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Fall, 1884
The IU student newspaper made its first reference to football by reporting that a team was being organized.

Fall, 1885
A Yale graduate, professor Arthur B. Woodford, came to Indiana to teach political and social science and during the next year he
Indiana football historyintroduced football to Indiana University. Woodford coached the Hoosiers from 1887 to 1888.

Fall, 1887
The initial Indiana football team plays its first game and loses to Franklin, 10-8. The squad, captained by Harry Wise, its fullback, went into its first game, "unaware of the bruising body contact that would ensue," carrying "only one substitute, a sophomore named Ellis." The team complained that it was hampered by having no reserves to play against in practice. The campus newspaper challenged the student body: "If the boys of Indiana University have any pride in college athletics, let them go to the grounds, divest themselves of coats and vests and give the players practice."

Fall, 1889
Indiana was defeated by Wabash, 40-2, and failed to hold enough player interest to play any more games that year.

Fall, 1891
Robert G. Miller, a former Bloomington attorney, came to IU as a law student and brought a football with him. Billy Herod, of Indianapolis, was named coach. Herod never played football but had seen it played in the East. Indiana lost to DePauw, Wabash, Butler, and Purdue.

Fall, 1892
It was a struggle to keep a team and Indiana was forced to forfeit its final contest vs. DePauw. Indiana did defeat Butler and Wabash to finish the season 2-2.

Fall, 1893
Twenty-three men wear the Cream and Crimson as they begin to wind down their season by losing to Purdue, 64-0. The squad includes its first African-American player, Preston E. Eagleson, of Bloomington. Eagleson, who played left halfback for three seasons, graduated in 1893 and received a master's degree in 1906.

Fall, 1894
The campus paper said, "Our best center can't practice because he has a recitation from 4 to 5 p.m." Although faculty members had contributed $10 each to pay a coach $150, the season was again a struggle as the Hoosiers forfeited the season finale to Purdue.

Fall, 1895
At long last, a team and a schedule. This was the real beginning. Indiana won four, lost three. There were no Purdue games in 1895 and 1896 but football was here.

Fall, 1896
Indiana names Madison G. Gonterman, hired away from Harvard, as its football coach. Gonterman's teams go 6-2 in 1896 and 6-1-1 in 1897.

Dec. 1, 1899
The Western Conference (Big Nine) admits Indiana and Iowa into the newly formed alignment. The now-Big Ten had been formed in 1896 with Chicago, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin its charter members.

Fall, 1900
The first Western Conference schedule is complete. Indiana loses to Northwestern, 12-0, in its conference opener but defeats Purdue, 24-5, to close the season.

Fall, 1903
Z. G. Clevenger is captain of James H. Horne's team that finished the season at 4-4. Clevenger, a 145-pound halfback, is one of Indiana's all-time greats. He was a team captain in three sports, served as coach and administrator, and for 23 years served as athletic director. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Fall, 1905
In his first year as IU's head coach, James M. Sheldon leads Indiana to an 8-1-1 record including wins over Ohio State and Notre Dame. Indiana ties Purdue in Indianapolis, 11-11.

Nov. 21, 1908
"It was a mighty day in Indiana University football annals," read the 1909 Arbutus. "It marked the resumption of football relations between Indiana and that school at Lafayette, Purdue. But more than that, it has gone down to posterity and so forth as the day when Purdue was shown her real and proper sphere in State football circles, just below Indiana."

Fall, 1910
Indiana's only loss of the year was vs. Illinois, 3-0, on a field goal in the last two minutes of the game. That, and a field goal made by Wisconsin, were the only points registered against the 1910 team. The captain of that squad, Arthur Berndt, would later be elected mayor of Bloomington.

Fall, 1913
It was popular Jimmy Sheldon's last season as head coach. He had the longest tenure of a football coach at Indiana until Bo McMillin coached for 14 years (1934-1947).

Fall, 1914
Clarence Childs, a graduate of Yale University, where he was coached by Walter Camp, is hired as Indiana's first full-time football coach and athletic director. He hires Jim Thorpe, the Olympic great, as one of his assistants. Thorpe also coached baseball at Indiana.

