BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Michigan State can win games with its supporting cast, too.
It was a wild, wacky game for the Old Brass Spittoon. There were two safeties, three replay reviews, a blocked punt, and Hoyer and Hoosiers quarterback Kellen Lewis each threw career-long touchdown passes.
But the strangest, and most important play, came late in the third quarter when Indiana's backup quarterback, Ben Chappell, connected with Terrance Turner for a 97-yard touchdown pass that appeared to give Indiana the lead. Instead, right guard Cody Faulkner was called for holding in the end zone, giving Michigan State a safety and a 36-29 lead.
Indiana (2-2, 0-1 Big Ten) never recovered from the nine-point swing, losing its second straight game.
Michigan State (4-1, 1-0) hasn't lost since its opener against California.
But nothing went according to the script.
All week the buzz surrounded Ringer, who had rushed for 200 yards in two straight games and had a record three straight conference offensive player of the week awards. But Indiana (2-2, 0-1) stuck to its game plan, forcing Ringer to carry 44 times and barely prevented him from topping 200 again -- much of that coming when the Spartans were trying to protect a fourth-quarter lead.
Hoyer had no problem playing the feature role. He finished 14-of-26 for 261 yards, scored on a 1-yard plunge to wipe out Indiana's 7-6 lead and hooked up with Mark Dell on a 14-yard TD pass and Charlie Gantt on an 82-yard score before the first half ended.
Michigan State never trailed again but struggled to put away the Hoosiers.
Marcus Thigpen scored on TD runs of 6 and 78 yards and caught a 79-yard TD pass from Lewis. He finished with 113 yards rushing and 94 receiving, while Lewis was 12-of-21 for 177 yards despite missing more than a quarter with a left leg injury.
A final decision in Ohio State's quarterback derby won't be revealed until just before the season kicks off, but Urban Meyer isn't ruling out playing both his decorated candidates.
Junior transfer Chad Kelly, the nephew of NFL Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, will start at quarterback for Ole Miss in the Rebels' opener against Tennessee Martin on Saturday.
Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison, who injured his left knee in January and needed two surgeries to repair the damage, will play in Saturday's opener against New Mexico State.
Middle Tennessee coach Rick Stockstill has named his son, redshirt freshman Brent Stockstill, his starting quarterback for the Blue Raiders' season opener against Jackson State.
A new college football award will be given to the nation's best offensive line and honor the memory of Joe Moore, who coached 52 players who went on to the NFL.
Miami has lost running back Gus Edwards for the entire season because of a left foot injury.