Spartans return to winning ways at home

After no conference home wins a year ago, MSU takes its first of the season Saturday with a 42-28 victory over Indiana.

Entering 2012, Michigan State had won 14 straight games at homes and appointed Spartan Stadium "The Woodshed."

Unfortunately, the Spartans struggled at home in 2012 and lost its entire Big Ten home slate.

That monkey is gone off their back after a 42-28 win against Indiana on Saturday.

"It was huge," senior defensive tackle Tyler Hoover said. "We take so much pride in that stadium and the fact that we couldn't get it done last year, it was so important to get a win and give our MSU fans and students a win."

The Spartans lost five Big Ten games at home a year ago – most of which came down to the wire.

Coach Mark Dantonio said that still is talked about – to an extent.

"We had a lot of close games last year that went right down to the end and we lost them at home, other than the Notre Dame game," he said. "Prior to that for two years, we hadn't lost. The basic thought process is that we are going to win in this stadium."

Dantonio praised the crowd for its turn out for homecoming Saturday and said he looks forward to it growing as success grows.

"I was impressed with the crowd (Saturday)," he said. "Impressed with our students. I liked the Ironman song being played out there. Things went well."

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