Fall, 1919
Indiana loses to Centre College, 12-3. A slim youngster by the name of Alvin McMillin, the future IU coach, set up the first Centre score by completing a long forward pass. He also scored the second by running 25 yards with an intercepted pass in the final moments of the contest.

Sept. 12, 1922
Indiana begins practice without a coach. However, three days later James "Pat" Herron arrives. On Sept. 15, 1922, Herron's first practice is witnessed by 2,500 Indiana students and the IU band.

The original Memorial Stadium is under construction. It is to seat 22,000 fans and $250,000 is raised to erect the new facility. The new stadium is built on the grounds of the golf course and will replace Jordan Field, which had been the home of Indiana football since 1887.

March 12, 1923
"Navy Bill" Ingram begins his first practice at IU. He stresses fundamentals such as running a zig-zag line of sand bags to teach backfield men to keep their balance and dodge down the field.

Nov. 22, 1924
Indiana loses the first game played at Purdue's new Ross-Ade Stadium, 26-7.

Nov. 21, 1925
In the first Old Oaken Bucket game, and the dedication of the original Memorial Stadium, IU and Purdue play to a 0-0 tie. 14,000 people contributed the $250,000 necessary to build the stadium.

Oct. 2, 1926
A 31-7 defeat of Depauw opens the grid schedule and Pat Page's regime as head football coach.

Sept. 22, 1927
Pat Page takes a plane ride over Memorial Stadium to study the wind currents that will be the most hospitable for punting.

Oct. 3, 1928
The new IU Fieldhouse hosts an indoor practice session for the first time in school history.

Oct. 13, 1928
Indiana 6, Michigan 0. Indiana defeats Fielding Yost's club after losing 63-0 to the Wolverines in 1925.

Oct. 16, 1932
Marks Indiana's first homecoming win in Memorial Stadium and IU's first win ever over the Iowa Hawkeyes, 12-0. Indiana is coached by renowned track coach E.C. "Billy" Hayes who had taken the job as a favor to President William L. Bryan.

March 8, 1934
Bo McMillin leaves Kansas State to be the new football coach at Indiana. McMillin, known nationally for his wide-open approach to football, was a former All-America quarterback at Centre College in Kentucky.

Sept. 29, 1934
The Hoosiers wear black satin pants and new jerseys with a lighter shade of red and black satin numerals. Red stockings and a newly designed helmet provide the finishing touches. The uniforms must have helped as Indiana is victorious in Bo McMillin's first game as a Hoosier, 27-0.

Oct. 5, 1934
Major John L. Griffin, commissioner of the Western Conference, received no protest against the legality of the five-man backfield formation employed by Bo McMillin.

Nov. 23, 1934
Indiana defeated Purdue, 17-6, to knock the Boilers out of a potential tie for the Big Ten title. Purdue was undefeated in the Western Conference and was tied with Minnesota prior to the setback.

Oct. 7, 1936
Football and basketball standout Vern Huffman plays his final home game in a 9-7 win over Syracuse.

Dec. 26, 1936
Vern Huffman is selected as the Big Ten's MVP. He is the only IU athlete in history to be an All-America selection in both football and basketball.

Dec. 11, 1937
Corby Davis is an All-America selection by the All-American Board of Football. He is named as the Chicago Tribune's MVP and is the top pick in the professional draft by the Cleveland Rams.

Oct. 1, 1938
A total of 67,397 watch Ohio State's 6-0 win over Indiana at Ohio Stadium. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reads, "No Ohio team ever came through as hard a game, battered, tattered but victorious."

Nov. 5, 1938
Hoosiers make appearance at Boston's Fenway Park but lose to Boston College, 14-0.

Oct. 22, 1939
Indiana wins a game at Illinois for the first time since 1899, 7-6.

Oct. 7, 1939
Hurlin' Hal Hursh and Iowa's Nile Kinnick put on an aerial show but Iowa prevails, 32-29. Both would die during the war.

