17 – straight losses for Indiana against Big Ten foes on the road. Indiana hasn't won a Big Ten road game since Nov. 10, 2001, when the Antwaan Randle El-led Hoosiers traveled to East Lansing and knocked off Michigan State 37-28. Indiana has lost a pair of games in Champaign during the four-plus season conference road losing streak, falling 45-14 in 2002 and then squandering a 19-0 first quarter lead in 2004 before falling 26-22. Ironically, that 2004 win for the Illini was their last Big Ten conference victory before Saturday's 23-20 upset of Michigan State in East. Lansing.
27.9 – Indiana's conversion percentage on third downs, easily the worst in the Big Ten. The Hooseirs have converted on only 19-of-68 3rd down attempts this season, which has contributed significantly to IU's 28:02 time of possession average which ranks ninth in the league. The Hoosiers have been particularly bad in the category during their three-game losing streak, converting on only 11-of-42 3rd downs. Illinois, meanwhile, ranks third in the Big Ten with a 43.3 percent (29-of-67) success rate on third down.
178.8 – yards rushing/game by the Illini, which ranks fifth in the Big Ten. Illinois is led by senior tailback Pierre Thomas, who ranks ninth in the Big Ten in rushing with 58 carries for 349 yards, an 6.0 yards/carry average. Thomas, who is coming off an 18-carry, 110-yard performance against Michigan State, had the biggest game of his career the last time the Hoosiers traveled to Champaign. In 2004, Thomas rushed for a career-high 185 yards on 21 carries, including a 44-yard fourth-quarter touchdown, in the Illini's 26-22 win.
7 – number of touchdowns the Illini have yielded in their opponents' 18 trips inside the red zone. That's a success rate of only 38.8 percent for Illinois' opponents, which ranks Illinois second in the category in the Big Ten behind only Wisconsin (3-of-10, 30 percent). In contrast, Indiana's opponents have driven the ball into the red zone 20 times and come away with 14 touchdowns (70 percent). Wisconsin scored touchdowns in six of its seven trips inside the IU 20-yard line, while Southern Illinois was a perfect 4-of-4 in doing the same two weeks ago.
103 – yards rushing for new Illinois quarterback Isiah "Juice" Williams in the upset of Michigan State last weekend. In just his second career start Williams carried 17 times for the 103 yards while also completing 9-of-16 passes for another 122 yards and one touchdown. His effort against the Spartans was a marked improvement over what he did in his debut against Iowa one week earlier. Williams was just 9-of-32 passing for 161 yards and three interceptions in a 24-7 loss to the Hawkeyes. He also carried the ball 17 times for 44 yards against Iowa.
What's coming up:
On Monday – Five Numbers to Note
On Tuesday - Four Key Matchups
On Wednesday – Three Big Concerns
On Thursday – Two Things IU Must Do to Win
On Friday – One Bold Prediction
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