Hoosiers try to focus on season finale

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana's seniors went into this season with one major goal — earning a bowl bid.

There's no chance now.

When that dream officially ended Saturday night, courtesy of a 42-14 loss at Ohio State, players inside the locker room reacted glumly to the sudden reality that their season would end this weekend against Purdue.

They have one more week to salvage something out of a season by bringing the Old Oaken Bucket back to Bloomington — an annual rallying cry Hoosiers fans, and players, are sick of hearing.

Over the last two decades, Indiana has been to the postseason only two times, the 1993 Independence Bowl and the 2007 Insight Bowl.