Three players to watch: Purdue

Here are three players, all seniors, to keep an eye on in today's season-ending Old Oaken Bucket clash with Purdue.

With different games this season, there have been two or three Indiana players that we thought could come up big.

Here's three Indiana seniors in particular to keep an eye on today in their final game against Purdue:

1.Stephen Houston:There is something about Purdue that always brings out the best in Houston. In his two games against the Boilermakers, Houston has had a pair of 100-yard rushing games and scored four touchdowns. Last year, he had three touchdowns in the first half of the Bucket game.

Houston comes into today's game with 633 yards rushing for the season. He needs 117 yards to surpass last year's rushing total for the season and 170 to better his sophomore yardage total of 802 yards for the year. One disappointment individually for Houston this season is that he hasn't found the end zone as often as he has in the past. He had eight touchdowns as a sophomore and 12 as a junior. This season he has three going into today's Bucket game. Based on his past success against the Boilers, Houston could finish his IU career with a big day.

2. Kofi Hughes:This clearly hasn't been the season Hughes wanted from a team standpoint but his individual numbers have been solid as a senior. His 44 catches are one more than his previous single season best of 43 that he hauled in last year. His 685 receiving yards are also a personal single season high and his six touchdowns equal his total TD output for his first three seasons in Bloomington.

Hughes needs 98 yards receiving today to reach 2,000 receiving yards for his career. Only six players in IU history have receiving the 2,000 yard mark led by James Hardy with 2,740. Also in the top three are Courtney Roby and Ernie Jones. More important for Hughes though would be if IU could get a win today it would give him a 2-2 record against Purdue in his four-year career.

3.Mitch Ewald: Before last week against Ohio State, Ewald was perfect on field goals for the 2013 season. Then last week happened. Ewald missed both of his attempts, from 42 and 41 yards. There's no doubt Ewald will want to finish his individual career on a high note today against the Boilermakers.

Ewald will leave Indiana with a host of record. His 53 field goals made for a career is the best in history. Scott Bonnell had the old record at 48. He has also shattered the record for extra points with 153. Bonnell, from 1989-92, had that record, too, with 117 extra points. As a freshman, Ewald had his share of Old Oaken Bucket heroics. He hit a 26-yard field goal at the end of regulation that forced overtime and then made a 31-yarder for the game winner in OT in IU's 34-31 victory.

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