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 LeVeon 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.
Fans were treated to more punts than points in the third quarter, and Indiana now leads 27-17. Dan Conroy’s 46-yard field goal represented the quarter’s lone scoring and cut the deficit to 27-17t.
Le’Veon Bell ran for 33 yards and one touchdown in the second quarter, but Indiana still leads Michigan State, 27-14, at halftime. Indiana aired it out in the quarter, finishing with 84 passing yards. The Hoosiers have scored 10 unanswered points.
Indiana has raced out to an early lead and are on top 17-0 at the end of the first. The Hoosiers held Michigan State to 22 total yards in the quarter. Indiana took the game’s first lead after Cameron Coffman threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Stephen Houston on the last play of a seven-play, 75-yard drive. The Hoosiers relied on a run play just one time on that drive.
I remember when Antwaan Randle El first hit the college football scene back in 1998 as an undersized quarterback at Indiana, a school known more for basketball than football. Randle El wasn’t a traditional college pocket quarterback, but instead he could throw, run and catch. I talked to Randle El about his Indiana days in my latest installment of “Big Ten Tales.”
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Michigan State visits Indiana this Saturday for a noon ET kickoff on BTN/BTN2Go, and that reminded us of a 2006 classic game between these two programs. On Oct. 28 of that season Indiana’s James Hardy caught four of Kellen Lewis’ five touchdown passes as Indiana won 41-26 in front of their home fans. In what will be an occasional series of Big Ten Classics on BTN.com & BTN2Go, we’ve gone into the archives to recover the full telecast of the 2006 game. The full game is posted on BTN2Go, but we’ve clipped a portion of it here for you to enjoy.
Week 2 of Big Ten competition saw three hard-fought games that needed more than 90 minutes of play to be decided. It showed that there is not much separating each team in the conference and that many games are going to come down to one shot, one save, or one executed set piece. So, no matter the records, easy games are few and far between in the Big Ten with only two games having been decided by more than one goal so far.
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