TEMPE, Ariz. — Down 35-10 and looking at fourth-and-eight from the Oklahoma State 10-yard line, Indiana lined up in the swinging gate formation and executed a fake field goal for a first down.
The play was dazzling. An instant highlight.
But the preceding down was far more indicative of what happened in Tempe Monday night.
OSU held the Hoosiers.
"Offensively, we didn't get any kind of flow,” said Indiana coach Bill Lynch. "I thought the second half, our kids came out and battled pretty hard.”
For the first 47 minutes, though, Lynch's bunch was a pushover.
The final score read 49-33. It wasn't nearly that close.
Tim Beckman's defense — under fire for squandering leads against Texas and Texas A&M — held true, even as the Hoosiers sputtered to life.
"The key for us defensively were the stops in the first half which allowed our offense to get ahead by three scores,” said OSU coach Mike Gundy.
By then, it seemed difficult for Indiana to catch up.
After giving up a field goal on Indiana's first possession, Oklahoma State forced the Hoosiers to punt on three of their next five series and grabbed a turnover on downs on another.
Indiana scored on its final three possessions, the last coming on a Hail Mary pass with time expiring.