Outback Bowl live blog: IU falls to Ole Miss, 26-20

Hello, from sunny (kinda) Tampa! We’re going to provide some updates throughout the game.

Game updates:

First quarter

Ole Miss, first drive: Matt Corral with a couple of explosive plays, but the Hoosiers bear down and hold the Rebels to a field goal. It’s 3-0, Ole Miss, with 12:56 left in the first quarter.

IU, first drive: Hoosiers get one first down, but it doesn’t go any farther. Jack Tuttle, incomplete on third down. Punt down to the Ole Miss 14, thanks to a clutch, shoe-straing tackle by Micah McFadden.

Ole Miss, second drive: An option pitch gets the Rebels a first down, but the Rebels have a drop on a wheel route down the sideline, and Reese Taylor drops what could have been a pick. But IU gets a stop. Hoosiers take over on their own 19.

IU, second drive: IU went to the run, picking up a first down on a 10-yard run from Stevie Scott. The Hoosiers then picked up eight yards on an outside zone run by … Whop Philyor? Yup, they motioned him into the backfield for a nice gainer, and David Ellis picked up a first down at the Ole Miss 36. Miles Marshall nearly had a long-gainer on a shot downfield following an Ole Miss offsides call, but it was ruled (and reviewed) and Marshall’s foot was out of bounds on the catch. An illegal shift on a fourth-and-1 run would kill IU’s drive, but Charles Campbell hit a 50-yard field goal to tie it up, 3-all, with 2:47 left in the first.

Ole Miss, third drive: The Rebels went rolling again, getting their yardage total up to 161 yards at the end of the first quarter. But the Hoosiers beared down in the red zone, again, and forced another field goal. It’s 6-3 heading into the second quarter.

Second quarter

IU, first drive: A big loss for Whop Philyor set up fourth-and-forever. Stevie Scott nearly got it back on a 20-yard catch and run, but the Hoosiers had to punt.

Ole Miss, first drive: Ole Miss was able to put together an 18-play, 76-yard drive that included two third-down conversions on third-and-6 or longer, as well as two fourth-down conversions. It ended with a play-action pass to the tight end for a score. Ole Miss now has 247 yards of offense to IU’s 80.

IU, second drive: Drive went down to the Ole Miss 26, but it ended on an interception, which was nearly fumbled back to IU.

Ole Miss, second drive: IU’s defense held, forcing a three-and-out.

IU, third drive: Tuttle was sacked, and Stevie Scott had a game of 14 yards on a third-and-12. But Tuttle appeared hurt, holding his shoulder and shaking his arm, after a second pass of the drive came up short. IU ended up having to punt, but Haydon Whitehead did boot it 64 yards to make Ole Miss start at its 19.

Ole Miss, third drive: Corral did drive the Rebels, all the way down to the IU 32. A 49-yard field goal attempt was blocked.

HALFTIME: Ole Miss 13, Indiana 3. Ole Miss has 295 yards of offense to just 141 for the Hoosiers. Jack Tuttle has a turnover, but the Hoosier defense hasn’t been able to turn over Corral yet.

Third quarter

IU, first drive: It was the Ole Miss defensive backs that helped fueld a drive with two pass interference penalties. That put Charles Campbell in position for a 53-yard field goal, the longest kick in the history of the Outback Bowl. IU trails, 13-6, with 12:53 left.

Ole Miss, first drive: Ole Miss was backed up by an unsportsmanlike conduct call to its own 13, but that didn’t hold the Rebels back from a long drive. They went the distance, keyed by a seven-yard gain by Corral on a third-and-7 option play, which was followed by a long Ole Miss run into the red zone. Snoop Conner finished it with a short touchdown run. IU trails, 20-6, with 9:20 left in the third quarter.

IU, second drive: A short drive ended with a fumbled reception by Whop Philyor. A true gut punch of a play. Ole Miss took over at its own 49, but would have to punt.

