Tom Allen doesn't want Outback Bowl loss to overshadow Indiana's special season in 2020
Despite the Hoosiers losing in the Outback Bowl to Ole Miss, head coach Tom Allen doesn’t want that to take away from what his team accomplished in 2020.
Allen said as much to Zach Osterman of the IndyStar on Tuesday afternoon:
Allen: "We did not finish the season the way we wanted to. That's a big disappointment, and an emptiness there, that we can't go back and change. But I don't want that to take away from all that we (accomplished)." #iufb
— Zach Osterman (@ZachOsterman) January 12, 2021
Before that loss to Ole Miss, Indiana finished their regular season at 6-1 with their lone loss coming against Ohio State. Besides their opening-weekend win against Penn State 36-35, their only other win that came by one score was against Wisconsin on Dec. 5. It ended up being a 14-6 victory for the Hoosiers, which got them to their 6-1 record.
Quarterback Michael Penix Jr. was having a special season before he tore his ACL. In six games started, he threw for 1,645 yards with 14 touchdown passes to four interceptions.
For rushing, their leading rusher was Stevie Scott III as he had 561 yards on the ground with 10 touchdowns. Ty Fryfogle led the team in receiving with 721 yards and seven touchdowns.
With Penix back next year from his ACL tear, the potential for this team is through the roof.