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IU captures Old Oaken Bucket

Coming off of its two worst defeats of the season and having its bowl hopes terminated in the process, IU rebounded with a 56-36 victory on senior day against Purdue on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

With the victory, IU brought the Old Oaken Bucket back to Bloomington for the first time since 2010.

“This is the best moment of my life,” said IU redshirt senior kicker Mitch Ewald while celebrating with his teammates in the locker room.

“To beat these guys and have it be our last game here at home with this senior class is unbelievable,” Ewald said.

IU’s (5-7, 3-5) matchup against Purdue (1-11, 0-8) was the send-off game for 21 Hoosier seniors.

Ewald, who kicked the game-tying and game-winning field goals in West Lafayette in IU’s last Bucket game victory in 2010, said this season’s win against Purdue feels a little bit better.

“It’s a memory that we’ll never forget, to go out this way and for Coach (Kevin) Wilson,” he said. “I keep going back to this senior class, just the friends, the relationships we’ve established, and that will last forever.”

Wilson said he told the seniors they had to have a mindset that allowed them to finish the way they wanted.

“My thought was, ‘You have a long time to reminisce and remember, but you have one last chance to play this week,’” he said. “As we always say, we want to get one day better. We made a big deal about this being our best week. Our emphasis was for this week to have our best preparation, our best meetings and to go out there and play our best.”

Despite Purdue scoring more points against IU than it had against any other opponent all season, the Hoosiers recorded a school-record 692 total yards of offense and rewrote the school’s record book in the process.

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Tre Roberson made his first start since Nov. 2 and produced 427 yards of total offense, including a team-high 154 rushing yards on 21 carries. Roberson’s six touchdown passes tied Bob Hoernschemeyer’s 70-year-old single-game record for IU quarterbacks.

“Six touchdowns — y’all know how good that is,” junior wide receiver Shane Wynn said.

Wilson said all of IU’s quarterbacks are capable of playing well, but he thought the Hoosiers needed to take advantage of Roberson’s ability to play in space against Purdue.

“I think tomorrow he is going to be very sore,” Wilson said. “Over the long run right now, I don’t think Roberson’s body can hold up if he plays that kind of game every week.”

Despite starting running back Tevin Coleman being sidelined for the third consecutive game, IU had three players rush for at least 100 yards for the first time in program history. Senior Stephen Houston rushed 17 times for 120 yards and two touchdowns.

Junior D’Angelo Roberts had 113 yards on 14 carries.

“It feels good. Two years in a row we lost when I felt that we should have won,” Houston said. “(It was an) unfortunate turn of events, but we won and brought it back.”

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Stephen Houston Leaves Everything on the Field in His Final Game

After sophomore running back Tevin Coleman suffered a right ankle sprain in IU’s 52-35 win against Illinois, senior Stephen Houston reclaimed the starting job in the Hoosiers’ backfield–a position he had held in each of his previous two seasons in Bloomington.

“I thought Stephen Houston and D’Angelo Roberts were capable,” IU Coach Kevin Wilson said.

Houston started in Madison, Wisc. against the No. 22 Badgers and he was held to 61 yards on 15 carries. Roberts, who has been one spot behind Houston in each of his three seasons at IU, started last week against No. 3 Ohio State, which limited Houston to seven rushes for 36 yards and a pair of receptions for eight yards.

In his final collegiate game, Houston started at running back for the Hoosiers.

“It was nice to see Stephen…step up today,” Wilson said.

Houston’s first touch was on the fifth play of the game, when he took a handoff from redshirt sophomore quarterback Tre Roberson and ran 53 yards for a touchdown.

“(I) just took it to the house, there really isn’t too much to explain,” he said. “They put trust in me, put trust in the O-line and we just got the job done.”

Houston ran the ball 17 times, which tied his season-high for carries in a game, for 120 yards and two touchdowns.

“It felt great,” he said. “I was going to leave it all out there on the field, I have nothing left here so this was my bowl game, this was my national championship game. (I) just emptied my whole clip, came out exhausted because this is my last game in an IU uniform.”

More importantly for Houston, he ended his career on a high note with a 56-36 victory against Purdue.

“It feels good, two years in a row we lost when I felt that we should have won,” he said. “(It was an) unfortunate turn of events but we won and brought it back and rightfully belonging here at IU so it’s a good way to go out as a senior.”

Houston finished with 753 yards and five touchdowns this season to bring his career totals to 424 carries for 2,304 yards (5.4 yards/carry) and 29 total touchdowns. He is sixth all-time in career touchdowns at IU and ninth in career rushing yards.