IU, third drive: IU converted two fourth downs, and a 21-yard run by Stevie Scott was followed by a nine-yarder from Jack Tuttle to get IU in range for a goal-line score. Fourth quarter coming, the Hoosiers down 20-6.

Fourth quarter

IU, third-quarter drive, continued: Stevie Scott took a direct snap three yards for a touchdown. Finished off an 80-yard drive, which took 15 plays and 6:45. It’s 20-13, Ole Miss, with 14:56 remaining.

Ole Miss, first drive: Ole Miss drove down to the IU 20, but a 37-yard field goal was no good. IU still alive, down 20-13, with 11:38 left in the final period.

IU, first drive: Life was breathed into the Hoosier offense. A 20-yard catch by Miles Marshall, in traffic, on a third-and-8, was the spark. Whop Philyor also caught a pass on fourth-and-2 — his 16th catch of the game — to give IU a first-and-10 at the Ole Miss 11. IU was eventually able to punch in another direct-snap touchdown by Stevie Scott from two yards out. Tie ball game, 20-all.

Ole Miss, second drive: Quick drive. Ole Miss scored in 1:46, going 63 yards. But the point-after-touchdown kick was no good. That leaves the door cracked open, IU down, 26-20, 4:12 left.

IU, final drive: IU’s drive fell dead on a sack of Jack Tuttle. Hoosiers lose, 26-20, to Ole Miss.

Pregame

First, a view of the field and inside the press box:

Also, as previously reported, IU does not have the Big Ten logo on either their uniforms or their helmets.

In warmups, senior defensive back Raheem Layne is warming up. He did not play during the regular season following a surgery. IU coach Tom Allen said at the time that he would be out a significant amount of time but did not give a timetable.

Here is IU’s inactive list for the game. Layne is inactive, but this does show that he’s made progress from his previous injury. Also, starters Lance Bryant (DE), Demarcus Elliott (DT), and Matthew Bedford (OT) appear available to play.

With Bedford back, he’s warming up with the first-team offensive line at right tackle.

Here is a look at the stands with about 30 minutes to kickoff. Definitely a smattering of fans.

Getting close to kickoff now. Hoosiers head back into the locker room.

33 comments

  1. Whoever thinks Tuttle gives our offense just as much “zing” as Penix is completely goofy. Without Penix, we have no firepower to match Ole Miss. It’s what I suspected.

  2. IU looks so unprepared for this game. Instead of feeling slighted for 2 weeks, maybe they should have prepared. There is a reason they didn’t get in a bigger bowl. The Committee got it right. In the future, wear the B1G logo. Actually the conference probably prefers it didn’t after that half. IU gotta be IU.

  3. That’s the worst half of football IU has played all season. The six week layoff has obviously dulled their blades. Dropped INTs and missed tackles are killing us. WF keeps running backward after he catches a pass. And the offensive play calling has been bad too. It’s like Sheridan gave up on the run game when he got behind by 3 points. And now Tuttle is hurt.

    A very disappointing first half. Let’s see if TA can get these guys focused at half time.

  4. Whop is trying to do too much playing in his home town in front of family and friends. Someone needs to tell him to catch the ball, get what he can get, than go down to the ground without taking big hits. But don’t ever run backwards. He’s not the only athlete on the field.

  5. Indiana defense is sucking wind, the tempo of this game has killed this team….An Indiana offense has not helped at all, with all the passing plays….It was a great game in which to run the play action all game and Sheridan blew it!! Indiana lost to a team missing 75% of it offensive production??? Maybe Indiana was over ranked……An Jack Tuttle is not close to Michal Phenix.

  6. No Penix…No anything. Too much loft on Tuttle’s deep throws. Defenses have plenty of time to react and get to the receiver. That’s the difference in not having Penix…along with the mojo and “it factor.”
    Corral has a big arm.

  7. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Have a bloomin onion IU. IU football is still a bad joke.