Nov. 11, 1939
New York City's legendary Polo Grounds hosts Indiana and Fordham. The Rams won, 13-0, before a crowd of 19,279.

Sept. 9, 1942
Billy Hillenbrand appears in Look magazine. The publication bills the "Evansville Express" as the 1942 Big Ten-nominee for All-America honors.

Sept. 26, 1942
Quarterback Lou Saban leads the Hoosiers to a 53-0 victory over Butler. The 53 points established a Memorial Stadium record for scoring.

Oct. 31, 1942
Former pro and college stars playing for the Iowa Seahawks pre-flight school defeat Indiana, 26-6.

Oct. 9, 1943
IU amasses 345 yards passing in a 54-13 win over Nebraska.

Fall, 1943
IU's freshman team was unofficially known as the top civilian team in the nation after it notched a thrilling 20-14 victory over Ohio State.

Sept. 28, 1945
Pete Pihos and Howard Brown return from World War II in time for the second game of the year at Northwestern. The Hoosiers tie the Wildcats, 7-7.

Nov. 24, 1945
"This is the greatest thrill of my life," said Bo McMillin after the Hoosiers defeat Purdue, 26-0, to clinch the Big Ten title and a 9-0-1 season.

Nov. 27, 1945
IU finishes fourth in the Associated Press football poll behind Army, Navy, and Alabama.

Fall, 1945
Bo McMillin is named national coach-of-the-year and the Football Writers Assoc. Man of the Year.

Sept. 21, 1946
Indiana wears plastic headgear for the first time.

Sept. 23, 1946
Bo McMillin is named athletic director. He succeeds Z. G. Clevenger.

Oct. 21, 1950
"The prancing feet of Bobby Robertson shook Memorial Stadium like thunder this afternoon and the swift, sure passes of Lou D'Achille flashed like lightning as Indiana defeated Notre Dame, 20-7," wrote Paul Neville of the South Bend Tribune.

Fall, 1951
Coach Bo McMillin is inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Aug. 5, 1957
Phil Dickins was suspended for one year because of a Big Ten recruiting violation. Bob Hicks serves as the acting coach, and the Hoosiers finish the year with a 1-8 mark.

Aug. 27, 1958
Construction begins on the new Memorial Stadium. The stadium was designed by the New York architectural firm of Eggers and Higgins.

Sept. 27, 1958
Phil Dickens' first game at Indiana was also the last game of a four-year series between Indiana and Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish defeat IU, 18-0.

Oct. 6, 1958
For the first time in the history of Indiana football the Hoosiers play in light blue jerseys when they take on the West Virginia Mountaineers. The Hoosiers pull a 13-12 upset and wear the jerseys at home for the remainder of the season.

Nov. 8, 1958
The Old Brass Spittoon is in Indiana's possession for the first time after a 6-0 win vs. Michigan State. Earl Faison runs 80 yards for the game's only touchdown. One week later the Hoosiers beat Michigan, 8-6.

Fall, 1958
Coach Phil Dickins finishes third in national Coach-of-the-Year voting. Indiana improves its record to 5-3-1 after finishing 1-8 in 1957.

Nov. 7, 1959
Indiana and Ohio State play to a scoreless tie at Ohio Stadium.

Oct. 8, 1960
Oregon State is the opponent in the first game played at Memorial Stadium. The Beavers beat the Hoosiers, 20-6. The stadium's materials weigh 75,536 tons.

Oct. 22, 1960
The new Memorial Stadium is dedicated as Michigan State defeats the Hoosiers, 35-0. The new stadium contract totaled $4,563,000 and the entire site development, including parking lot construction, totaled $1,509,860.

Fall, 1960
The NCAA decides to disallow any IU win during the Big Ten season because of Indiana's illegal recruiting practices. The Hoosiers lose seven games on their own.

Fall, 1961
IU offers 54 scholarships to freshmen because the number of sophomores and juniors allowed on the Indiana roster is drastically reduced due to NCAA restrictions. Indiana signs 51 of the 54 players who are offered scholarships.

Oct. 28, 1961
Top-ranked Michigan State hands Indiana a 35-0 loss after leading by just seven points at the half.

