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Fall, 1970
Pete Pihos is inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame along with Tom Fears, Jack Christianson, and Hugh McElhenny. Pihos set then-Philadelphia Eagles' records for catches in one season (63 in '55) and career (373 from '47-55.) He led the NFL in catches three times and was selected to play in the first six Pro Bowls.

Jan. 7, 1973
Lee Corso is hired as Indiana's head football coach.

Sept. 15, 1973
The Hoosiers almost miss the opening kickoff as the team enters the field on a double-decker bus. After warming up in the fieldhouse, Lee Corso, in his first game at Indiana, leads his troops to the field. Band Day festivities hamper the progress of the bus. Illinois defeats the Hoosiers, 28-14.

Sept. 17, 1977
The Hoosiers did what no other IU team in the last 21 years had done, come from more than one touchdown behind in the fourth quarter to win. End of third quarter: LSU 21, Indiana 10. Final Score: Indiana 24, LSU 21.

Nov. 5, 1977
Freshman quarterback Tim Clifford came off the bench when starter Scott Arnett suffered bruised ribs and rallied the Hoosiers from a 14-point deficit to a 24-21 win over Iowa.

Sept. 8, 1979
Down 26-3 at the half to Iowa, the Hoosiers rally behind quarterback Tim Clifford to pull out a 30-26 win. Clifford threw for two scores, including a 66-yard game winner to Lonnie Johnson with only 58 seconds to play. The comeback is the largest deficit overcome in IU football history.

Oct. 25, 1979
Indiana loses to Michigan in Ann Arbor, 27-21. The Hoosiers score with 55 seconds left to tie the game, 21-21. During the play, IU play-by-play announcer Don Fischer catches himself on fire from a cigarette ash. The sleeve of his sport coat burned, but he never missed announcing a play. Michigan scores on the last play of the game on a "Hail Mary" pass from reserve quarterback John Wangler to Anthony Carter. Carter caught the ball at the 15-yard line and eluded three Indiana defenders to score.

Dec. 21, 1979
In a Holiday Bowl game that produced 52 first downs, 874 yards of total offense, and eight lead changes, IU defeats Brigham Young, 38-37.

Nov. 22, 1980
Purdue escapes with a 24-23 win when a two-point conversion pass is deflected after IU scores a touchdown with just 17 seconds remaining. The Hoosiers had gone 65 yards in their final drive converting on three fourth-down situations. A 10-yard, fourth-down, pass from Tim Clifford to Steve Corso moved the Hoosiers to within a point.

Sept. 26, 1981
In a game at Syracuse in the one-year-old Carrier Dome, Duane Gunn scores on a 97-yard kickoff return to open the second half. The return gives the Hoosiers a 7-6 lead but the Orangemen come back to win the contest, 21-7.

Dec. 8, 1981
At the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, George Taliaferro is inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Taliaferro led the Hoosiers to the Big Ten title in 1945 and was the first African-American player ever drafted by an NFL team.

Sept. 10, 1983
Sam Wyche leads the Hoosiers to a 15-10 win over the Duke Blue Devils in his first game as head coach at Indiana. Wyche was formerly the San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks and wide receivers coach.

Jan. 4, 1984
Bill Mallory is the choice of the Indiana University Athletics Committee as IU's new head football coach. He is approved by the Trustees on Feb. 4. Mallory was a head coach at Miami (Ohio), Colorado, and Northern Illinois prior to coming to Bloomington. At Miami, in 1973, he went 11-0 and defeated Florida in the Tangerine Bowl.

Sept. 5, 1986
A $4 million overhaul of the IU football complex is complete. Former IU Coach Sam Wyche contributes $10,000 dollars. The Twelfth Man Club, a 60-member group, kicked in the first $600,000.

Oct. 28, 1986
Bill Mallory announces that running back Anthony Thompson and quarterback Dave Schnell, two former Parade magazine high school All-America picks, will earn their first career starts in a game vs. Wisconsin later that week.

Nov. 7, 1986
The IU Board of Trustees votes to extend the contract of head football coach Bill Mallory for three years.

Dec. 3, 1986
United Press International honors Bill Mallory as its Big Ten Coach-of-the-Year. The award is voted upon by the Big Ten's head coaches.

Dec. 31, 1986
In the All-American Bowl, the Hoosiers reached at least midfield on eight of nine possessions but could manage only four penetrations inside the Florida State 35-yard line. The Seminoles' Sammie Smith rushed for 205 yards and scored two touchdowns. Indiana closed to within 20-13 in the fourth quarter but failed to close the gap further.

