EAST LANSING, MI - NOVEMBER 19: Keshawn Martin #82 of the Michigan State Spartans scores a touchdown on a pass from Kirk Cousins #8 during the first quarter of the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Spartan Stadium on November 19, 2011 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Mark A. Cunningham/Getty Images)

Michigan State Vs. Indiana: Spartans Dominate Hoosiers In 55-3 Win

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Big Ten Championship Game 2011: Michigan State Clinches Spot In Indianapolis

Michigan State has clinched the Legends Division title and a spot in the first ever Big Ten Championship Game.


Indiana Vs. Michigan State Final Score: Spartans Dominate Hoosiers 55-3

The Michigan State Spartans took care of business on Saturday by dominating the visiting Indiana Hoosiers in a convincing 55-3 win.

After Edwin Baker scored on the first play of the fourth quarter to put Michigan State up 55-3, the Spartans eased off the gas allowing backup players a chance to see the field and finish out the game.

All of that was made possible thanks for a strong offensive attack that helped Michigan State amass 469 total yards with quarterback Kirk Cousins controlling the operation. Cousins had an efficient game throwing the ball, completing 16-23 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns.

Cousins connected with B.J. Cunningham twice (63 yards, 7 yards) and Keshawn Martin (47 yards) once on his touchdown strikes. Cunningham finished with 132 yards receiving while Martin added 100 yards of his own. Edwin Baker scored two rushing touchdowns while Le'Veon Bell put up 68 yards rushing on nine carries.

Indiana quarterback Tre Roberson had a touch day, completing 10 of 23 passes for only 93 yards and two interceptions before giving way to Edward Wright-Baker who finished the game at QB. Dre Muhammad caught nine balls for 73 yards to lead the Hoosiers.

The win moved the Michigan State to 9-2 on the season and 6-1 in the Big Ten's Legends Division where the Spartans maintain a one-game lead and the tie-breaker over the Michigan Wolverines.


Indiana Vs. Michigan State Score Update: Spartans Pounding Hoosiers 48-3 After Third Quarter

The Michigan State Spartans continued to bury the Indiana Hoosiers after the break, scoring two touchdowns early in the third quarter en route to a 48-3 lead at the end of the quarter.

Kirk Cousins picked up where he left off against the Hoosiers to start the third quarter as the Spartans took the ball after the break and drove 68 yards for a touchdown. Cousins connected with B.J. Cunningham twice on the drive including a seven-yard reception for the touchdown to put Michigan State up 41-3.

Indiana appeared to have something going offensively after making their halftime adjustments, but those positive signs turn negative in a hurry for the Hoosiers. After using 11 plays to drive the ball down to the MSU 20-yard line an errant Tre Roberson pass was picked off by Michigan State cornerback Johnny Adams and returned 85 yards for a touchdown.

The pick six was Roberson's second interception on the day.


Indiana Vs. Michigan State Score Update: Spartans Lead Hoosiers 34-3 At Half

The Michigan State Spartans continued to control the action against the Indiana Hoosiers, taking a 34-3 lead to the half in East Lansing.

Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins had a strong half throwing the football. Cousins completed 13 of 19 passes for 242 yards along with two big touchdowns passes of 63 and 47 yards. Wide receivers B.J. Cunningham and Keshawn Martin have done the damage on the other end of those passes for the Spartans.

Cunningham goes to the break with 100 yards receiving and a touchdown while Martin has caught seven passes for 86 yards and a touchdown. Martin also has a rushing touchdown taking a hand off and flying around the right side for a 19-yard touchdown.

Edwin Baker has done most of the work on the ground for Michigan State with 33 yards on nine carries. Baker also found the end zone on a ten yard touchdown around the right side.

The Hoosiers had a chance to work themselves back into the game to start the second quarter but a nine-play drive stalled at MSU's five yard line, forcing IU to settle for a field goal. From there Michigan State tacked on 17 more points to end the half.


Michigan State Vs. Indiana Score Update: Spartans Lead Hoosiers 17-0 After First Quarter

The Michigan State Spartans jumped out to a strong Senior Day start against the visiting Indiana Hoosier, leading 17-0 at the end of the first quarter.

After forcing an Indiana punt on the first possession of the game, the Spartans couldn't finish off a nice drive that started at their on 31-yard line, stalling at the IU four yard line. Dan Conroy put Michigan State on the board with a 21-yard field goal.

The Spartans struck for a big play after starting their next possession deep in their own territory. After picking up a first down, Cousins struck again, hitting Cunningham over the middle for a 63-yard touchdown. 

Then on Michigan State's next possession, Cousins continued to spread the wealth through the air, connecting with Keshawn Martin for a 47-yard touchdown pass.

Indiana has struggled to move the ball with only two first downs in the first quarter. Michigan State has 227 total yards to Indiana's 57 yards so far.

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