After a tumultuous 2021 season, things were looking up for Indiana.

The Hoosiers rallied in their first 3 games to take home the victories. After a Week 3 win against Western Kentucky, Indiana was already halfway back to bowl eligibility, its biggest goal coming into the season. Indiana allowed only 40 yards rushing on 30 attempts in their last matchup, showing improvement on the defensive front.

It wasn’t all good news for the Hoosiers though, as Indiana fell to Cincinnati in Week 4. The offensive line was to blame for a lot of the Hoosiers’ woes.

Cincinnati brought down QB Connor Bazelak 5 times, each one of them helping to kill an Indiana drive. In the second quarter, the Bearcats took a 31-10 lead, Cincinnati’s Eric Phillips blitzed, sacked Bazelak, and forced a fumble. It was recovered by teammate Dominique Perry, who took it to the end zone, capping off a 28-point lead over the Hoosiers.

After the game, head coach Tom Allen acknowledged the faulty offensive line and hinted at potential changes to come.