Tom Allen and Indiana have come up short, again, in their quest for a bowl game victory.

The Hoosiers miracle season ended when Mississippi scored a late game touchdown to sour Indiana’s comeback hopes in Saturday’s Outback Bowl, falling to Ole Miss 26-20.

Heading into the bowl season, Indiana was ranked No. 7 in both the Associated Press and Coaches Poll, and the Hoosiers had hoped to be selected for a New Year’s Six bowl game. Their loss in the Outback Bowl continued a 29-year run of futile attempts at a bowl game victory.


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Hoosier quarterback Jack Tuttle, who was dealing with a shoulder injury early in the game, struggled, completing 26-for-45 passing, but for only 201 yards as he was forced to stick to short throws.

Indiana finished 6-2 on the season, with its only other loss to national title game participant Ohio State.

Allen confirmed in his post-game presser that Tuttle was suffering through a shoulder separation, and discussed the game, his disappointment in the loss and the outlook for the future.