2021 Outback Bowl
35th Outback Bowl
1234 Total
Ole Miss 6776 26
Indiana 30314 20
DateJanuary 2, 2021
Season2020
StadiumRaymond James Stadium
LocationTampa, Florida
MVPMatt Corral (QB, Ole Miss)[1]
FavoriteIndiana by 8[2]
RefereeGary Patterson (ACC)[3]
Attendance11,025
United States TV coverage
NetworkABC
AnnouncersTom Hart (play-by-play)
Jordan Rodgers (analyst)
Cole Cubelic (sideline)
Outback Bowl
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The 2021 Outback Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 2, 2021, with kickoff at 12:30 p.m. EST on ABC.[4] It was the 35th edition of the Outback Bowl, and was one of the 2020–21 bowl games concluding the 2020 FBS football season. The game was named after its title sponsor, Outback Steakhouse.

Teams

The game matched the Indiana Hoosiers from the Big Ten Conference and the Ole Miss Rebels from the Southeastern Conference (SEC). This was the first meeting between the programs.[5]

Ole Miss Rebels

Main article: 2020 Ole Miss Rebels football team

Ole Miss entered the game with a 4–5 record in an SEC-only schedule. They finished in fifth place in the SEC's Western Division. The Rebels were 0–2 against ranked opponents, losing to eventual national champions Alabama and SEC Eastern Division champions Florida. They had wins against Kentucky, Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Mississippi State. This was Ole Miss's first appearance in the Outback Bowl. They were one of a limited number of teams to enter a bowl game with a losing record.

Indiana Hoosiers

Main article: 2020 Indiana Hoosiers football team

Indiana entered the game with a 6–1 record in a Big Ten-only schedule. They finished in second place in the Big Ten's East Division. The Hoosiers were 3–1 against ranked opponents, defeating Penn State, Michigan, and Wisconsin while losing to Big Ten champions Ohio State. This was Indiana's first appearance in the Outback Bowl.

Game summary

2021 Outback Bowl
1 2 34Total
Ole Miss 6 7 7626
No. 11 Indiana 3 0 31420

at Raymond James StadiumTampa, Florida

Game information
First quarter
  • (12:56) MISS – Luke Logan 26 yard field goal (Drive: 7 plays, 57 yards, 2:04; Ole Miss 3–0)
  • (2:47) IND – Charles Campbell 50 yard field goal (Drive: 11 plays, 49 yards, 6:07; Tied 3–3)
  • (0:23) MISS – Luke Logan 24 yard field goal (Drive: 13 plays, 68 yards, 2:24; Ole Miss 6–3)
Second quarter
  • (7:17) MISS – Casey Kelly 5 yard pass from Matt Corral, Luke Logan kick (Drive: 18 plays, 76 yards, 6:00; Ole Miss 13–3)
Third quarter
  • (12:53) IND – Charles Campbell 53 yard field goal (Drive: 8 plays, 40 yards, 2:07; Ole Miss 13–6)
  • (9:20) MISS – Snoop Conner 4 yard rush, Luke Logan kick (Drive: 12 plays, 87 yards, 3:33; Ole Miss 20–6)
Fourth quarter
  • (14:56) IND – Stevie Scott 3 yard rush, Charles Campbell kick (Drive: 15 plays, 80 yards, 6:45; Ole Miss 20–13)
  • (5:58) IND – Stevie Scott 2 yard rush, Charles Campbell kick (Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards, 5:40; Tied 20–20)
  • (4:12) MISS – Dontario Drummond 3 yard pass from Matt Corral, kick failed (Drive: 6 plays, 63 yards, 1:46; Ole Miss 26–20)

Statistics

Statistics MISS IND
First downs 27 26
Plays–yards 80–493 85–369
Rushes–yards 35–147 40–168
Passing yards 346 201
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 31–45–0 26–45–1
Time of possession 24:19 35:41
Team Category Player Statistics
Ole Miss Passing Matt Corral 30/44, 342 yards, 2 TD
Rushing Henry Parrish 17 carries, 63 yards
Receiving Dontario Drummond 6 receptions, 110 yards, 1 TD
Indiana Passing Jack Tuttle 26/45, 201 yards, 1 INT
Rushing Stevie Scott 19 carries, 99 yards, 2 TD
Receiving Whop Philyor 18 receptions, 81 yards

References

  1. ^ @outbackbowl (January 2, 2021). "@OleMissFB's Matt Corral is your 2021 #OutbackBowl MVP!" (Tweet). Retrieved January 2, 2021 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ "ESPN Game Summary - Ole Miss vs. Indiana - January 2, 2021". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  3. ^ Austro, Ben (December 23, 2020). "2020-21 bowl officiating assignments". footballzebras.com. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  4. ^ "ESPN Events Reveals 13-Game College Football Bowl Schedule for 2020-21: Inaugural Launch of the Fenway Bowl Postponed". espnpressroom.com (Press release). October 30, 2020. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  5. ^ "Ole Miss Rebels vs. Indiana Hoosiers football series history". winsipedia.com. Retrieved December 20, 2020.