Hoosiers Fall Short in Battle for The Old Brass Spittoon
Oct. 13, 2007
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan State's Javon Ringer rushed for 203 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries Saturday to help the Spartans end a six-game Big Ten losing streak and beat Indiana 52-27.
Spartan quarterback Brian Hoyer was 20-for-23 for 190 yards and a TD for the Spartans (5-2, 1-2 Big Ten), who led by as many as 32 points in the third quarter. Jehuu Caulcrick rushed for three TDs and Devin Thomas caught 13 passes for 148 yards and a TD.
Indiana's high-powered offense was kept off the field much of the game by Michigan State, which dominated time of possession. Kellen Lewis ran for a TD and passed for another for the Hoosiers (5-2, 2-2). James Hardy caught six passes for 121 yards and a TD.
Indiana hasn't been in a bowl since 1993, but one more win would make the Hoosiers bowl eligible.
The Spartans, coming off two straight losses and hoping to fire up themselves and a homecoming crowd, used a fake field goal on the game's opening possession to set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Caulcrick. Aaron Bates, the team's punter and holder on field goal attempts, took the snap and scampered 14 yards to give the Spartans a first-and-goal inside the 5 yard line.
But Indiana answered immediately on its first play from scrimmage. Lewis faked an inside handoff then cut hard to his right, streaking down the sideline 59 yards to tie the game at 7.
Then Michigan State took over with a ball-control offense, chewing up clock and keeping the ball away from the explosive Hoosiers. The Spartans had the ball for just over 41 minutes.
Ringer's 64-yard TD run early in the second quarter gave the Spartans a 24-10 lead. He started to his right, cut back left all the way across the line of scrimmage, then streaked down the left sideline, aided by receiver Terry Love's key block.
Michigan State stretched the lead to 45-13 in the third quarter when Jonal Saint-Dic caused a Lewis fumble deep in Indiana territory. The fumble was scooped up by Ervin Baldwin and returned 12 yards for a touchdown.
Indiana crept back to within 45-27 late in the third quarter, which ended with the Hoosiers' Tracy Porter returning a Michigan State fumble 76 yards for a TD.
Michigan State has won nine of the last 11 games against the Hoosiers.
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