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Ole Miss outlasts Indiana in Outback Bowl

The Rebels fended off a late rally by the Hoosiers to finish on a high note.

NCAA Football: Outback Bowl-Mississippi vs Indiana Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Though Indiana scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, Ole Miss emerged victorious in the 2021 Outback Bowl.

The Rebels’ 26-20 win gave them their first bowl win since the 2015 Sugar Bowl. Ole Miss has still been wildly successful in bowl games since the start of the 21st Century, having gone 8-2 in their 10 bowl game appearances since the year 2000.

Matt Corral played a rock solid game under center. Corral threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns, one going to Dontario Drummond and the other going to Casey Kelly. The rushing attack was solid, not spectacular for the Rebels, as they averaged 4.2 yards per carry on 35 attempts. They were only slightly outpaced by the Hoosiers, who ran for 168 yards and also averaged 4.2 yards per carry too, just on 40 attempts.

The lack of Michael Penix Jr. for the Hoosiers was a big factor. IU only picked up 201 passing yards and while Jack Tuttle played decently, they were certainly feeling Penix Jr.’s absence. Stevie Scott did his best to keep them in the game, though. Scott ran for 99 yards and punched it in twice in the failed comeback attempt. So his contributions were nearly enough for them to get over the top. Alas, it was not to be for Indiana here.

Ole Miss will have a long offseason ahead of them, but now the players can hopefully recuperate after a ridiculously trying and tough year of 2020.