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The Michigan State Spartans beat the Indiana University Hoosiers 31-27 Saturday in what was IU’s homecoming weekend.
IU dominated the first quarter with 172 yards of total offense and Junior Quarterback Cameron Coffman completing 15 of 20 passes. Sophomore wide receiver Shane Wynn had seven catches while junior wide receiver Ted Bolser and junior running back Stephen Houston both scored touchdowns for the Hoosiers.
The IU defense was also at the top of its game holding Michigan State to only two first downs in the quarter.
The Spartans relied heavily on their running game. Junior quarterback Andrew Maxwell only attempted 8 passes, and the Hoosiers were able to stop their renowned running game. Senior defensive linemen Adam Replogle had a huge sack early to help lift up a Hoosier defense that has struggled the past two games. The Hoosiers finished the first quarter up 17-0.
The Spartans were the first to score 4 minutes 20 seconds into the second quarter with a two-yard rush by junior running back Le’Veon Bell following a Hoosier penalty, silencing a revved up Indiana crowd. Michigan State followed that with a big 11-yard sack with about nine minutes left in the half, which took away all Hoosier momentum.
Michigan State then drove the ball down the field five minutes later to score on a touchdown pass from Maxwell to senior running back Larry Carper.
Indiana struggled to find a rhythm on both offense and defense early but at 4:26 a touchdown catch by sophomore wide receiver Shane Wynn bolstered the Hoosiers, leading to an onside kick recovered by sophomore wide receiver Nick Stoner. Junior kicker Mitch Ewald kicked the field goal that finished off the first half scoring with IU ahead 27-14.
The second half started slowly for both teams. Neither team could manage to score, as they were locked in a defensive struggle for the entire 15 minutes leading up to the fourth quarter. Michigan State continued to rely heavily on Bells running ability to start the fourth quarter. Bell rushed for a total of 121 yards on the game and scored the first points of the second half for the Spartans with 7:49 left to play.
Indiana looked winded throughout the second half and it finally took its toll as Michigan State scored again with 6:35 remaining giving them their first lead of the game. Junior wide receiver Bennie Fowler scored off of a pass by Maxwell putting Michigan State ahead 31-27.
Indiana falls to 2-3 on the season as Michigan State advances to 4-2. Indiana will play Ohio State University at home next Saturday.