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The Indiana Daily Student


The Indiana Daily Student

Brown’s attitude deserves recognition


Brown is the epitome of the blue-collar football player. He brings his lunch pail to every game and does everything in his power to help the team win. Taunting is not in his vocabulary.

The Indiana Daily Student

Ready to rebuild, take two


Jammie Kirlew was lost for words. And to be honest, I felt for the Hoosier defensive end. I really did.

Freshman wide receiver Tandon Doss misses a pass into the endzone during the first half of Indiana's game against Purdue Saturday in West Lafayette, IN.  The Hoosiers lost 62-10.

IU suffers worst loss to Purdue in more than a century

With more than nine seconds remaining the game, IU made its first defensive stop of the day. In the 84th annual battle for the Old Oaken Bucket, IU was dominated in every facet of football en route to a 62-10 pounding. The Hoosiers managed just 214 total yards as their defense let up 596.

IU kicker Austin Starr watches a replay from the bench during IU's 16-7 loss to Minnesota on Saturday, Oct. 4, in Minneapolis. Starr had no field goal attempts in the game.

Coming to the end


One year ago, senior Austin Starr was Bloomington’s hero. Back then, Hoosiers everywhere rejoiced when the then-junior sent a 49-yard field goal through the uprights in the season’s penultimate moment. His celebrated kick sent the Hoosiers to their first bowl berth since 1993 and seemingly revitalized the program. But now, in a downtrodden year marked by disappointment, Starr and his team have sunk back to the bottom of the Big Ten. But they’ll get one last shot at redemption Saturday. “It is kind of surreal, but it hasn’t gone too fast,” Starr said, reflecting on his upcoming final game. “I’ve been taking it in.” Injuries and inconsistencies have plagued the 2008 Hoosiers, and Starr is no exception. A nagging hip injury prohibited him from putting up the same performance throughout his senior campaign that he displayed as a junior. A year ago, Starr kicked 21-of-23 field goals, hit all 48 extra points and, at one point, nailed 15 field goals in a row.

Penn State's Jordan Norwood tries to evade an IU defender in the Nittany Lion's win over  IU. The Hoosiers lost to Penn State 34-7 Saturday at Beaver Stadium in State College, Penn.

IU's lame second half leads to Penn State rout

STATE COLLEGE, PENN. – It was a different week for the IU football team, but it was the same story as had been reported after seven of their 10 games this season.

IU receiver Terrance Turner is tackled by Wisconsin's Mike Preisler (17) and Aubrey Pleasant (8) during IU's 55-20 loss on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Football wracked with injuries ahead of Penn State clash


Last week, both the IU and Penn State football teams had dreams dashed. IU lost its seventh game of the season, making it impossible for them to go to a bowl, while Penn State had its undefeated season busted, likely knocking the team  out of contention for the national championship.

Outgoing Athletics Director Rick Greenspan consoles players as they enter the lockeroom following the Hoosiers' 42-29 loss to Michigan State on Sept. 27 at Memorial Stadium.

Alvarez: Greenspan good for IU football


When Rick Greenspan cleans out his Assembly Hall office at the end of December, he’ll leave four emotional years and plenty of memories – good and bad – behind him. He’s saddened by the loss of his colleague and friend, former IU football coach Terry Hoeppner, to cancer. He’s frustrated by the IU football team’s regression in 2008, a season many expected to end with a second-straight bowl appearance. Most of all, Greenspan regrets that he won’t be a Hoosier when that program prospers and reclaims Big Ten relevancy. But he’ll also leave the foundation upon which that program must be built, something many fans have overlooked. Inundated with criticism mainly attributed to the sanctions levied on former IU men’s basketball coach Kelvin Sampson, Greenspan announced his resignation June 26, effective at the end of the calendar year. Even with the cloud hovering over IU athletics, Greenspan’s decision to resign shocked many co-workers. “I didn’t think Rick was going to step down, and neither did a lot of us,” Mark Deal, associate director of football operations, said. “To say Rick Greenspan’s legacy is the whole Kelvin Sampson saga is about one-hundredth of all the good things he’s done here.”When Greenspan stepped foot on the Bloomington campus in 2004, he faced a struggling athletics department welcoming its third leader since 2001.Prior to his arrival, the IU football team wasn’t the primary focus of the department, despite being the top revenue-generating sport at most schools. The program was also in the midst of a lengthy postseason drought.

