East Lansing ó 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 Indianaís Tevin Coleman just 61 seconds into the game Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.
Well, Dantonio has the luxury of having the nationís No. 1 defense and luckily for him, the Spartans have a short memory, forgetting the past and being focused on the next play.
Yes, Indiana entered the game with the Big Tenís top offense, averaging 535 yards a game.
But, the Spartans tightened up and allowed just 276 yards the rest of the way in earning a 42-28 win to improve to 5-1, 2-0 in Big Ten play.
ďYou talk about Indiana going down the field on us, we get two 3-and-outs and itís just as hurtful for their team and their offense and I felt we did it enough times to where we got them off the field fast enough,Ē said MSU senior linebacker Max Bullough of slowing down Indianaís no huddle, fast-paced offense which had to punt four straight times after Colemanís TD.
The Spartans had Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld on the run. After entering the game as the Big Tenís leader in total offense (296 yards), Sudfeld completed just 14 of 30 passes for 137 yards without a TD. He was sacked twice, and Spartans defenders tackled his receivers shortly after most of his completions, holding down yardage on catch-and-runs.
MSU held the Hoosiers under 100 yards rushing, limiting them to 92 yards on 27 chances or just 3.4 yards a carry.