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Live MSU blog: MSU blows late lead, loses 24-21 in OT

Al Willman
The Detroit News
Spartan defenders bottle-up Hoosier running back Devine Redding (34).

Griffin Oakes, who missed from 50 and 40 yards earlier in the game, made a 20-yard field goal in overtime to help Indiana beat Michigan State, 24-21, in overtime.

Oakes missed a 33-yard field goal attempt wide left, but a leaping penalty on Michigan State gave Indiana a first down inside the MSU 10-yard line.

Tyler O'Connor was 21-of-35 for 263 yards and three touchdowns for the Spartans (2-2, 0-2 Big Ten). Gerald Holmes rushed nine times for 51 yards, while R.J. Shelton had seven catches for 141 yards and a touchdown.

For the Hoosiers (3-1, 1-0), Richard Lagow was 16-of-26 for 276 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Devine Redding had 17 rushes for 93 yards, while Ricky Jones had five catches for 124 yards and a touchdown.

Michigan State led 14-0 in the fourth quarter and tied the game twice, but Indiana scored on four of its last five possessions in the fourth and overtime, to cement the win.

The Spartans host BYU (2-3), which beat Toledo in a 55-53 shootout on Friday.

MSU comes apart, Geiger misses from 49 in OT

Michigan State's offense struggled mightily in the first overtime period. After back-to-back sacks out of a timeout brought up fourth-and-17, Michael Geiger missed a 49-yard field goal attempt wide left.

Indiana takes over at the MSU 25-yard line with the game still tied at 21.

Spartans tie game late in 4Q, force OT

The Spartans tied the game late in the fourth quarter, forcing overtime.

Tyler O'Connor found Josiah Price on the 2-yard strike on fourth-and-goal, and with the ensuing extra point from Michael Geiger, the game between Michigan State and Indiana is tied at 21.

Gerald Holmes took his first three carries of the drive for 23 yards, and his fourth carry, a 4-yard run, put the Spartans inside the 1. He appeared to get a touchown on the carry, but a review overturned the original ruling. MSU coach Mark Dantonio then took a puzzling timeout, with 54 seconds left. Holmes followed with a loss of two, bringing up fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line.

Hoosiers take lead in 4Q, McDowell ejected

Indiana scored its third touchdown in as many drives, taking the lead over Michigan State in the fourth quarter.

Devine Redding broke free for a 44-yard run, when all was said and done. He hurdled over an MSU defender about 35 yards into the run, and fumbled the ball forward. Indiana recovered. Four plays later, Lagow found Mitchell Paige for a 15-yard touchdown. After the extra point, Indiana leads 21-14 in the fourth quarter.

During the touchdown play, MSU defensive back Malik McDowell was flagged for roughing the passer and targeting. The automatic review of the penalty stood, and McDowell was ejected. By rule, he will miss the first half next week, as well.

MSU goes three-and-out

After giving up its lead on the previous drive, Michigan State's offense went three-and-out.

Jake Hartbarger's 39-yard punt was fielded by Mitchell Paige at the Indiana 29-yard line, where he called for a fair catch. Midway through the fourth quarter, Michigan State and Indiana are tied, 14-14.

Hoosiers tie game, 14-14

The Hoosiers tied the game midway through the fourth quarter.

Richard Lagow connected with Luke Timian on back-to-back passes for gains of 10 yards and 40 yards — the latter on a catch that Timian made in traffic. Later, Lagow connected with Ricky Jones for a 22-yard touchdown strike — the first of the season for Jones. Griffin Oakes’ extra point made it 14-14. The Hoosiers went 90 yards in eight plays, taking 3:03 off the clock.

Raequan Williams left during the drive with what appeared to be a left shoulder injury. If he’s out for an extended period, that could mean trouble for the MSU defensive line.

Spartans stall in Hoosier territory

The Spartans marched in to Hoosier territory, but were forced to punt after a crucial holding penalty wiped out a first down.

Tyler O’Connor found Josiah Price for eight yards on second-and-16, before connecting with R.J. Shelton for a gain of 18 to get the first down. Gerald Holmes then picked up 22 yards on the next play, taking the Spartans into Hoosier territory. However the Spartans stalled, bringing up a fourth-and-8 from the Indiana 33. O’Connor appeared to pick up the first down, however a holding penalty erased the run and brought up fourth-and-13. Jake Hartbarger’s punt was fielded by Mitchell Paige at the Indiana 10, where he called for a fair catch.

Early in the third quarter, the Spartans have a 14-7 lead.

Trick play puts Hoosiers on board

The Hoosiers scored their first points late in the third quarter.

Richard Lagow connected with Ricky Jones for a gain of 57 yards on the first play of the drive. Five plays later, Mitchell Paige threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Lagow on a trick play, putting the Hoosiers on the board.

