|Indiana's leading rusher in 2015 is a UAB transfer. Junior RB #8 Jordan Howard was |
strong during the Hoosiers 4-0 non-conference start. But, he has been injured much of
the Big Ten season, where IU has opened 0-4 in the B1G East division.
Bloomington, IN -- Indiana's home contest with #10 Iowa this Saturday will air on ESPN at 2:30 p.m. CST. The 2:30 p.m. start will be the third straight for IU and the fourth in five games. This will be the sixth time the Hoosiers have appeared on the ESPN family of networks this season.
Prior to the bye week, Indiana came off a 52-26 loss to the #7 Michigan State Spartans in East Lansing. Senior quarterback Nate Sudfeld tied Indiana's career passing touchdowns record with 48 after his three-touchdown effort. The Modesto, Calif., native went 23-for-37 for 308 yards, his fourth 300-yard passing game of the season and the eighth of his career. Sudfeld has seven three-score games in his career and three this year.
Nate Sudfeld is 0-2, as a starter against Iowa. The Hawkeyes have won five of the past six games in the series, including last year's 45-29 game in Iowa City. Sudfeld started the 2010 game, as well, where Iowa defeated IU in Bloomington.
The game with Iowa (8-0, 4-0 B1G West) is the first of two cross-division games the Hoosiers will play this season. Indiana opened the 2015 season with a 4-0 non-conference record, but is 0-4 against B1G East opponents. The Hoosiers will close the Big Ten season @ Purdue (2-6, 1-3), who beat Nebraska at home 55-45 on Saturday.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Hoosiers junior linebacker T.J. Simmons picked up a tackle for loss and his first sack of the season on the defense's first two plays. The junior didn't stop there, closing the ballgame with career-highs in tackles (15), sacks (2.5) and tackles for loss (four). The four TFLs share fifth on IU's single-game list and are the most for a Hoosier since defensive lineman Adam Replogle had four at Penn State on Nov. 17, 2012.
Indiana will be facing Iowa for the 76th time this upcoming Saturday. The two teams will be squaring off in Bloomington for the first time since Nov. 3, 2012, when the Hoosiers earned a 24-21 victory. The Hawkeyes lead in the series 43-28-3 overall and are 19-18-1 at Indiana.