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Greg Heban grabs two early picks for IU

Updated: September 21, 2013 11:04PM



BLOOMINGTON — Indiana entered Saturday night’s game against Missouri with a streak of five quarters without allowing an offensive touchdown — impressive, considering the Hoosiers’ perpetual defensive woes.

Greg Heban did his best to extend that streak.

The senior defensive back stopped two of Missouri’s first-quarter drives with interceptions, one at IU’s 4-yard line and one at the IU 1.

Between those interceptions, though, Tigers quarterback James Franklin atoned for his red zone errors by connecting with Dorial Green-Beckham on a 7-yard scoring throw.

It was the first two-interception game by a Hoosiers player since Heban did it against Virginia in 2011.

No losses: One of the quirks of Indiana’s nonconference schedule was that all four opponents entered the game without a loss.

Indiana State and Navy each opened the season against Indiana. Bowling Green and Missouri were both 2-0 heading into their matchups with IU.

Different helmets: Indiana and Missouri took different approaches with the helmets they wore for Saturday night’s game.

The Hoosiers wore their crimson-and-chrome candy striped helmets for the second straight week. Meanwhile, the Tigers wore matte finish helmets.

Show-Me the captain: IU’s Cam Coffman has slipped to third-string QB for the Hoosiers, behind Nate Sudfeld and Tre Roberson.

But his Missouri roots earned him captain status for the pregame coin toss.

Cam grew up in Peculiar, Mo. His older brother, Chase, was a tight end at Missouri and is now in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons.

20-year reunion: IU’s 1993 Independence Bowl team celebrated its 20-year reunion this weekend. That team went 8-4, losing to Virginia Tech in the Independence Bowl.

Missing piece: Missouri played the first half without middle linebacker Andrew Wilson, the Tigers’ leading tackler in each of the last two seasons. He was forced to sit out the half after being ejected from Missouri’s last game under college football’s new targeting rule.

Just around the corner: Perhaps the biggest cheer of the night came between the first and second quarters, when Indiana’s men’s basketball team was introduced.

The Hoosiers are the defending regular-season Big Ten champions, but have undergone a sizable roster turnover with the graduation of seniors Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford and Derek Elston, the early departures of Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller, and the transfers of Remy Abell and Maurice Creek.

IU’s Hoosier Hysteria event is Oct. 4, with the exhibition opener against Southern Indiana on Oct. 26.



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