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By Matt Charboneau, The Detroit News

A year ago, Michigan State had its hands full with Indiana.

The Hoosiers were one of the few teams that moved the ball against the Spartans, who pulled away for a 42-28 home victory.

Chances of a repeat offensive performance this week when No. 8 Michigan State travels to Indiana took a major hit Monday when Hoosiers coach Kevin Wilson announced quarterback Nate Sudfeld is out for the season after separating his shoulder last weekend against Iowa.

"It's going to be a tough challenge, no matter if you had Peyton Manning sitting back there," Wilson said. "This is a good defense you're playing this week."

Indiana will turn to freshman Chris Covington, originally expected to play linebacker before moving to quarterback. Wilson also said sophomore walk-on Nate Boudreau could see some playing time, as well as true freshman Zander Diamont.

It likely will be Covington, who was 3-for-12 for 31 yards and ran 11 times for 41 yards against Iowa. He played sparingly in four previous games but hadn't thrown a pass until last week.

"I have an extreme amount of confidence in what they can do," offensive coordinator Kevin Johns said. "We'll just have to go the drawing board and see exactly what that is."

The loss of Sudfeld (1,151 yards) will put more pressure on running back Tevin Coleman. He has 1,060 yards in six games, and against Iowa, had touchdown runs of 83, 45 and 69 yards. Against Michigan State last year, he had a 64-yard touchdown run.

What might have been

Senior safety Kurtis Drummond has been close to being a hero the past two weeks, but two near-misses on interceptions merely have highlighted his struggles.

Two weeks ago against Nebraska, he had a would-be interception in his hands, but it became a long gain for the Cornhuskers, who scored 19 fourth-quarter points.

Last week at Purdue, Drummond took a chance on a similar play and missed as the Boilermakers scored 31.

"Kurtis has played better than he did," Spartans coach Mark Dantonio said. "He's very, very capable of that. He didn't play as well (against the Boilermakers) and he'll be the first one to say that. But there's the next game next week and we have six more to go."

Double down

A day after Dantonio decided to go for a fake punt at his 29 in the fourth quarter, he said he'd call the same play again.

"I feel like it was a good plan," he said. "I feel like the timing was right, considering the situation and the momentum and the direction in which it was going. I do feel like the execution didn't get done and that is coaching.

"But having to do it over again that's the direction we would have gone."

Michigan State at Indiana

Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, Ind.

TV/radio: ESPN/WJR

Records: No. 8 Michigan State 5-1, 2-0 Big Ten; Indiana 3-3, 0-2

Line: Michigan State by 14

Did you know? Indiana RB Tevin Coleman has a touchdown in 15 consecutive games.

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