It was a microcosm of Indiana's entire regular season. Entertaining and high-scoring, yet agonzing and frustrating for Indiana fans.
In their first bowl apperarance since 2007, the Hoosiers led Duke throughout, but ultimately fell on a controversial missed field goal call, 44-41, in overtime in the Pinstripe Bowl and Yankee Stadium in New York.
Duke (8-5) got a field goal on its first OT drive, giving Nate Sudfeld and Indiana (6-7) a chance to tie or win the game. The Hoosiers went 3-and-out, though, setting kicker Griffin Oakes up for a potential game-tying FG.
Oakes' 38-yard attempt was ruled no good, but Oakes immediately chased after the officials and challenged their decision.
"No way I missed that," he told the officials.
But because the kick was determined to have been over the uprights, the play was not reviewable, and the game was over.
There's no definitive view on replay, in my opinion. That rule is in place because if the ball is directly above the two uprights, it is impossible to determine that, if the uprights were extended upward, the ball would bounce in or out upon impact. It's likely the national debate about this topic will carryover to Monday, though.
Oakes, who was named the Big Ten's Kicker of the Year after making 22-of-25 attempts during the regular season, missed two field goals in the closing minutes of IU's stunning bowl loss. At the end of regulation, Oakes missed a 55-yarder that would have won the game for Indiana. A replay showed that the holder, punter Erich Toth, held the laces of the ball toward Oakes, which is a no-no among kickers (See: Ace Ventura).
But the loss can hardly be placed only on Oakes' shoudlers. Indiana controlled the game and held the lead throughout the second half, but could never gain any distance from the Blue Devils. The Hoosiers led 41-34 late in regulation, but watched as Duke marched down the field for a game-tying touchdown drive.
Earlier in the fourth quarter, the Hoosiers grabbed a 34-27 lead, but then let Duke run the ensuing kickoff back for a touchdown.
All in all, it was a positive showing on a national stage for Indiana, but the Hoosiers fell just a bit short of winning their first bowl game since 1991.
With Jordan Howard ruled out just before kickoff due to injury, backup running back Devine Redding stepped in and had a career day. Redding carried it 34 times for 228 yards and a touchdown, a career-best.
After a slow start, quarterback Nate Sudfeld settled in and threw for 398 yards and 3 touchdowns. Sudfeld completed 28-of-52 passes and also threw two interceptions in his final collegiate game. Sufeld passed Ben Chappell for the Indiana single-season record for passing yeards in the first half.
Simmie Cobbs had six catches for 121 yards -- but had a couple of critical drops -- and Mitchell Paige caught 11 balls for 104 yards and a score.
Our Stuart Jackson was at Yankee Stadium for today's game, and he will have additional coverage on Indiana's trip to the Pinstripe Bowl later tonight.