Michigan State falls to Indiana in double overtime, 39-31

Elijah Collins vs. Indiana




39






Indiana
IND

4-7, 2-6

31




michigan st
MSU

5-6, 3-5

39

31


michigan st
MSU

5-6, 3-5

























Earnings by Quarters
team 1 2 3 4 OT OT f

IND
Indiana
7 0 17 7 0 8th 39

MSU
michigan st
3 21 7 0 0 0 31


Match Review: Football |




EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State soccer team fell 39-31 to Indiana in double overtime on Saturday afternoon in windy, chilly conditions at Spartan Stadium.

The Spartans (5-6, 3-5 Big Ten) held a 24-7 lead at halftime, but Indiana (4-7, 2-6 Big Ten) rallied and leveled the game with 31 in the fourth quarter. MSU missed a 22-yard field goal just after the end of regulation time and sent the game into overtime. Both teams missed their field goal attempts in first overtime, but the Hoosiers scored a touchdown and two-point conversion in double overtime while keeping the Spartans out of the end zone.

Michigan State had two 100-yard rushers in a game for the first time since 2014, when Jalen Berger (119 yards) and Elijah Collins (107 yards) accelerated the Spartan ground attack. It was Collins’ fourth 100-yard rushing game and first since 2019; He also had two touchdowns (1 yard in the second quarter and 31 yards in the third quarter).

Spartan quarterback Payton Thorne was 27 of 42 passes for 298 yards and two touchdowns. Keon Coleman collected his third 100-yard reception game of the season with eight catches for 107 yards while Jayden Reed had four receptions for 52 yards.

Cal Haladay led the Spartan defense with 10 tackles, including two for losses (5 yards). Playing in his last home game, senior Xavier Henderson registered eight tackles and Avery Dunn had seven tackles with 2.5 TFLs (14 yards) and a sack (10 yards).

Michigan State overtook Indiana (540-288) and held the Hoosiers to just 31 passing yards, the fewest by a Spartan opponent since 2014.

REVIEW SUMMARY
Indiana returned the opening kickoff 43 yards into midfield and capitalized on good field position with a quick four-game touchdown drive when Hoosier quarterback Dexter Williams II rushed 34 yards down the sideline for a TD run.

The Spartans responded to their first drive by rushing for 73 yards in 10 games, but possession stalled at the 2-yard line and MSU had to settle for a 19-yard field goal from Patton.

MSU took the lead in the second quarter with a seven-game touchdown drive and 64 yards powered by Berger, who rushed for 45 yards for possession. On the second goal from the IU 5-yard line, Thorne threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Maliq Carr for a ball that deflected off Collins’ hands.

The Spartans rose 17-7 in the second quarter at the 6:22 mark on a 1-yard TD run by Collins and went 24-7 at halftime after Coleman caught a 2-yard TD pass from Thorne had caught 51 seconds left in the half.

Indiana cut the lead to 24-14 early in the third quarter on Shaun Shiver’s 79-yard touchdown rush on the Hoosiers’ first offensive play in the second half, but the Spartans immediately rebounded with their own long touchdown rush, a 31- Yard scamper by Collins that gave MSU a 31-14 lead at the 6:17 mark.

IU’s Jaylin Lucas, who had a 43-yard kickoff return to open the game, was after Collins’ touchdown run with an 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that took the MSU lead to 10, 31-21, returned, again at 6:04 left in the third.

The Hoosiers capitalized on a spartan interception in the ensuing series, and although Michigan State prevented an Indiana first down after it took MSU’s 29-yard line, IU’s Charles Campbell converted a 40-yard field goal into a 31. 24 at the 4:14 mark.

Indiana rallied to tie the game at 31 early in the fourth quarter on Josh Henderson’s 1-yard touchdown run.

The Spartans rushed 70 yards in 14 games at the end of regular time to set up a 22-yard field goal attempt by Patton, but he missed wide left and sent the game into overtime.

After both teams blocked their field goals in the first overtime, Indiana had the ball first in double overtime, scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run by Shivers. IU also converted the two-point conversion. MSU drove the ball to the IU 10-yard line in double overtime, but a Thorne pass intended for fourth-place Reed was incomplete in the end zone to end the game.

Michigan State returns to action next Saturday, November 26th in the regular season finals at Penn State.

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