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Michigan State rallies to beat Indiana 31-27
MICHIGAN ST 31, INDIANA 27
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Andrew Maxwell passed for 290 yards and
two touchdowns, and Michigan State rallied from a 17-point
deficit to defeat Indiana 31-27 on Saturday.
Aaron Burbridge caught eight passes for 134 yards and Le'Veon
Bell ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries for the
Spartans (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten), who were coming off a 17-16 loss to
No. 12 Ohio State.
Cameron Coffman passed for 282 yards and three touchdowns and
Shane Wynn had 12 catches for 70 yards for the Hoosiers (2-3,
0-2), who led 27-17 at the end of the third quarter. Indiana
could have given second-year coach Kevin Wilson his first
conference win, but the Hoosiers went three-and-out on critical
back-to-back possessions in the fourth quarter.
Michigan State, which gave up nearly 200 yards in the first
quarter, held Indiana to 37 yards and two first downs in the
Indiana started Coffman over Nate Sudfeld at quarterback, and
the Hoosiers' no-huddle offense rolled right down the field
against one of the nation's best defenses. Coffman fired a
19-yard touchdown pass to Stephen Houston 77 seconds into the
Two possessions later, Mitch Ewald's 32-yard field goal made it
After Michigan State was called for a roughing-the-punter
penalty, Coffman took advantage with a 21-yard touchdown pass to
Ted Bolser with 38 seconds left in the first quarter.
Michigan State finally got it going in the second quarter. Bell
scored from 2 yards out to cut Indiana's lead to 17-7.
Maxwell followed with a 15-yard touchdown pass to running back
Larry Caper to trim Indiana's lead to 17-14 with 6:26 left in
the first half.
Indiana came right back when Coffman found Wynn for a 17-yard
touchdown pass. Indiana recovered an onside kick, and a 19-yard
field goal by Ewald gave Indiana a 27-14 lead at halftime.
Coffman completed 23 of 30 passes for 256 yards in the first
Michigan State got the ball first in the second half, and a
46-yard field goal by Dan Conroy cut Indiana's lead to 27-17.
Michigan State went for it on fourth down at the Indiana 2 and
Bell got a yard on a play that was reviewed. Two plays later,
Bell scored from the 1, cutting Indiana's lead to 27-24 with
7:49 to play.
Coffman missed on three straight passes, and Michigan State got
the ball back 20 seconds after the previous score. On the third
play of the possession, Maxwell connected with Bennie Fowler for
a 36-yard touchdown pass to give the Spartans a 31-27 lead.
Indiana went three-and-out again and punted. Michigan State's
Nick Hill fumbled the fair catch but fell on it, and Indiana got
a personal-foul penalty, giving the Spartans the ball at the 50.
Michigan State ran out the clock, clinching the game on a
fourth-and-1 conversion by Bell on the Indiana 9-yard line in
the final minute.
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