In its sixth double-overtime game of the season, the Michigan State men's soccer team edged defending NCAA champion Indiana, 3-2 in Bloomington on Friday evening. Tim Kreutz scored his third game-winning goal of the season to earn the Spartans' third straight-win over the Hoosiers. MSU now owns a 9-3-3 (2-2-1) record after the final road match of the season, while the Hoosiers are 5-11-1 (1-4-0) on the season.
Continuing conference play, the No. 22 Michigan State men’s soccer team (8-3-3, 1-2-1) will complete its road stretch with the defending NCAA Champions Indiana (5-10-1, 1-3-0). The game will take place on Friday, Nov. 1 at 3 p.m. ET at the Bill Armstrong Stadium in Bloomington.
Michigan State dropped its fourth straight match, falling in five sets to unranked Indiana (17-25, 25-18, 20-25, 25-21, 12-15) at Jenison Field House. The Hoosiers earn their first Big Ten match of the season, and are now 9-12, 1-9 Big Ten. MSU, which entered the week at No. 10 in the AVCA poll, is now 17-5, 6-4 B1G.
The No. 10 volleyball team (17-4 overall, 6-3 Big Ten) will look to snap a three-match losing streak Saturday when they face Indiana (8-12, 0-9) at Jenison Field House. After starting conference play 6-0, the Spartans have run into a rough patch in the season. Errors have been a major factor in the losing streak — MSU had 18 service errors alone in the loss to No. 17 Michigan Wednesday night.
Veronica Ellis scored 8:36 into the first overtime session to help Indiana defeat the Michigan State women's soccer team, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon at DeMartin Stadium in East Lansing.
It all looks even lovelier than what you've seen elsewhere when you adjust for the number of real offensive drives each team had (MSU killed the clock to end both halves, and lost a possession due to the punt return fumble) and exclude MSU's four kneel downs. This was actually the worst average field position MSU has posted this year--no cheapies for the offense.
There was a bit of uneasiness with Indiana's offense coming to town. Four plays in, the Hoosiers had a 7-0 lead, and it was looking like a repeat of last year's slow start. But MSU adjusted much quicker. The offense had little trouble moving the ball, and the defense slowed down an offense averaging more than 500 yards per game, save for a few big plays.
Homecoming weekend annually features a return of some of the most notable Spartans in program history, but this year’s event featured an extra special flair. With the Spartans and Hoosiers squaring off for the Old Brass Spittoon, MSU welcomed back about 20 members of the 1987 team that clinched a Rose Bowl berth with a victory against Indiana.
Michigan State offensive improvement undeniable, regardless of opponent MLive
The optimists will say the Michigan State offense has arrived, having put six touchdowns on the scoreboard and 473 yards of total offense in the statistical books on Saturday. The cynics will point out it was Indiana on the other side of the football in the Spartans' 42-28 homecoming victory at Spartan Stadium, and that led to the offensive outburst. As is often the case, the truth lies somewhere in between.
Michigan State QB and RBs show growth in victory Detroit Free Press
MSU’s offense was offensive. That was the talk that made its way across campus during the first month of the season. And two weeks ago, quarterback Connor Cook said it finally got “personal” for him and his teammates. The Spartans took out their anger on the Hoosiers on Saturday, as MSU (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) thumped Indiana (3-3, 1-1), 42-28, in the 500th game at Spartan Stadium.
Why the Spartans won on Saturday Detroit Free Press
A balanced offensive attack helped MSU (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) knock off Indiana (3-3, 1-1) in the 500th game at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans sustained long scoring drives all afternoon, keeping Indiana’s explosive offense off the field. Running back Jeremy Langford led the way for the Spartans with a career-high four touchdowns and quarterback Connor Cook had his most poised performance of the season.
Michigan State defense's bend-but-don't-break philosophy rings true in win Detroit Free Press
Pat Narduzzi knew exactly what Indiana wanted to run and specifically where the Hoosiers planned to go. It didn’t matter. Four plays into Saturday’s game, his Michigan State defense blew an assignment. And 64 yards later, Indiana held a quick lead. “They hit it,” Narduzzi said, “and we didn’t make a play.”
