Indiana Hoosiers Game Notes for Ohio State Game 7; 2021 disappointing for IU at 2-4, 0-3


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana football program will square off with No. 5/5 Ohio State under the light in front of a sold-out crowd inside Memorial Stadium on Saturday, October 23. The Hoosiers and Buckeyes will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on ABC.

No. 5/5 OHIO STATE (5-1, 3-0 Big Ten) at INDIANA (2-4, 0-3 Big Ten)
Memorial Stadium
Saturday, Oct. 23 | 7 p.m. ET
TV: ABC |  RADIO: Indiana Hoosiers Sports Network

Setting The Scene
•  Indiana (2-4, 0-3 B1G East) wraps up its two-game homestand against No. 5/5 Ohio State (5-1, 3-0 B1G East) on Saturday, Oct. 23. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET at Memorial Stadium (52,656; FieldTurf) on ABC.
•  The Buckeyes are the Hoosiers fifth ranked opponent and fourth Top-10 foe in seven games.
•  IU held No. 10 Michigan State to 20 points, 100 rushing yards, 141 passing yards, and 241 total yards last weekend. MSU came into the game averaging 36.7 points, 217.2 rushing, 269,7 passing, and 486.8 total yards.
•  Ty Fryfogle became the 11th Hoosier to reach 2,000 receiving yards against the Spartans.
•  He ranks 10th in yardage (2,056), eighth in receptions (145), and T-10th in touchdowns (14) in IU lore.
•  Peyton Hendershot needs four catches (114) and 95 yards (1,242) to set the program marks for a tight end.
•  Hendershot is second with 11 TDs, trailing Ted Bolser’s 15 (2010-13).
•  Saturday’s game is IU’s second sellout of the season (Cincinnati).

The Coaches
•  The 2020 American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, Tom Allen is 26-26 (.500) in his fifth season as Indiana head football coach. His 24 wins over his first four years are the most for an IU head coach during that span. Allen was also named the 2020 Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year (Big Ten coaches vote) and the Dave McClain Coach of the Year (Big Ten media vote).
•  Ryan Day is in his third season as Ohio State head coach. He posted a 3-0 record as the Buckeyes acting head coach to open 2018 and owns a 28-3 overall mark (.903), including a perfect 18-0 Big Ten record.

News & Notes
•  Indiana is 16-11 overall and 11-8 in Big Ten play since the start of 2019.
•  The Hoosiers have won 11 of their last 17 league games.
•  IU was ranked in the 2021 preseason for the first time since 1969.
•  Indiana appeared in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll for the 11th-straight week, a program record.
•  The team voted WR Ty Fryfogle, TE Peyton Hendershot, LB Cam Jones, DB Marcelino McCrary-Ball, LB Micah McFadden, and QB Michael Penix Jr. season captains.
•  Jones, McCrary-Ball, McFadden, and Penix were also 2020 captains.
•  The Hoosiers (6-2, 6-1 Big Ten) finished the 2020 season with a No. 12 final rating from the Associated Press, their highest final ranking since 1967 (No. 4).
•  IU’s 11 B1G wins over 2019-20 tied for the most in school history over a two-year span (1987-88).
•  Indiana has played in consecutive January bowl games (2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl and 2021 Outback Bowl) for the first time in school history.
•  Tom Allen reached win No. 25 in his 48th career game to become the third-fastest in program history to 25 victories behind James M. Sheldon (40 games) and James H. Horne (46 games).


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