Nov. 11, 1961
Herman B Wells attends his last homecoming game as IU president. Third-ranked Ohio State defeats the Hoosiers, 16-7.

Sept. 22, 1962
Despite being penalized 16 times for 189 yards, Indiana defeats Kansas State 21-0 in the season opener.

Oct. 6, 1962
Current Wisconsin athletic director Pat Richter, an All-America end, catches four passes for 63 yards and one TD in the Badgers' 30-6 win over IU.

Nov. 3, 1962
Ara Parseghian leads top-ranked Northwestern into Bloomington and the Wildcats squeeze by the Hoosiers, 26-21.

Nov. 17, 1962
After 19 consecutive Big Ten setbacks, IU defeats Purdue 12-7 in West Lafayette.

Jan. 22, 1965
John Pont is appointed head football coach. Prior to arriving at IU, he compiled a 55-27-3 record during a seven-year stint at Miami (Ohio) and a two-year stay at Yale.

Nov. 25, 1967
The Hoosiers cap a 9-1 regular season record with a trip to the Rose Bowl after a 19-14 win vs. Purdue. Terry Cole rushes 15 times for 155 yards. Purdue came into the game as a 14-point favorite and the nation's third-ranked team. The Hoosiers had fallen from fifth to 14th in the national polls after a loss to Minnesota one week earlier.

Jan. 1, 1968
In Indiana's first-ever bowl appearance, USC mustered an 84-yd. scoring drive in the first quarter and tallied on a 45-yard drive in the third stanza to hold on for a 14-3 win over IU's "Cardiac Kids." All-America running back O.J. Simpson rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns.

Jan. 11, 1968
At a luncheon in New York City, John Pont was named college football's Coach-of-the-Year for 1967.

Feb. 21, 1968
Pete Pihos is inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame.

Fall, 1968
Zora Clevenger is inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Nov. 1, 1969
John Isenbarger rushes 25 times for 152 yards vs. Michigan State. He passes the 2,000-yard barrier for his career and Indiana wins, 16-0.

Nov. 7, 1969
A fire destroys the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house, the home for at least 11 Indiana football players. The players who lived in the house included: Harry Gonso, Eric Stolberg, Hank Pogue, Karl Pankratz, Don Warner, Chris Morris, Jamie O'Hara, Chuck Thomson, Bill Bordner, Dave Hoehn, and Bill Simon.

Fall, 1970
Pete Pihos is inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame along with Tom Fears, Jack Christianson, and Hugh McElhenny. Pihos set then-Philadelphia Eagles' records for catches in one season (63 in '55) and career (373 from '47-55.) He led the NFL in catches three times and was selected to play in the first six Pro Bowls.

Jan. 7, 1973
Lee Corso is hired as Indiana's head football coach.

Sept. 15, 1973
The Hoosiers almost miss the opening kickoff as the team enters the field on a double-decker bus. After warming up in the fieldhouse, Lee Corso, in his first game at Indiana, leads his troops to the field. Band Day festivities hamper the progress of the bus. Illinois defeats the Hoosiers, 28-14.

Sept. 17, 1977
The Hoosiers did what no other IU team in the last 21 years had done, come from more than one touchdown behind in the fourth quarter to win. End of third quarter: LSU 21, Indiana 10. Final Score: Indiana 24, LSU 21.

Nov. 5, 1977
Freshman quarterback Tim Clifford came off the bench when starter Scott Arnett suffered bruised ribs and rallied the Hoosiers from a 14-point deficit to a 24-21 win over Iowa.

Sept. 8, 1979
Down 26-3 at the half to Iowa, the Hoosiers rally behind quarterback Tim Clifford to pull out a 30-26 win. Clifford threw for two scores, including a 66-yard game winner to Lonnie Johnson with only 58 seconds to play. The comeback is the largest deficit overcome in IU football history.

