48,391 – record attendance for the Insight Bowl, which occurred in 2006 for Texas Tech's 44-41 overtime win over Minnesota. Insight Bowl officials believe this year's IU-OSU encounter, though, should shatter that mark and could actually wind up being a sell-out at the 56,000-seat Sun Devil Stadium. Indiana has reportedly sold almost all of its allotted 10,000 tickets, while Oklahoma State sold about half of its total. Ironically, the smallest attendance for the bowl game – which used to be called the Copper Bowl – can in 1991 when the Hoosiers topped Baylor 24-0. Only 35,751 turned out for the Hoosiers' victory. If the Insight Bowl does in fact sellout, it will be very good news for the Hoosiers' in the future when it comes to bowl selections. Indiana had developed a reputation for not traveling well to bowl games, but the fact it will nearly sell its entire ticket allotment will be noticed by bowl representatives in future years.
65 – percent of Oklahoma State's trips inside the red zone resulted in touchdowns. That compares favorably to Indiana, which scored touchdowns on 59 percent of its ventures inside the 20-yard line. In a game that figures to include plenty of total offense from both offensive units, one of the deciding factors could wind up being which team is best able to turn those drives into six points instead of having to settle for three. Indiana clearly has an edge over the Cowboys when it comes to field goal kicking – Austin Starr was 19-of-21 on field goals while OSU was 10-of-18 as a team – but this is a game where the winning team is going to need to score in the 30s – if not the 40s – so red zone production will be critical.
29 – turnovers lost by the Hoosiers this season, which ranked 99th out of 119 Division I teams. Hoosier quarterback Kellen Lewis' 11 interceptions wasn't a staggering total considering he attempted 399 passes, but Indiana lost an NCAA-worst 18 fumbles this season. On the flip side, Indiana made up for its turnover problems by being one of the nation's best at forcing its opponents into miscues. The Hoosiers' 29 turnovers gained ranked 16th in the country and first in the Big Ten. With those numbers in mind, turnovers will be a determining factor in the Insight Bowl's outcome, particularly early on. If one of these teams can force a turnover and turn it into points, someone could quickly find themselves facing a double-digit deficit and playing catch up the rest of the way.
21 – sacks for Oklahoma State this season, a total that was one-half of IU's school-record of 42. While Indiana ranked third nationally with its 42 sacks, Oklahoma State was well down the list, coming in at No. 80. That's good news for Lewis and IU Offensive Coordinator Matt Canada, who figure to try to pick apart a very suspect Cowboy secondary. Opposing quarterbacks completed 287 of 438 passes against the Cowboys this season, averaging 292.0 yards/game. That ranks Oklahoma State 115th in Division I football against the pass. IU's James Hardy figures to have a big day against an OSU secondary that gave up huge receiving days to Kansas' Marcus Henry (8 catches, 199 yards, 3 TDs), Kansas State's Jordy Nelson (12 catches, 176 yards, 3 TDs) and the Texas Tech duo of Michael Crabtree (14 catches, 237 yards, 3 TDs) and Danny Amendola (14 catches, 233 yards, 1 TD).
8 – of Adarius Bowman's 19 career touchdowns that have come from at least 40 yards out. Oklahoma State's No. 1 pass catching threat caught six touchdowns of at least 40 yards a year ago, and has added two more this season – including a career-best 77-yard score against Florida Atlantic. While Indiana will play plenty of zone against Oklahoma State, when it is in man coverage Tracy Porter will be the cornerback assigned to slowing down the 6-4, 220-pound Bowman. Bowman was originally thought to be questionable for the game after missing the final two games of the regular season with a sprained knee, but he's once again practicing and back to 100 percent according to OSU coach Mike Gundy.
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