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Jackets look to continue win streak at tough Tampa Bay tonight

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

Blue Jackets Broadcast Information

Television: FOX Sports Ohio (Jeff Rimer/Jody Shelley)

Radio: 97.1 The Fan (Bob McElligott)

GAME INFORMATION

The Matchup

Columbus: 3-1-0  (6 pts.)  || 2-0-0  (4 pts.) on Road  || 2nd Metropolitan  || 3.50 GF / 2.75 GA

Tampa Bay: 1-1-0 (2 pts)  || 1-1-0 (2 pts.) at Home  || 6th Atlantic  || 1.00 GF / 2.50 GA

All-Time Series

Columbus: 10-14-4 (4-7-3 on Road)
2018-19: Oct. 13 at Tampa Bay… Jan. 8 at Tampa Bay… Feb. 18 at Columbus
2017-18: Oct. 19 – TBL 2, at CBJ 0… Nov. 4 – at TBL 5, CBJ 4 (SO)… Dec. 31 – TBL 5, at CBJ 0

*  Columbus has a three-game point streak at Tampa Bay (2-0-1) and is 3-2-1 in the last six away contests in the series

*  Winning team has posted three or more goals in 12 of the last 14 games of the series

NOTEWORTHY

*  The Jackets’ six points are tied for the most points earned in the opening four games of a season (fifth time; MR: 2017-18)
*  Columbus has posted 30-plus shots in each of its four games, ranking eighth in the NHL in averaging 34.5 a contest

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Blue Jackets:

* 9  Artemi Panarin - The winger tallied his sixth career four-point game on Thursday with 1-3-4 and now has 91-149-240 in 247 career NHL games
* 91  Anthony Duclair - Has posted points in three of his first four games with the Jackets (1-2-3), including a goal on a career-high 20:47 of ice time on Thursday at Florida

 

Lightning:

* 86  Nikita Kucherov - The forward finished third in the NHL in scoring last season with 39-61-100 in 80 contests and has 3-9-12 in 15 career contests vs. the Blue Jackets
* 91  Steven Stamkos - Tampa’s captain has posted 27-59-86 in 78 games in 2017-18 and has 9-8-17 in 15 career games vs. the Jackets

 

 

 

 

 

Minnesota Golden Gophers, today’s Ohio State opponent, 7 national championships, 18 Big Ten titles

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers football program represents the University of Minnesota in college football at the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level. Founded in 1882, the program is one of the oldest in college football. Minnesota has been a member of the Big Ten Conference since its inception in 1896 as the Western Conference. The Golden Gophers claim seven national championships: 1904, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1941, and 1960. Since 2009, the Gophers have played all their home games at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.In January 2017, the Gophers fired head coach Tracy Claeys and hired former Western Michigan head coach P. J. Fleck as the new head coach.

History

The Minnesota Golden Gophers college football team played its first game on September 29, 1882, a 4–0 victory over Hamline University. Eight years later in 1890, the Gophers played host to Wisconsin in a 63–0 victory. With the exception of 1906, the Gophers and Badgers have played each other every year since then. The 127 games played against each other is the most played rivalry in Division I-A college football.

Early years

The sport’s beginnings were humble. Students began gathering to play the game recreationally and its popularity grew.

Once the sport had taken off, it was only a matter of time before a team was formed to play against other schools. Early teams were very loosely organized, not requiring all of the players to be students and not having designated coaches. The players on the team started to recruit faculty members who had played football at schools in the East to help organize the team. Some years, they played without a coach. Other years, they played with multiple coaches. In total, from 1882 through 1899, the team played 16 seasons of football and had 15 different coaches. As the years went by, the leadership structure started to become more formal. In 1900, the hiring of Dr. Henry L. Williams, the school’s first full-time salaried coach, signaled the end of the early, chaotic days.

Glory years

The Gophers enjoyed quite a bit of success in the early 20th century, posting winning records from 1900 to 1919. Head coach Henry L. Williams developed the “Minnesota shift“, a predecessor to later quick line shifts, which was adopted widely. Also Henry L. Williams led Minnesota to one of the NCAA’s longest unbeaten streaks of 35 games, from 1903 to 1905 with 34 wins and 1 tie. In 1932, Bernie Bierman became the Gopher head coach and led the Gophers to their first dynasty. From 1934 to 1936 the Gophers went on a run of winning three straight National Championships, the last Division I team to accomplish this feat. During the run, Minnesota went unbeaten in 28 straight games, 21 of which were consecutive victories. The school record for consecutive victories is 24, which spanned 3 seasons from 1903 to 1905. The Gophers also won two more national championships in 1940 and 1941. Those two seasons comprised most of an 18-game winning streak that stretched from 1939 to 1942.

After some mediocre seasons throughout the remainder of the 1940s and 1950s, the Gophers rose back to prominence in 1960 with their seventh national championship (because polling ended after the regular season, the Gophers were crowned AP and UPI national champions despite losing the Rose Bowl to Washington). That national championship followed a 1–8 record in 1958 and 2–7 record in 1959. Minnesota played in bowl games the two following years as well, in 1961 and 1962. The Gophers earned their first berth in the Rose Bowl by winning the 1960 Big Ten title. The following year, Minnesota returned to Pasadena despite a second-place finish in the conference. The Ohio State Buckeyes, the Big Ten champions in 1961, declined an invitation to the Rose Bowl because of tension between academics and athletics at the school. Minnesota beat UCLA 21–3 to claim its first and only Rose Bowl victory. Minnesota’s last Big Ten title was in 1967, tying the Indiana Hoosiers and Purdue Boilermakers atop the standings.

Recent history

After their 8–2 record in 1967, the Gophers would not win 8 games in a season again until they went 8–4 in 1999.Their 10–3 record in 2003 gave the Gophers their first 10 win season since 1905.

The 2006 team had the dubious distinction of blowing a 38–7 third-quarter lead in the Insight Bowl against Texas Tech, losing 44–41 in overtime. The collapse, which was the biggest in the history of Division I-A postseason football, directly led to the firing of head coach Glen Mason. On January 17, 2007, Tim Brewster was officially announced as the next head coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

In 1981, the Gophers played their last game in Memorial Stadium and played their home games in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome until 2008. The Gophers moved back to campus with a 20–13 win against Air Force on September 12, 2009, when their new home, TCF Bank Stadium, opened.

