Indiana Falls At Michigan State
Oct. 13, 2007
East Lansing, Michigan - Junior Javon Ringer rushed for 203 yards and two scores and senior Jehuu Caulcrick added 94 yards and three TDs to lead Michigan State to a 52-27 win over Indiana in Spartan Stadium, Saturday night. MSU improved to 5-2 and 2-1 in the Big Ten, while IU is now 5-2 and 2-2 in league play.
The Spartans took the opening kick and drove 80 yards in 12 plays scoring on a one-yard run by Caulcrick with 9:57 left in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead. The Hoosiers responded right back, but instead of a long drive, they used a 59-yard run by sophomore Kellen Lewis on the Hoosiers first offensive play to tie the score. While most would take that every time, that sequence may have set the tone for the game as the hosts were able to wear down IU defensively and pull away.
Overall, Michigan State was able to win the game by holding on to the ball for 41:05 compared to 18:55 for IU and accumulated 558 yards of total offense to the Hoosiers 193. MSU also ran 90 plays to IU's 36. Michigan State rushed for 368 yards, while the Hoosiers managed just 22 net yards on the ground.
Despite the setback, Indiana did have moments of success. Junior wide receiver James Hardy added to his school record streak of consecutive games with a TD reception at eight when he hauled in a 37-yard pass from Lewis with 1:47 left in the third quarter. Hardy also finished with six catches for 121 yards, his school record 11th game with more than 100 yards receiving. In addition, to Lewis long run, the sophomore completed 13 of 19 for 171 yards.
Junior Austin Starr also tied then broke the school record for consecutive field goals made with a 40-yard boot at the end of the first quarter and a 47-yard effort with 3:42 to go in the first half. It was his 10th and 11th straight successful field goal attempts. His 14 overall field goals this season ranks fourth all-time on the school's single-season list.
Senior cornerback Tracy Porter returned a fumble (forced by sophomore Nick Polk) 76 yards at the end of the third quarter for a score and became the first player in school history to have returned an interception, a fumble and a punt for a score in his career.
In addition on defense, sophomore strong safety Austin Thomas had a career-high 22 tackles, the first player with 20 tackles in a game since Alfonzo Thurman had 20 against Ohio State, November 13, 1993. Polk would add 11 tackles as would senior linebacker Adam McClurg who had 11 stops.
The Hoosiers return to Bloomington and will celebrate Homecoming this week when they host Penn State at noon on Saturday, October 20. The game will be shown on ESPN or ESPN2.
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