  8. GREAT season…..just ended on a bad not!!! Will Indiana be the only BIG Ten team to lose in the bowl seasons?

  9. No, not a great season. A good season created by over-achievers. It could have been a great season had IU won today. But IU was not ready to play this game. They were obviously not in shape for this game. And too many upperclassmen made too man huge mistakes. Whop set records, but his fumble and running backward after making catches neutralized the good plays he made. Tuttle got dinged up, and while I appreciate his courage to play hurt, his bad decisions cost IU the game. What was he thinking taking a sack late in the fourth quarter? Lastly, let’s just say Sheridan should learn some very big lessons from this experience. He did not call a good game and it should have been obvious that he needed to run the ball more in the first half, giving his defense more time to rest.

  10. My take on this game is we got badly out-coached. And I mean as a coaching staff. But Allen is implicated in that along with the two coordinators, who both got worked. Don’t take it the wrong way. I think Allen is great for IU football! But I wonder if there’s not some lessons to be learned that can inform us down the road (when we’re hopefully winning some of these bowl games).

  11. To revisit an old debate, Tuttle’s performance today exemplifies why he should have been given more meaningful snaps during the regular season. His inexperience really cost us today. TA and Sheridan may have been a little obtuse in choosing not to give Tuttle more playing time earlier this season. Knowing that Penix was fragile, they should have anticipated him getting hurt and therefore given Tuttle as many snaps as possible throughout the season.

    Enough shoulda, coulda, woulda. We can all look forward to the next IU FB season. I’m confident they will be an even better team in 2021.

    1. They should’ve anticipated Penix getting hurt and given Tuttle more meaningful snaps? Uh, no. That’s not how any successful coach thinks, works, or coaches.

      We didn’t play well up front today on either side of the ball. Part of it was fatigue due to Ole Miss’s offensive pace, which was torrid (they ran 49 plays in the first half). Part of it was a refusal to run the ball early against one of the worst defenses in the Power 5.

      Ole Miss could stretch the field offensively and we still can’t. We lack confidence in the running game and exposed the D to long stretches on the field. Oh, and that same shaky O line got Tuttle hurt, yet he hung in and nearly brought us back. Those are the reasons we lost.

  12. Ole “Miss” should be the nickname for their kicker….

    Ole Miss = One of the worst 4th quarter defenses in college football.
    Ole Miss was minus 75% of their offensive firepower today.
    Ole Miss had zero kicking game.

    We should have won this game by five touchdowns. Penix missed dearly.

  13. D-Bone, I can’t argue with your point. I hate to say it, but I agree with you. IU was not ready to play today and that falls on the coaching staff.

  14. Solid comments from everyone. My biggest surprise and disappointment was no pressure on their backfield. Wommack, except for 2 plays, simply allowed Corrall all the time he needed to do whatever he wanted to do. Mississippi is far more athletic and was a lot more comfortable in the 80° temp.

  15. Look at the average yards per play and average yards per pass. That, and IU’s two turnovers are pretty much all you need to know about why IU lost today.

  16. Proud of this team, proud of the accomplishments made this season. But it might be time to start exploring the QB options available in the transfer portal. I hope that Penix can return healthy next season, but two major surgeries on the same knee leaves some serious doubts. I like Tuttle, but he’s no Penix. We do have a great freshman coming in but having someone with positive game experience would be a good idea. Sort of like that guy Northwestern brought in this season, what was his name…?

  17. Lane Kiffin, the Ole Miss coach was the difference in this game, he has called offenses at Alabama, and other major schools and we was going against a young offensive coach at I U. Ole Miss may have a 4-5 record but played much tougher teams than I U ‘s schedule(Go look at their schedule, if you have a doubt). I U has two choices,” cry in their beer”, or set a goal for next season like Ohio State did last year and prove to yourself and others that this season was a real start to becoming a good football program.