In 2010, after a 1–6 record to start the season, the Gophers football head coach Tim Brewster was fired. Jeff Horton served as the interim head coach going 2–3. On December 6, 2010, Jerry Kill, former Northern Illinois University head coach, was hired to take over the University of Minnesota football program.

In 2014, The Gophers reached an 8–4 record while going 5–3 in Big Ten games, falling just short of making the Big Ten Championship Game by losing to The Wisconsin Badgers in the season finale. After being revitalized in the Big Ten contention, The Gophers were awarded an appearance in the Citrus Bowl on January 1 against Missouri.

Championships

National championships

The NCAA itself does not award a championship for Division I-A/FBS football. A number of different organizations and publications designate a national champion. The following are the seven national championships that Minnesota recognizes.

Season Coach Selectors Record Bowl
1904 Henry L. Williams Billingsley 13–0
1934 Bernie Bierman Billingsley, Boand, Dickinson, Football Research, Helms, Litkenhous, National Championship Foundation 8–0
1935 Bernie Bierman Billingsley, Boand, Football Research, Helms, Litkenhous, National Championship Foundation, Poling 8–0
1936 Bernie Bierman AP, Billingsley, Dickinson, Dunkel, Helms, Litkenhous, National Championship Foundation, Poling 7–1
1940 Bernie Bierman AP, Berryman, Billingsley, Boand, DeVold, Dickinson, Football Research, Houlgate, Litkenhous, National Championship Foundation 8–0
1941 Bernie Bierman AP, Billingsley, Boand, DeVold, Dunkel, Football Research, Helms, Litkenhous, National Championship Foundation, Poling 8–0
1960 Murray Warmath AP, FB News, NFF, UPI 8–2 L Rose Bowl

Conference championships

Minnesota has won 18 conference championships, 11 shared and seven outright.

Season Coach Conference Overall Record Conference Record
1892 No coach Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the Northwest 5–0 3–0
1893 Wallie Winter Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the Northwest 6–0 3–0
1900 Henry L. Williams Western Conference 10–0–2 3–0–1
1903 Henry L. Williams Western Conference 14–0–1 3–0–1
1904 Henry L. Williams Western Conference 13–0 3–0
1906 Henry L. Williams Western Conference 4–1 2–0
1909 Henry L. Williams Western Conference 6–1 3–0
1910 Henry L. Williams Western Conference 6–1 2–0
1911 Henry L. Williams Western Conference 6–0–1 3–0–1
1915 Henry L. Williams Western Conference 6–0–1 3–0–1
1927 Clarence Spears Big Ten Conference 6–0–2 3–0–1
1933 Bernie Bierman Big Ten Conference 4–0–4 2–0–4
1934 Bernie Bierman Big Ten Conference 8–0 5–0
1935 Bernie Bierman Big Ten Conference 8–0 5–0
1937 Bernie Bierman Big Ten Conference 6–2 5–0
1938 Bernie Bierman Big Ten Conference 6–2 4–1
1940 Bernie Bierman Big Ten Conference 8–0 6–0
1941 Bernie Bierman Big Ten Conference 8–0 5–0
1960 Murray Warmath Big Ten Conference 8–2 6–1
1967 Murray Warmath Big Ten Conference 8–2 6–1

† denotes co-champions

Facilities

TCF Bank Stadium

TCF Bank Stadium is the football stadium for the Minnesota Golden Gophers college football team at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The 52,525-seat on-campus “horseshoe” style stadium is designed to support future expansion to seat up to 80,000 people, and cost $303.3 million to build. The stadium was the temporary home of the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League for the 2014 and 2015 seasons while U.S. Bank Stadium was being built.

TCF Bank Stadium 2009 photo By A Syn, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Former venues

Head coaches

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1882 No coach 1 1–1 .500
1883 Thomas Peebles 1 1–2 .333
1884–1885 No games played 2
1886–1888 Frederick S. Jones 3 3–3 .500
1889 Al McCordD. W. McCordFrank HeffelfingerBilly Morse 1 3–1 .750
1890 Tom Eck 1 5–1–1 .786
1891 Edward Moulton 1 3–1–1 .700
1892 No coach 1 5–0 1.000
1893 “Wallie” Winter 1 6–0 1.000
1894 Tom Cochrane Jr. 1 3–1 .750
1895 William Heffelfinger 1 7–3 .700
1896–1897 Alexander Jerrems 2 12–6 .667
1898 Jack Minds 1 4–5 .444
1899 John HarrisonWilliam C. Leary 1 6–3–2 .636
1900–1921 Henry L. Williams 22 136–33–11 .786
1922–1924 William H. Spaulding 3 11–7–4 .591
1925–1929 Clarence Spears 5 28–9–3 .738
1930–1931 Fritz Crisler 2 10–7–1 .583
1932–1941, 1945–1950 Bernie Bierman 16 93–35–6 .716
1942–1944 George Hauser 3 15–11–1 .574
1951–1953 Wes Fesler 3 10–13–4 .444
1954–1971 Murray Warmath 18 87–78–7 .526
1972–1978 Cal Stoll 7 39–39 .500
1979–1983 Joe Salem 5 19–35–1 .355
1984–1985 Lou Holtz 2 10–12 .455
1986–1991 John Gutekunst 6 29–36–2 .448
1992–1996 Jim Wacker 5 16–39 .291
1997–2006 Glen Mason 10 64–57 .529
2007–2010 Tim Brewster 4 15–30 .333
2010 Jeff Horton 1 2–3 .400
2011–2015 Jerry Kill 5 29–29 .500
2015–2016 Tracy Claeys 2 11–8 .579
2017–Present P. J. Fleck 1 5–7 .417

 

Bowl games

Minnesota has played in 19 bowl games, garnering a record of 7–12.