Oct. 10, 1987
"I've known Ohio State football pretty well since I enrolled as a freshman here in 1949, and this has got to be the darkest day for Ohio State football since I've been associated with it," said Earle Bruce after IU had just defeated his Buckeyes at the Horseshoe by the score of 31-10. It was IU's first win over Ohio State in 36 years.

Oct. 25, 1987
Indiana is in sole possession of first place after a 14-10 Homecoming win over Michigan. The Hoosiers had not defeated Michigan for 20 years prior to this come-from-behind win in a driving rainstorm.

Jan. 2, 1988
Tennessee drove 40 yards in nine plays and scored on a nine-yard run by Reggie Cobb with 1:52 to play to earn a 27-22 victory in the 20th Peach Bowl game. Tennessee had earlier relinquished a 21-3 lead as the Hoosiers scored 19 unanswered points.

Oct. 8, 1988
The Hoosiers beat Ohio State in Bloomington for the first time since 1904, 41-7. Anthony Thompson set IU game, season, and career touchdown records with four first-half scores as IU led 28-0 at the half. It was IU's biggest winning margin in Big Ten play since 1945.

Dec. 28, 1988
Indiana dominates the Liberty Bowl and defeats South Carolina, 34-10 in Memphis. IU sets a Liberty Bowl record with 575 yards of total offense, while USC could muster only 153 total yards, including just 23 rushing. The big play was an 88-yard TD pass from Dave Schnell to Rob Turner, a score that upped IU's lead to 27-10.

Nov. 4, 1989
Anthony Thompson scores his 60th career touchdown to set a then NCAA Division I-A record.

Nov. 11, 1989
Rueben Mayes' and Mike Pringle's 357-yard NCAA single-game rushing record falls as Anthony Thompson rushes for 377 yards in a 45-17 victory at Wisconsin. Thompson also scores four touchdowns on the day.

Nov. 24, 1989
Anthony Thompson was the top vote-getter and the only repeat selection on the 1989 Walter Camp All-America team. Thompson finishes the season with 1,793 yards and 24 touchdowns.

Dec. 2, 1989
A chorus of boos is heard throughout the Hoosier Dome during the Indiana-Kentucky basketball game as it is announced that Andre Ware of Houston is the 55th recipient of the Heisman Trophy. Anthony Thompson finishes second.

Dec. 30, 1990
Quarterback Stan White scored a one-yard run with only 39 seconds remaining to give the Auburn Tigers a 27-23 victory in the Peach Bowl. Vaughn Dunbar rushed for 81 yards for IU and earned game MVP honors along with safety Mike Dumas, who had 14 total tackles and four passes broken up.

Jan. 30, 1991
The National Football Foundation inducts 11 former All-America football players, and one living coach, into its Hall of Fame. Included among the 11 is former Hoosier center John Tavener, who played for IU from 1941-44. Other inductees included Earl Campbell, Jack Ham, and Jim Plunkett.

Sept. 28, 1991
Vaughn Dunbar rushes 33 times for 265 yards in a 27-27 tie at Missouri.

Oct. 5, 1991
MSU leaves the Old Brass Spittoon in East Lansing because the Spartans did not believe they would be forced to relinquish it to the Hoosiers. After a 31-0 victory, the Hoosiers claim their right to the trophy. Bill Mallory says he'll send one of his coaches there to pick it up if it isn't shipped. This is the first time since Nov. 22, 1968, that Indiana had possession of the Bourbon Barrel, the Old Brass Spittoon, and the Old Oaken Bucket.

Oct. 24, 1991
The Big Ten Conference suspends Coach Bill Mallory for one game for his angry press conference denunciation of the officiating in Indiana's 24-16 loss at Michigan. IU was given the choice of a one game suspension or a $10,000 fine. Mallory asked that the suspension be taken.

Oct. 26, 1991
A 17-0 halftime deficit turns into a 28-20 win for the Hoosiers. Indiana is forced to play without coach Bill Mallory, who was suspended for the game by the Big Ten Conference for comments he had made about officiating. Mallory accompanies the team to Madison but returned to Bloomington two hours prior to the game.

Nov. 21, 1991
One-hundred years after the first IU-Purdue contest, the Hoosiers and Boilers play the Centennial game. Indiana defeats Purdue, 24-22, to reclaim the Old Oaken Bucket.

Dec. 31, 1991
A trip to Tucson, Ariz., and an appearance in the Copper Bowl was the reward for a solid 6-4-1 regular season. It is the fifth bowl appearance in six years for Indiana. Vaughn Dunbar (Offensive MVP) and Mark Hagen (Defensive MVP) lead the Hoosiers to a 24-0 win over Baylor.

