LIVE BLOG: Indiana Versus Ole Miss in the 2021 Outback Bowl

Indiana looks to polish off this historic season with another memorable win as the Hoosiers take on Ole Miss in the Outback Bowl.
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TAMPA, Fla. — Welcome to our live blog. We are in the press box at Raymond James Stadium as Indiana looks to get its first bowl win since 1991 when the Hoosiers take on Ole Miss in the Outback Bowl. We'll keep you updated all day long in real time so you can follow along to the game action, but also get opinions along the way.

Keep the story called up and refresh it as needed. Let's have some fun.

The GameDay stories

  • GAME STORY: Indiana comes up short against Ole Miss, losing 26-20 on Saturday in the Outback Bowl in Tampa. CLICK HERE
  • TOM BREW COLUMN: Loss doesn't diminish the greatness of this 2020 season for Indiana. CLICK HERE
  • TUTTLE INJURY: Indiana quarterback Jack Tuttle fought through a separated shoulder throughout Saturday's game. CLICK HERE
  • OLE MISS PACE: The Rebels used a fast-paced passing game to keep Indiana's defense on its heels, and it worked in a turnover-free game. CLICK HERE

The live blog in real time

FINAL: OLE MISS 26, INDIANA 20

3:59 p.m. ET — Some poor play-calling on the last drive dooms Indiana. Hoosiers got themselves into a 3rd and 18, and couldn't convert. Indiana turned it over in downs and Ole Miss will be able to take a knee from here. 

3:53 p.m. ET — Whop Philyor with 17 catches on the day, and that breaks an Indiana school record. 

3:49 p.m. ET — Matt Corral has now thrown for the most yards against Indiana's defense this season. Justin Fields had exactly 300 when the Hoosiers played the Buckeyes. Corral has 342 right now.  

3:46 p.m. ET — Ole Miss responds fast, going 63 yards for a score, but the Rebels miss the field goal. There's 4:12 left to play. (OLE MISS 26, INDIANA 20).

3:40 p.m. ET — A big time drive from Indiana after the missed field goal. Scott takes it from the wildcat for a second time and scores his second touchdown of the day. There's 5:58 to play in this one. (INDIANA 20, OLE MISS 20). 

3:25 p.m. ET — Ole Miss misses a field goal and the Hoosiers are right back in it. The Indiana crowd is making their voices heard. Indiana gets the ball back down 20-13 with 11:38 left in the fourth quarter. Hoosiers have the ball at their own 20. 

3:16 p.m. ET — Stevie Scott lines up in the wildcat and finds the end zone for the first time this game. Huge score for Indiana. (OLE MISS 20, INDIANA 13

3:11 p.m. ET — Indiana is at the Ole Miss 3-yard line going into the fourth quarter. Hoosiers need a touchdown here. (END OF THIRD QUARTER: OLE MISS 20, INDIANA 6

3:07 p.m. ET — Whop Philyor has 13 catches on the day, which is a new Outback Bowl record. The record for yardage is 205 yards, and Philyor only has 67 right now. 

2:57 p.m. ET — As if things couldn't get any worse for Indiana, Whop Philyor just fumbled the ball and Ole Miss recovered. Rebels take over up 20-6 in the third quarter.

2:51 p.m. ET — Ole Miss has just been shredding Indiana's defense. Running back Snoop Connor breaks loose for a big gain, then finishes it off with a short run into the end zone. Indiana needs to find the end zone soon. (OLE MISS 20, INDIANA 6). 

2:46 p.m. ET — Big development as Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral is down on the field right now. He was able to get up and run off the field under his own power. 

2:40 p.m. ET — Charles Campbell comes in hits a 53-yard field goal, which is an Outback Bowl record, to cut into the lead. Indiana needed some points out of halftime, and they got some. (OLE MISS 13, INDIANA 6). 

2:30 p.m. ET — Tuttle is warming up for the second half. Looks like he should be good to go. Indiana gets the ball first down 10 points. 

2:10 p.m. ET — Jerome Johnson blocked an Ole Miss field goal, but Micah McFadden grabs it and just takes a knee. Everyone in Raymond James Stadium wanted him to return it. Indiana gets the ball to start the second half. (HALFTIME: OLE MISS 13, INDIANA 3). 

2:08 p.m. ET — Tuttle has just went back to the locker room. True freshman Dexter Williams is warming up on the sideline. 