Season Coach Bowl Opponent Result
1960 Murray Warmath Rose Bowl Washington L 7–17
1961 Murray Warmath Rose Bowl UCLA W 21–3
1977 Cal Stoll Hall of Fame Classic Maryland L 6–21
1985 John Gutekunst Independence Bowl Clemson W 20–13
1986 John Gutekunst Liberty Bowl Tennessee L 14–21
1999 Glen Mason Sun Bowl Oregon L 20–24
2000 Glen Mason MicronPC.com Bowl NC State L 30–38
2002 Glen Mason Music City Bowl Arkansas W 29–14
2003 Glen Mason Sun Bowl Oregon W 31–30
2004 Glen Mason Music City Bowl Alabama W 20–16
2005 Glen Mason Music City Bowl Virginia L 31–34
2006 Glen Mason Insight Bowl Texas Tech L 41–44
2008 Tim Brewster Insight Bowl Kansas L 21–42
2009 Tim Brewster Insight Bowl Iowa State L 13–14
2012 Jerry Kill Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas Texas Tech L 31–34
2013 Jerry Kill Texas Bowl Syracuse L 17–21
2014 Jerry Kill Citrus Bowl Missouri L 17–33
2015 Tracy Claeys Quick Lane Bowl Central Michigan W 21–14
2016 Tracy Claeys Holiday Bowl Washington State W 17–12

Rivalries / trophy games

Individual award winners

Retired numbers

Minnesota has retired five jersey numbers.

No. Player Position Career Date of Retirement
10 Paul Giel Tailback 1951–53 September 24, 1991
15 Sandy Stephens QB 1959–61 November 18, 2000
54 Bruce Smith RB 1940–41 June 27, 1977
72 Bronko Nagurski FB/T 1927–29 October 27, 1979
78 Bobby Bell LB/DE 1960–62 September 18, 2010

National

Big Ten Conference

College Football Hall of Famers

Inductees as of 2017.

Name Position(s) Inducted Years
Bert Baston End 1954 1914–1916
Bobby Bell T 1991 1960–1962
Bernie Bierman Head Coach 1955 1932–1941
1945–1950
Tom Brown G 2003 1958–1960
Fritz Crisler Head Coach 1954 1930–1931
Carl Eller DT 2006 1959–1962
George Franck RB 2002 1938–1940
Paul Giel RB 1975 1951–1953
Lou Holtz Head Coach 2008 1984–1985
Herb Joesting FB 1954 1925–1927
Pug Lund RB 1958 1932–1934
Bobby Marshall End 1971 1904–1906
John McGovern QB 1966 1908–1910
Bronko Nagurski TFB 1951 1927–1929
Leo Nomellini TG 1977 1946–1949
Eddie Rogers End 1968 1900–1903
Bruce Smith RB 1972 1939–1941
Sandy Stephens QB 2011 1959–1961
Clayton Tonnemaker C 1980 1946–1949
Ed Widseth T 1954 1934–1936
Dick Wildung T 1957 1940–1942
Henry L. Williams Head Coach 1951 1900–1921

 

Pro Football Hall of Famers

Inductees as of 2017.[37](p172)

Name Position(s) Class Team(s), Years
Bobby Bell DELB 1983 Kansas City Chiefs, 1963–1974
Tony Dungy Head Coach 2016 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1996–2001
Indianapolis Colts, 2002–2008
Carl Eller DE 2004 Minnesota Vikings, 1964–1978
Seattle Seahawks, 1979
Bud Grant Head Coach 1994 Minnesota Vikings, 1967–1983, 1985
Bronko Nagurski FB 1963 Chicago Bears 1930–1937, 1943
Leo Nomellini DT 1969 San Francisco 49ers 1950–1963
Charlie Sanders TE 2007 Detroit Lions 1968–1977

Canadian Football Hall of Fame

Inductees as of 2017.

Name Position(s) Class Team(s), Years
Tom Brown DL 1984 BC Lions, 1961–1967
Bud Grant TE
Head Coach
1983 Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 1953–1966

 

Current professional players

NFL

Golden Gophers in the NFL
NFL Draft selections
Total selected: 333
1st Round: 18
NFL achievements
Total Players: 215
Hall of Famers: 6
Player Position(s) Draft Class Current Team
Briean Boddy-Calhoun CB Undrafted in 2016 Cleveland Browns
De’Vondre Campbell LB 2016 Atlanta Falcons
MarQueis Gray TE/FB Undrafted in 2013 Miami Dolphins
Eric Murray S 2016 Kansas City Chiefs
Jalen Myrick CB 2017 Minnesota Vikings
Marcus Sherels CB/KR Undrafted in 2010 Minnesota Vikings
Maxx Williams TE 2015 Baltimore Ravens
Damien Wilson LB 2015 Dallas Cowboys
Nate Wozniak T Undrafted in 2018 New Orleans Saints

 

CFL

 

Player Position(s) Current Team
Simoni Lawrence LB Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Troy Stoudermire DB/KR Calgary Stampeders
Drew Wolitarsky WR Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Other notable coaches and players

Non-conference opponents

Announced schedules as of June 1, 2018

 

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027
vs South Dakota State vs New Mexico State vs Miami (OH) vs New Mexico State vs Eastern Michigan vs North Carolina vs Bowling Green vs Mississippi State at Mississippi State
at Fresno State vs Tennessee Tech at Colorado vs Colorado at North Carolina at BYU
vs Georgia Southern vs BYU vs Bowling Green

 

 

 

 

 

Indiana Hoosiers, today’s Ohio State opponent, rich in history

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The Indiana Hoosiers football program represents Indiana University Bloomington in NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivisioncollege football and in the Big Ten Conference. The Hoosiers have played their home games at Memorial Stadium since 1960.

The team has won the Big Ten Championship twice, once in 1945 and again in 1967. The Hoosiers have appeared in eleven bowl games, including the 1968 Rose Bowl. Numerous Indiana players have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, including Zora ClevingerBill IngramPete PihosGeorge TaliaferroJohn Tavener, and Anthony Thompson, who was also National Player of the Year in 1989.

The Hoosiers are currently coached by Tom Allen.

John Pont era (1965–1972)

John Pont, who came to IU from Yale, took over just as the IU sanctions expired. In 1966 the team achieved only a 1–8–1 record. But the following season, in 1967, Indiana surprisingly had a 9–2 record and shared the Big Ten title with Minnesota and Purdue. The team was invited to and accepted the invitation play in the 1968 Rose Bowl (Indiana’s only appearance), but lost to Southern California, the team which would be named national champions. Pont was named unanimous national coach of the year and head coach of the East team in the 1968 Coaches All-America game. With sophomore stars Harry Gonzo, John Isenbarger and Jade Butcher returning for two more years, the Hoosiers were ranked in the preseason top 10 nationally in 1968. Unfortunately, due to injuries and to the return to prominence of programs at Ohio StateMichigan and Purdue, the Hoosiers finished 6–4 in 1968 and 4–6 in 1969 (also partially due to a 14-player African American team boycott). Pont, after only winning five or more games in a single season twice after the Rose Bowl season (never more than six wins), was asked to resign after eight seasons.

