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Hoosiers fall 26-20 to Ole Miss in Outback Bowl

Indiana trailed 20-6 going into the fourth quarter, but came back to tie the game only to have the Rebels answer with a late touchdown.
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Indiana wide receiver Whop Philyor runs at Mississippi defensive back Tylan Knight after a catch during the first half of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

TAMPA, Fla. — Matt Corral threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns, leading Mississippi to a 26-20 upset of seventh-ranked Indiana in the Outback Bowl on Saturday. 

The Hoosiers trailed most of the day, but came back to tie the game at 20 with just under 6 minutes remaining on Stevie Scott's second touchdown of the fourth quarter.

Corral’s 3-yard pass to Dontario Drummond put the Rebels ahead for good with 4:12 remaining. By missing the extra point, the Rebels gave Indiana a chance to win if they could score a late touchdown.

But the Ole Miss defense came through with one more stop to ensure the school’s first non-losing record since going 6-6 in 2017. 

Bypassed for a berth in a New Year's Six game despite being off to their best start since 1993 and holding their own in a seven-point loss to CFP finalist Ohio State, the Hoosiers finished their breakout season 6-2.

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Indiana quarterback Jack Tuttle (14) runs past Mississippi linebacker Ashanti Cistrunk (36) during the second half of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Indiana hasn't won a postseason game since beating Baylor 24-0 in the 1991 Copper Bowl, and the Hoosiers appeared in consecutive January games for the first time in program history Saturday.

Mississippi Coach Lane Kiffin was rewarded before the game with a new contract, even though he competing his first season with the Rebels at 5-5.