Oct. 25, 1979
Indiana loses to Michigan in Ann Arbor, 27-21. The Hoosiers score with 55 seconds left to tie the game, 21-21. During the play, IU play-by-play announcer Don Fischer catches himself on fire from a cigarette ash. The sleeve of his sport coat burned, but he never missed announcing a play. Michigan scores on the last play of the game on a "Hail Mary" pass from reserve quarterback John Wangler to Anthony Carter. Carter caught the ball at the 15-yard line and eluded three Indiana defenders to score.

Dec. 21, 1979
In a Holiday Bowl game that produced 52 first downs, 874 yards of total offense, and eight lead changes, IU defeats Brigham Young, 38-37.

Nov. 22, 1980
Purdue escapes with a 24-23 win when a two-point conversion pass is deflected after IU scores a touchdown with just 17 seconds remaining. The Hoosiers had gone 65 yards in their final drive converting on three fourth-down situations. A 10-yard, fourth-down, pass from Tim Clifford to Steve Corso moved the Hoosiers to within a point.

Sept. 26, 1981
In a game at Syracuse in the one-year-old Carrier Dome, Duane Gunn scores on a 97-yard kickoff return to open the second half. The return gives the Hoosiers a 7-6 lead but the Orangemen come back to win the contest, 21-7.

Dec. 8, 1981
At the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, George Taliaferro is inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Taliaferro led the Hoosiers to the Big Ten title in 1945 and was the first African-American player ever drafted by an NFL team.

Sept. 10, 1983
Sam Wyche leads the Hoosiers to a 15-10 win over the Duke Blue Devils in his first game as head coach at Indiana. Wyche was formerly the San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks and wide receivers coach.

Jan. 4, 1984
Bill Mallory is the choice of the Indiana University Athletics Committee as IU's new head football coach. He is approved by the Trustees on Feb. 4. Mallory was a head coach at Miami (Ohio), Colorado, and Northern Illinois prior to coming to Bloomington. At Miami, in 1973, he went 11-0 and defeated Florida in the Tangerine Bowl.

Sept. 5, 1986

A $4 million overhaul of the IU football complex is complete. Former IU Coach Sam Wyche contributes $10,000 dollars. The Twelfth Man Club, a 60-member group, kicked in the first $600,000.

Oct. 28, 1986
Bill Mallory announces that running back Anthony Thompson and quarterback Dave Schnell, two former Parade magazine high school All-America picks, will earn their first career starts in a game vs. Wisconsin later that week.

Nov. 7, 1986
The IU Board of Trustees votes to extend the contract of head football coach Bill Mallory for three years.

Dec. 3, 1986
United Press International honors Bill Mallory as its Big Ten Coach-of-the-Year. The award is voted upon by the Big Ten's head coaches.

Dec. 31, 1986
In the All-American Bowl, the Hoosiers reached at least midfield on eight of nine possessions but could manage only four penetrations inside the Florida State 35-yard line. The Seminoles' Sammie Smith rushed for 205 yards and scored two touchdowns. Indiana closed to within 20-13 in the fourth quarter but failed to close the gap further.

Oct. 10, 1987
"I've known Ohio State football pretty well since I enrolled as a freshman here in 1949, and this has got to be the darkest day for Ohio State football since I've been associated with it," said Earle Bruce after IU had just defeated his Buckeyes at the Horseshoe by the score of 31-10. It was IU's first win over Ohio State in 36 years.

Oct. 25, 1987
Indiana is in sole possession of first place after a 14-10 Homecoming win over Michigan. The Hoosiers had not defeated Michigan for 20 years prior to this come-from-behind win in a driving rainstorm.

Jan. 2, 1988
Tennessee drove 40 yards in nine plays and scored on a nine-yard run by Reggie Cobb with 1:52 to play to earn a 27-22 victory in the 20th Peach Bowl game. Tennessee had earlier relinquished a 21-3 lead as the Hoosiers scored 19 unanswered points.

Oct. 8, 1988
The Hoosiers beat Ohio State in Bloomington for the first time since 1904, 41-7. Anthony Thompson set IU game, season, and career touchdown records with four first-half scores as IU led 28-0 at the half. It was IU's biggest winning margin in Big Ten play since 1945.