IU coach Bill Lynch cheers on his team Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Badgers blow away IU 55-20

On their final home game of the season, everyone inside Memorial Stadium was treated to one more blowout. Losing to Wisconsin 55-20, the Hoosiers officially lost the chance to become bowl eligible long before the final whistle blew. Down 21-20 at the end of the first half, the Badgers rolled off 34 unanswered points in the second half. Decimated by injuries, IU failed to capitalize after winning the turnover battle and effectively hanging with Wisconsin in the first half. For the first two quarters, it was a back-and-forth battle between the two teams, and as the half came to a close it appeared as if the Hoosiers might head into the locker room with the lead. Driving inside the Wisconsin 10-yard line, sophomore quarterback Ben Chappell took an injury to the head, fumbled and the Hoosiers metaphorically fumbled away their season as the Badgers never looked back.

IU quarterback Ben Chappell covers his face as he walks off the field after Saturday's loss to Central Michigan at Memorial Stadium.

Football down but not feeling out just yet


Following a 37-34 loss to Central Michigan on Saturday, the Hoosiers are approaching the breaking point of their 2008 season. Junior linebacker Will Patterson was so perturbed by his team’s performance he somewhat called out them out following the game. “We’ve got certain guys that go out and play like warriors every Saturday,” Patterson said. “Then you’ve got the few guys that just kind of do their own thing. It showed today and we’ll get it fixed.”

The Indiana Daily Student

Goodbye, 2008. See you next year


No crystal ball, no tarot card, not even Ms. Cleo could have correctly hypothesized IU’s season up to this point. 2008, as we all know, was supposed to encompass the resurgence of Hoosier football.

Senior running back Marcus Thigpen walks off the field following Indiana's 37-34 loss to Central Michigan on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.  Thigpen ran for 109 yards and two touchdowns.

6th loss comes in close contest with Chippewas


Completely outmatched through the air, the IU football team could not stop Central Michigan’s backup quarterback Brian Brunner in a 37-34 loss to the visiting Chippewas. Brunner threw for 485 yards and four touchdowns in the non-conference victory on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. The loss was IU’s sixth of the season, dropping its record to 3-6. “We don’t feel very good,” sophomore quarterback Ben Chappell said of his team’s emotion following the game. “They played good, but we just didn’t play well enough to win.” Brunner’s 485 yards are the third-most IU has let up all time. “He did a tremendous job,” IU coach Bill Lynch said in his post-game press conference. “He is a fifth-year senior and has been in a program that has won a lot of football games. They certainly play with a lot of confidence.” To counteract Brunner’s success, the Hoosiers amped up their pass rush at the beginning of the second half.And it worked. Brunner was sacked five of his seven total times in the final half. But Brunner and the Chippewas also adjusted and found receivers left one-on-one in man coverage as Hoosier linebackers blitzed.

Senior safety Brandon Mosley, junior linebacker Will Patterson, and junior wide receiver Ray Fisher join students in the stands to celebrate the 21-19 victory over Northwestern Saturday at Memorial Stadium.  The Homecoming win ended a five game losing streak for the Hoosiers.

Limiting turnovers could be key to football's fourth win


Last week, the IU football players seemed to have figured out what was plaguing them during the previous five weeks. The 21-19 win against Northwestern on Homecoming was the Hoosiers’ (3-5, 1-4) first since September. Now IU looks to win back-to-back games for the second time this season as it welcomes Central Michigan (6-2, 5-0 MAC) to Memorial Stadium on Saturday. “We had a good win against Northwestern,” IU coach Bill Lynch said. “It was a game that we needed to get back on track, and I really liked the way our guys played. They played with a lot of energy, a lot of enthusiasm, and really, we did the things we had to. We had to win the turnover margin.” Lynch has said all season losing the turnover battle handicapped the Hoosiers in their losses. Winning that battle against the Chippewas has proven to be nearly impossible for everyone else, however. Central Michigan is currently tied with UNLV and Florida for the fewest turnovers in the nation at six. So far this season, the Hoosiers have turned the ball more than 14 times.

IU senior defensive lineman Greg Brown celebrates following IU's 21-19 win over Northwestern on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Brown had three tackles in the win.

Hoosiers pull out stunning win against Northwestern

For the first time since September, the IU football team and its fans know what it is like to win. The Hoosiers (3-5, 1-4) ended their five game losing streak on Homecoming, defeating Northwestern 21-19 after suffering a heartbreaking loss in Evanston, Ill., a year ago. Sophomore quarterback Ben Chappell, starting in place for injured junior Kellen Lewis, led the Hoosiers by running and throwing for a touchdown. Chappell spread the ball around well but completed the majority of his passes to freshmen Tandon Doss and Damarlo Belcher.

The Indiana Daily Student

Change IU needs


How do the Hoosiers initiate change? Glad you asked.