Grading the Spartans: Michigan State coaches made all the right moves MLive
One missed defensive assignment was enough to put Michigan State behind Indiana on Saturday afternoon, but it wasn't enough to stand in the way of what proved to be an impressive win by the Spartans. Michigan State (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) scored a 42-28 win over the Hoosiers (3-3, 1-1), taking over in the second half and settling in on defense.
Offense is turning Michigan State into a contender in Big Ten Detroit News
On the 500th game at Spartan Stadium before thousands of old-school alumni, MSU returned to its roots. The Spartans ran the football effectively, played decent defense against a pesky Hoosiers offense and nuzzled its way into Big Ten title contention.
Tony Lippett among Michigan State receivers who now are making plays Detroit News
Michigan State’s receivers were consistently making receptions on third down passes to help the Spartans win their Big Ten home opener, 42-28 over Indiana Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium. Instead of dropped ball after dropped ball which took place at a steady pace last season … even earlier this year, Tony Lippett was making grabs on third down, and so was Bennie Fowler, tight end Josiah Price, and running backs Jeremy Langford and Trevon Pendleton.
Michigan State defense asserts itself after Indiana's quick early score Detroit News
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio talks a lot about overcoming adversity and the Spartans had to do just that after giving up a 64-yard TD run by Indiana’s Tevin Coleman just 61 seconds into the game Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium. Well, Dantonio has the luxury of having the nation’s No. 1 defense and luckily for him, the Spartans have a short memory, forgetting the past and being focused on the next play.
Jeremy Langford, Delton Williams give Michigan State a 1-2 running punch Detroit News
Jeremy Langford was thrilled to finally break a long run for a touchdown Saturday afternoon to help Michigan State defeat Indiana 42-28 at Spartan Stadium. Langford, a 6-foot, 205-pound junior, ran for 109 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead an MSU ground game which accounted for 238 of MSU’s 473 total yards.
Langford Sparks Rushing Attack Against Hoosiers MSUSpartans.com
Lorenzo White may have written the book on running the ball against Indiana, but Jeremy Langford and the rest of Michigan State's rushing attack added a new chapter Saturday afternoon in the 500th game at Spartan Stadium.
Pat Narduzzi appreciative of Spartans' ball control MLive
There was no bigger fan of the Michigan State offense than Spartans' defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi on Saturday afternoon. Michigan State (5-1, 2-0) prevailed over Indiana (3-3, 1-1) by a 42-28 count, but not before the Hoosiers gained 351 yards of total offense.
Connor Cook comfortably command the offense is believing MLive
Connor Cook said after Michigan State's 42-28 win against Indiana that as a team, the Spartans had decided this week to take what's been said about the offense "personal." Receiver Tony Lippett saw something else in Cook besides a burning desire to prove people wrong about a unit that had struggled for the better part of the season. A look of comfort.
Michigan State handles Indiana, scores 42-28 homecoming victory MLive
It was a happy, historic homecoming for Michigan State football on Saturday afternoon. The Spartans (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) scored a convincing 42-28 victory over Indiana (3-3, 1-1) on a sunny fall afternoon with 73,815 in attendance to witness the 500th game in Spartan Stadium history.
Spartans romp over Indiana in Big Ten opener Detroit News
The Spartans have found their quarterback in Connor Cook. Cook, a sophomore, led the Spartans on five straight scoring drives to help Michigan State to a 42-28 victory over Indiana Saturday afternoon during the 500th game played at Spartan Stadium.
Jeremy Langford's four touchdowns lead Spartans Detroiit Free Press
Michigan State has waited all season for a running back to emerge. Jeremy Langford did more than that today. He stole the homecoming spotlight. The junior scored four times as the Spartans’ offense erupted for six touchdowns in a 42-28 victory over Indiana.
Thoughts on Indiana Game What is Your Profession?
OK, this game went down about how I expected, except that the offense looked more explosive than I anticipated, and while MSU dominated, they made just enough mistakes to keep this one too interesting for too long.
