hoosiers have opened the season 3-0. Coach Bill Lynch’s team will get a chance to become the 14th Hoosier squad to do that Saturday. It’s obviously been a rare accomplishment for an IU football program that has struggled virtually throughout its 125-year history. The only years Indiana managed to start 3-0 were 1905, 1910, 1917, 1928, 1967, 1979, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1993, 1994, 2005 and 2007. The longest drought was a 39-year run between ’28 and ’67 (even the undefeated 1945 team tied Northwestern in week two), and IU has started 3-0 in back-to-back seasons only twice.
On Monday – Five Numbers to Note
On Monday – Four Names to Know
On Tuesday – Three Big Concerns
On Wednesday – Two Key Match-Ups
On Thursday – One Bold Prediction