2:05 p.m. ET — Indiana's defense came up with a big stop, but the offense couldn't do anything pinned down inside their own five. Tuttle appears to be holding his right shoulder and shaking out his arm after some plays. Indiana punts away again with 53 seconds left until halftime.

1:55 p.m. ET — In a drive where Indiana really needed a response, Tuttle throws a costly pick, and Ole Miss returned it 24 yards. They fumbled on the return but recovered it back. Rebels take back over up 10 points. It was Otis Reese's first-career interception, and he's the first Ole Miss to ever play in a bowl game prior to this one.

1:41 p.m. ET — Indiana's defense had plenty of chances to stop Ole Miss on third and fourth down on that last drive, but they couldn't do it. The Rebels go 18 plays for 76 yards and get the first touchdown of the game. Corral found Casey Kelley wide open for an easy 5-yard TD. (OLE MISS 13, INDIANA 3). 

1:30 p.m. ET — Former Ole Miss and New York Giant quarterback Eli Manning tweeted that he is watching the Outback Bowl and noticed Indiana WR Ty Fryfogle. Manning played with Fryfogle's dad in college, Trey Fryfogle.

1:27 p.m. ET — Josh Sanguinetti is down for Indiana. He has to be helped off the field but he is able to walk under his own power.

1:20 p.m. ET — At the end of one, Ole Miss has 161 total yards of offense while Indiana has just 72. Hoosiers have the ball to begin the second quarter. (END OF FIRST QUARTER: OLE MISS 6, INDIANA 3

1:17 p.m. ET — Indiana comes up with another red zone stop. Cam Jones has nice coverage on 3rd and 7 as Matt Corral throws it incomplete. Rebels settle for another field goal. (OLE MISS 6, INDIANA 3

1:09 p.m. ET — Indiana converted a 4th and 1, but an illegal shift sent the Hoosiers back five yards. Charles Campbell came in and drilled a 50-yard field goal to even the score. (INDIANA 3, OLE MISS 3). 

12:58 p.m. ET — Whop Philyor is doing it all so far today. He has five catches already for 29 yards, and he just took a handoff out of the backfield for eight yards.

12:47 p.m. ET — With Whop Philyor's first catch of the day, he is now the 10th Hoosier to reach the 2,000-yard receiving mark in his career.

12:40 p.m. ET — Ole Miss started things out fast on offense, quickly getting down into Indiana's red zone. But the Hoosiers were able to hold them to a field goal. (OLE MISS 3, INDIANA 0). 

12:35 p.m. ET — Indiana won the toss and elected to defer. The Hoosiers' defense will take the field first.  

12:34 p.m. ET — As both teams ran out, it's clear there are more Indiana fans here than Ole Miss. 

12:17 p.m. ET — Indiana football is "starving" for a victory. Kickoff is about 20 minutes away. A good amount of Hoosier fans have filed in here at Raymond James Stadium.

INDIANA INACTIVE LIST: Below is the full inactive list for Indiana football today.

LB Thomas Allen

DB Marcelino Ball

OL Kahlil Benson

WR Da’Shaun Brown

TE Sam Daugstrup

TE Turon Ivy Jr.

WR Jordan Jakes

OL Luke Lane

DB Raheem Layne

RB Ahrod Lloyd

TE Caleb Murphy

QB Michael Penix Jr.

DB Samuel Slusher

TE Khameron Taylor

WR Cam Wilson

TOM BREW PREDICITON: Sports Illustrated Indiana's Tom Brew has only missed one game all season. For his prediction for the Outback Bowl, CLICK HERE.

GAME NOTES: 

  • This is the first meeting between Indiana and Ole Miss.
  • This marks IU's fifth bowl game against an SEC opponent: 1988 Peach Bowl (27-22 loss to Tennessee on Jan. 2), 1988 Liberty Bowl (34-10 win over South Carolina on Dec. 28), 1990 Peach Bowl (27-23 loss to Auburn on Dec. 30), 2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl (23-22 loss to Tennessee on Jan. 2).
  • The Hoosiers hold a 27-22-1 (.550) all-time record against SEC opponents.

TAMPA CONNECTION: Today's game will be a homecoming for a lot of Hoosiers. Indiana has 22 players on its roster from the state of Florida. For the full story, CLICK HERE.

OLE MISS CONNECTION: Five members of the Indiana coaching staff previously worked at Ole Miss. For the full story, CLICK HERE.

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