Lagow handed the ball off to Paige, on what looked like a jet sweep. Paige stopped and threw to Lagow in the flat, for the score.

After the extra point, the Spartans lead is back to seven. They are up 14-7 with less than a minute left in the quarter.

MSU takes 14-0 lead in 3Q

The Spartans added to their lead late in the third quarter.

Tyler O’Connor completed back-to-back first down passes for the Spartans. He found Donnie Corley for a gain of nine on second-and-2, and Monty Madaris for 12 yards on the next play. After L.J. Scott got four yards on first down, O’Connor scampered for seven and a first down. Scott then picked up 13 on the following play. Two plays later, O’Connor connected with Delton Williams for the 24-yard score. Michael Geiger’s extra point made it 14-0.

O’Connor was 4-of-4 on the drive, for 53 yards. He’s now 13-of-25 for 200 yards and two touchdowns.

Hoosiers miss 2nd FG try

After starting deep in Spartan territory, the Hoosiers left points on the field, again.

Griffin Oakes, who missed a 50-yard field goal attempt in the first half, missed a 40-yard try on fourth-and-2, to preserve Michigan State's shutout bid.

Midway through the third quarter, the Spartans remain ahead, 7-0.

Corley drops sure TD, forces 3-and-out

The Spartans, who started the drive at their own 2-yard line, went three-and-out a drive after a goal-line stand. On third-and-10, Tyler O'Connor threw a deep ball that found Donnie Corley in-stride.

But Corley dropped the sure touchdown pass.

Jake Hartbarger's 63-yard punt was returned 34 yards by Mitchell Paige, to the MSU 31. The Spartans lead, 7-0, in the third quarter.

MSU puts on goal-line stand to start 3Q

The Spartans put on a goal-line stand on the first drive of the third quarter.

The Hoosiers converted consecutive first downs, after being faced with a third-and-3. Richard Lagow completed passes of 11 yards (to Ricky Jones) and 22 yards (to Nick Westbrook), giving the Hoosiers first-and-10 at the MSU 27-yard line. On the next play, Lagow heaved the ball to the MSU end zone, and Darian Hicks broke up the pass — but went down in the end zone and was helped off the field. Two plays later, Lagow connected with Mitchell Paige for a gain of 19, giving the Hoosiers a first-and-goal at the MSU 6. However, the Spartans defense kept the Hoosiers out of the end zone — forcing a turnover on downs.

Michigan State takes over at its own 2, with a 7-0 lead in the third quarter.

Halftime: MSU 7, Indiana 0

The Spartans have a 7-0 lead over the Hoosiers at halftime.

Tyler O’Connor is 9-of-20 for 147 yards and a touchdown.

Madre London has six carries for 39 yards, while R.J. Shelton has three catches for 102 yards and a score.

For the Hoosiers, Richard Lagow is 7-of-13 for 76 yards and an interception. Devine Redding has 10 rushes for 32 yards, while Ricky Jones has a pair of catches for 34 yards.

The only scoring came when O’Connor connected with Shelton on an 86-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.

Indiana misses 50-yard FG try

The Michigan State defense held its lead late in the quarter.

After Devine Redding gained eight yards on the first play, Tyler Natee picked up 11 on a run on third-and-2. Three plays later, the Hoosiers were faced with a third-and-11 and picked up five on a run from Natee. Indiana and Michigan State traded timeouts on fourth down, before Griffin Oakes missed a 50-yard field goal attempt wide right, from the left hash.

Late in the half, the Spartans have a 7-0 lead.

MSU stalls late in half

It seems that every good throw from Tyler O’Connor is met with one or two bad ones.

On third-and-13, O’Connor connected with Donnie Corley for a gain of 13, giving the Spartans a first down. The Spartans stalled, after a pair of bad throws from O’Connor (intended for Felton Davis and Corley). The Spartans, on the punt, were called for kick catch interference, giving the Hoosiers the ball at their own 45 to start the drive. Late in the second quarter, the Spartans have a 7-0 lead.

Spartans force INT in end zone

Three plays after the offense turned the ball over, Michigan State's defense got a turnover of its own on an interception in the end zone.

The Hoosiers got a first down on the drive. After Devine Redding gained two yards on the first play, Richard Lagow found Mitchell Paige for a gain of 14, to the MSU 37-yard line. Redding ran for nine more yards before Lagow's home run ball was picked off by Vayante Copeland in the corner of the end zone, for a touchback.

The Spartans will start the drive at their own 25, with a 7-0 lead midway through the second quarter.

Fumble kills MSU drive

A turnover killed an eight-play, 43-yard Michigan State drive that took the Spartans into Indiana territory.

