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Michigan State vs. Indiana: Spartans stage road comeback against Hoosiers

After trailing by 17 points, Michigan State recovered to top Indiana 31-27.

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Michigan State comes back to top Indiana 31-27

Michigan State went down by 17 early on Saturday, but came back to win 31-27 over Indiana.

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Spartans continue to trail after three quarters

Michigan State continues to struggle against the Indiana defense, trailing 27-17 after three quarters of play. The Spartans fell behind 17-0 after a terrible start to the game, and while their defense has come to life, they'll need to get the offense going if they want to avoid dropping to 3-3 on the season.

The Spartans got the ball to start the second half, driving down the field to cut into the Hoosier lead. Andrew Maxwell and Le'Veon Bell led MSU into field goal range, but they stalled after getting the ball to the Indiana 29-yard line. Dan Conroy made a 46-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 10, with the Spartans trailing 27-17.

The rest of the third quarter was a defensive struggle, as the two teams exchanged punts. The Spartans will need to improve on third down to catch the Hoosiers, having converted just three through the first three quarters on Saturday.

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Spartans defense struggling to stop Indiana

Michigan State got on the scoreboard in the second quarter, but they still trail at the half by a score of 27-14. The Spartans gave up 105 yards on penalties in the first half, and they haven't defended well enough to overcome their sloppy play.

MSU started the quarter well, when Andrew Maxwell hit Tony Lippett for 27 yards on the second play of the quarter. Completions to Aaron Burnbridge and Keith Mumphery got the ball inside the Indiana 10-yard line, and Le'Veon Bell pounded the ball into the end zone from two yards out to make it 17-7.

After forcing the Hoosiers to go three and out on their next possession, Andrew Maxwell led the Spartans down the field for a second touchdown of the quarter. Maxwell connected with Larry Caper for the 15-yard score, cutting the Indiana lead to 17-14.

Indiana pushed the lead back to 10 on their next possession, as Cameron Coffman found Shane Wynn for a 16-yard touchdown. After surprising the Spartans and recovering an onside kick, the Hoosiers added a field goal to make it 27-14 heading into halftime.

Michigan State kicked off to start the game, so they will get the ball back to start the second half. They'll need to improve their pass defense if they want to avoid falling to 3-3, allowing 256 yards through the air in the first half.

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Spartans struggling to stop the Indiana offense

Michigan State has struggled to slow down the Indiana passing game, and they trail 17-0 after a quarter of play. The Hoosiers have already thrown for 172 yards, and the Spartans have helped them out with an additional 60 yards of penalties.

Indiana received the ball to start the game, and they needed just over a minute to open the scoring. Cameron Coffman found Cody Latimer for 33 yards on 3rd and 2, and three plays later he found Stephen Houston for a 19-yard touchdown strike.

Indiana added a field goal later in the quarter, taking advantage of a pair of 15-yard penalties from the Spartans to move into range for Mitch Ewald to make it 10-0.

The Hoosiers weren't done, as Cameron Coffman threw for another touchdown before the end of the quarter to make it 17-0. After finding Kofi Hughes for 39 yards to get Indiana into Spartan territory, Coffman picked out Ted Bolser running down the left sideline for the 21-yard touchdown pass.

Michigan State will need to slow Cameron Coffman and reduce the penalties if they want to cut into the deficit. Stay tuned to this storystream for more updates on the game.

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Spartans wideout Bennie Fowler upset with drops

Michigan State Bennie Fowler will come off the bench this Saturday against Indiana following an 'unacceptable' drop against Ohio State.

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Michigan State OT Fou Fonoti likely out for season

Michigan State Spartans offensive tackle Fou Fonoti will likely miss the rest of the season due to injury.

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Lineman Kodi Kieler's season is done due to injury

Michigan State offensive lineman Kodi Kieler will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on Thursday.

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