Dec. 28, 1988
Indiana dominates the Liberty Bowl and defeats South Carolina, 34-10 in Memphis. IU sets a Liberty Bowl record with 575 yards of total offense, while USC could muster only 153 total yards, including just 23 rushing. The big play was an 88-yard TD pass from Dave Schnell to Rob Turner, a score that upped IU's lead to 27-10.

Nov. 4, 1989
Anthony Thompson scores his 60th career touchdown to set a then NCAA Division I-A record.

Nov. 11, 1989
Rueben Mayes' and Mike Pringle's 357-yard NCAA single-game rushing record falls as Anthony Thompson rushes for 377 yards in a 45-17 victory at Wisconsin. Thompson also scores four touchdowns on the day.

Nov. 24, 1989
Anthony Thompson was the top vote-getter and the only repeat selection on the 1989 Walter Camp All-America team. Thompson finishes the season with 1,793 yards and 24 touchdowns.

Dec. 2, 1989
A chorus of boos is heard throughout the Hoosier Dome during the Indiana-Kentucky basketball game as it is announced that Andre Ware of Houston is the 55th recipient of the Heisman Trophy. Anthony Thompson finishes second.

Dec. 30, 1990
Quarterback Stan White scored a one-yard run with only 39 seconds remaining to give the Auburn Tigers a 27-23 victory in the Peach Bowl. Vaughn Dunbar rushed for 81 yards for IU and earned game MVP honors along with safety Mike Dumas, who had 14 total tackles and four passes broken up.

Jan. 30, 1991
The National Football Foundation inducts 11 former All-America football players, and one living coach, into its Hall of Fame. Included among the 11 is former Hoosier center John Tavener, who played for IU from 1941-44. Other inductees included Earl Campbell, Jack Ham, and Jim Plunkett.

Sept. 28, 1991
Vaughn Dunbar rushes 33 times for 265 yards in a 27-27 tie at Missouri.

Oct. 5, 1991
MSU leaves the Old Brass Spittoon in East Lansing because the Spartans did not believe they would be forced to relinquish it to the Hoosiers. After a 31-0 victory, the Hoosiers claim their right to the trophy. Bill Mallory says he'll send one of his coaches there to pick it up if it isn't shipped. This is the first time since Nov. 22, 1968, that Indiana had possession of the Bourbon Barrel, the Old Brass Spittoon, and the Old Oaken Bucket.

Oct. 24, 1991
The Big Ten Conference suspends Coach Bill Mallory for one game for his angry press conference denunciation of the officiating in Indiana's 24-16 loss at Michigan. IU was given the choice of a one game suspension or a $10,000 fine. Mallory asked that the suspension be taken.

Oct. 26, 1991
A 17-0 halftime deficit turns into a 28-20 win for the Hoosiers. Indiana is forced to play without coach Bill Mallory, who was suspended for the game by the Big Ten Conference for comments he had made about officiating. Mallory accompanies the team to Madison but returned to Bloomington two hours prior to the game.

Nov. 21, 1991
One-hundred years after the first IU-Purdue contest, the Hoosiers and Boilers play the Centennial game. Indiana defeats Purdue, 24-22, to reclaim the Old Oaken Bucket.

Dec. 31, 1991
A trip to Tucson, Ariz., and an appearance in the Copper Bowl was the reward for a solid 6-4-1 regular season. It is the fifth bowl appearance in six years for Indiana. Vaughn Dunbar (Offensive MVP) and Mark Hagen (Defensive MVP) lead the Hoosiers to a 24-0 win over Baylor.

Sept. 26, 1992
Sophomore Brett Law rushes for 240 yards in the Hoosiers' 20-10 win vs. Missouri. At the time, it is the third-best rushing performance in IU history.

Dec. 31, 1993
It looked as if Virginia Tech would take a 14-13 lead into the locker room at halftime but the Hokies scored 14 points in the last :23 seconds of the first half to take a 28-13 lead. The Hokies go on to beat the Hoosiers in the Independence Bowl. Indiana's Thomas Lewis caught six passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns.

