BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WWJ/AP) – It was a tale of two halves as the Michigan State Spartans rallied in the second half to beat the Indiana Hoosiers 31-27 on Saturday.
The Spartans (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten) overcame a 17-0 first quarter pounding by the Hoosiers to get the win, Andrew Maxwell passed for 290 yards, including two touchdowns.
Marcus Rush had one sack, four tackles and broke up a pass on his way to a top defensive performance for the day.
Aaron Burbridge caught eight passes for 134 yards and LeVeon Bell ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries for the Spartans, who were coming off a 17-16 loss to No. 12 Ohio State.
Cameron Coffman passed for 282 yards and three touchdowns and Shane Wynn had 12 catches for 70 yards for the Hoosiers (2-3, 0-2), who led 27-17 at the end of the third quarter. Indiana could have given second-year coach Kevin Wilson his first conference win, but the Hoosiers went three-and-out on critical back-to-back possessions in the fourth quarter.
Michigan State, which gave up nearly 200 yards in the first quarter, held Indiana to 37 yards and two first downs in the second half.
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