Indiana kicker Griffin Oakes earned Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors, the conference announced Monday.
Oakes hit his first three field goals from 38, 48 and a school-record 58 yards in Saturday’s loss to Maryland. The redshirt freshman is the first Indiana player to earn the league’s special teams award since kicker Mitch Ewald on Oct. 21, 2013.
The Greenwood native is the second Hoosier is as many weeks to be recognized by the Big Ten. True freshman linebacker Tegray Scales earned Big Ten co-Freshman of the Week honors after the team’s victory over No. 18 Missouri.
1. HOOSIERS HQ
Indiana found its kicker, but there weren’t many other redeeming qualities to the Maryland loss, Mike writes.
IU men’s soccer gave up a goal with a minute left in regulation and settled for a 1-1 tie with Northwestern, I wrote.
IU women’s soccer couldn’t hold a 1-0 lead and lost in overtime to Minnesota, we reported.
Coverage from the Hoosiers’ loss to Maryland Saturday:
• The IU offense was flat, and the Hoosiers got flattened by Big Ten newcomer Maryland, Mike wrote.
• The Hoosiers were too hospitable to Maryland and laid an egg, Andy wrote.
• The Terps proved they belong in the Big Ten, Jon wrote.
2. IT’S INDIANA
IU football fell flat, because it’s Indiana, Bob Kravitz of WTHR.com wrote.
Maryland had history on its mind and came through in its Big Ten debut, Roman Stubbs of the Washington Post wrote.
Mediocrity is a hard habit for the football Hoosiers to break, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel wrote.
North Texas heads to Bloomington curious to see how its team and quarterback measure up, Brett Vito of the Denton Record-Chronicle writes.
Griffin Oakes speaks softly and carries a big leg, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.
2015 guard Shake Milton got a good look at a basketball school during his visit to Indiana over the weekend, Jordan Littman of Inside the Hall writes.
3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
A melancholy tune on this Monday, “Maryland” by Vonda Shepard.
Disappointing tie for Indiana, while Northwestern salvages a point. The contrast in mindsets was evident in overtime, as IU goalkeeper Colin Webb hustled to get off goal kicks and initiate offense, while Northwestern keeper Tyler Miller was contest to waste time and took nearly 20 seconds off the clock with a minute left in OT to preserve the result. HOOSIERS 1, WILDCATS 1
1:02: Indiana spent far too much time, as in all of it, defending in the last 10 minutes. Northwestern finally cashed in as Colin Webb pushed a shot off the crossbar, but it caromed back in front and was headed home by Brandon Medina for the equalizer. We’re headed to overtime. HOOSIERS 1, WILDCATS 1
17:32: Ref finally ran out of patience with Northwestern’s aggressive ways and whistled a foul for grabbing Grant Lillard in the box, That set up Tanner Thompson, who placed the penalty kick lower left as the keeper dove right. HOOSIERS 1, WILDCATS 0
18:20: Northwestern has turned up the intensity on offense this half, though it’s exposed them in the back a few times. Still, neither side can convert. Wildcat’s Joey Calistri forces the first Colin Webb save of the day in the 68th minute with a look from 15 yards out in the center of the box. Indiana had several counters that produced danger, and a takedown of Andrew Oliver in the box on a risky tackle that the referee deemed acceptable. Hoosiers’ best chance just moments ago on a Jack Griffith blast from the top of the box that was headed to the top right corner before Tyler Miller made a leaping save to push it wide. HOOSIERS 0, WILDCATS 0
Indiana just unable to dent the scoreboard so far, and really, other than the disallowed goal, nothing worthy of doing so. But the Hoosiers do lead 9-3 in shots and 2-1 in corner kicks. Northwestern contest to generate most of its offense off restarts, while goakeeper Tyler Miller, who has extended his streak to 357 minutes without allowing a goal. HOOSIERS 0, WILDCATS 0
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A bad day appeared to become much worse when Indiana left tackle Jason Spriggs hobbled off the field in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 37-15 loss to Maryland.
Spriggs was helped off the turf by medical staffers before limping to the sideline under his own power.
IU coach Kevin Wilson said after the game that someone fell into Spriggs’ leg and that he was cleared to return before the end of the game. He was replaced by Peyton Eckert.
“We’ll see where he is moving forward,” Wilson said.
Senior safety Mark Murphy dressed but did not play after suffering a hamstring injury at during a midweek practice. Chase Dutra replaced him and made four tackles, one for a loss and had two pass breakups in his first career start.
Some other notes from Indiana’s loss can be found after the jump.
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With Indiana’s kicking situation in flux entering Saturday’s game against Maryland, redshirt freshman Griffin Oakes made his case for the starting nod in the 37-15 loss to the Terrapins.
After kicking three field goals, including a school-record 58 yard shot, Oakes appears to have a handle on the job. But he’s not taking anything for granted.
“I don’t feel like anything is set in stone, especially where I’m at now,” Oakes said. “I’ve done nothing to prove myself. I had one good game. (That) shouldn’t have cemented it at all. I gotta come out next week in practice and try to do it again.”
The 58-yarder broke Scott Bonnell’s previous school best of 55 at Michigan in 1989. It is tied for the 10th-longest in Big Ten history and stands as the league’s longest since 2009.
Oakes, who also hit from 38 and 48 yards, is the first Hoosier to connect on three in a game since Mitch Ewald did so at Penn State in 2012. Oakes missed on a 54-yard attempt in the third quarter.
He was also outstanding on kickoffs, finishing with touchbacks on all three of his attempts.
“It’s a good feeling to go out there finally and perform,” Oakes said. “It was good to be out there and show what I can do.”