Sept. 3, 1994
Before a national ESPN audience, freshman tailback Alex Smith makes his collegiate debut and rushes 23 times for 152 yards in a 28-3 win over Cincinnati.

Sept. 17, 1994
A Commonwealth Stadium crowd of 57,825 witness an offensive juggernaut as the Hoosiers tally 650 yards of total offense, including 578 rushing yards as IU defeats Kentucky 59-29 in a Bourbon Barrel rout. Alex Smith rushes for 221 yards, Jermaine Chaney runs for 167, and Brett Law adds a total of 97.

Nov 5, 1994
Undefeated, Penn State rolls into Bloomington and is provided with a stern test. The Hoosiers score 22 points in the fourth quarter, including a 40-yard pass from Chris Dittoe to Dorian Wilkerson with no time remaining on the clock to pull to within 35-29. The IU defense "holds" the PSU offense to 469 total yards. Chris Dittoe is 21 of 35 for 279 yards and four touchdowns. Ki-Jana Carter adds 192 yards rushing for the Nittany Lions. The narrow victory eventually costs PSU the national championship.

Nov. 19, 1994
Alex Smith rushes for a Big Ten freshman record 245 yards on 31 carries as IU defeats Purdue, 33-29, before 62,839 fans at Ross-Ade Stadium. The crowd was the largest in the state of Indiana for a football game at any level that season. Smith finishes the regular season with 1,475 rushing yards.

Fall, 1994
United Press International names Indiana's Alex Smith its Freshman-of-the-Year following the 1994 football season.

Sept. 5, 1995
Bill Mallory becomes Indiana's all-time winningest coach as the Hoosiers open the season with a 24-10 win over Western Michigan. Mallory's 64th career win moved him past Bo McMillin (1934-42) on the all-time win list.

April 12, 1996
The Mellencamp Pavilion, an indoor practice facility named after singer/songwriter John Mellencamp, is dedicated.

Oct. 31, 1996
Indiana University Athletic Director Clarence Doninger announces that head coach Bill Mallory will be replaced following the 1996 season.

Nov. 23, 1996
Bill Mallory is carried off the field by his players as the Hoosiers win their departing coach's final game at Purdue, 33-16. The win snapped a 15-game Big Ten losing streak for the Hoosiers.

Nov. 26, 1996
IU Athletic Director Clarence Doninger introduces Cam Cameron as the school's 24th head football coach. Cameron served for 10 years as an assistant coach at Michigan and three seasons as the quarterbacks coach of the Washington Redskins (1994-96). He became just the second IU alum to lead the football team as he was a two-sport athlete for the Hoosiers from 1979-84.

Sept. 19, 1998
At Lexington, Ky., Indiana intercepts Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch four times. The following April, Couch is the top pick in the NFL draft and by the Cleveland Browns.

Oct. 3, 1998
Derin Graham returns the opening kickoff of the second half vs. Wisconsin 100 yards for a touchdown to give IU a 13-3 lead. It is the first kickoff return for a touchdown by an Indiana player since 1981.

Oct. 24, 1998
Indiana true freshman safety Greg Yeldell intercepted three different Michigan passers, tying the NCAA record for interceptions in a game by a freshman. He became the fifth player in IU history to intercept three passes in a game and the first since Tim Wilbur at Illinois on Nov. 10, 1979.

Oct. 31, 1998
Before a sellout crowd of 52,049 in Bloomington, No. 1 ranked Ohio State defeated Indiana, 38-7. At halftime, then Indiana head basketball coach Bob Knight presented ABC Sports announcer Keith Jackson with a mahogany football for his service to college football.

Fall, 1998
Indiana quarterback Antwaan Randle El was named Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Year after leading the Hoosiers in rushing with 873 yards and passing with 1,745 yards.

Oct. 2, 1999
Trailing 28-7 with less than five minutes remaining in the third quarter, Indiana scores 21 unanswered points. After a Neil Rackers 36-yard field goal gave Illinois a 31-28 overtime advantage, Randle El finds RB Levron Williams on a 25-yard pass play on Indiana's first offensive play in the overtime that gives Indiana the win, 34-31, in Bloomington. It is the second largest comeback in IU football history (30-26 win over Iowa in 1979 after trailing 26-3 at halftime).

