KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) -- Freshman Mitchell Evans intercepted the first two passes of his career and led an Indiana defense that forced five turnovers in a 37-27 victory over Western Michigan Saturday night.
The Hoosier defense also registered five sacks and recovered three fumbles.
Indiana defensive end Greg Middleton scored his first career touchdown on a 44-yard fumble return when Western Michigan quarterback Tim Hiller lost the ball while being sacked. The fumble was the second of five consecutive Western Michigan turnovers in the second and third quarters.
James Hardy caught two scoring passes for Indiana (2-0), and Austin Starr kicked a career-long 48-yard field goal.
Western Michigan (0-2), playing host to a Big Ten team for the first time in school history, went through three quarterbacks in the first half.
Hiller was intercepted once, sacked four times and lost two fumbles in the first half, but completed 28-of-51 passes for 346 yards, all career highs. He also had three touchdowns despite being benched in the second quarter. He threw for 209 yards in the second half.
Western Michigan's Brandon West broke school records in all-purpose yardage (340) and kickoff returns (212). His 98-yard return for a touchdown was the sixth-longest kickoff return in school history.
Indiana QB Kellen Lewis completed 20-of-40 passes for 221 yards and three TDs. The Hoosiers fell behind Western Michigan 7-3 in the first quarter, but scored 31 unanswered points to take a 34-7 third quarter lead.
The win was the 18th straight for Indiana over a Mid-American Conference opponent. The Hoosiers host another MAC school, Akron, next Saturday.