Rapid Reaction: Michigan State 42 Indiana 28 Spartan Ave
The offense has gotten better and better each week since Connor Cook has taken over the starting QB job. The receivers have become steady and dependable led by sophomore Macgarrett Kings and the running game has been great all year long. The Spartans will face the Purdue Boilermakers next week in East Lansing and should go to 6-1 on the season after next week.
MSU's offense overpowers Indiana, wins 42-28 State News
Junior running back Jeremy Langford scored a career-high four touchdowns to go along with a team-leading 109 rushing yards, while freshman running back Delton Williams added 92 rushing yards as the Spartans (5-1 overall, 2-0 Big Ten) defeated Indiana (3-3, 1-1) in the 500th game at Spartan Stadium.
Jeremy Langford rumbles, slashes through Indiana for four TDs MLive
Jeremy Langford scored a career-high four touchdowns, and the most eye-popping of those came when he saw just a bit of daylight. The Michigan State junior produced a 32-yard score out of a third-down run in the third quarter to make the Spartans' lead more comfortable. After the 42-28 win, coach Mark Dantonio in turn showed his level of confidence in Langford.
Michigan State offense makes key gains in 42-28 win over Indiana MLive
If Michigan State football was a stock, most would be buying in the wake of the Spartans' 42-28 victory over Indiana on Saturday at Spartan Stadium. The offense flourished, the defense hung tough, and Michigan State (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) had the game put away against the Hoosiers (3-3, 1-1) after scoring a touchdown on the opening series of the fourth quarter.
Spartan offense shines in win over Indiana iSports Web
Michigan State’s offense shined Saturday, as the Spartans came away with a 42-28 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers. Jeremy Langford found the end zone four times for Michigan State in a game that served as both homecoming as well as the 500th football game in Spartan Stadium history. The win improves the Spartans to 5-1 on the season while the Hoosiers drop to 3-3.
Offense keeps improving in win over Indiana State News
MSU’s offense has made positive strides in every game this season. Those steps have varied in distance, and some even went backward, but Saturday’s 42-28 Homecoming win against Indiana felt like a giant leap forward.
Gameday Q&A: Indiana Daily Student's Evan Hoopfer State News
With Spartan Stadium’s 500th game only hours away, The State News’s football reporter Stephen Brooks sent five questions to the Indiana Daily Student’s Evan Hoopfer. Here is are the answers to the top questions leading up to Saturday’s showdown against the Hoosiers.
Michigan State vs. Indiana: No rest for the defense Detroit News
Michigan State is the No. 1 defense in the nation in third-down conversions, allowing just 17 first downs in 77 opportunities. Last week, the Spartans forced the Hawkeyes into 10 drives that lasted four plays or less. The same type of performance will be vital against the Hoosiers, who have the No. 1 offense in the Big Ten and specialize in a high-tempo pace offense. Michigan State struggled with it in the first half last season before regrouping.
Iowa outing shows Connor Cook calmly settling into starting role Detroit Free Press
Even from several yards downfield in most cases, receiver Tony Lippett thought he saw a different Connor Cook last week at Iowa. “You could see his poise,” Lippett said of the Michigan State sophomore quarterback. “Just how relaxed he was in the pocket. I think that was the difference.”
Saturday's game marks the 60th meeting between Michigan State and Indiana. The Spartans lead the all-time series against the Hoosiers, 42-15-2, including a 22-6-1 record in games played in East Lansing, Mich. MSU has won 12 of the last 14 meetings overall. The Spartans defeated the Hoosiers, 31-27, in the Big Ten opener last season. MSU head coach Mark Dantonio is 4-0 during his tenure against Indiana.
Today, we check in with David Woods of the Indianapolis Star, a track expert and Olympics veteran who is covering football as close as it gets to track – the Indiana Hoosiers’ offense.
The Hoosiers come in with all the confidence in the world. They just manhandled Penn State beating them by 20. It was a big win, the biggest for Coach Wilson at Indiana, and they are hungry.