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Wilson evaluates the state of the Hoosier football program heading into the Bucket Game

Despite missing out on a postseason berth for the sixth consecutive year after its loss to No. 3 Ohio State last week, IU’s season is far from over. The Hoosiers’ season finale is a home matchup against in-state rival Purdue (1-10, 0-7) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. The two Indiana teams will play for the Old Oaken Bucket, which is awarded to the winning school in the annual rivalry game.

“We’ve got a chance to finish on a strong note against a strong rival opponent,” IU Coach Kevin Wilson said.

The Boilermakers won their second game of the season against Indiana State and then proceeded to lose their next nine games. Regardless of the outcome on Saturday, Purdue will finish last in the Leaders Division of the Big Ten.

Wilson said the Bucket game matters to a lot of people in the state of Indiana.

“Now that we’re the in state deal you’re going to recruit against them, and for our seniors and for our fans, I know it’s a big game for so many people in the state,” he said.

Saturday will be the final game for IU’s seniors and several of the team’s redshirt juniors who are set to graduate in four years.

Wilson said he has a lot of respect for the Hoosiers’ seniors.

“Half the crowd that came in went by the wayside,” he said. “I would drawback to this crowd about much as any, their ability to hang in and stay and buy in and give us a great go…this has been one of my most successful years in relation to guys. We’ve got our guys are down into what we’re trying to do.”

Wilson said a really good team has a really good core.

“There’s a core group of six or seven guys that have to me given us a good go, and set a tone,” he said. “Last year we had two. This year we’ve got about six or seven stronger, really good players that are really good leaders. And it’s moving the direction you want.”

Despite the relationship between Wilson and the Hoosiers who will suit up in cream and crimson one final time this weekend, the players aren’t ones that he recruited. Next year’s senior class will be the first to have spent all four years in Bloomington with Wilson at the helm of the Hoosier football program.

As Wilson evaluates where the team is in his third season at IU, he acknowledges that it’s a work in progress.

“To me the only thing is our lack of W’s, which is ultimately all it’s about,” he said.

His record as the head coach at IU is 9-26. He improved from one win in his first season to four victories in 2012 (including the first two Big Ten wins of his career) to a potential 5-7 season this year.

While IU’s wins are slowly adding up each year, Wilson is improving the quality of the student-athletes who play football for the Hoosiers.

“We can talk about graduation rates, and all these guys graduating. I think we’ll reset our record for Academic All-Big Ten guys,” he said. “I think our recruiting has gotten a little better. But it still comes back to putting guys in position, developing players and winning ballgames.”

If IU wins on Saturday, the Hoosiers will have three conference victories this season, which is one more than the past two years combined.

“Four goes to five…even if five got to six, it’s still not what you want,” Wilson said. “We’re a work in progress.”

IU’s third-year head coach said he’s looking to find better ways of managing the program, developing players and coaching the team.

“I think we’re changing the culture, we need more W’s,” he said. “I think that would change the outside culture, the fan base, the attendance, the student body. We need to win, and I’ve got to look as a coach to do the things I can to get the W’s.”

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With a bowl berth out of the picture, IU sets sights on Old Oaken Bucket

This was supposed to be the year when IU ended its five-year stretch without a bowl berth.

The players expected to reach the six-win mark in 2013 after IU finished with a 4-8 record last season with four losses by a combined 10 points.

“It would just be a great way to end my senior year and it would let me know that my last four years here haven’t been a waste,” senior wide receiver Kofi Hughes said at the Big Ten Media Days in Chicago, Ill. in July, referring to the Hoosiers making a bowl game.

Redshirt senior kicker Mitch Ewald, who also represented IU at the media days, said the team’s goal is to one of the top three teams in the Big Ten every year rather being a bowl team.

“I think if we were saying that was our goal, that would be an extremely huge understatement,” he said. “There’s no number of games that we want to win, we want to go out there and play really hard and try and win every single game.”

Flash forward four months and IU is officially eliminated from bowl contention after its 42-14 loss to No. 3 Ohio State on Saturday.

In the post-game press conference, IU Coach Kevin Wilson said he never talked to the team about making a bowl game.

“We talk about constant improvement, getting better every day,” he said. “We’re making some strides. It ain’t where you need to be.”

The loss weighed heavily on the shoulders of the IU players. Several Hoosiers were teary-eyed and choked up when talking to the media in the post-game press conferences.

