There are rivalry trophies up for grabs in Michigan State’s final two games of the season. First up is Indiana and the battle for the old brass spittoon, which has spent the past year in East Lansing after being recaptured by the Spartans in Bloomington, Indiana last fall.
MSU has won back-to-back and kept their bowl ambitions alive with a 5-5. Indiana is on a seven-game losing streak.
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– MSU will be thin again on offense today as Jarrett Horst, starting guard Matt Carrick and backup guard Brian Greene were all absent for the pregame warm up. However, redshirt freshman Geno VanDeMark was in uniform after missing last week’s game. During MSU’s warm-up, he slipped into the vacant right guard spot.
– Other notable players not clothed include long snapper Hank Pepper, tight end Tyler Hunt, cornerback Ronald Williams and defensive end Jeff Pietrowski.
— Indiana is moving fast to take the first lead. After hitting the opening kickoff at the 50-yard line, the Hoosiers score in four games, with quarterback Dexter Williams running in a keeper from 34 yards. It’s 7-0 Hoosiers in less than 2 minutes.
– With Kenneth Walker III in the house, MSU goes with a beautiful tribute to the reigning winner of the Doak Walker Award by showing a flea flicker on her first play. There’s a 39-yard gain at stake as Payton Thorne connects with Keon Coleman to take the Spartans to Indiana territory.
– MSU settles for a field goal on their first possession after driving to the Indiana 2-yard line. Ben Patton’s 19-yarder makes it 7-3 Hoosiers at the 9:02 mark of the first period.
– The Spartans are ranked fourth and first at the 50-yard line and their running game is stuffed to end their second possession.
– Tight end Maliq Carr finds himself in the right place at the right time as he slides in to catch a touchdown on a ball deflected off Elijah Collins’ hands. Patton’s PAT makes it 10-7 MSU with 11:50 left in the half.
– Elijah Collins gets a senior day touchdown and runs in from the 1 with 6:22 left in the first half. That makes it 17-7 Spartans.
– Keon Coleman scores a very Keon Coleman touchdown by simply sweeping his defender out of the way to catch a 2-yard touchdown from Thorne with 51 seconds left in the half. It is now 24-7 MSU.
– Indiana breaks up a big touchdown by Shaun Shivers, a 79-yard sprint down the right touchline to make it 24-14 at the 13:40 mark of the third.
– Collins runs in from 31 yards for his second end zone appearance of the day. It’s 31-14 MSU with 6:17 left in the period.
– MSU’s sloppy kick return coverage catches up with the Spartans as Indiana’s Jaylin Lucas runs back for an 88-yard touchdown. This particular team result puts the Hoosiers within 10 points, 31-21 at 6:04 of the third.
— After the kick return, Thorne’s pass is picked up for Daniel Barker after it bounces off a handful of players. The Hoosiers start this possession at the MSU 29-yard line.
– The Hoosiers concede the interception for three points by setting up a 40-yard field goal at the 4:14 mark. That makes it 31-24 Spartans.
— Well, now it’s awkward if you’re a Spartan fan. MSU concedes the binding touchdown on a 1-yard run by Josh Henderson at 12:59 on the clock. This game is tied at 31.
– MSU reaches the edge of the red zone but is left empty-handed as Thorne’s fourth and second passes to Coleman are incomplete. Hoosiers take over on the MSU 26-yard line.
– The Spartans drove into the red zone for a 23-yard field goal from Ben Patton when the final whistle blew and it went wide to the left. We have overtime at Spartan Stadium.
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