Hoosiers fall to Duke in overtime

Hoosiers fall to Duke in overtime

Wilson's comments and demeanor following yet another gut-wrenching defeat for the Hoosier Nation demonstrated that IN has a coach that isn't going to accept defeat, be it close or not, and is driven exclusively by getting this team to reach its potential. In the 2012 Belk Bowl, Duke was driving with the game tied at 34 with less than two minutes left before a Josh Snead fumble was recovered by Cincinnati.

Indiana's Luke Timian, right, celebrates his touchdown with teammate Andre Booker during the first half of the Pinstripe Bowl NCAA college football game against Duke at Yankee Stadium in New York, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015.

The Duke Blue Devils capped off their 2015 season with a dramatic 44-41 overtime win over the Indiana Hoosiers to claim the New Era Pinstripe Bowl title and trophy in front of 37,218 in attendance at Yankee Stadium on Saturday.

There was not shortage of plays made by either team, including the Hoosiers (6-7).

"Absolutely ecstatic", Martin said.

Grade: The Pinstripe Bowl provides competition for the Miami Beach Bowl as the best bowl game of the season so far, with the overtime result maybe pushing it to No. 1. "That's incredible for the entire program".

IN kicker Griffin Oaks just barely missed a 38-yard field goal a hair wide right to clinch the win. Oakes had a chance to win the game in regulation, but his 56-yard try went wide. Parker Boehem's pass on third down was knocked down before kicker Ross Martin knocked home a 36 yard field goal to give Duke a three point lead. "If the ball is higher than the top of the uprights as it crosses the end line, the play may not be reviewed". On the ensuing kickoff, Duke's Shaun Wilson got through the initial crowd and found an opening and took it back 98 yards for the score to make it a 34-34 game. I think it was critical that we believed we could come out and pull this game out. Both teams hope to finish their seasons on a positive note and some forward momentum heading into 2016.

"We didn't lose faith in ourselves that game", Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk said. "At the end of the day, we won the school's first bowl game in a long time". "I mean it's incredible, I can not tell you the emotions that - just watching our guys I'm nearly speechless", he told ESPN after the game. "The last four games we scored 40, he didn't play in three of those". Jason Spriggs and Dan Feeney became the first pair of IU offensive linemen to be named first-team All-Americans in the same season. Junior quarterback Thomas Sirk carried the Blue Devils all game, carrying the ball 20 times for 155 yards and two touchdowns, including an electrifying 73-yard TD run with a minute to go in the second quarter. Cuttliffe said he would have not been able to continue if IN tied it.

Redding's continued success would be crucial in keeping in in this game throughout and it led to IU's next touchdown which left the game at 14-10. Duke also got a 52-yard field and an 85-yard touchdown scamper by Wilson in the first quarter.

Sudfield threw for almost 400 yards for IN as he finished 28 of 51 for 389 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. The Hoosiers were helped by a pass interference call against Duke's DeVon Edwards, moving from safety to corner, and running back Devine Redding ran straight up the middle to a 17-yard touchdown to cap the drive. IN was fighting for its first bowl win since 1991, so there was going to be some history made either way in overtime. "We had enough errors we were on the wrong side, and that was the message to the team".

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