Lee Corso era

Lee Corso left Louisville and took over as IU head football coach in 1973, leading the Hoosiers to two winning seasons in 1979 and 1980. The 1979 regular season ended with 7–4 record and earned a trip to the 1979 Holiday Bowl; there the Hoosiers would beat the previously unbeaten BYU. Indiana’s victory over the Cougars propelled the team to 16th in the UPI poll, the Hoosiers’ first top-20 ranking since 1967. During one game in the 1976 season, Corso called a time out after his team scored a touchdown early in the 2nd quarter. The entire team huddled together for a photograph with the scoreboard filling the background. It read: Indiana 7, Ohio State 6. It was the first time in 25 years that the Hoosiers had led the Buckeyes in a football game. Corso’s record was 41–68–2 over his ten years at Indiana. Corso was fired after ten seasons in which, other than the Holiday Bowl season, the Hoosiers only had one winning season, a 6–5 1980 season.

Bill Mallory era (1984–1996)

Bill Mallory, who came to IU from Northern Illinois, took over as head football coach following Wyche’s departure. Although he finished with a winless 0–11 record during his first campaign at Indiana in 1984, it would take Mallory just three seasons to lead the Hoosiers to their first bowl appearance under his direction. Indiana finished with a 6–5 regular-season record in 1986 and capped its season by playing a talented Florida State team in the 1986 All-American Bowl on New Year’s Eve. Despite losing 27-13, the Hoosiers put up a good fight. Indiana running back Anthony Thompson, who was playing in his first bowl game, finished with 127 rushing yards on 28 carries.

In 1987, Mallory became the first Big Ten coach to be awarded back-to-back coach of the year honors after the Hoosiers earned an 8–4 record (with wins over Ohio State and Michigan), a second-place finish in the Big Ten, and a Peach Bowl appearance against Tennessee. In what was the first ever meeting between the schools, Tennessee was victorious by a final score of 27–22. In 1988, Indiana finished the regular season with a 7–3–1 record, a 5–3 mark in the Big Ten, and a top-20 ranking. It earned the team a postseason berth for the third consecutive year with a game against South Carolina in the 1988 Liberty Bowl. The Hoosiers dominated the game and cruised to a 34-10 victory before 39,210 fans. Indiana set a Liberty Bowl record with 575 yards of total offense. Indiana finished with a 6–4–1 regular-season record in 1990, a mark good enough to earn the Hoosiers a berth in the Peach Bowl for a game against the Auburn Tigers, which Indiana would lose 27-23. Part of Indiana’s success can be attributed to star running back Vaughn Dunbar.

In 1991 Indiana played in the Copper Bowl and dominated a highly regarded Baylor team 24-0. Led by future NFL quarterback Trent Green, it was one of the most impressive performances by any team during the 1991 bowl season. Indiana finished the 1993 season with an 8–4 record, with two of its three regular season losses by seven points or less. The team went on to play in the 1993 Independence Bowl. Coach Mallory, despite his successes, was fired after thirteen seasons, ending his career at Indiana with six bowl games overall in 13 seasons. He is Indiana’s all-time winningest head football coach with 69 wins.

Kevin Wilson era (2011–2016)

Kevin Wilson, formerly offensive coordinator at Oklahoma, was named head coach on December 7, 2011. Wilson arrived in Bloomington with a reputation as a brilliant offensive mind, having overseen explosives offenses during his years with the Sooners and had coached 2009 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Sam Bradford.

In Wilson’s first year, the Hoosiers compiled a 1–11 record. In his second year, Indiana improved to 4–8 on the year (4 losses were by seven points or fewer), but surpassed Northwestern‘s record for most losses in Football Bowl Subdivision history. Nevertheless, Wilson’s team exhibited an explosive offense, going from 80th nationally in pass offense to 19th and leading the Big Ten with 311.2 yards per game, in spite of losing the starting quarterback Tre Roberson in the season’s second game. Additionally, Wilson was successful in luring five 4-star Rivals.com recruits from the 2013 class to Indiana, the most in school history.

Wilson’s 2013 team improved to 5–7, and while the Hoosiers featured one of the Big Ten’s more potent offenses (ranked 2nd in the Big Ten for 2013), the team’s defense was among the conference’s worst (12th in the Big Ten). The Hoosiers set school and Big Ten records for most yards and points allowed per game, and the Hoosiers lost three games in which they scored at least 35 points. Wilson fired defensive coordinator Doug Mallory following the 2013 season and replaced him with Brian Knorr, the former defensive coordinator of Wake Forest and former head coach at Ohio.[68][69]

After going 6–6 overall (2–6 B1G) in the 2015 season, Wilson’s Hoosiers would qualify for a bowl game, the first since 2007. The Hoosiers would eventually lose the Pinstrip Bowl to Duke by a score of 44–41 in overtime. Following the 2015 post season, on January 16, 2016, Wilson hired Tom Allen, the former defensive coordinator of USF, to replace Knorr beginning the 2016 season.

Following the end of the 2016 regular season, the Hoosiers would again finish 6–6 overall (4–5 B1G) to became bowl eligible for the second year in a row. This was the first time since 1990-1991 that the Hoosiers have gone to back-to-back bowl games. However, Wilson resigned on December 1, 2016, amidst “philosophical differences” with athletic director Fred Glass and allegations of player mistreatment. He later went on to be the Offensive Coordinator for the Ohio State Buckeyes football program, under Head Coach Urban Meyer.

Conference championships

Indiana has won two conference championships, one outright and one shared.

Season Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1945 Big Ten Conference Bo McMillin 9–0–1 5–0–1
1967 Big Ten Conference John Pont 9–2 6–1

† denotes co-champion

Bowl games

Indiana has participated in eleven bowl games in 120 seasons, garnering a record of 3–8. An oft-spoken mantra, coined after Terry Hoeppner‘s death prior to the 2007 season, is to “play 13,” meaning to play an extra game (a bowl game) after the 12-game regular season.

