Duke beats Indiana 44-41 in OT in Pinstripe Bowl

Duke beats Indiana 44-41 in OT in Pinstripe Bowl

IN football fans will find solace IN the fact that their favorite team played IN an exciting bowl game Saturday IN front of a national television audience IN a super cool environment. With 10:55 left in the game, though, there were still 14 more points to be scored in regulation.

The offense will be there as long as Kevin Wilson is coach.

The back-and-forth game featured nine lead changes and three ties.

All in all, this game will be remembered as one of the most entertaining ones of the 2015 bowl season, as the two teams combined for over 1,200 total yards and 56 first downs.

In his final game at Indiana, Sudfeld completed 28 of his 51 passing attempts for 389 yards and three touchdowns, also throwing a pair of interceptions. And Sirk dashed 73 yards for a score in the second quarter on a quarterback draw. Duke and IN have struggled on the defensive side of the ball this season with IN allowing 507 yards per game and 37 points per game and Duke having been torched by ACC opponents for the past five weeks for an average of 42 points a game. In addition to Sirk's 155 yards, running backs Jela Duncan (109 yards) and Shaun Wilson (103) also cracked the century mark.

He continued to be unable to pick apart the IN offense focused on eliminating the run, and the Hoosiers were able to add a field goal to go up 34-27 with 11 minutes left.

Duke beats Indiana 44-41 in OT in Pinstripe Bowl
Duke beats Indiana 44-41 in OT in Pinstripe Bowl

It had a record-setting performance turned in by sophomore runner Devine Redding (227 yards). He has practiced this week, but Wilson said IN will not know if Howard can play until near kickoff.

An Indiana touchdown from Alex Rodriguez (Yes, he did score a touchdown at Yankee Stadium), a big Darius Latham interception, and a Hoosiers field goal left Indiana once again in the driver’s seat at 34-27. "The senior class is obviously a special one, and I could not be happier for a group of young men that has accomplished what no other class has done..."

Duke, whose men's basketball team is the defending NCAA champion, has posted three straight seasons of eight or more victories for the first time in school history.

At present the Indiana Hoosiers have a record of 6-6, and have placed a corresponding log of 7-5 against the spread.

Okay, let's get to the kick. Since that storyline was clearly superseded by more important football things, I have collected fun tweets to help support my claim.

 

 

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