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Indiana-Purdue notebook

Ball security critical for Hoosiers

– Indiana has yet to lose a fumble this season.

The Hoosiers will be going against an Iowa team that is No. 1 in the Big Ten in turnover margin Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

The Hawkeyes are plus-8 in the turnover margin, tied with Penn State for first in the conference. IU is fourth in the Big Ten with a turnover margin of plus-3.

Iowa has recovered seven fumbles and has eight interceptions. The Hawkeyes have lost only two fumbles and have been picked off five times.

Indiana has recovered four fumbles and has four interceptions. The Hoosiers have been picked off five times.

“Ball security is linemen keeping the hands down so you don’t have batted balls. It’s back-side protection so your quarterback doesn’t get blindsided. It’s blitz pickups. It’s a commitment from everyone on the offense,” IU coach Kevin Wilson said during the Big Ten teleconference on Tuesday.

“It’s one of the keys to building a program.”

Doing it all

Purdue’s Rob Henry was everywhere on the stat sheet for Saturday’s game against Minnesota.

A backup quarterback for the Boilermakers, Henry went 5 for 6 for 52 yards and one touchdown in the 44-28 loss to the Gophers. He also had six rushes for 17 yards.

Henry also caught one pass for 11 yards.

“This past week he threw for a touchdown, he blocked, caught a pass, rushed, ran the ball well from the tailback position,” Purdue coach Danny Hope said Tuesday. “He did it all this past weekend, and he’s a good quarterback. He’s improved a lot with his passing skills.”

Leading the way

The Hoosiers are first in the Big Ten and fifth nationally in red zone efficiency, scoring on 94.4 percent (34 of 36) of their trips.

Parking update

The Purdue football game at Penn State starts at 3:30 p.m. The men’s basketball team has an exhibition against Newberry at 8 p.m.

Fans attending Saturday’s football game will not be asked to move their cars for the men’s basketball game.

Fans attending only the basketball game will be permitted into the parking lots, with their basketball permit, after halftime of the football game, while space is available.

lpope@jg.net

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