Season Coach Bowl Opponent Result
1967 John Pont Rose Bowl USC L 3–14
1979 Lee Corso Holiday Bowl BYU W 38–37
1986 Bill Mallory All-American Bowl Florida State L 13–27
1987 Bill Mallory Peach Bowl Tennessee L 22–27
1988 Bill Mallory Liberty Bowl South Carolina W 34–10
1990 Bill Mallory Peach Bowl Auburn L 23–27
1991 Bill Mallory Copper Bowl Baylor W 24–0
1993 Bill Mallory Independence Bowl Virginia Tech L 20–45
2007 Bill Lynch Insight Bowl Oklahoma State L 33–49
2015 Kevin Wilson Pinstripe Bowl Duke L 41–44OT
2016 Tom Allen Foster Farms Bowl Utah L 24–26

Head coaches

Coach Years Seasons Record Pct Bowls
Arthur B. Woodford 1887–1888 2 0–1–1 .250
Evans Woollen 1889 1 0–1 .000
Billy Herod 1891 1 1–5 .167
None 1892–1893 2 3–6–1 .350
Ferbert and Huddleston 1894 1 0–4–1 .100
Dana Osgood and Wren 1895 1 4–3–1 .563
Madison G. Gonterman 1896–1897 2 12–3–1 .781
James H. Horne 1898–1904 7 33–21–5 .602
James M. Sheldon 1905–1913 9 35–26–3 .570
Clarence Childs 1914–1915 2 6–7–1 .464
Ewald O. Stiehm 1916–1921 5 20–18–1 .526
James P. Herron 1922 1 1–4–2 .286
Bill Ingram 1923–1925 3 10–12–1 .457
Harlan Page 1926–1930 5 14–23–3 .388
Earle C. Hayes 1931–1933 3 8–14–4 .385
Bo McMillin 1934–1947 14 63–48–11 .561
Clyde Smith 1948–1951 4 8–27–1 .236
Bernie Crimmins 1952–1956 5 13–32 .289
Bob Hicks 1957 1 1–8 .111
Phil Dickens 1958–1964 7 20–41–2 .333
John Pont 1965–1972 8 31–51–1 .380 0–1
Lee Corso 1973–1982 10 41–68–2 .378 1–0
Sam Wyche 1983 1 3–8 .273
Bill Mallory 1984–1996 13 69–77–3 .473 2–4
Cam Cameron 1997–2001 5 18–37 .327
Gerry DiNardo 2002–2004 3 8–27 .229
Terry Hoeppner 2005–2006 2 9–14 .391
Bill Lynch 2007–2010 4 19–30 .388 0–1
Kevin Wilson 2011–2016 6 26–46 .361 0–1
Tom Allen 2016–present 1 5–8 .385 0–1

 

Legacy

The Hoosier football program has the dubious distinction of having the most all-time losses (672 as of the end of the 2017 season)in the history of NCAA Division I (now FBS) football, in addition to the ninth worst all-time winning percentage (.419) out of 128 FBS schools. The football Hoosiers’ all-time record ranks 15th in the history of the Big Ten Conference (with the inclusion in 2014 of Rutgers and Maryland, and former conference member University of Chicago). The Hoosiers have seen some recent success, however, making it to their first bowl game since 2007, the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, in 2015 and the Foster Farms Bowl in 2016.

Individual awards and honors

Retired numbers

No. Player Position Tenure
32 Anthony Thompson RB 1986–89

National

Big Ten Conference

Players

Coach

Bill Mallory19861987

College Football Hall of Famers

Pro Football Hall of Famers

School Records

Career

Season

  • Passing Yards: 3,573 – Nate Sudfeld, 2015
  • Receiving Yards: 1,265 – Ernie Jones, 1987
  • Rushing Yards: 2,036 - Tevin Coleman, 2014
  • Touchdowns: 26 – Anthony Thompson, 1988
  • Sacks: 16 - Greg Middleton, 2007
  • Interceptions: 8 – Tim Wilbur, 1979

Game

 

Future non-conference opponents

Announced schedules as of July 31, 2018

 

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027
at Ball State
(Indianapolis, IN)
vs Western Kentucky vs Idaho vs Idaho vs UMass vs Florida International vs Louisville vs Indiana State
vs Eastern Illinois vs Ball State vs Cincinnati vs Western Kentucky vs Louisville
(Indianapolis, IN)
at Louisville vs Indiana State
vs Connecticut at Connecticut at Western Kentucky at Cincinnati vs Charlotte vs Charlotte

 

 

 

 

 

Northwestern RB Jeremy Larkin retires due to medical reasons

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Paul Kennedy & Kyle Kelley; COURTESY NORTHWESTERN ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

Jeremy Larkin

EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern sophomore Jeremy Larkin will retire from football, effective immediately, due to a recent diagnosis of cervical stenosis. The condition is not life threatening but prevents continued participation in football.

 

“Football has been a lifelong passion and it has been a process to reconcile the fact I won’t be on that field again, given I’ve played this game since I was five years old” said Larkin. “I’m extremely appreciative of the Northwestern sports medicine and athletic training staffs for uncovering this condition, and for my coaches and the medical staff for always putting my health first. I came to this University to engage at the absolute highest level on the field and in the classroom, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue one of those while supporting my teammates from the sideline.”

 

“This is heartbreaking because I see every day how much Jeremy loves the game, loves his teammates, and loves to compete,” said Head Football Coach Pat Fitzgerald. “But this is the absolute best possible outcome for him. The discovery of this condition allowed Jeremy and his family to make an informed decision for his long-term health and well-being. For those of us who have known Jeremy Larkin since his high school days, his future is exceptionally bright.  I can’t wait to see the impact he makes in our world.”

 

Larkin totaled 346 rushing yards, 19 catches for 127 yards and five touchdowns in the opening three games of the 2018 campaign, his first as the Wildcats primary running back. The Cincinnati native piled up 618 yards from scrimmage and 5 TD last fall in a backup role in his college debut.

 

Purdue Football coach Jeff Brohm Weekly Press Conference transcript: At Nebraska this week

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Matt Rector; COURTESY PURDUE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

Jeff Brohm (courtesy Purdue)

 

Purdue University Football Media Conference

Monday September 24, 2018

Jeff Brohm

Press Conference

HEAD COACH JEFF BROEHM: Our team is looking forward to this upcoming woke, getting a chance to go on the road, playing at a venue, and a team that has a lot of history and tradition, excited to get back to work this week.

There’s still plenty of things to work on, a lot of things to work upon and I think our team needs to make sure we stay hungry and continue to improve.

The team we’re going to play is going to be like us last week, be very angry and hungry and be ready to come out and make a statement and we’re going to have to be able to respond and hang in there and play a good football game in order to have a chance to win.

