Every Saturday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart watches all the Big Ten action and offers his Snap Reactions. See his reactions to Michigan State and Penn State’s comeback victories over Indiana and Northwestern, respectively, in this post.
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.
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.
This week’s college football slate is nothing short of phenomenal: Georgia-South Carolina, LSU-Florida, and West Virginia-Texas are among about a half dozen intriguing games. The Big Ten has its share of good ones, including a match-up of ranked teams in Columbus, as Nebraska visits Ohio State. It seems as good a place as any to jump into this week’s “Numbers.”
Every week, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners.
Another Saturday looms. And, I have questions. Here are my most pressing queries for Big Ten teams entering Week 6, the second week of conference play. Read all of my Big Ten coverage here and don’t forget to send any of your questions my way for my weekly Big Ten Mailbag.