It's a new season, but it doesn't appear much has changed for Indiana football.
The Hoosiers committed two pass interference penalties in the final 30 seconds of the game, and Bowling Green scored late to shock IU 45-42 at Doyt Perry Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The game went back and forth all afternoon, but it was the Falcons (2-1) that struck last. After quarterback James Knapke completed a four-yard pass to Herve Coby, BGSU faced a 3rd-and-2 from the IU 31-yard line with only 27 seconds on the clock. The Falcons had no timeouts remaining.
That's when things began to fall apart for the Hoosiers (1-1).
Kenny Mullen committed a pass interference penalty near the end zone, giving the Falcons a 1st down at the IU 16. BGSU was already in field goal range, but given the Hoosiers' difficulty in defending during the second half, the Falcons decided to go for the kill.
Knapke took another shot at the end zone, and this time Michael Hunter was guilty of pass interference, giving the Falcons a first down at the IU 2. After a quick incompletion, Knapke found Roger Lewis for a touchdown with nine seconds remaining, handing the Hoosiers one of their most heartbreaking losses in years.
Lewis had 16 receptions for 149 yards in the game.
Indiana's new 3-4 defense allowed 33 points in the second half, including 19 in the fourth quarter.
The Hoosiers' offense was good for most of the day, but they too missed several key opportunities. IU failed on two fourth-down situations in the first half and another one in the third quarter. Tevin Coleman, who had a huge day, also fumbled in the red zone when IU had a chance to put the game away in the fourth.
Nate Sudfeld completed 30-of-40 passes for 344 yards and a touchdown, and he ran for two more scores. Shane Wynn had 10 catches for 141 yards, and freshman J'Shun Harris added 66 receiving yards on six receptions.
The aforementioned Coleman had 189 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries, but his late fumble proved costly. All three of Coleman's touchdowns came from at least 28 yards out, and all three came in the second half.
It was an incredibly disappointing loss for Indiana and makes a bowl game look very unlikely at this point.
We will have more coverage throughout the evening.