Madre London picked up 24 yards by himself on the first play of the drive. He then picked up consecutive runs of six and five yards, respectively, to give the Spartans another first down. R.J. Shelton then appeared to run for 15 more, but an offensive holding penalty gave the Spartans a first-and-16 from their own 38-yard line. A defensive offsides penalty gave Michigan State five of those yards back, however. O’Connor then connected with Felton Davis for a gain of 11, converting the first down. On the next play, the Spartans picked up an offensive holding penalty, making it first-and-20 from their own 45. O’Connor picked up 10 yards on the keeper, taking the Spartans back into Hoosier territory, before London’s 5-yard run gave Michigan State a third-and-5. Then a high snap, which O’Connor couldn’t get a handle on, was recovered by Indiana at its own 47, where the Hoosiers will start, down 7-0 in the second quarter.

Hoosiers hold themselves back with flags

The Hoosiers committed a pair of penalties, putting a stop to a drive that took them into Michigan State territory after two plays.

Indiana picked up first downs on consecutive plays to start the drive. Richard Lagow completed passes of 10 yards (to Luke Timian) and 22 yards (to Ricky Jones), before a 10-yard holding penalty backed the Hoosiers to the MSU 43-yard line. Two plays later, Lagow found Timian for a gain of two. Another hold two plays after that gave the Hoosiers a third-and-28, which they did not convert. Joseph Gedeon’s 41-yard punt was fielded by Brandon Sowards at the MSU 9, where he was swallowed up after picking up only a yard.

The Spartans start the drive at their own 10, with a 7-0 lead in the second quarter.

Spartans go three-and-out to start 2Q

The Spartans went three-and-out to start the second quarter.

L.J. Scott ran for four yards on the first play of the drive, but Michigan State lost a total of three yards after that (5-yard false start, 2-yard pass), and were forced to punt. Jake Hartbarger's 34-yard punt was downed at the Indiana 35-yard line, where the Hoosiers will start, down 7-0 to the Spartans early in the second quarter.

MSU defense keeps Spartans ahead 7-0

The MSU defense, with the help of two big flags on Indiana, held the Hoosiers on their second drive.

On second-and-15, Lagow connected with Ricky Jones on a 12-yard pass that took the Hoosiers to their own 40-yard line. Devine Redding then took the handoff from Lagow five yards, giving Indiana the first down. On the next play, Redding appeared to pick up four more yards, but a 10-yard holding gave Indiana a first-and-18, which it did not convert. Joseph Gedeon’s 34-yard punt went out of bounds at the MSU 30, where the Spartans take over late in the first quarter, with a 7-0 lead.

MSU takes 7-0 lead on big pass

The Spartans didn’t need much time to find the end zone on their second drive, after having a field goal blocked on the 13th play of the first drive of the game.

Michigan State scored on the second play of its next drive, on an 86-yard pass from Tyler O’Connor to R.J. Shelton, in-stride.

The Spartans lead 7-0 in the first quarter.

MSU defense forces Indiana punt

The Michigan State defense forced Indiana to punt on its first drive of the game.

Indiana picked up a first down on third-and-3, on a 7-yard pass from Richard Lagow to Nick Westbrook. However, the Hoosiers stalled and were forced to punt. The 42-yard punt from Joseph Gedeon was fielded by Brandon Sowards, who called for a fair catch at the Michigan State 13-yard line, where the Spartans will take over before their second drive of the first quarter.

Geiger's 40-yard FG try blocked

The Hoosiers blocked Michael Geiger’s 40-yard field goal attempt, keeping the game scoreless midway through the first quarter.

Tyler O’Connor found R.J. Shelton for a gain of 12 on second-and-10 on the second play of the drive. Two plays later, O’Connor picked up nine on a keeper on second-and-8 for another MSU first down. It appeared on the ensuing third down that O’Connor was intercepted, but a 15-yard defensive pass interference flag gave Michigan State a fresh set of downs from the Indiana 42-yard line. The Spartans converted a fourth-and-2 with a 4-yard play-action pass from O’Connor to Josiah Price.

The scoring drive went 52 yards in 13 plays, taking 6:50 off the clock.

How to watch: No. 17 Michigan State vs. Indiana

The No. 17 Spartans make the trip to Bloomington for tonight's 8 p.m. matchup against the Hoosiers, looking to rebound from last Saturday's 30-6 loss to Wisconsin, a game in which MSU didn't score a touchdown.

MSU beat writer Matt Charboneau says tonight's game will be a character test for the Spartans, who dropped to No. 17 from No. 8 after last weekend's loss.

The Spartans struggled against Badgers quarterback Alex Hornibrook, and may have issues with the Hoosiers, who average 516.7 yards passing per game. Charboneau says Michigan State will need to work harder to isolate Indiana quarterback Richard Lagow.

For the second straight week, the Spartans will be without linebacker Riley Bullough.

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When: 8 p.m., Saturday

Where: Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, Ind.

TV: Big Ten Network

Local radio: WJR 760 AM

Line: Michigan State by 5½