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Fun Facts, Iowa-Indiana: Whopper and Tater Tot

And, the mandatory Hud Mellencamp reference

John Mellencamp, when he performed at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids on April 14, 2006. (The Gazette)
John Mellencamp, when he performed at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids on April 14, 2006. (The Gazette)

Along with Illinois, Iowa and Indiana once had minor-league baseball teams in the Three-I League. I don’t know how that league got its name.

But these are Fun Facts, not Troubling Questions. So here we go for Iowa-Indiana:

1. Thirty years ago, Iowa quarterback Chuck Hartlieb completed 44 of 60 passes for 558 yards in the Hawkeyes’ game at Indiana. Those numbers for completions, attempts and yards still stand as school records. Iowa lost that game, 45-34.

2. Indiana has lost four of its last five Big Ten home games.

3. Iowa is ninth in the nation in fewest first-quarter points allowed per game, at 2.5. It is 19th in fewest third-quarter points allowed, and 22nd in fewest second-quarter points allowed.

4. Indiana has forced 13 turnovers in six games to lead the Big Ten. Last year it forced 13 the entire season, which ranked 13th in the league.

5. Iowa has won six of its last seven games against the Hoosiers. Those wins were by an average of 17.3 points.

6. Indiana is trying to end a streak of 10 straight losing seasons, including 2015 and 2016 when it went to bowls.

7. The Hoosiers’ last bowl win was the 1991 Copper Bowl.

8. Iowa and Southern Mississippi lead the nation in fewest rushing touchdowns allowed, with 2. The Hawkeyes have played one more game than USM.

9. Over the previous 10 seasons, Indiana’s record against Iowa, Northwestern and Wisconsin is 2-18.

10. The special teams coordinators in this game are both former Iowa defensive players. The Hawkeyes’ is LeVar Woods. The Hoosiers’ is William Inge, known as Billy Ennis-Inge when he played at Iowa.

11. A different William Inge was an American playwright and novelist.

12. Hoosier wide receiver Whop Philyor has 18 catches this season. He was nicknamed “Whop” by his family because of his love of Burger King’s Whoppers. His full name is Mister Elias De’Angelo Philyor.

13. Iowa and Indiana both have quarterbacks named Peyton. The Hawkeyes’ is No. 2 QB Peyton Mansell. Indiana’s is starter Peyton Ramsey, who has thrown two touchdown passes this season to tight end Peyton Hendershot.

14. Ramsey is second in the Big Ten in touchdown passes with 11. The leader is Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, who has … 25.

15. This is the second of three straight Homecoming games involving Iowa. The third will be the Hawkeyes’ own Homecoming, next Saturday against Maryland.

16. Indiana offensive lineman Dominic Altimari’s nickname is “Tater Tot.”

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16. Bill Lynch, the head coach at Indiana from 2007 to 2010, is the coach at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. DePauw plays Oberlin Saturday.

17. There are 20 U.S. cities named Bloomington. There are two Iowa Citys. One, as is commonly known, is in Iowa. The other is in California. It is unincorporated.

18. Bloomington, Ill., is 193 miles from Iowa City, 196 miles from Bloomington, Ind.

19. Indiana’s primary indoor football practice facility is the John Mellencamp Pavilion, named for rock singer/songwriter John Mellencamp, who donated $1.5 million to the project in 1996.

20. Mellencamp’s son, Hud Mellencamp, was a special teams player for Duke in 2015 when it played Indiana in the Pinstripe Bowl. As of July, Hud was working at Tom Tom, a restaurant and bar in West Hollywood.

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