Q. Trying to find different ways to ask you questions about how good Rondale Moore has been but when did you know in camp or once the season started that he would be this ready?
HEAD COACH JEFF BROEHM: Probably day one, I would say. You know, Rondale came in, obviously I know a lot about him. He’s carried his team whenever he’s been on it, been the focal point of that. Has handled it very well. Isn’t one of those guys that needs a lot of attention. He just goes out and works and makes play. You can see that when he scores touchdowns. He gives the ball to the referee because he’s been there numerous times before. He’s got a great work ethic. He came into camp with us and from day one, he’s been making plays, taking every rep.

You know, you’re always concerned about giving him too much to do and putting too much pressure on him, but I think he handles it well because he’s a worker, and he doesn’t get into whether his name is out there or not. He just wants to go out there and make plays, have fun and win some games. So I’m glad he’s on our team.

Q. Was there something he did that first day or was it just basically your background with him?
HEAD COACH JEFF BROEHM: I knew a lot about him. He was here all summer and summer school and you could tell he was a worker then, wanting to gather more information, absorb more, learn more, wanting extra time to meet with coaches. He had a grasp of it very fast so that you’re always encouraged when that happens and when we went on the field, he just goes hard and he makes plays.

He does it every day in practice and there was some practices where he was really, really special and we’re hopeful that, hey, this thing will carry over, but it for sure carried over. He’s a guy, like I said, he’s got to get his touches a game and some games he’ll make more plays than other, but he has game-breaking ability that quite a few others around the country maybe don’t have that special quality that he has.

Q. On the Rondale Moore theme, incorporating him into the running game, you’ve done it a little bit, but is there more there that he can do in the running game for you?
HEAD COACH JEFF BROEHM: Well, it’s funny you asked. We talked about that this morning. I don’t want to give him too much.

And ask him to do too many things. I think he actually could probably run the ball a little bit more.

We’ve been kind of giving it to him around the edge a little bit and maybe there’s a few other extra things he can do. We’ll have to be selective with it. Like I said, I think he’s been playing on the inside; every receiver has been playing on the outside. He returns kicks. He’s on special teams, he runs the ball around the edge when we ask him to. You send him in motion as a decoy numerous times and he draws a lot of attention; gets other open.

We’ll be careful with it. Yeah, there’s probably a few extra little things and wrinkles that maybe we can add to the mix.

Q. In the first four games, how are teams trying to take him away and then how do you — what’s the next step for him to counter what teams are doing to him?
HEAD COACH JEFF BROEHM: Teams right off the bat, after game one, started lining up guys right over the top of them and normally maybe they will split the difference and help support the run. Safeties are going to be locked down a little bit tighter to him and where he’s at, linebackers, as well. Any time we put in motion, they are going to go to where he’s going.

I think teams have done a good job of trying to do that to be honest with you and it’s opened up some other things for us, some playaction and we’ve still been able to get it to them enough. You know, it’s going to be important that, yes, some teams may just put a guy right over the top of him the entire game like you do in basketball and in a box on one and guard him that way.

We still have to find ways to get him in the mix and that means not only throwing the ball down the field but getting to the line of scrimmage sometimes before they can get to him and being a little creative with it.

But yes, they are going to have their eyes on him, but we still have to get him touches. And some games, it is more challenging than the others, based on what they are doing. So we have to make sure we do that, but also I think it does open up things for other guys to make plays, and our receivers the last couple weeks have done a really good job making plays.

Q. Your first road game coming up. Concerns with getting out on the road for the first time after four straight home games?
HEAD COACH JEFF BROEHM: There’s always concerns and with us, we have a young football team at certain positions, so you want them to respond and act in the right way. As you guys have seen, it took a little while to get us going here. We’re on the road. It’s going to be loud. It’s going to be a little more hostile. You’re going to not be able to communicate as well with the noise and there’s a lot of factors that factor into it, and you can’t let it throw you off your game.

Yeah, I’m always concerned about how our guys respond. I think the starters we have on our team now, guys that are playing, they haven’t played a whole lot in the past. Yes, it’s going to be a new environment for them and this is going to be a great venue for them to go and showcase what they are all about and see if they can keep their poise and composure and still make plays.

Q. Markus Bailey had ten solo tackles on Saturday. Did that tell you more about the performance he had there?
HEAD COACH JEFF BROEHM: I thought it was probably his best performance this year-to-date. I think we found a way to put him in the box a little more. I think he’s more effective in there and he can make more plays and do a good job for us.

You know, I think a combination of a lot of things helped him play better. I do think we are better against the run. So that helped us, as well.

But I think our plan was good and I think where we put him in position to make plays was a better scenario for him and he was able to capitalize on it and be more disruptive.

You know, I think he feels more comfortable in that position.

Q. After you looked at the film, how impactful was Derrick Barnes at the Leo position or being on the line of scrimmage throughout most of Saturday?
HEAD COACH JEFF BROEHM: Well, Derrick is a young player, and he’ll get better each and every week. We do think his strength is rushing the passer. In space, he hasn’t been quite as quick trigger. Been a little hesitant and it’s cost us, and he’ll get better there.

But he does give us ability to rush the passer and he’s got a little bit of speed mixed with power and that’s what we need. I do think some of our other pass rushers and defenders got better, but we’re always going to need assistance there.

The fact that we can put him in there and he made some strides against a good football team this week helped us. I think we were able to get a little more push. I think we did things to put our guys in a better position to get that done and I think they were more active and the effort was more intense throughout the entire play that all added up to more production.

Q. How do you view this Nebraska team? The record is what it is, but what are you seeing when you scout them?
HEAD COACH JEFF BROEHM: I actually think they are a talented football team. I know we played them last year. They beat us at home. I think they have a lot of people on defense with a lot of experience. They play hard and they play tough.

Kind of got stuck against a good running football team last week and they popped him on a few big runs and when that happened, it kind of snowballed from there and I’ve been there before.

It’s just one of those days. It wasn’t their best performance but they have had numerous opportunities to win before at the beginning of the season and just kind of let it slip away like we did. I get where they are at and I know they have got to come into this game extremely hungry and extremely angry, which means it’s going to be a tough opponent with that, as well.

I know they are coached well and they will come out ready to play in front of our home crowd and I know they will be licking their chops for us.