Sept. 26, 1992
Sophomore Brett Law rushes for 240 yards in the Hoosiers' 20-10 win vs. Missouri. At the time, it is the third-best rushing performance in IU history.

Dec. 31, 1993
It looked as if Virginia Tech would take a 14-13 lead into the locker room at halftime but the Hokies scored 14 points in the last :23 seconds of the first half to take a 28-13 lead. The Hokies go on to beat the Hoosiers in the Independence Bowl. Indiana's Thomas Lewis caught six passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns.

Sept. 3, 1994
Before a national ESPN audience, freshman tailback Alex Smith makes his collegiate debut and rushes 23 times for 152 yards in a 28-3 win over Cincinnati.

Sept. 17, 1994
A Commonwealth Stadium crowd of 57,825 witness an offensive juggernaut as the Hoosiers tally 650 yards of total offense, including 578 rushing yards as IU defeats Kentucky 59-29 in a Bourbon Barrel rout. Alex Smith rushes for 221 yards, Jermaine Chaney runs for 167, and Brett Law adds a total of 97.

Nov 5, 1994
Undefeated, Penn State rolls into Bloomington and is provided with a stern test. The Hoosiers score 22 points in the fourth quarter, including a 40-yard pass from Chris Dittoe to Dorian Wilkerson with no time remaining on the clock to pull to within 35-29. The IU defense "holds" the PSU offense to 469 total yards. Chris Dittoe is 21 of 35 for 279 yards and four touchdowns. Ki-Jana Carter adds 192 yards rushing for the Nittany Lions. The narrow victory eventually costs PSU the national championship.

Nov. 19, 1994
Alex Smith rushes for a Big Ten freshman record 245 yards on 31 carries as IU defeats Purdue, 33-29, before 62,839 fans at Ross-Ade Stadium. The crowd was the largest in the state of Indiana for a football game at any level that season. Smith finishes the regular season with 1,475 rushing yards.

Fall, 1994
United Press International names Indiana's Alex Smith its Freshman-of-the-Year following the 1994 football season.

Sept. 5, 1995
Bill Mallory becomes Indiana's all-time winningest coach as the Hoosiers open the season with a 24-10 win over Western Michigan. Mallory's 64th career win moved him past Bo McMillin (1934-42) on the all-time win list.

April 12, 1996
The Mellencamp Pavilion, an indoor practice facility named after singer/songwriter John Mellencamp, is dedicated.

Oct. 31, 1996
Indiana University Athletic Director Clarence Doninger announces that head coach Bill Mallory will be replaced following the 1996 season.

Nov. 23, 1996
Bill Mallory is carried off the field by his players as the Hoosiers win their departing coach's final game at Purdue, 33-16. The win snapped a 15-game Big Ten losing streak for the Hoosiers.

Nov. 26, 1996
IU Athletic Director Clarence Doninger introduces Cam Cameron as the school's 24th head football coach. Cameron served for 10 years as an assistant coach at Michigan and three seasons as the quarterbacks coach of the Washington Redskins (1994-96). He became just the second IU alum to lead the football team as he was a two-sport athlete for the Hoosiers from 1979-84.

Sept. 19, 1998
At Lexington, Ky., Indiana intercepts Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch four times. The following April, Couch is the top pick in the NFL draft and by the Cleveland Browns.

Oct. 3, 1998
Derin Graham returns the opening kickoff of the second half vs. Wisconsin 100 yards for a touchdown to give IU a 13-3 lead. It is the first kickoff return for a touchdown by an Indiana player since 1981.

Oct. 24, 1998
Indiana true freshman safety Greg Yeldell intercepted three different Michigan passers, tying the NCAA record for interceptions in a game by a freshman. He became the fifth player in IU history to intercept three passes in a game and the first since Tim Wilbur at Illinois on Nov. 10, 1979.

Oct. 31, 1998
Before a sellout crowd of 52,049 in Bloomington, No. 1 ranked Ohio State defeated Indiana, 38-7. At halftime, then Indiana head basketball coach Bob Knight presented ABC Sports announcer Keith Jackson with a mahogany football for his service to college football.

Fall, 1998
Indiana quarterback Antwaan Randle El was named Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Year after leading the Hoosiers in rushing with 873 yards and passing with 1,745 yards.

Oct. 2, 1999
Trailing 28-7 with less than five minutes remaining in the third quarter, Indiana scores 21 unanswered points. After a Neil Rackers 36-yard field goal gave Illinois a 31-28 overtime advantage, Randle El finds RB Levron Williams on a 25-yard pass play on Indiana's first offensive play in the overtime that gives Indiana the win, 34-31, in Bloomington. It is the second largest comeback in IU football history (30-26 win over Iowa in 1979 after trailing 26-3 at halftime).

