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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