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Recap: Rocky Lombardi pulled as Michigan State falls to Indiana, 24-0

Nolan Bianchi
The Detroit News
Indiana's Tiawan Mullen intercepts a pass intended for Michigan State's Jayden Reed, thrown by quarterback Rocky Lombardi, in the second quarter. Lombardi did not come back out in the second quarter, with Michigan State's Payton Thorne taking over the quarterback position.

Game summary

Indiana marched into East Lansing on Saturday and continued its recent stretch of dominance, as Michigan State quarterback Rocky Lombardi was replaced by Payton Thorne in a 24-0 home loss for the Spartans.

Lombardi finished 3-for-7 passing with two interceptions before getting replaced by Thorne, who went 10-for-20 through the air for 110 yards and a pick for Michigan State (1-3).

Ty Fryfogle amassed 200 receiving yards and two touchdowns for Indiana (4-0).

Final leaders

Passing

MSU - Payton Thorne: 10/20, 110 yds., Int.

IU - Michael Penix: 25/38, 320 yds., 2 TD, 2 Int.

Rushing

MSU - Connor Heyward: 5 att., 27 yds.

IU - Stevie Scott: 23 att., 84 yds., TD

Receiving

MSU - Jayden Reed: 7 rec., 63 yds.

IU - Ty Fryfogle: 11 rec., 200 yds., 2 TD

Indiana finishes off shutout win vs. Michigan State

Alright, let's see if Indiana's offense can put some points on the board here in the second half. The Hoosiers take over at the Michigan State 47.

Stevie Scott rushes for 11 yards on first down. 

He gets 4 more on the next play and 5 yards on second down, bringing up third-and-1: Scott moves the chains with a 4-yard run.

Scott continues to pound the ball, making it fourth-and-2. Indiana goes for it, picking up the first down with a 3-yard gain.

FINAL: INDIANA 24, MICHIGAN STATE 0 

Offense coming at a premium in slow-moving second half

Michigan State takes over at its own 1-yard-line after the goal-line stop on fourth down. The Spartans at this point are just trying to make sure they don't get shutout, as they trail 24-0 with just under 10 minutes to go.

Connor Heyward rushes to the 16, a gain of 15, on first down. That's his longest run of the season.

Payton Thorne's throw to Jayden Reed is dropped. Heyward rushes for 2 yards on second down. Thorne is sacked for a loss of 6 on third down.

Indiana 24, Michigan State 0 (7:34 4th)

Indiana gets ball back quickly after Thorne throws first interception

Michigan State will start at the 25. The Spartans trail 24-0 with 12:53 to go in the game.

Payton Thorne rolls right and makes a great throw to Jayden Reed on first down for a gain of 27 yards.

A false start makes the next snap first-and-15 at the Michigan State 47.

Elijah Collins is stopped for no gain on first down. Thorne's second-down throw is high, and intercepted by Indiana's Reese Taylor. That's the fourth takeaway for Indiana today.

Indiana 24, Michigan State 0 (11:29 4th)

Indiana starts at the Michigan State 9.

Stevie Scott gets it on the next three plays, getting 8 yards total. Michael Penix can't put the fourth-down throw on the money, and Michigan State will get it back at its own 1.

Indiana 24, Michigan State 0 (9:41 4th)

Indiana takes lax approach in cruise to victory

Indiana takes over at its own 38. The Hoosiers lead 24-0 with 1:15 left in the third quarter.

Stevie Scott rushes for 2 yards on first down and 3 yards on second down.

END 3RD: Indiana 24, Michigan State 0 

Michael Penix throws complete to Ty Fryfogle for a gain of 9 to move the chains, bringing up first down at the Michigan State 48.

Scott rushes for 2 yards. Tim Baldwin picks up 5 on the next play. Penix throws too far for Whop Philyor on third down.

Indiana 24, Michigan State 0 (12:53 4th)

Michigan State can't get on scoreboard, turns ball over on downs

Michigan State takes back over at its own 5-yard-line after the stop. The Spartans trail 24-0 with 4:25 to go in the third.

Payton Thorne gets it out to Elijah Collins on a screen, and Collins gets down to the Michigan State 22 for a gain of 17. Good job by Thorne to get that ball away, as he had quite a few defenders on his tail and another in his face.

Thorne then throws a strike to Jayden Reed over the middle for a gain of 21 to the 43.

