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NCAA Football Team History - Indiana Hoosiers - History
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,
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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