Q. Any history playing at Nebraska? Have you been there before?
HEAD COACH JEFF BROEHM: Yeah, I have it’s been years before. From what I remember, it’s a great venue and they are actually very friendly fans to the visiting team. Just a lot of history and tradition there, and then they pack it in there, and I’m sure they will be packed in for this game.

Q. Scott Frost was quoted after the Michigan game saying, we get a game that we can win. Don’t know if you were aware of that, but your reaction to that, and is that something that you will share with your team, if your team doesn’t already know it?
HEAD COACH JEFF BROEHM: Well, you’re correct. I think that obviously he was talking after a loss that he didn’t like very much. So I get it. But no, I think everything that’s said is heard, and our team needs to respond and understand that we’ve got to show up ready to play and this team will be licking their chops trying to get us.

Q. Did you notice on the film that Boston College kind of took outside throws away, or do you feel like there was detriment there –
HEAD COACH JEFF BROEHM: Well, Boston College, going into the game, we thought they were very good on defense. They had two defensive ends. I think one is ranked second defensive end in the country according to Mel Kuiper who is stout and really good. The other one is athletic and has a whole bunch of sacks. We knew we’d have a hard time blocking him.

Up front, they had active linebackers that play downhill. I thought their secondary had experienced safeties and one corner we thought was really good, No. 4 and we thought the other side wasn’t as good so we tried to attack him a little bit more.

For us, we wanted to spread them out a little bit more. Isolate their linebackers a little bit more in space and attack maybe a certain corner more than the other side. I think that we were able to do that fairly effectively.

You know, I thought our receivers made catches, made plays. I know we had the one fumble when Isaac made a great catch down the sideline, and David had one fumble when he was getting pressure. But they were able to get pressure on us. We blocked it really well a few times and sometimes we didn’t, and they got sacks.

Sometimes you could say, well, we hailed too long. We probably did, but there was quite a bit of push and on third down they were dialing up a little bit and getting after us.

You know, I do think it helped against Boston College that we got the lead and took them out of their game, and when that happened, they are playing the type of ball that they don’t want to play. I think that affected them. I think the lead we had at half-time is tough for a team like that to overcome that isn’t a true passing team.

They are going to run the ball, run the ball, do a little playaction. When we got them out of their element, it helped us. Our defense played well in that element and it helped our offense and even though we weren’t good on special teams, those two things just put them in a position where they were not at their best.

Q. Your evaluation of the running game, seems like when you take David’s numbers out, which include the sacks, your two running backs were pretty consistent.
HEAD COACH JEFF BROEHM: I actually think they reason hard. Sometimes there weren’t a whole lot of big holes like we sometimes can open up about but they ran hard and got us some hard yards. Even though it was three to four yards at times, they did a good job. We tried to be a little more wide open the last few games.

I think we’ve got to continue to be aggressive with wherever that is and mix in the run and set up the run by throwing the ball effectively and taking what they give us.

But I do think D.J. plays extremely hard. He loves football. Markkell has some times where he’s been effective, and I’m not — I think our running game can be effective. We’ve got to make sure we utilize it enough and that we mix things in.

Q. I know Boston College doesn’t typically like to throw the football, but your evaluation of your cornerbacks and safety played like the best game of the season so far
HEAD COACH JEFF BROEHM: Well, it was. It was much improved. I think they worked hard. Had a good week of practice. You know, they improved upon the weaknesses we had. We worked hard at it. They put in the work. We had a better plan. They executed it.

Yes, you’re correct, it’s not going to be the best passing team we play. I think for us, you know, we had a little hard time against teams that spread it out and throw the football and that will be the true test of where we’re at.

So we have to make sure we’re ready for that this week and moving forward and while it’s important to defend the run and stop it, I definitely want to do that; we’ve got to defend the pass, too. We can’t allow teams to spread the people and throw the ball all over the place. I’m sure that will try to happen this week and in the future.

Our guys worked hard. They improved. I thought they were in better position. I thought they played with better leverage but we still have a ways to go and we’ll still be much more tested than in that game.

Q. It would seem obvious that David is your guy going forward, but do you have an idea of how you’d like to play them both? Are you at the point where David has established himself as the starter?
HEAD COACH JEFF BROEHM: David will be our starter in this game. He’s played well the last two weeks and he’s taken advantage of his opportunity, and Elijah is still coming back from his setback, and we’ll make sure he’s ready to go in case we need him. We’ll take it from there, but I’m confident in both guys.

Q. Was Eli active and ready to play on Saturday?
HEAD COACH JEFF BROEHM: He was not 100 percent but he was active and ready in case we needed him. Depending on whether David would go out for a few plays or the whole game would have determined whether he would have went in.

Q. On the subject of quarterbacks, Nebraska was one of the teams that they named the starting quarterback from the backup to a transfer. Do you feel fortunate in any way considering the current landscape that David stuck around and has been available, considering his other opportunities?
HEAD COACH JEFF BROEHM: Yes, I think we’re very fortunate to have that happen. I think everyone wants to play and wants to start.

I do believe the fact that we tried to be as honest as we can with both quarterbacks throughout the whole process and up front as we possibly can, and as fair as we possibly can, and the fact that they both played a lot last year, and even I think they knew they were going to get a chance to both play this year.

Both of them are competitors and they want to play and they feel comfortable probably in this system around our guys, around their teammates and have a lot of pride in playing for Purdue and their school.

So I don’t — while something may pop in the back of your head, I think David was all in and he’s competed his tail off to earn where he’s at right now.

Q. Two weeks ago, David was really expecting to be the backup quarterback, and then after Elijah’s setback, he came into a situation, has a record-setting performance; follows it up with a victory over a ranked opponent. What was that conversation like with him after Elijah went down and what kind of things did you discuss that you were looking for from him?
HEAD COACH JEFF BROEHM: Well, to be quite honest, we don’t overtalk it a whole lot. I think he knew when Elijah went down, he’s up; it’s his time to go.

I think he knew all week we were practicing whoever was going to play, that we were going to be more aggressive and we practiced all week long at throwing the ball vertically and pushing it up the field and challenging our quarterbacks and receivers and O-line to protect long enough and to figure out ways to do that.

So I think he was excited for that opportunity, and he took advantage of it. I know, you know, his ability to throw up the field; he was extremely accurate. Made some great throws. I thought he made some great throws up the field this past game, as well and he’s proven that he can throw the ball vertically. We’ve got to make sure that we utilize that with the right combination of getting it out quick, too, so he doesn’t take too many hits and protect him that way.

