Indiana continues “Hoosier Classics” Series with six memorable IU Football games



Get ready to join IU Football Coach Tom Allen and other Hoosier fans for some Indiana Football Classics this week.

IU Athletics continues its “Hoosier Classics” series with the re-broadcast of six unforgettable Indiana Football games from the last two decades beginning Wednesday night, April 15. Each game airs in its entirety on either the IUHoosiers All Access page on Facebook or on the @IndianaFootball Twitter page. The week’s schedule and direct links to the games are listed below.

The highlight of this week’s “Hoosier Classics” series will be Friday night, when IU Football Coach Tom Allen will live tweet throughout the re-broadcast of the Hoosiers’ 20-16 win over Virginia on Sept. 8, 2018. That game was played in an unyielding downpour, as the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon rolled through Bloomington and dropped nearly six inches of rain in a matter of 72 hours.

In addition to that contest, fans will have a chance re-live two legendary road performances by former Big Ten MVP Antwaan Randle El, as well as a trio of games from the 2007 Insight Bowl season, including the bowl-clinching, last-minute victory over Purdue.

Besides the opportunity to interact with Coach Allen on Friday, a special component of the re-broadcast of the other memorable contests is that they will be done in conjunction with Facebook’s Watch Party feature. This feature allows fans to not only watch the games, but the opportunity to comment on them during the broadcast as well, offering a shared viewing experience for Hoosier fans.

In coming weeks, we will highlight more great games from IU Football, Men’s Basketball and Women’s Basketball history. Schedule details will be forthcoming on, in the #GoIU Newsletter, and on the respective program’s social media accounts.

Wednesday, April 15, 7 p.m. – WATCH HERE!
Indiana at Iowa, Oct. 23, 1999

Game Details: The Hoosiers jumped out early and held on late in picking up a 38-31 in front of nearly 70,000 fans at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. Sophomore Antwaan Randle El threw for four touchdowns and 243 yards on the afternoon, including a pair of early scores that had IU up 17-0 early in the second quarter. His top target was Jerry Dorsey, who caught four balls for 104 yards and two scores. The win was Indiana’s third in its last four Big Ten games, and lifted IU to 4-4 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten with three games remaining. With his four touchdowns, Randle El reached 24 touchdowns on the season through just seven games with 12 rushing scores and 12 more through the air.

Thursday, April 16, 7 p.m. – WATCH HERE!
Indiana at Wisconsin, Oct. 6, 2001

Game Details: When the 1-3 Hoosiers traveled to Madison, Wis., to play Barry Alvarez’s Badgers, no one could have predicted what would happen. After Wisconsin went three-and-out on the game’s opening possession, IU took over on its own 47-yard line and scored two plays later on six-yard run by Levron Williams. From there, it just got better for Indiana, and worse for Wisconsin. Wisconsin’s remaining four first quarter drives resulted in two three-and-outs, a fumble, and a blocked punt. Indiana answered each of those drives with touchdowns of its own, and by the time the first quarter was over, IU led 32-0. It was more of the same the rest of the way, as IU rolled up 449 rushing yards to blow out the Badgers, 63-32. Williams wound up with 280 yards and six touchdowns, making him just the second player in Big Ten history to score six touchdowns in a game. Antwaan Randle El, meanwhile, threw for 182 yards on only 13 passes and rushed for 102 on just 14 attempts.

Friday, April 17, 7 p.m. – WATCH HERE!
Indiana vs. Virginia, Sept. 8, 2018

Game Details: The Hoosiers’ 2018 home opener was a game Coach Tom Allen won’t soon forget. The result was just what he’d hoped for; the Hoosiers jumped out early and held on late for a 20-16 win over a Virginia team that would eventually earn a postseason bowl berth. But there was more to this story than the 204 rushing yards piled up by freshman Stevie Scott. As big of a factor as Scott was, the weather was an equally important part of this contest. The remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon collided with a second weather front to dump nearly six inches of rain in Bloomington during a three-day period, including throughout the Saturday evening game at Memorial Stadium. Allen said he entered the game concerned about Virginia’s front seven and was convinced his team would need to throw the ball to be successful. But the weather – coupled with Scott’s productivity – negated the need to rely on the pass. Scott’s 204 yards was just three yards short of Anthony Thompson’s freshman single-game rushing record.

Saturday, April 18, 7 p.m. – WATCH HERE!
Indiana vs. Minnesota, Oct. 6, 2007

Game Details: The Hoosiers secured their first back-to-back double-digit Big Ten wins in 14 years with a 40-20 victory over the Gophers that pushed Bill Lynch’s team to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten. Bryan Payton led the way with 13 carries for 90 yards and three touchdowns, while quarterback Kellen Lewis added 235 yards through the air and another 75 on the ground. Ray Fisher added nine catches for 106 yards, while eventual long-time NFL standout Tracy Porter added a 71-yard punt return that set up the IU offense inside the Gophers’ red zone.

Sunday, April 19, 7 p.m. – WATCH HERE!
Indiana vs. Ball State, Nov. 3, 2007

Game Details: After starting the season 5-1, the Hoosiers came up short in their first three attempts at gaining bowl eligibility with losses to Michigan State, Penn State and Wisconsin. But behind a career-high 354 passing yards from Kellen Lewis, the fourth time was the charm as the Hoosiers defeated Ball State 38-20 at Memorial Stadium to gain bowl eligibility for the first time since 1993. Ball State jumped to a 10-3 lead at the end of the first quarter before IU’s 21 unanswered second quarter points allowed Coach Bill Lynch’s team to pull away. In addition to Lewis’ exploits, both Ray Fisher and James Hardy caught a pair of touchdowns and went over 100 yards. While the win did make IU bowl eligible, the Hoosiers would ultimately need to win a seventh game to secure a bowl berth, which they did two weeks later against Purdue.

Monday, April 20, 7 p.m. – WATCH HERE!
Indiana vs. Purdue, Nov. 17, 2007

Game Details: Indiana entered the ’07 Old Oaken Bucket game with its sights set on earning its first bowl trip in 14 years and on honoring its late Coach Terry Hoeppner’s pledge to “Play 13.” And when Hoosier quarterback Kellen Lewis scored on an eight-yard run on the second half’s opening drive to push the IU lead to 24-3, it appeared that win would come…and easily. But this is the Old Oaken Bucket Game, and nothing is easy. Purdue mounted a furious comeback with 21 unanswered points to tie the game at 24 with less than four minutes left. That, in turn, set the stage for the most dramatic made field goal in IU Football history. Austin Starr drilled a 49-yarder with :30 remaining to give IU the win, the bowl berth, and the salute to its former coach who had recently passed from brain cancer.

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