Hoosier Quotables and Notables

Various quotes and notes from Indiana's 38-21 loss to Iowa Saturday in Iowa City...


- IU quarterback Blake Powers on not going down a couple of times following scrambles, which left him open to big hits:

"I try to do what I can do. I don't see the point in sliding. Running backs don't slide, so why should quarterbacks slide?" said Powers.

- IU wide receiver James Hardy on getting to within 24-21 but still losing:

"We knew it was going to be a long game. We felt we should have won that game. We made mistakes. We have to go to practice and get ready for Ohio State."

- James Hardy on Terry Hoeppner's challenge to the team afterwards to bounce back, and what his approach will be:

"Hopefully everyone responds in a positive way, take this loss, go back home and study film. As soon as we get off that bus I'm going home and watching the game probably 2-3 times and see what I did wrong. Hopefully everyone will do the same."

- IU safety Troy Grosfield on the performance of the Indiana offense:

"They weren't wearing (the Indiana defense) down, because our offense had the ball most of the second half…Our offense did an amazing job. They were moving the ball, and picking up first downs."

- IU Coach Terry Hoeppner on his expectations for the game:

"We felt it would be a 60-minute, 15-rounder here today. We didn't finish."

- Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz on the Indiana offense:

"It's jut one of those days where everything was working, they were hummin' and moving the ball right along."

- Heading into this weekend's games, the instant replay had been used 37 times in 38 games this year, with only 13 plays being overturned. In the Indiana-Iowa game, though, there were three plays that were reviewed, and all were overturned.

Indiana turned out to be the beneficiary on two of the changes. A second quarter Powers' fumble on a quarterback scramble was overturned when officials ruled his knee was down. In the third quarter, officials overturned their ruling that Hardy was out of bounds on an 18-yard completion on a critical 3rd-and-5 play inside the Iowa 10. Indiana wound up scoring three plays later to cut the Iowa lead to 24-21.

Iowa, meanwhile, got help from further review at the close of the first half when a 23-yard pass play from Drew Tate to Scott Chandler that was originally ruled incomplete was overturned for a 23-yard completion to the Indiana 18 with three seconds remaining in the half. Iowa kicked a field goal on the next play to go into half up 17-7.

- Hardy's 203 receiving yards marked the fourth time in school history an IU receiver has reached that mark. The most recent to do so was Tyrone Browning, who had 258 yards against Western Michigan on Sept. 12, 1998.

- Hardy now has 100 yards receiving in five games this season. Ernie Jones holds the school record with seven 100-yard receiving games in 1987. The only game Hardy hasn't reached 100 yards was against Kentucky.

- Blake Powers' 360 yards passing ranks sixth on IU's single-game list. The most recent Hoosier to throw for at least 350 yards in a game was Antwaan Randle El, who had 385 yards passing against Western Michigan on Sept. 12,1998.

- Indiana has eclipsed the 40-minute barrier in time of possession twice this season. The Hoosiers also did it against Kentucky, holding the ball for 41:37 in their 38-14 win over the Wildcats.

- Both IU President Dr. Adam Herbert and IU Athletic Director Rick Greenspan made the trip to Iowa City for the game.

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