Thorne gets it again, leaves the pocket, and throws it away with nobody open. Collins rushes for 6 yards on the next play. Thorne throws complete to Reed on third-and-4 for a gain of 3. Thorne moves the chains with a QB sneak.

Thorne's first-down throw to Adam Berghorst is dropped. Trent Gillison picks up 9 yards on a second-down reception. Thorne's third-down throw to Reed is complete, but for a loss of 1. Fourth-and-2: Connor Heyward is stopped for no gain.

Turnover on downs.

Indiana 24, Michigan 0 (1:15 3rd)

Indiana defensive back Tiawan Mullen (3) intercepts a pass intended for Michigan State wide receiver Jayden Reed (5) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Indiana stalls at Michigan State 5, turns ball over on downs

Indiana gets it back at Michigan State's 28 after the awful punt.

Michael Penix's first-down throw to the end zone draws a pass interference flag, bringing up first-and-10 at the 13.

Sampson James rushes for 2 yards on first down. Penix goes to Ty Fryfogle in the end zone on second down, but the throw made under duress is off the mark.

Timeout #1 Indiana (5:15 3rd)

Penix gets it to Scott on third-and-8, but only for a gain of 6. Penix's pass to AJ Barner on fourth down is dropped. That's a turnover on downs.

Indiana 24, Michigan State 0 (4:25 3rd)

Spartan offense somehow looking worse as game goes on

The Spartans take over at their own 17. They trail 24-0 with 7:33 left in the third.

Connor Heyward rushes for 3 yards on first down. Payton Thorne is forced to throw it away on second down, and is then sacked for a loss of 13 on third down.

Bryce Baringer's punt goes just 21 yards, and is downed at the 28.

Indiana 24, Michigan State 0 (6:07 3rd)

Michigan State defense gets stop on first series of half

Indiana takes over at the 4. The Hoosiers lead 24-0 as they take the field for the first time in this second half.

Sampson James rushes for 8 yards on first down, then moves the chains with a 9-yard pickup on second down to the 21.

James is stopped after a 1-yard gain on first down. Michael Penix throws complete to Reese Taylor on second down, only a gain of 1. Penix throws complete to Ty Fryfogle for a gain of 13 to the 36, plus a new set of downs.

James loses 2 yards on first down. Stevie Scott fails to hang on to a second-down throw. Penix's third-down throw is complete to Peyton Hendershot, but only for a gain of 7.

The punt is downed at Michigan State's 17.

Indiana 24, Michigan State 0 (7:33 3rd)

Michigan State gets ball first to start third quarter

Michigan State takes over at the 25.

Jordon Simmons is stopped for no gain on first down. Payton Thorne picks up 5 with his feet on second down, then hits Jayden Reed on third-and-5 for a 6-yard gain that'll move the chains.

Connor Heyward rushes for 8 yards on the next play, his second-longest run of the season, but it's called back for a holding penalty. It's first-and-20.

Elijah Collins rushes for a loss of 1. Thorne connects with Tyler Hunt for a 15-yard gain, then misses to Jalen Nailor on third down.

Bryce Baringer's punt is downed at the 4.

Indiana 24, Michigan State 0 (11:46 3rd)

Halftime leaders

Passing

MSU - Rocky Lombardi: 3/7, 21 yds., 2 Int.

IU - 20/28, 284 yds., 2 TD, 2 Int.

Rushing

MSU - Payton Thorne: 4 att., 37 yds.

IU - Stevie Scott: 9 att., 34 yds., TD

Receiving

MSU - Jayden Reed: 2 rec., 7 yds.

IU - Ty Fryfogle: 9 rec., 178 yds., 2 TD

Indiana comes up empty while trying to extend lead before half

Indiana takes back over at its own 47. It leads 24-0 with 2:25 left in the half.

Stevie Scott rushes for 2 yards on first down. Scott gets it again on the next play, rushing to the Michigan State 38 for a gain of 13 yards.

Michael Penix throws complete to Miles Marshall on the next play, as Marshall gets out of bounds after hauling in the pass for a gain of 11. It's first-and-10 at the 27 with 1:11 on the clock.

Whop Philyor goes down after a gain of 4. Penix is forced to get rid of it quickly, and throws behind his receiver. Same story on third down, as Michigan State gets a stop.

Charles Campbell's 41-yard field goal attempt is missed.

Indiana 24, Michigan State 0 (0:27 2nd)

Michigan State runs the ball to end the half.

