EAST LANSING — Shaun Shivers rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns, including a 1-yarder in double overtime, to lead Indiana to a 39-31 win over Michigan State on Saturday.
Indiana’s James Head Jr. blocked Ben Patton’s 28-yard field goal in overtime and Michigan State’s Michael Fletcher blocked Charles Campbell’s 37-yard kick to send the game into double overtime.
After Dexter Williams threw a 24-yard pass to AJ Barner to start the second overtime, Shivers ran for the game-winner. Williams threw Barner a two-point conversion pass to give the Hoosiers an eight-point cushion.
“When AJ caught it at the 1-yard line, we all knew we were going to score.” Said Shivers. “We knew they wouldn’t stop us because we managed the ball well.”
Michigan State couldn’t score because it could only drive as far as the 13-yard line.
“I just want to say how proud I am of our players,” said Indiana coach Tom Allen. “The fight they showed today was incredible.”
Michigan State (5-6, 3-5) appeared to be running with the game after building a 17-point halftime lead, but the Hoosiers rallied in the second half.
The Hoosiers (4-7, 2-6) closed within 24-14 early in the second half when Shivers broke free for a 79-yard touchdown run. The Spartans responded with Elijah Collins scoring his second touchdown of the game with a 31-yard burst over the line.
Indiana’s Jaylin Lucas, who had 168 kickoff return yards, returned the subsequent kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown. After intercepting a pass from Payton Thorne, Campbell made a 40-yard field goal from the Hoosiers to cut it to 31-24.
Josh Henderson tied the game at 31 with 12:59 on a 1-yard run. Michigan State had a chance to win the game in the rule, but Patton missed a 22-yard field goal after time was up.
“It’s obviously not a very exciting time in the dressing room.” said Thorne, who threw for 298 yards and two touchdowns. “The boys are a bit in disbelief at how the game ended. And it stinks. In the dressing room, it’s not necessarily “Hey, to the next one.” Sometimes you have to soak it a little.”
THE TAKE AWAY
Indiana: The win put the Hoosiers on a seven-losing streak. Indiana is now 2-15 in league play for the last two seasons.
Michigan State: The Spartans missed a chance to qualify for the Bowl and now need to win at Penn State next week. The loss broke a two-game winning streak for Michigan State.
Williams made his first career start in Indiana. While completing 2 of 7 passes for 31 yards, he rushed for 86 yards for 16 carries, including 34 yards for a touchdown on the game’s opening drive. His second pass completion came in the second overtime and was the most important.
“I just did what this team asked me to do” Williams said about his game in overtime. “I knew I had to come back. I knew they needed me to push the ball down the field at some point in that game.
Indiana will host Purdue in the regular-season finals on Saturday.
Michigan State: Closes the regular season on Saturday at No. 11 Penn State.
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