Scores

Final

Indiana 37

(2-0, 1-0 away)

W Michigan 27

(0-2, 0-1 home)

Coverage: ESPNU

8:00 PM ET, September 8, 2007

Waldo Stadium, Kalamazoo, MI

1 2 3 4 T
IND 10 21 3 337
WMU 7 0 7 1327

Top Performers

Passing: T. Hiller (WMU) - 343 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Thigpen (IND) - 22 CAR, 81 YDS

Receiving: J. Simmons (WMU) - 14 REC, 158 YDS, 1 TD

Indiana 37, W. Michigan 27

Associated Press

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.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
IND
WMU
1st Downs2219
Total Yards442384
Passing221354
Rushing22130
Penalties11-9312-111
3rd Down Conversions8-219-19
4th Down Conversions1-32-4
Turnovers15
Possession32:4027:20

Passing Leaders

IndianaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lewis20/402215.531
Western MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hiller28/513436.731

Rushing Leaders

IndianaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thigpen22813.7018
McCray8759.4045
Western MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
West12514.3011
Thompson382.705

Receiving Leaders

IndianaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Fisher9778.6015
Means35117.0035
Western MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
Simmons1415811.3127
West58316.6041

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERINDWMU
FG10:53Austin Starr 21 Yd 30
TD03:43Anthony Middleton 6 Yd Pass From Tim Hiller (Mike Jones Kick) 37
TD00:10Josiah Sears 24 Yd Pass From Kellen Lewis (Austin Starr Kick) 107
SECOND QUARTERINDWMU
TD06:21Greg Middleton 44 Yd Fumble Return (Austin Starr Kick) 177
TD03:52James Hardy 10 Yd Pass From Kellen Lewis (Austin Starr Kick) 247
TD00:03James Hardy 11 Yd Pass From Kellen Lewis (Austin Starr Kick) 317
THIRD QUARTERINDWMU
FG04:57Austin Starr 24 Yd 347
TD04:43Brandon West 98 Yd Kickoff Return (Mike Jones Kick) 3414
FOURTH QUARTERINDWMU
TD14:55Jamarko Simmons 7 Yd Pass From Tim Hiller (Mike Jones Kick) 3421
FG12:36Austin Starr 48 Yd 3721
TD08:48Branden Ledbetter 27 Yd Pass From Tim Hiller (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 3727