Did the players think IU was going to make a bowl game?

“Absolutely,” junior running back D’Angelo Roberts said. “Nobody says to themselves that we’re not going to be bowl team so we come in with the mindset to be a bowl team and unfortunately that’s out of the picture for this year.”

Most of the IU players have at least one more year of eligibility—76 of the 105 players invited to fall camp are underclassmen—to work to attain an elusive bowl berth but for many of the team’s leaders, this is their last go round.

“I’ve got some guys that I’ve got a lot of respect for that have hung through some thick and thin with us,” Wilson said. “The guys that are on the end of their eligibility—Bolser, DuWyce Wilson, Kofi Hughes, Stephen Houston, Greg Heban, Mitch Ewald, I got a lot of respect (for them).”

While the Ohio State loss certainly stings, the Hoosiers don’t have time to dwell on the past. They host in-state rival Purdue (1-10, 0-7) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in a battle for the Old Oaken Bucket.

“I think we’re just going to take it one day at a time, continue to work and try to win this game for every senior we have and everybody who cares about the Hoosiers,” Roberts said. “Last game of the season, last game for some people forever. I think we want to take those players out because we were the start of Coach Wilson and he’s taken care of us and we belong and grow and adapt as a team.”

“This is going to be a rough week as far as emotionally but physically we need to come out and take care of business and prepare for the team we got in front of us.”

Wilson said IU has a great opportunity on Saturday because unlike many college football programs, the Hoosiers have a strong rivalry.

“It’s a trophy game, it is the last game of the year,” he said. “I want to have my best week as a coach and put our kids in position to have the best week they can and see if we can get the five (wins), see if we can get three conference wins…and play as well as we can and see if they can be good enough to get us a victory for these guys in their last go.”

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IU women’s tennis regular season wrap-up and Big Ten Tournament preview

After losing to No. 47 Illinois and No. 16 Northwestern, the No. 34 IU women’s tennis team finished the regular season 17-8 (6-5). The Hoosiers placed sixth in the Big Ten.

IU Coach Lin Loring said that he thinks Indiana would have defeated Illinois if all of the women had been healthy for Friday’s match. Sophomore Carolyn Chupa did not play due to a concussion. Loring said that senior Leslie Hureau has been playing hurt for the past three weeks and that sophomore Katie Klyczek is dealing with a hamstring injury.

“Even though we’ve played a little bit injured we’ve played well against Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Nebraska,” Loring said.  “I think we’ve been playing well and it’s just a matter of if we get everybody in the lineup for the Big Tens, I’m confidant that we can play pretty well.”

He said that Chupa will undergo a concussion test on Monday and the team will not know the results until later in the week.

Loring said that the team is off on Monday, which leaves Tuesday and Wednesday for the Hoosiers to prepare for the Big Ten Tournament. Indiana is hosting the tournament at the IU Tennis Center. First round matches begin on Thursday and the final match will be played on Sunday.

The top four teams in the conference—Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern, and Purdue—will have first round byes.

As the No. 6 seed, Indiana will play the No. 11 seed on Thursday. Minnesota, Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Iowa are all tied at 3-8. IU will face one of those four schools depending on the conference tiebreaker rules.

“I had a couple of phone calls on the bus ride back from the front office,” Loring said. “The rules aren’t totally clear as to how we interpret the tiebreaker rules because it’s never had to have been used for four teams. One way you interpret it we play Wisconsin and another way you interpret it we play Minnesota.”

Loring said that he thinks Indiana will face Minnesota.

“I think that’s the way you interpret the rule but to tell you the truth I may not know, we have a conference call at two tomorrow, and if they haven’t figured it out by then the coaches will have to vote on it on the phone call,” he said. “Either way we’re playing at two o’clock on Thursday, we pretty much know that.”

Loring said that preparing for a Big Ten Tournament match will be different than preparing for a regular season match because the Big Ten head coaches will announce their starting lineups on a conference call on Monday afternoon.

“That’s a little bit of a different scenario during the season because you think you know who you’re playing,” he said. “You trade lineups with the coach and they switched the five and the six or the three and the four so unless someone is injured and they pull them out, we’ll know if somebody is playing a left-hander or if someone has a big serve, we’ll know. I don’t think there will be any surprises, we’ll know how to prepare for them and they’ll know how to prepare for us since we just played.”

