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Indiana University

vs. Minnesota
When:Noon Saturday
TV:Big Ten Network
Radio:100.1 FM

Hoosiers' defense steps up to sack Iowa

Indiana defensive linemen Jammie Kirlew and Greg Middleton combined to sack Jake Christensen on the second play of Saturday’s game.

It was the beginning of a very long day for Iowa’s quarterback.

The Hoosiers collected nine sacks in a 38-20 victory against the Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium. IU won in Iowa City for the first time since 1999 thanks in part to the strong defensive effort. Kirlew, a sophomore defensive end, had a career-high 3 1/2  sacks.

Middleton, a sophomore defensive end in his first season as a starter, added 2 1/2 .

Junior defensive end Ryan Marando, sophomore lineman Keith Burrus and senior cornerback Tracy Porter also had sacks.

The nine sacks are the most since a nine-sack performance Oct. 10, 1992, against Northwestern.

Eyeing IU

The Hoosiers have won five of the last eight meetings against Iowa. … Junior wide receiver James Hardy had at least 100 receiving yards for the 10th time in his career. That ties the school record set by Ernie Jones from 1984-87. … Indiana has forced 18 turnovers in its last 19 games.