Scores

Final

Michigan State 42

(4-1, 1-0 Big Ten)

Indiana 29

(2-2, 0-1 Big Ten)

Coverage: ESPN

12:00 PM ET, September 27, 2008

Memorial Stadium (Bloomington, IN), Bloomington, IN

1 2 3 4 T
MSU 13 14 9 642
IND 7 15 7 029

Top Performers

Passing: B. Hoyer (MSU) - 261 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: J. Ringer (MSU) - 44 CAR, 198 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Thigpen (IND) - 2 REC, 94 YDS, 1 TD

Ringer helps Michigan State score wild win over Indiana

Associated Press

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Michigan State can win games with its supporting cast, too.

Javon Ringer rushed for 198 yards and scored one touchdown Saturday, while Brian Hoyer ran for one TD and threw for two more to lead the Spartans past Indiana 42-29.

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.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MSU
IND
1st Downs2319
Total Yards497473
Passing261284
Rushing236189
Penalties5-519-89
3rd Down Conversions4-144-14
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Turnovers03
Possession34:4725:13

Passing Leaders

Michigan StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hoyer14/2626110.020
IndianaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lewis12/211778.421

Rushing Leaders

Michigan StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ringer441984.5133
Cunningham22914.5029
IndianaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thigpen911312.6278
Lewis7263.7012

Receiving Leaders

Michigan StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gantt29246.0182
Cunningham24120.5033
IndianaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Thigpen29447.0179
Belcher47318.3024

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMSUIND
FG09:07Brett Swenson 45 Yd 30
TD05:59Ray Fisher 8 Yd Pass From Kellen Lewis (Austin Starr Kick) 37
FG02:18Brett Swenson 48 Yd 67
TD00:14Brian Hoyer 1 Yd Run (Brett Swenson Kick) 137
SECOND QUARTERMSUIND
TD09:18Mark Dell 14 Yd Pass From Brian Hoyer (Brett Swenson Kick) 207
TD06:55Marcus Thigpen 6 Yd Run (Austin Starr Kick) 2014
SF03:56Ball Through End Zone 2016
TD01:29Charlie Gantt 82 Yd Pass From Brian Hoyer (Brett Swenson Kick) 2716
TD00:48Marcus Thigpen 78 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2722
THIRD QUARTERMSUIND
TD13:33Javon Ringer 1 Yd Run (Brett Swenson Kick) 3422
TD12:42Marcus Thigpen 79 Yd Pass From Kellen Lewis (Austin Starr Kick) 3429
SF01:39Penalty On Cody Faulkner In End Zone 3629
FOURTH QUARTERMSUIND
FG13:28Brett Swenson 45 Yd 3929
FG03:45Brett Swenson 32 Yd 4229