Oct. 9, 1999
Indiana overcomes a 14-0 deficit and amasses 543 total yards of offense, including 429 yards on the ground, to defeat Northwestern, 34-17, at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington. Indiana's defense holds the Wildcats to 194 net offensive yards, including only 25 passing yards.

Nov. 22, 1999
The Big Ten Conference announces that sophomore quarterback Antwaan Randle El has been named co-Big Ten Offensive Player-of-the-Week for his performance vs. Purdue. Randle El completed 22-33 passes for 329 yards and one touchdown and also rushed for 48 yards and one score.

Oct. 21, 2000
Antwaan Randle El amasses 473 total offensive yards as Indiana defeats Minnesota 51-43. Randle El rushed for 210 yards and two touchdowns, while throwing for 263 yards and two scores. In doing so, he became only the fifth player in Division IA history to rush for 200 yards and pass for 200 yards in the same game. He was also named Big Ten Offensive Player-of-the-Week. Indiana gained a total of 611 yards and 30 first downs.

Nov. 28, 2000
The Hoosiers play at the RCA Dome (Indianapolis) for only the second time as they host Penn State. Nittany Lions kicker Ryan Primanti breaks a 24-24 tie with a 39-yard field goal with :18 seconds remaining to give Penn State the victory.

Sept. 15, 2001
The Indiana-Kentucky game is rescheduled until early December due to the terrorist strikes against the United States on September 11.

Oct. 6, 2001
Indiana scores 63 points in a 63-32 victory at Wisconsin. The Hoosiers jumped out to a 32-0 lead after the first quarter of play. The victory was Indiana's first of the season. Levron Williams led the way rushing for 280 yards on 20 carrries and scoring school record six touchdowns.

Nov. 3, 2001
On Parents' Weekend the Hoosiers explode for 56 points to defeat Northwestern at Memorial Stadium 56-21. Kicker Adam Braucher ties the school record with eight extra points.

Nov. 24, 2001
On a cold and rainy afternoon Indiana wins back the Old Oaken Bucket with a 13-7 home victory over Purdue.

Fall, 2001
Antwaan Randle El is named First Team All-American and Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. He concludes his career as one of the greatest college football players of all-time rushing for 3,895 yards, passing for 7,469 and accounting for 86 touchdowns.

Dec. 5, 2001
Indiana University Athletic Michael McNeely announces that head coach Cam Cameron will not return for the 2002 season..

Jan. 8, 2002
IU Athletic Director Michael McNeely introduces Gerry DiNardo as the school's 25th head football coach. It marked the third collegiate head coaching stint for DiNardo as he had served as the head coach at Vanderbilt and LSU. He is quickly welcomed to Bloomington with a billboard that read "Welcome to Bloomington Coach DiNardo. The Football Capital of Indiana."

Aug. 31, 2002
Indiana defeat William and Mary, 25-17, as Gerry DiNardo picks up his first victory as a Hoosier. Senior defensive lineman Kris Dielman tied a school record with five tackles for loss and was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.

Oct. 12, 2002
The Hoosiers rally from a 19-point deficit in the second half to upset No. 23 Wisconsin, 32-29. Senior quarterback receives national recognition for his 310-yard, four touchdown performance. He was also named Big Ten Player of the Week.

Nov. 16, 2002
Despite a 58-25 loss to Penn State, the Hoosiers set the single season passing record with 2,826 eclipsing the pervious mark of 2,627 in 1991 by the Trent Green-led Hoosiers. The Hoosiers finished the season with 3,020 yards passing.

Nov. 23, 2002
Sophomore wide receiver Courtney Roby became only the third Hoosier to eclipse the 1,000-yard receiving mark in a 34-10 loss to Purdue. Junior wide out Glenn Johnson made his 50th catch of the season against the Boilermakers as him and Roby became the first Hoosier tandem to have 50 catches for the season in Indiana history.

Nov. 15, 2003
True freshman running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis carries the ball 42 times for 203 yards at Penn State to become only the third Hoosier freshman ever to rush for over 200 yards in a single game.

Fall 2003
True freshman saftey Will Meyers is recognized by The Sporting News as the Big Ten Freshman Defensive Player of the Year and as a Freshman All-American.

January 17, 2004
Former Indiana quarterback Antwaan Randle El,was recognized at halftime of Saturday's Indiana-Northwestern basketball in Assembly Hall. Randle El's No. 11 jersey will forever be called an honor jersey for future football players that earn the right to wear it. This No. 11 jersey will reside in the Memorial Stadium Football Complex for players and fans to appreciate, and for future student-athletes to aspire to.

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