END 2ND: Indiana 24, Michigan State 0 

Indiana head coach Tom Allen and Michigan State head coach Mel Tucker meet before the game at Spartan Stadium in E. Landing, Michigan  on November 14, 2020.

Thorne sacked on third down as Michigan State offense continues looking for answers

Michigan State sends its offense back out onto the field, trailing 24-0 with 4:49 left in the half.

Payton Thorne's first throw of the drive is complete to Jalen Nailor for a gain of 9. Thorne's second-down throw to Jayden Reed is a bit high, incomplete. Thorne rushes to the 50, fumbles, recovers at the Indiana 48. That's a first down for the Spartans.

Jordon Simmons rushes for 3 yards on first down. Thorne hits Jayden Reed for 4 yards on second down, then completely misses to Ricky White on third down. Thorne is sacked for a loss of 6 on fourth-and-3. Turnover on downs.

Indiana 24, Michigan State 0 (2:25 2nd)

Indiana takes commanding 24-0 lead with 4:56 left in half

Michael Penix and the Indiana offense take over at the 21. The Hoosiers lead 17-0 with 7:36 to go in the first half.

Penix throws complete to Ty Fryfogle on first down for a gain of 4, then hits Whop Philyor on second down for a gain of 7 to move the chains.

Peyton Hendershot hurdles a defender on his way to a 4-yard gain on first down. Sampson James loses a yard on second down.

Shakur Brown whiffs on a pass that should have been defended, it's caught by Fryfogle, and the Indiana receiver takes it 65 yards to the house for another Indiana touchdown.

Indiana 24, Michigan State 0 (4:56 2nd)

Payton Thorne replaces Rocky Lombardi at quarterback for MSU

Michigan State makes a change at quarterback as it takes the field at the 25.

Payton Thorne makes a great read on his first play from scrimmage, fakes the give, takes off with the ball, and picks up 38 yards on his way to the Indiana 40-yard-line for a Michigan State first down.

Thorne's second-down pass is batted at the line. Ricky White drops a second-down pass.

Timeout #2 Michigan State

Thorne is dropped for a 2-yard loss on third down. Bryce Baringer's punt is fair caught at the Indiana 21.

Indiana 17, Michigan State 0 (7:36 2nd)

Shakur Brown's second interception wasted by another Michigan State turnover

Indiana takes over at the 49 after forcing a Michigan State punt. The Hoosiers look to extend their 14-0 lead, as the second quarter gets underway.

Tim Baldwin rushes for 3 yards on first down and 10 on second down.

Michael Penix throws complete to Miles Marshall on the next play for a pickup of 9 to the Michigan State 29. Penix's next throw should probably be intercepted, but it's instead caught by Peyton Hendershot to the 10. That play, however, is erased by a personal foul penalty, bringing up second-and-16.

Penix throws complete to Fryfogle for a pickup of 27 yards to the Michigan State 17. It's first-and-10.

Stevie Scott rushes for 2 yards on first down. Penix looks for the end zone on second down but Shakur Brown again jumps the route and picks off the pass.

That's Brown's second interception of the half and his third of the season.

Indiana 14, Michigan State 0 (11:53 2nd)

Rocky Lombardi throws an interception on the next play. Indiana takes over at the Michigan State 25.

Sampson James runs for a yard on first down. Michael Penix's second-down throw is through the hands of Peyton Hendershot but his pass on third down is caught by Miles Marshall for a gain of 19 to the Michigan State 5.

Penix goes to Fryfogle on the end-zone fade, incomplete. He goes back to him on second down, and this time Fryfogle is flagged for offensive pass interference. It's second-and-goal at the 20. 

Penix gets it to Fryfogle for 15 yards on the next play. Stevie Scott rushes for 2 yards on the next play. 

The field goal from 21 yards out is good.

Indiana 17, Michigan State 0 (9:22 2nd)

Spartan offense struggling as Indiana finds groove

Michigan State takes over at its own 11.

Jordon Simmons rushes for 3 yards on first down. Rocky Lombardi throws incomplete on second down and is sacked for a loss of 8 on third down.

Bryce Baringer's punt is downed at the Indiana 49.

END 1ST: Indiana 14, Michigan State 0 

Indiana forces another turnover, scores another touchdown

Michigan State fumbles on the second play of the next possession, and Indiana gets it at the Spartan 16. 

Two plays later, Indiana is back in the end zone. Ty Fryfogle catches a pass to Michael Penix's right, breaks a number of tackles, and dives for the pylon for an Indiana touchdown.

