September 22, 2007

Turnovers plague IU in 27-14 loss to Illinois

Running back Marcus Thigpen fumbled on IU's first drive of the game and set the tone for the Hoosiers, who fell to Illinois 27-14 Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium after turning the ball over a total of four times.

Indiana was plagued by fumbles and the inability to stop the run on defense. On the day, IU put the ball on the ground three times and allowed 288 rushing yards to the Illini, who were productive in running tailback Rashard Mendenhall out of the option and out of the shotgun formation. Mendenhall finished with a career-high 214 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

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