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IU football: The complete list of all the “unbelievable stuff” Indiana accomplished in 2020

After their win over Michigan State in November, IU head coach Tom Allen addressed his team.

“They give me a list of things, it’s unbelievable stuff you guys keep doing,” Allen said in the locker room at Spartan Stadium.  “Every time we finish a game, I get a list of stuff and all these different things we’ve done that haven’t been done in 30, 40, 50 years. Just keep doing it.”

They did.

Meanwhile, the Indiana athletic department has been diligently trying to keep up with the growing catalog of accomplishments Allen referred to after that shutout win over Michigan State.

“Whole long list of things they gave me of firsts, or tied this, or tied that, or firsts time since this, you know just continuing to make history here,” he said.

Allen was named the American Football Coaches Association Region 3 Coach of the Year on Tuesday, no doubt the first of what should be several 2020 honors for IU’s fourth year head coach.

Perhaps in an effort to illustrate to the folks who vote on such awards all of the “unbelievable stuff” that Allen and his team have accomplished, Indiana released the following list on Tuesday.

If you have been following the program for a while, you know that this truly is unbelievable stuff:


• IU is ranked for the eighth-consecutive week, its longest streak since 1945 (9), coming in at No. 7 in the Associated Press Top 25 and at No. 7 in the Amway Coaches Poll presented by USA Today Sports.

• The Hoosiers have been ranked in the Top 10 five times in 2020, the most for the program since 1967 (5 weeks) and tied for the second-most in school history (9 weeks in 1945).

• Indiana collected its first Top-10 ranking in the Nov. 8 AP Poll (No. 10) since Sept. 22, 1969 (No. 10), and its No.7 rating is its best in the AP Poll since Nov. 27, 1967 (No. 4).

• IU entered the CFP rankings for the first time in program history on Nov. 24, and currently sits at No. 12.

• The Hoosiers are one of three teams in the country (Alabama, North Carolina) with three Top-25 victories.

•,Their three Top-25 wins also match the 1945 team’s program record.

• Indiana’s 6-1 record is its best overall start since 1993 (7-1) and its best conference start since 1967 (6-1).

• IU is 14-6 overall and 11-5 in league play since the beginning of the 2019 campaign. Its 14 victories share third and its 11 Big Ten wins rank third among all B1G teams during that span.

• With their victory over Maryland, the Hoosiers clinched a winning league record in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1987-88 and for the sixth time overall (1967-68, 1944-46 and 1936-37).

• Indiana’s six conference wins are tied for the most in school history (1967, 1987)

• IU’s 11 Big Ten victories are tied for the most in program history over a two-year span (1987-88).

• The Hoosiers collected their first win over No. 16 Wisconsin (14-6) since defeating the Badgers in back-to-back seasons on Oct. 6, 2001 (63-32) and on Oct. 12, 2002 (32-29), the former coming at Camp Randall Stadium.

• Indiana recorded its first road victory over a ranked opponent since No. 18 Missouri on Sept. 20, 2014 (31-27), and its first B1G road win over a ranked opponent since No. 22 Michigan State on Nov. 10, 2001 (37-28).

• Wisconsin’s six points marked its lowest total against IU since Oct. 24,1992 (3), and it was U-W’s first game without a touchdown since Oct. 3, 2015, against Iowa.

• The Hoosiers matched a school record with five-straight league victories (1967) before losing at No. 3 Ohio State and have won 11 of their last 14, their most successful stretch in conference games in program history.

• Indiana defeated Michigan State, 24-0, to reclaim the Old Brass Spittoon for the first time since 2016 and earn its first win in East Lansing since 2001.

• IU’s 38-21 victory over No. 23 Michigan was its first over the Wolverines since Oct. 24, 1987 (14-10).

• The Hoosiers 36-35, overtime win against No. 8 Penn State in the season opener was the sixth against a Top-10 opponent in school history, with the last coming at No. 9 Ohio State (31-10) on Oct. 10, 1987.

• It marked Indiana’s first Top-10 victory at Memorial Stadium since Nov. 25, 1967 (No. 3 Purdue, 19-14).

• IU has defeated PSU, U-M, MSU and UW in the same season for the first time in program history and beaten the Wolverines and Spartans in the same year for the first time since 1967.


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