MSU bounces back from early deficit in win

Spartans trailed in the second quarter against IU, but answered with 35 straight points to win 49-17.

In the middle of the second quarter Saturday, Michigan State found itself trailing an opponent for the first time since its loss to Oregon.

This time, the Spartans responded a little bit differently. After a Connor Cook interception and ensuing Indiana score, the Spartans faced a 17-14 deficit – but Indiana did not see the end zone again and MSU went on a 42-0 run to win 56-17.

Cook led the Spartans on a pair of scoring drives to close out the first half, giving MSU a 28-17 lead and it never looked back. The Spartans scored three more times in the second half.

Cook finished with 332 yards passing on 24 of 32 passing with three touchdowns, while Jeremy Langford had three touchdowns and his 11th straight 100-yard game against a Big Ten opponent.

Michigan State opened the scoring on its first possession, as running back Jeremy Langford broke free inside, cut out to the right and stiff-armed Tim Bennett at the 10, carrying him into the end zone for a 32-yard score and a 7-0 lead early.

Michael Geiger missed a 42-yard field goal on Michigan State’s next possession. It was his fourth miss of the year after missing just one as a freshman last season.

Tevin Coleman made his presence immediately known on the next play for IU, as he broke into the open field for a 65-yard gain to the MSU 10. The Spartans held and forced a 27-yard field-goal attempt from Griffin Oakes, pulling IU within 7-3.

The Spartans came back with a 12-play drive that covered 78 yards, ending with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Connor Cook to Josiah Price for a 14-3 lead.

The Hoosiers scored on their next play as Coleman took a handoff and pitched it to Shane Wynn, who broke to the sideline and through tackle attempts from Kurtis Drummond, Montae Nicholson, Ed Davis and Trae Waynes on his way to a 75-yard touchdown run.

Ahead 14-10, Cook stared down Lippett and was intercepted by linebacker Tegray Scales who picked it at the MSU 27. After a three-yard return and a 15-yard personal foul, IU took over at the MSU 39. A 30-yard run by Coleman set up the Hoosiers at the MSU 9 and Diamont took it in on the next play to give Indiana a 17-14 lead with 5:25 before the half.

It took Michigan State just three plays to respond, as Cook hit Price for a 67-yard gain to the IU 8. On the next play, Langford ran it in for an 8-yard score, extending the ball into the end zone.

After a quick IU three-and-out, Michigan State took over with 2:33 before the half. Tony Lippett, Aaron Burbridge and MacGarrett Kings each had two receptions on the way to a touchdown. Kings got the score, as he took a quick pass from Cook and made a man miss with a juke before leaping and stretching the ball out over a defender for a 14-yard score and a 28-17 lead. The drive took just 1:14.

Michigan State got in the scoring column first in the second half, as a four-yard run by R.J. Shelton made it 35-17 with 7:62 left in the third. The highlight of the drive – and quite possibly the game – came earlier on the drive when Cook was under pressure, rolled right before reversing field back to the left and throwing it down field to Tony Lippett, who made a spectacular over-the-shoulder grab for 41 yards.

Langford got his third touchdown of the day on a 12-yard run on the second play of the fourth quarter to put Michigan State up 42-17.

Delton Williams made it 49-17 with a 22-yard touchdown run with 5:06 to go. Nick Hill rounding out the scoring with a 76-yard run with 1:24. Hill finished with 178 yards rushing on 16 carries.

Indiana freshman quarterback Zander Diamont completed just 5 of 15 passes for 11 yards -- 13 of which came on his final completion. Coleman had 118 yards rushing in the first half on 10 carries, but just 14 on five carries in the second half.


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