He knew what was getting ready to happen and I think he’s worked long and hard to take advantage of this opportunity. For him it’s about relaxing and playing. While we all want to do well and it means something to us, he loves the game and wants to win so bad, he’s got to relax, just go out and play and cut it loose and not overthink things too much. When he does that, he plays much more effective.

Q. How about Scott Frost, have you had any interaction with him or relationship before this?
HEAD COACH JEFF BROEHM: Yeah, we know each other. Have a great deal of respect for him. He’s done a good job where he’s at, and he’s taken over his alma mater, which I know he has a lot of pride in and he wants to restore the history and tradition there.

Like all of us, when you take over somewhere, it’s not easy right off the bat. I mean, normally, if you’re taking over somewhere, if that coach had not moved on to a better job, you’re taking over because that person couldn’t get it done.

So to think anyone could just come in and win right off the bat and be consistent, whether that’s more difficult to do than people think; and I know that, you know, he’s going to put in the work and he’s going to put in the time.

He was a hard-nosed football player that played quarterback and defense and he wants to win. I’m sure that he’s going to work above and beyond, find a way to get that done and we’ve got to figure out a way to put it off for one week if we can.

But it will be a tough challenge because his team will be hungry and they will be angry and they will be out for blood this game. We’re going to have to hang in there and play stuff and still do the small things in a visiting environment and see if we can get it in the fourth quarter.

Q. Coach Frost has a reputation as a really good offensive coach. Good came up through Chip Kelly and whatnot. Have you studied that and what do you appreciate about his offenses?
HEAD COACH JEFF BROEHM: Well, I think that, you know, everywhere you’re a product of the people you’re around and he’s taken the people he’s around and used that to mold his system on offense, and whether it’s Chip Kelly or Tom Osborne or all those things, even his days in the NFL, he’s molded to what he believes can help them win. And he proved at Central Florida that that can work.

And now he’s got to take that to Nebraska and get that done. I think he’s going to spread the field and try to run some tempo and do some things to deceive the defense and get an advantage and be creative with it.

And right now, like certain teams, maybe it’s not working as effective as he wants but it doesn’t take long, and as soon a it clicks, sometimes it clicks, and from there you ride off and things start to go a lot better.

So I’m sure he’s realizing that it will eventually happen and people are getting accustomed to how he practices and what he wants to do. So just a matter of time. We’ve just got to try to delay it as much as we can.

Q. Traditionally the Big Ten West, everyone thinks of Wisconsin and good defense and power running teams. Do you ever think about you guys, up-tempo, throwing the football around and what they want to do, as well, Nebraska, how the Big Ten could be changing with the two new coaches, with you and with Scott Frost eventually?
HEAD COACH JEFF BROEHM: Well, I haven’t thought about it a whole lot. I do think that everywhere you go, you’ve got to take what you have on your team and put it to the best use. So I think we are all about winning and while I do love throwing the ball and doing that stuff, if I thought we were more effective running the ball that, is a little safer and I don’t mind doing that.

You look at the teams that can do that, they are very talented and they feel like they have the personnel to get that done. Normally they do. Otherwise they have to adjust.

You know, as teams progress, I think you have to find a way to run the ball and you have to find a way to have some power football and you have to find a way to build toughness. So the great teams in my opinion all have that element. It’s just a matter of, you know, to get to that point, you’ve got to do what you think can help win the football game.

Right now, I think each game is different, but you’ve got to take what you have and put it to use and try to win games and then continue to build and get to the point where you feel like you’re balanced and effective and can beat anyone with both the run and the pass.

I think the best teams can do both and if you can’t, just like the Boston College teams, if that’s something that’s not your strength, it can hurt you sometimes if you don’t have the lead and you’re not able to throw the ball effectively.

Q. How about the defense? You described them as “lights-out,” which I don’t think anyone would have used that term through the first three games. What’s the next step now for this defense?
HEAD COACH JEFF BROEHM: Well, we’ve got a ways to go. I think it’s a combination of a lot of things. I think our coaches worked extremely hard to put in a better plan to put our guys in a position to succeed. I think our guys practiced extremely hard to get better at our weaknesses.

And then we played a team that, you know, my opinion, were better against in the first place and then we found a way to get a lead and make them do things that they aren’t great at and that played right into our hands. A lot of combinations played to our favor.

To me, the next step is playing a team that can throw the ball and spread you out and be effective in defending the pass and while it’s important to stop the run and do what we can to do that and make teams throw it, we’ve got to defend the pass and we’ve got to defend the pass against a team that is he effective throwing the football and we’ve got to have balance and make sure we’re doing both.

So that’s what I think has to happen, and we’ll be challenged in the rest of the season on that, and until I see that, will I feel more comfortable — but we did a good job of loading the box and stopping what the last team did effective, but now it’s about being a balanced defense that can stop the pass, as well.

Q. How much will special teams be involved in practice this week in two ways? One, fixing what’s wrong with kickoff coverage and two, maybe a competition at kicker.
HEAD COACH JEFF BROEHM: Well, it’s a great question. Our special teams wasn’t our best game, and I think we all realize that and saw that.

So we’re going to work hard at it. We’ve looked at a lot of different things. To be quite honest, our kickoff cover team, we would like to have some bigger bodies. Normally that’s what we had running down the field. Right now, we don’t have guys we think could be on there that we need to, so we’re probably a little thin at those positions, so we have to maybe try to move some things around and beef it up, but we have to get better at what we’re doing.

You know, believe it or not, as great as Evans has kicked all year, this was not his best game. Not only was — on the end zone, there was no hang time. So when it goes right to him, you’re not near as far down the field. And they were big lanes. They were big lanes to run, and that was disappointing.

So we’ve got to shut those lanes down but we have to be more consistent kicking the ball. But he kicked all week in practiced as good as he’s ever kicked. I mean, flying out of the end zone consistently every time. Just didn’t happen in this game.

So we’re going to put more pressure on the kickers this week in practice. We’re going to make sure that they feel the heat a little bit and that they understand every kick we take is a pressure situation. I think that will help and yes, we’re going to work hard at making sure that we don’t give up big plays and we don’t let them win the field position battle, which we did.

There’s a lot of things to work on, like you said. And really, it was the kickoff cover, that was the main thing and continually missing some extra kicks and extra points is disappointing, as well. Those are the two main things that have to be addressed and fixed.

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