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No. 32 Hoosiers set for away matches

Riding a three-match win streak, which includes a victory against No. 10 Michigan, the No. 32 IU women’s tennis team (14-5, 3-2) will play on the road for the second weekend in a row. The Hoosiers will face Iowa at 4:30 p.m. Friday and No. 13 Nebraska at noon Sunday.

IU has cut back on practice leading up to this weekend’s matches due to the team’s two long road trips in consecutive weeks.

“We got back at about 11 o’clock last Sunday night, and we’ll probably get back around midnight or one o’clock this Sunday night, so it’s just important for us to rest our legs,” IU Coach Lin Loring said. “This is not an easy road trip because of (matches on) Friday and Sunday and driving six hours between the two sites. We just have to make sure that we’re fresh and ready to go.”

Loring said the bad part about IU’s schedule is that the team plays Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern and Purdue – all of whom are ranked in the top 25 – on the road this season. He said the Hoosiers have to make the most of their opportunities.

IU is in fifth place in the Big Ten after its pair of victories last weekend improved the team’s conference record to 3-2. Senior Leslie Hureau is ranked No. 111 in singles, and her teammate, sophomore Katie Klyczek, is ranked No. 112.

Iowa (8-8, 1-4) is tied for 10th in the conference. While the Hawkeyes have a .500 record through March, all of their losses have been against ranked opponents.

The Hawkeyes’ lone conference win was against No. 37 Illinois. Iowa junior Ruth Seaborne is ranked No. 85 in singles. Seaborne and Morven McCulloch are the No. 34 doubles tandem.

In the past decade, Iowa has a 7-5 advantage in dual matches against IU.

“The only thing that we’re concerned about at Iowa is that we really haven’t played in an outdoor match in strong wind,” Loring said. “It can get pretty windy there.”

Nebraska (16-3, 5-0) is first in the Big Ten. If the weather permits, the match will be played outdoors.

IU is 2-0 in outdoor matches this season. The Hoosiers defeated No. 2 Duke 4-2 and Michigan State 7-0 in those dual matches.

“They do play in a bubble, so if we play indoors we’ll have to get used to the bubble,” Loring said.

Nebraska has bested 10 ranked opponents this season, including wins against five teams ranked in the top 25.

Senior Mary Weatherholt is ranked No. 13 in singles. She will leave Nebraska as the winningest women’s tennis player in school history.

The doubles combination of Weatherholt and Patricia Veresova is No. 11 in the country.

IU and Nebraska have only faced each other once as conference foes. The Cornhuskers won that dual match 5-2 last spring.

“The bad thing for us this year is that we play every top-ranked team in the conference on the road,” he said. “We just have to give it our best shot.”

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IU falls to Purdue in Big Ten Opener

After posting a 10-3 record in its non-conference schedule, the Indiana women’s tennis team suffered a 5-2 loss to No. 21 Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind. on Saturday morning. It was Indiana’s third consecutive loss to Purdue.

“This match was the same as our other two losses to top 22 teams,” IU Coach Lin Loring said. “It came down to a handful of big points.”

There was fierce competition for the doubles point. In the No. 2 match, Purdue’s Lynda Xepoleas and Daniela Vidal defeated IU’s pair of sophomores, Carolyn Chupa and Katie Klyczek, 8-3.

Indiana’s other combination of sophomores, Alecia Kauss and Shannon Murdy, tied the doubles matches at one apiece with an 8-4 victory in the No. 3 position against Tess Bernard-Feigenb and Imogen Golder.

Purdue won the doubles point when Mara Schmidt and Krisztina Kapitany defeated No. 44 Leslie Hureau/Sophie Garre 9-8 (7-4) in the No. 1 match.

Loring said that the Hoosiers controlled the doubles point until the very end.

The Boilermakers extended their lead when Gisella Pere bested Murdy 6-1, 6-0 in the No. 6 singles match.

Indiana earned its first point of the match when Hureau topped Xepoleas 6-4, 6-2 in the No. 1 position.

With a 2-1 lead in the dual match, Purdue won the No. 3 and No. 2 matches in straight sets to secure the win. Vidal defeated Chupa 7-5, 6-4 and Schmidt knocked off Klyczek 6-4, 6-4.

Kauss took the first set from Bernard-Feigenb 6-4 but lost the next two sets 6-1 in the No. 4 singles match.

IU won its second point of the match when Garre came from behind to defeat Golder 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 at No. 5.

“Five of the singles matches were really tight,” IU Coach Loring said. “Yes it is frustrating to lose another tight match but we did play No. 21 extremely close on the road. Hopefully next time the big points go our way.”