IOWA AT INDIANA
WEEK 6, 11 A.M., MEMORIAL STADIUM
RADIO: WOC (1420 AM)
LINE: Iowa by 4.5
SERIES: Iowa 44-28-4
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH
Iowa’s running game: After averaging a season-low 2.7 yards per carry last week at Minnesota, the Hawkeyes look to regain a little traction on the ground against Indiana. Starter Ivory Kelly-Martin is a question mark after leaving last week’s game with an injury, but Iowa’s depth with Toren Young and Mekhi Sargent gives the Hawkeyes a starting point.
Peyton Ramsey’s decisions: Indiana’s sophomore quarterback is the first true dual-threat QB Iowa has faced this season. He has completed 66.8 percent of his 211 passes through six games this season and is coming off of a career-high 322-yard game at Ohio State last week. He is also Indiana’s second-leading rusher, averaging 30 rushing yards and 226.8 passing yards per game.
The secondary shuffle: True freshmen Julius Brents, an Indianapolis native, and Riley Moss are expected to make their second starts at cornerback for Iowa. But, the Hawkeyes could shuttle fresh legs into the secondary as Michael Ojemudia and Matt Hankins are expected to return from injuries that prevented them from playing at their defensive positions at Minnesota.
Indiana’s balancing act: The Hoosiers’ passing game is a balanced one, with six receivers recording at least 10 receptions this season as part of the Big Ten’s second-most efficient passing attack. J-Shun Harris II, a fifth-year senior coming off an ACL injury that sidelined him a year ago, ranks third in the Big Ten with an average of seven receptions per game.
Iowa’s sack total: Iowa’s Anthony Nelson and A.J. Epenesa rank 1-2 in the Big Ten in sacks, combining for nine of the 18 sacks the Hawkeye defense has recorded through five games. Iowa is second in the league in sacks and today faces a veteran Indiana offensive line which includes three seniors and two juniors, surrendering 10 sacks through six games.
— Steve Batterson
Iowa (4-1, 1-1)
INTERCEPTIONS: Riley Moss 2, Julius Brents 1, Amani Hooker 1, Michael Ojemudia 1, Geno Stone 1
SACKS: Anthony Nelson 5, A.J. Epenesa 4, Parker Hesse 2
TACKLES: Jack Hockaday 33, Amani Hooker 28, Kristian Welch 27, Jake Gervase 26, Nick Niemann 22
PUNT RETURNS: Kyle Groeneweg 10-76-7.6-0
KICKOFF RETURNS: Ihmir Smith-Marsette 3-110-36.7-0, Kyle Groeneweg 1-19-19.0-0
Indiana (4-2, 1-2)
Ronnie Walker Jr.;17;76;4.5;1
J-Shun Harris II;22;206;9.4;1
INTERCEPTIONS: Khalil Bryant 1, Jonathan Crawford 1, Bryant Fitzgerald 1, Isaac James 1, Jamar Johnson 1, Cam Jones 1, Devon Matthews 1
SACKS: Marcelino Ball 2, Nile Sykes 2
TACKLES: Jonathan Crawford 32, Dameon Willis 31, Reakwon Jones 24, Marcelino Ball 24, T.D. Roof 23
PUNT RETURNS: J-Shun Harris II 10-138-13.8-1
KICKOFF RETURNS: Reese Taylor 3-66-22.0-0, Mike Majette 2-32-16.0-0
Indiana RB Stevie Scott vs. Iowa LB Kristian Welch: The Hoosiers’ true freshman running back is a 6-foot-2, 236-pound bulldozer who ranks third in the nation among freshman running backs with 528 yards on 107 carries through six games. He will be among the tests awaiting Welch, who becomes Iowa’s third starting middle linebacker in six games. Welch leads Iowa with 14 solo tackles and is third on the team with 27 tackles through five games.
BY THE NUMBERS
With seven interceptions and six fumble recoveries, Indiana leads the Big Ten in takeaways
Sacks recorded by the Iowa defense, tied for the second most in the Big Ten
"Indiana’s quarterback is mobile, he has a good group of receivers and a good back to work with. They can move the ball a lot of different ways and we have to be up to that test." — Iowa cornerback Michael Ojemudia