Oct. 9, 1999
Indiana overcomes a 14-0 deficit and amasses 543 total yards of offense, including 429 yards on the ground, to defeat Northwestern, 34-17, at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington. Indiana's defense holds the Wildcats to 194 net offensive yards, including only 25 passing yards.

Nov. 22, 1999
The Big Ten Conference announces that sophomore quarterback Antwaan Randle El has been named co-Big Ten Offensive Player-of-the-Week for his performance vs. Purdue. Randle El completed 22-33 passes for 329 yards and one touchdown and also rushed for 48 yards and one score.

Oct. 21, 2000
Antwaan Randle El amasses 473 total offensive yards as Indiana defeats Minnesota 51-43. Randle El rushed for 210 yards and two touchdowns, while throwing for 263 yards and two scores. In doing so, he became only the fifth player in Division IA history to rush for 200 yards and pass for 200 yards in the same game. He was also named Big Ten Offensive Player-of-the-Week. Indiana gained a total of 611 yards and 30 first downs.

Nov. 28, 2000
The Hoosiers play at the RCA Dome (Indianapolis) for only the second time as they host Penn State. Nittany Lions kicker Ryan Primanti breaks a 24-24 tie with a 39-yard field goal with :18 seconds remaining to give Penn State the victory.

Sept. 15, 2001
The Indiana-Kentucky game is rescheduled until early December due to the terrorist strikes against the United States on September 11.

Oct. 6, 2001
Indiana scores 63 points in a 63-32 victory at Wisconsin. The Hoosiers jumped out to a 32-0 lead after the first quarter of play. The victory was Indiana's first of the season. Levron Williams led the way rushing for 280 yards on 20 carrries and scoring school record six touchdowns.

Nov. 3, 2001
On Parents' Weekend the Hoosiers explode for 56 points to defeat Northwestern at Memorial Stadium 56-21. Kicker Adam Braucher ties the school record with eight extra points.

Nov. 24, 2001
On a cold and rainy afternoon Indiana wins back the Old Oaken Bucket with a 13-7 home victory over Purdue.

Fall, 2001
Antwaan Randle El is named First Team All-American and Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. He concludes his career as one of the greatest college football players of all-time rushing for 3,895 yards, passing for 7,469 and accounting for 86 touchdowns.

Dec. 5, 2001

Indiana University Athletic Michael McNeely announces that head coach Cam Cameron will not return for the 2002 season..

Jan. 8, 2002
IU Athletic Director Michael McNeely introduces Gerry DiNardo as the school's 25th head football coach. It marked the third collegiate head coaching stint for DiNardo as he had served as the head coach at Vanderbilt and LSU. He is quickly welcomed to Bloomington with a billboard that read "Welcome to Bloomington Coach DiNardo. The Football Capital of Indiana."

Aug. 31, 2002
Indiana defeat William and Mary, 25-17, as Gerry DiNardo picks up his first victory as a Hoosier. Senior defensive lineman Kris Dielman tied a school record with five tackles for loss and was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.

Oct. 12, 2002
The Hoosiers rally from a 19-point deficit in the second half to upset No. 23 Wisconsin, 32-29. Senior quarterback receives national recognition for his 310-yard, four touchdown performance. He was also named Big Ten Player of the Week.

Nov. 16, 2002
Despite a 58-25 loss to Penn State, the Hoosiers set the single season passing record with 2,826 eclipsing the pervious mark of 2,627 in 1991 by the Trent Green-led Hoosiers. The Hoosiers finished the season with 3,020 yards passing.

Nov. 23, 2002
Sophomore wide receiver Courtney Roby became only the third Hoosier to eclipse the 1,000-yard receiving mark in a 34-10 loss to Purdue. Junior wide out Glenn Johnson made his 50th catch of the season against the Boilermakers as him and Roby became the first Hoosier tandem to have 50 catches for the season in Indiana history.

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