The Michigan State Spartans needed a fourth-quarter comeback to barely edge out the Indiana Hoosiers Saturday, 31-27.
The Spartans found themselves down 17 points early to the Hoosiers but staged a steady comeback, capped off by an Andrew Maxwell 36-yard touchdown pass with just over six minutes remaining. Indiana is by no means the toughest competition Michigan State will face this season, but, as written by Chris Vannini of SB Nation's Michigan State blog, The Only Colors, it is important that this team proved their ability to win coming from behind.
We know this team can make a comeback: Sure, it was the worst defense in the Big Ten, but it was also the second-best offense, statistically. The only other time MSU fell behind multiple scores was Notre Dame, so at least the players now can believe in themselves to stick around in a game. This tied for the largest comeback in the Dantonio era (with that 2010 Northwestern game).
Michigan State looks to carry the momentum from Saturday's victory into their contest next Saturday with the Iowa Hawkeyes.