September 22nd, 2018


Michigan State holds on late to top Indiana in Big Ten opener
Michigan State made its first Big Ten road trip of the season and headed home with a rivalry trophy. The No. 24 Spartans (2-1, 1-0 Big Ten) defeated Indiana (3-1, 0-1) 35-21 on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium to retain the Old Brass Spittoon.

3 quick takes on Michigan State football’s 35-21 win at Indiana Lansing State Journal
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch gives his initial thoughts on the Spartans’ performance against the Hoosiers Saturday night.

Michigan State football freshman Jalen Nailor stars in 35-21 win Detroit Free Preess
Michigan State football’s offensive woes and injury issues continue to mount. But neither was enough to prevent the 23rd-ranked Spartans from sludging their way past previously unbeaten Indiana for a 35-21 victory on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

Michigan State’s conservative play calling nearly doomed it vs. Indiana Detroit Free Press
Brian Lewerke is Michigan State’s best running option. That’s a problem. Jalen Nailor might be its second. That’s a problem, too. Though it wasn’t Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. When the freshman slot receiver took a toss from Lewerke, ran to the yard markers, cut upfield, slipped through a gap, and sprinted 75 yards for the touchdown that iced a 35-21 win over Indiana.

Spartans are sloppy but effective in winning Big Ten opener Detroit News
Michigan State was looking to get back on track. The Spartans did so, but it was hardly pretty. Despite four turnovers and eight penalties, the 24th-ranked Spartans that achieved their goal on Saturday night in the Big Ten opener, knocking off Indiana, 35-21, at Memorial Stadium.

Michigan State takes down Indiana in Big Ten opener Spartan Tailgate
Michigan State’s defense and special teams provided highlights, and the Spartans ended up needing both to survive Saturday’s trip to Indiana’s Memorial Stadium. On a night when MSU’s offense sputtered, a pick-six by redshirt freshman cornerback Shakur Brown and a fake field goal touchdown from kicker Matt Coghlin keyed a 35-21 victory on the road.

Michigan State-Indiana talking points: A circus catch and a player named ‘Speedy’
Here’s what Michigan State fans are talking about following the Spartans’ 35-21 win over Indiana

Jalen Nailor saves day in win over Indiana Spartan Avenue
It wasn’t pretty, but what a win over Indiana has been over the past decade-plus? Mark Dantonio and Co. were able to head to Bloomington and come away with a 35-21 win, but it was due, in large part, to the play of the Spartans’ defensive line as well as freshman receiver Jalen Nailor.

No. 24 Michigan State Defeats Indiana, 35-21 MSU Official Site
Brian Lewerke threw two touchdown passes, had his first career catch and made the perfect pitch to kicker Matt Coghlin for a 6-yard scoring run in No. 24 Michigan State’s 35-21 victory over Indiana on Saturday night.

Turk: The return of the Take-O-Meter after MSU 35-21 Indiana Impact Sports
As Michigan State wins go, it’s actually one of the cleaner all-time results for Mark Dantonio’s club on Saturday night. The Spartans won their first road game of 2018 and moved to 2-1 on the young season after winning their Big Ten opener in Indiana by a final score of 35-21. Quarterback Brian Lewerke finished 14-of-25 passing for 213 yards and two touchdowns – but sputtering offensive play kept MSU from putting up 40-plus points for the second time in three games.

‘Nail’ in the coffin: Spartans show strides in B1G conference win, but still work to do Impact Sports
After sitting idly for the past 14 days, Michigan State got back to the field Saturday night for its Big Ten season opener. With concerns mounting after the Spartans’ sloppy first two games, they showed significant strides in Week 4, silencing a surging Indiana group 35-21.

Spartans Defense too strong for Indiana Spartan Nation
Coming out of the bye week, No. 24 ranked Michigan State hit the road on Saturday night to take on unbeaten Indiana with the hopes of bouncing back from its week two loss to Arizona State. The Spartans controlled much of Saturday night’s game, but after taking a 28-7 lead late in the third quarter, were unable to put the game away until late in the fourth quarter, holding on for a 35-21 win over the Hoosiers, claiming the Old Brass Spittoon for a second straight year.

Michigan State overcomes mistakes with big plays to win at Indiana
Four turnovers that led to 18 points. Eight penalties for 72 yards. Another night when the running game struggled to generate yards between the tackles. Injuries that depleted the lineup heading into the game and continued to mount. There were ample reasons that could have added up to a Michigan State loss, but that didn’t happen.

Michigan State football grades: Offense uninspiring, run ‘D’ dominant Detroit Free Press
Chris Solari rates Michigan State football on a scale of 1 to 10 after the 35-21 win at Indiana on Saturday night.

Injuries force MSU to scramble lineup in win over Indiana Detroit News
Michigan State had last week off to get some players healthy. However, by the time the Spartans had beaten Indiana, 35-21, in the Big Ten opener at Memorial Stadium on Saturday night, the injury list had grown significantly.

Overheard outside the Michigan State locker room: A must-win and deflating Indiana’s comeback
Michigan State opened Big Ten play with a 35-21 win against Indiana on Saturday night. The No. 24 Spartans (2-1, 1-0 Big Ten) overcame a slew of mistakes, including penalties and turnovers, to hand the Hoosiers (3-1, 0-1) their first loss of the season.

Jalen Nailor takes fast track to end zone Detroit News
Jalen Nailor didn’t expect things to be happening this quickly. The Las Vegas native has only been on Michigan State’s campus for a couple of months, but it hasn’t taken the speedster long to start making an impact for the Spartans.

Michigan State notes: More injuries and an unexpected shakeup at punter
Michigan State was coming off a bye last week and had a chance to get injured players healthy. While some returned, the injury problems continued to mount for the No. 24 Spartans (2-1, 1-0 Big Ten) in their 35-21 win at Indiana (3-1, 0-1) on Saturday night.