INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana rallied but came up short at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday afternoon, falling 21-14 to Louisville.
Below is our rapid reaction three keys to the game.
The Hoosiers (1-2) will try to regroup at home against Akron on Saturday.
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1. Massive mistakes in the secondary dig a hole. A pair of massive mistakes set the tone early. Louisville’s Jamari Thrash got behind the IU defensive backs for 43 and 85 yard receptions. Indiana got away with the first one after Louisville stalled out and missed a field goal, but Thrash found the end zone on the second to give the Cardinals a lead they’d never relinquish. Thrash finished the game with 159 yards, all in the first half, and the Cardinals took a 21-0 lead into halftime.
2. Drama at the goal line. Indiana had a chance to tie the game late in the fourth quarter after an impressive 89-yard drive. But on 4th and goal inside the one, Josh Henderson got stopped for no gain.
3. Impressive IU second half not enough. Indiana opened the second half down 21-0 and in gamble mode. Tom Allen called for onside kick out of the locker room. The Hoosiers recovered and scored in three plays. Later in the third quarter, IU quarterback Tayven Jackson led a 13-play, 97-yard drive. He led another 89-yard drive that ended in the turnover on downs. Jackson was 24-of-34 for 299 yards.
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