Indiana (1-1) fell on the road to Bowling Green (2-1) on Saturday afternoon, 45-42. The Hoosiers racked up 582 yards of offense, but a late Falcon touchdown gave BGSU the win.
Bowling Green scored the go-ahead touchdown with nine seconds remaining in the fourth quarter after the Hoosiers took a 42-39 lead with 2:04 remaining. IU had one final chance, but a Hail Mary attempt by quarterback Nate Sudfeld fell short as time expired.
Sudfeld completed 31-of-41 passes for 347 yards and a touchdown. IU running back Tevin Coleman ran for 190 yards on the ground with a career-high three touchdowns and also had 38 yards receiving on four catches.
Indiana receiver Shane Wynn collected 10 passes for 139 yards to lead the receiving corps. Freshman J-Shun Harris III grabbed his first career receiving TD in the second quarter.
After a BGSU field goal early in the first quarter, Sudfeld snuck in from the one-yard line and later found Harris in the end zone to give IU a 14-3 lead with 14:56 to play in the second quarter. The Falcons added three field goals before halftime as IU led 14-12 at the break.
It was a seesaw battle for the final two quarters as there were nine lead changes in the second half. All three of Coleman's touchdowns came in the final 30 minutes.
With BGSU leading 39-35 with 5:24 remaining, Sudfeld orchestrated a nine-play, 67-yard drive that ended with him sneaking in for the score to put IU in front before the Falcons answered with the winning drive.
Five Hoosiers finished with 10 tackles or more, led by T.J. Simmons who had 13.