Kentucky News and Notes

Stories, stats and stuff from Indiana's 38-14 victory over Kentucky Saturday night at IU's Memorial Stadium.

Blake Powers' 11 touchdowns on the season ranks 10th in IU single-season history, only six behind record holder Antwaan Randle El, who threw 17 in 1999. Powers only needs three more touchdown throws to move into a tie for second on IU's list, which is held by Steve Bradley (14-1983).

Those 11 touchdowns also marks just the fourth time in the last 14 years that Indiana has had a quarterback throw double-digit touchdowns. Randle El threw 17 in 1999 and 13 in 2000 while Matt LoVecchio threw 13 last season.

- The Indiana-Kentucky game drew a crowd of 40,240, which is the highest attendance total for a non-conference home game since 1997. The Tim Couch led Wildcats handed Indiana a 49-7 setback in front of 41,149 on Sept. 20, 1997. Indiana's 13 other non-conference games since that contest all drew less than 40,000.

- With the off-week, Indiana not only will enter the Wisconsin game 3-0, but it also enjoyed its first perfect month since October, 1993. After opening the 1993 season 3-1, Indiana knocked off Minnesota (23-19, Oct. 2), Iowa (16-10, Oct. 9), Northwestern (24-0, Oct. 23) and Michigan State (10-0, Oct. 30) to improve to 7-1. Indiana dropped two of its final three Big Ten games, though, and then dropped a 45-20 contest to Virginia Tech in the Independence Bowl – IU's last trip to a bowl game.

- Jahkeen Gilmore left the game in the first half with a hamstring injury on a pass play and missed the remainder of the contest. "Some other guys had to step up (after Gilmore's injury), and we did that," said Hoeppner.

All of the players who were hurt in the Nicholls State game, though, played on Saturday. John Pannozzo shared team honors with five tackles, while Troy Grosfield had four tackles and also returned punts. Bennett was in on kickoff returns.

- Not only did Josiah Sears get his first carries of his career, but he also got his first start. Indiana started the game with both Sears and Chris Taylor in the starting lineup.

- Terry Hoeppner on the defense: "Our defense had a really good week of practice. If you came and saw us, we had a really great week, our coaches did a great job of preparation. Tracy (Porter) slipped on the (79-yard touchdown play), or it would have been an even better night." Top Stories