Found: A Football Culture in Bloomington

As the saying goes, close is only supposed to count in horseshoes and hand grenades. But that's not exactly the case for Indiana football, whose near-win against the No. 1 Buckeyes did in fact count for something.

Indiana football is used to close calls, to games that they almost win.

But Saturday was different.

No, Indiana's scoring effort in the final minute of the game didn't end with a celebration. The Hoosiers didn't score. They didn't take down the top-ranked team in the nation. Another 'almost win'.

But despite defeat, something unusual happened in Memorial Stadium after IU's loss: Hoosier fans stood and cheered. And it wasn't just a cheer from a few faithful fans who lingered in the stands, but a standing ovation from a good chunk of the sold-out crowd still packed into Memorial Stadium.

Disappointment hung in the air, but it was met with hope, with real support coming from the still-filled stands, and for the first time in a long time in Bloomington, with pride for Indiana football. Check out the video below as the team and Coach Wilson weigh in on the emerging IU football culture in Bloomington and their close call against the nation's top team.


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