Scores

Final

Murray State 3

(1-1, 0-1 away)

Indiana 45

(2-0, 2-0 home)

Coverage: BTN

7:00 PM ET, September 6, 2008

Memorial Stadium (Bloomington, IN), Bloomington, IN

1 2 3 4 T
MURR 3 0 0 03
IND 14 10 21 045

Top Performers

Passing: K. Lewis (IND) - 170 YDS

Rushing: M. Thigpen (IND) - 7 CAR, 100 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Ard (MURR) - 4 REC, 42 YDS

Indiana runs over Murray St. for another 2-0 start

Associated Press

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana's Marcus Thigpen scored touchdowns on his first two carries, produced five plays longer than 20 yards in the first half and led the Hoosiers to a 45-3 rout of Murray State on Saturday night.

Thigpen took the cue perfectly from quarterback Kellen Lewis, who rushed for 185 yards a week earlier. This time Thigpen, a fifth-year senior, ran seven times for 100 yards including scoring runs of 67 and 31 yards in the first quarter.

It was enough to give Indiana its fifth straight 2-0 start, a school record, and a fourth straight home victory -- its longest winning streak at Memorial Stadium since six straight victories during the 2001 and 2002 seasons.

Murray State (1-1), a Championship Subdivision school that hasn't had a winning record since 2004, simply couldn't corral the Hoosiers and never seriously challenged after Thigpen's second TD run.

Thigpen made it look easy.

The first time he touched the ball on offense, Thigpen hit a big hole in the middle and sprinted 67 yards untouched to make it 7-0. The next time Indiana gave it to Thigpen, he went left, waited patiently for his blockers and sprinted 31 yards down the sideline to make it 14-3.

That was all the Hoosiers needed.

Indiana led 24-3 at the half and rushed for three more TDs in the second half for a total of six -- its most in one game since Oct. 6, 2001 against Wisconsin.

Murray State was led by quarterback Nico Yantko, who was 16-of-24 for 95 yards and one interception. He was sacked three times before leaving late in the third quarter.

The Racers ran 27 times for just 28 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MURR
IND
1st Downs1029
Total Yards149476
Passing121222
Rushing28254
Penalties5-570-0
3rd Down Conversions3-134-13
4th Down Conversions1-13-3
Turnovers31
Possession26:4833:12

Passing Leaders

Murray StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Yantko16/24954.001
IndianaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lewis15/211708.100

Rushing Leaders

Murray StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
McKinnis7152.107
Jordan7121.705
IndianaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thigpen710014.3267
McCray8475.9111

Receiving Leaders

Murray StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ard44210.5014
Trotter5255.0010
IndianaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Turner34113.7024
Means44010.0014

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMURRIND
TD07:04Marcus Thigpen 67 Yd Run (Austin Starr Kick) 07
FG03:11Kienan Cullen 27 Yd 37
TD01:09Marcus Thigpen 31 Yd Run (Austin Starr Kick) 314
SECOND QUARTERMURRIND
FG12:13Austin Starr 24 Yd 317
TD04:40Bryan Payton 2 Yd Run (Austin Starr Kick) 324
THIRD QUARTERMURRIND
TD11:31Demetrius Mccray 6 Yd Run (Austin Starr Kick) 331
TD03:24Ben Chappell 1 Yd Run (Austin Starr Kick) 338
TD00:28Zach Davis-Walker 4 Yd Run (Nick Ford Kick) 345