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No. 25 Michigan State Outlasts Indiana 40-31 Michigan State University Athletics
Matt Coghlin made a tie-breaking 21-yard field goal with 5 seconds remaining, and No. 25 Michigan State beat Indiana 40-31 on Saturday. After Coghlin’s kick gave the Spartans (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) a 34-31 lead, Indiana tried to lateral its way down the field on its final offensive play, but that resulted in a fumble that Michigan State recovered for a touchdown.

Last-minute drive, Coghlin field goal lift Michigan State over Indiana Detroit News
Brian Lewerke threw for three touchdowns then ran for 30 yards in the final minutes to set up No. 25 Michigan State’s winning score in a 40-31 victory over Indiana at Spartan Stadium on Saturday. Junior kicker Matt Coghlin converted from 21 yards with 5 seconds to play and Michigan State added a touchdown on the final play when Michael Dowell recovered a fumble in the end zone to give the Spartans a much-needed victory heading into the next two weeks and games at Ohio State and Wisconsin.

Michigan State survives wild game vs. Indiana on Matt Coghlin’s late FG, 40-31 Detroit Free Press
The easy part is done, even if it wasn’t all that easy. Michigan State football can thank Brian Lewerke’s legs, and his connection with Darrell Stewart Jr. The Spartans’ senior quarterback rolled out and threw a 44-yard strike on the run to Stewart, then raced 30 yards to the Indiana 1-yard line. That set up Matt Coghlin’s 21-yard field goal with 5 seconds to play, and Michael Dowell recovered a final-play fumble in the end zone for a defensive TD and a 40-31 homecoming escape Saturday at Spartan Stadium.

Late scores power MSU football past Indiana Spartan Tailgate
The Spartans had five possessions in the second half and scored on three of them, including Matt Coghlin’s go-ahead 21-yard field goal with five seconds left on the clock. That three-point cushion appeared to be enough for the Spartans to escape unscathed, then Indiana made them even more comfortable by fumbling on the final play of the game, which Michael Dowell recovered in the end zone to make a final score of 40-31.

Matt Coghlin’s game-winning field goal saves Michigan State against Indiana State News
On an afternoon where its defense was not at its best, Michigan State needed its offense to step up — specifically its leaders. So, when the Spartan offense needed to put points on the board, it turned to the seniors.

Michigan State survives scare, pushes past Indiana late MLive.com
With an incredibly difficult slate of games looming next month, Michigan State needed to close September with a win. The Spartans got one but it required late scores to escape against the Hoosiers.

Mark Dantonio’s final-minute field goal call pays off for Michigan State vs. Indiana MLive.com
As he streaked through the open field and toward the end zone, Brian Lewerke did a quick evaluation of the situation in his head. His Michigan State team was tied with Indiana with about 90 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Crossing the goal line would put his team up by a touchdown, but also give Indiana time to potentially score a game-tying touchdown.

Mark Dantonio’s gamble saved Michigan State football’s season — for now Detroit Free Press
The last time Mark Dantonio had a tough decision to make at the end of the game, he played it safe. His uncertainty cost him in a brutal loss to Arizona State. The Michigan State football coach faced another difficult late-game decision Saturday evening at Spartan Stadium. This time he took a gamble — both in his strategy and in his faith in junior placekicker, Matt Coghlin, who’d missed a field goal in the first quarter against Indiana and who generally has been out of sorts this season.

Brian Lewerke helps Michigan State offense save defense vs. Indiana; brutal stretch awaits Detroit Free Press
Rarely in the past three years has Michigan State football’s offense had to bail out its defense. Merely suggesting that possibility last year — heck, even two weeks ago — seemed ludicrous. But there was Brian Lewerke on Saturday, striding to the huddle with the Spartans trailing in the fourth quarter, and delivering an unexpected jolt to coach Mark Dantonio. “It’s sort of tight and crunch time,” Dantonio said, “and he says, ‘This is fun!’ ’’

Michigan State defense fooled by Indiana’s quick passing, corrections to come Detroit Free Press
Everybody has a bad day. For Michigan State football’s secondary, that day was Saturday, as Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. torched the Spartans for 286 yards — 311 if you exclude the final play lateral that went for an MSU score — and three touchdowns on 33-for-42 passing, utilizing bubble screens and quick throws to keep MSU guessing. The Spartans escaped with a 40-31 victory thanks to a clutch offensive performance in the fourth quarter.

The Spartans hang on against the Hoosiers, 40-31 The Only Colors
Michigan State couldn’t get off the field or stop the Hoosiers from attacking them with short throws. The part of MSU’s team everyone relies on to make plays and save the day was nowhere to be found. Spartan Nation was busy watching their team get picked apart by a redshirt freshmen quarterback in Michael Penix Jr. — who ended up finishing the game 33-for-42 with 286 yards passing and four touchdowns (one rushing and three through the air).

Clutch drive was Michigan State’s knockout punch in win over Indiana Detroit News
It only took two plays to get to the Indiana 1-yard line, but Michigan State’s 2-minute drive on Saturday wasn’t any less impressive than one that might have taken a dozen plays. It was that drive that began with the score tied at 31 and exactly 2 minutes to play in the game that allowed No. 25 Michigan State to come away with a 40-31 victory over Indiana, avoiding what would have been a crushing loss to a Big Ten East foe with the toughest part of the schedule beginning next week.

Michigan State football must clean up defensive penalties quickly Detroit Free Press
On a day where he was honored postgame for becoming Michigan State’s all-time winningest coach, Mark Dantonio shared a pearl of wisdom with the media. “I’ve learned one thing: I can get myself all upset on the sidelines with a bad call, but there’s never been one time where the guy says, ‘You know what, coach, you’re right, let me pick that flag up for you,’ ” Dantonio said.

Matt Coghlin shakes off slump, makes 2 big field goals vs. Indiana Detroit Free Press
Saturday began much like the previous two went for Michigan State football kicker Matt Coghlin. With another missed field-goal attempt. This one on the opening drive against Indiana. But coach Mark Dantonio went back to the junior in the fourth quarter, and Coghlin delivered with a 44-yarder and the eventual game-winning 21-yard attempt with 5 seconds remaining to give the Spartans a 40-31 victory over the Hoosiers at Spartan Stadium.