Indiana 14, Michigan State 0 (1:14 1st)

Indiana gets first points of game, takes 7-0 lead near end of first

Alright, now Indiana has it at the 50. The Hoosiers forced a turnover on the first play of the previous drive, and hope to break the scoreless tie.

Ty Fryfogle gets it on first down, picking up 18 yards to the Michigan State 32.

Michael Penix is dropped by Jacub Panasiuk on the next play, a loss of 8. Penix connects with Fryfogle for a 15-yard gain on second down, bringing up third-and-3.

Timeout #1 Michigan State (3:38 1st)

Javon Swinton gets open for a 12-yard pickup on the next play, giving the Hoosiers first-and-10 at the 13.

Penix's first-down throw to Philyor is low, incomplete. David Ellis takes a jet-sweep pass for 5 yards on the next play. Stevie Scott picks up the first down and then some, getting into the end zone on an 8-yard touchdown run.

Indiana 7, Michigan State 0 (2:11 1st)

Lombardi throws interception on first play of drive

Michigan State takes over at the 28.

Rocky Lombardi throws an interception at midfield on the first play of the drive.

Michigan State 0, Indiana 0 (5:26 1st)

Michigan State defense flexing muscles early against No. 10 Indiana

Indiana takes over at the 5 after forcing the Michigan State punt. The Hoosiers will look to be the first to break a scoreless tie, here with 9:17 in the first quarter.

Indiana gets flagged for a false start, making it first-and-13 at the 2. Stevie Scott is stuffed for no gain on first down, then gets stopped after only a yard on second down.

Timeout #1 Indiana (7:49 1st)

The Hoosiers come out gunning out of the timeout, as Michael Penix throws complete to Whop Philyor for a pickup of 24 to the 27, plus a new set of downs. 

James Sampson rushes for 2 yards on first down. Penix throws to an open Ty Fryfogle on second down for a pickup of 7, bringing up third-and-1. Sampson is stopped for no gain.

Jayden Reed waves for a fair catch on the punt at the Michigan State 28.

Michigan State 0, Indiana 0 (5:33 1st)

Third-down fumble upends Michigan State drive

Michigan State takes the field for the first time. The Spartans get it at the 35 after Shakur Brown's interception.

Jordon Simmons rushes up the middle for a pickup of 5 on first down. Rocky Lombardi throws it away on second down, then hits Trent Gillison on the next play for a pickup of 14 that'll make it first-and-10 at the Indiana 46.

Simmons rushes for 4 yards on first down. He gets it again on the next play, going down after another gain of 4. Lombardi fumbles the exchange and falls on it at the 41, a loss of 3.

Bryce Baringer's punt is fair caught at the 5.

Michigan State 0, Indiana 0 (9:17 1st)

Spartans force turnover on opening drive

Michael Penix and the Indiana offense take over at their own 25. 

Penix throws complete to Miles Marshall on first down for a gain of 8. Stevie Scott moves the chains with a 6-yard pickup on second down.

Penix throws to Ty Fryfogle on the next play, a gain of 11 to the 50.

Former Clinton Township Chippewa Valley star David Ellis catches a quick pass for 3 yards. Stevie Scott is popped for no gain on second down. Penix takes a shot down the sideline on third down, and it's intercepted by Shakur Brown. Brown returns it 20 yards to the Michigan State 35, where the Spartans will take over.

Michigan State 0, Indiana 0 (12:14 1st)

Pregame

Which Michigan State team is going to show up today?

The one that appeared energized in toppling rival Michigan two weeks ago, or the one that looked listless in a lopsided loss last weekend at Iowa.

Michigan State plays host to Indiana on Saturday.

The Spartans better hope it's the former.

Michigan State (1-2) plays host to red-hot Indiana today at Spartan Stadium. Kickoff is at noon.

The Hoosiers enter the game unbeaten at 3-0 and ranked No. 10 in the country, according to the Associated Press. Indiana boasts the Big Ten's third-best scoring offense (37 points per game) — though it ranks 12th in yards per game — and a dynamic quarterback in Michael Penix Jr.

Michigan State, meanwhile, is struggling running the ball (78.3 yards per game, last in the Big Ten) and stopping it (161.3 yards, ninth).

Follow along here for live updates.

Indiana at Michigan State

Kickoff: Noon today, Spartan Stadium, East Lansing

TV/Radio: ABC/760

Records: Indiana 3-0, MSU 1-2

Line: Indiana by 7