    1. I agree, Kiffin is the real deal offensively (ironic that his Dad, Monte, was a defensive guy). I think the other issue that is undeniable is that the SEC, particularly the West, is a much better top to bottom league than the Big 10, and Ole Miss showed that today.

  18. Ole Miss is not a bad football team. I thought Tuttle would play better. But playing with a dislocated shoulder? If anyone is expecting the incoming freshman qb from Indianapolis to be a qb answer they are sadly mistaken. The question is does Penix have a miracle comeback in him? Karma…N.W. and P.R. and coaching staff had a happy season. IU needed to play the Bucket game even though that wasn’t a sure win but IU was hitting their stride pretty well and should have won. After Wisky win things went downhill for the end of the season. I still think J.T. Is an excellent qb though not an M.P. Hard to evaluate if playing most of game with a dislocated shoulder. So conclusion P.R. was IU most durable QB who had an even better season with his N.W. teammates. LEO KARMA.

  19. We can argue about why IU lost today’s bowl game, but it doesn’t matter. This game was a yardstick measuring how much the program needs to improve. We got close to beating two SEC teams two years in a row, but came up just short each time. Today, Ole Miss, even with many of their best offensive players opting out, still had more good athletes on the field. IU’s recruiting continues to improve (especially given the latest transfers) but it needs to get even better in the years to come.

    You look at the money SEC schools invest in their FB programs and then compare that to IU’s investment. I give TA enormous credit for doing more with less, but if IU wants to remain competitive with the big boys, it’s going to have to increase its investment on FB. And in order to make that happen, we, Hoosier Nation, are going to have to step up and increase financial support for TA’s program. When the pandemic is behind us, the Hoosier Nation must sell out Memorial Stadium for every home game (It’s capacity is only 53,000 seats). And we must increase donations to support the Athletic Department. You can’t expect to enjoy Champaign when you’re only willing to buy beer. For the record, my wife and I wrote a check to IU last week. It won’t set any records, but it was our way of saying how happy IU FB has made us this season.

  20. It is another disappointing bowl game to end the season. I have real doubts about coach Sheridan being an effective OC as the offense is moving back to the DeBord style of pulling plays out to see if they work. He didn’t seem to learn from coach Deboer how to run an offense that sets up the defense with one play leading to the next play.

    Penix is a QB with special ability that makes defenses pay even they are in a good position. Tuttle is a very good QB that played through an injury with a play caller that didn’t seem to understand what he was dealing with. Not attacking their defense with the run early on was not reasonable especially with the problems their run defense has had. Our pass routes were too focused on outside routes and other than deep pass on the outside Fryfogle has been removed from the offense since OSU. I want to see what coach Sheridan does with a full offseason to put in the offense but I have my doubts about him right now, yes BD I know he is limited by what the OL can block. If coach Sheridan has any imagination it better come out in 2021.

    Defensively IU didn’t get to the QB often enough and I was disappointed a number of times that they didn’t challenge receivers prior to the snap of the ball. Still the defense held their offense 14 points under their average.

    Campbell showed again what a great kicker he is as did our punter Whitehead. Wracher did another great job long snapping this year and even got downfield to cover the punts. IU hasn’t had to worry about a long snap all year.

    IU has work still to do in the coming seasons but the lay-off and playing in the heat seems to have hurt the Hoosiers in this game.

    1. At some other schools there can be more immediate success but with the long term problems with IUFB it is a long hard climb. Being in the B1G is tough, especially in the East, as several teams routinely pull in top recruiting classes. I have like the improvement shown by the IU team in the past two years but who knows what next year will be like.

      IU now has more players that are as good or better than other B1G teams IE Penix, Mullens, and others. It is a numbers game and I hope IU pulls in better players in the other positions in numbers that get them over the hump and into the upper teams in the B1G.

  21. Great point, Rich. Progress is certainly not linear. A lot of people just don’t understand that fact.

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