Indiana dug such a deep early hole, it could never quite climb out of it.
The Hoosiers' second-half comeback effort fell short as they dropped a 41-35 decision to Navy Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
Indiana (1-1) scored 21 points in the second half, but never could stop the Midshipmen (1-0) defensively. Navy at least attempted a field goal on every single possession and racked up 444 rushing yards against the porous Indiana defense.
The Hoosiers cut the Navy lead to six with under five minutes to play and had a chance to get the ball back on a 4th-and-1 play, but failed to make a stop. A late stretch by Keenan Reynolds was just enough for the first down.
In a losing effort, quarterback Nate Sudfeld completed 31-of-42 passes for 363 yards and four touchdowns. Tre Roberson started the game but exited after two drives.
But in the end, the story was the Indiana defense's inability to make a stop. Navy's triple-option attack had the Hoosiers off balance all night and they could never quite recover.