2. Michigan State 35, Indiana 21
It wasn’t a thing of beauty, but Michigan State got a much-needed good performance to beat Indiana by 14.
There’s still no running game. The Spartans managed just 131 yards and two scores, and Brian Lewerke wasn’t special – throwing for 213 yards and two touchdowns – but the defense showed up.
Indiana’s running game couldn’t breathe, finishing with 29 yards on 32 carries, and Peyton Ramsey wasn’t able to bomb away to keep the team in the game.
MSU turned it over four times, gave up a bad Lewerke pick, and was awful on third downs, but it got creative when it had to. The fake field goal changed around the tone, the pick six from Shakur Brown was a big deal, and even though it took too much work, it’s a double-digit win.
Is this the game to make Michigan State one of the possible stars in the East again? Not even close. This still looks like the fourth-best team in the division, and it needs to learn how to close, but it’s still progressing.
It just beat an unbeaten team on the road in Big Ten play. For now, after the rough start and the week off, that’s good enough.