The Wisconsin Badgers dealt IU a devastating blow this weekend with a final score of 59 to 7. But for some Indiana football fans, it is not about the final score. It is about supporting the team and making the journey to see them play.
Sitting on the South East side, Jim McCullough and a few others await for the game to begin on this windy, yet very sunny day. Wrapped in jackets and blankets a few Hoosier fans chant along the IU Fight Song as the Hoosier team walks into the field at Camp Randall.
McCullough, a New Albany resident, says he has been an IU fan since Lee Corso was coach in the ’70s and early ’80s.
“We try to make one road game a year, and this is the one we picked out for this year,” McCullough says. “We just like to go to one of these stadiums each year to see what the Big Ten stadiums look like and so forth and we really enjoyed it. We’ve been doing this for about five years.”
McCullough made the eight-hour drive with his son-in-law, Shawn Garmon.
“We are just here to support the team and hoping to have a good time,” Garmon says. “It’s a great atmosphere, great fans and a great place to watch a football game, so we are here to have a great day.”
The trip was not quite as arduous for 1988 IU alum Belinda Stutzman, who flew in from Minneapolis.
“When I was a freshman at IU, Indiana didn’t win one game, and then the next year they came back and they went to the All American Bowl, so I think it’s important to remember that just because you have a bad year that next year can bring some surprises,” she says.
IU’s next game is at home on October 29 against Northwestern.