BOZICH | Michigan State stuffs Indiana's running game, wins 35-21
By Rick Bozich
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Through its first three games, Tom Allen’s Indiana University unbeaten football team generated 235 yards per game rushing. The Hoosiers had five rushing touchdowns.
Enter Michigan State — the top-ranked rushing defense in the nation. Coach Mark Dantonio’s team came to Bloomington allowing only 69 yards rushing (total) in two games.
The Spartans turned the Hoosiers into a one-dimensional offense.
Indiana averaged less than 1 yard per carry rushing the ball. The final numbers were 29 yards on 32 attempts.
Michigan State intercepted one of Peyton Ramsey’s 46 passes and turned it into a 69-yard touchdown. They stopped a 14-point Indiana rally in the fourth quarter with a 75-yard touchdown run.
And the 24th-ranked Spartans defeated IU, 35-21, in front of 45,445 fans at Memorial Stadium. The loss knocked the Hoosiers to 3-1 as they prepare for back-to-back road games with Rutgers and Ohio State. The game was the first of nine consecutive Big Ten games for Indiana.
Perhaps against the Scarlet Knights the Hoosiers will be able to continue with the running game that featured freshman Stevie Scott rolling to more than 100 yards against Virginia and Ball State.
Michigan State stuffed Scott, limiting him to 18 yards on 11 carries with a long run of 7 yards.
Ramsey tried to rally the Hoosiers passing the football. He completed 32 of 46 for 272 yards and two touchdowns.
But his first-quarter interception in Michigan State territory allowed the Spartans to push to a 14-0 lead. He threw another pick after Michigan State’s Jalen Nailor crackled 75 yards around left ahead after the Hoosiers had cut Michigan State’s lead to 28-21.
That was more than the Hoosiers could overcome, even after intercepting two Michigan State passes and recovering a pair of fumbles.
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