Michigan St. 38, Indiana 15
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) _ Freshman Sedrick Irvin rushed for 158 yards and four touchdowns Saturday, leading Michigan State to a 38-15 victory over Indiana.
It was the second four-TD game this season for Irvin, who carried 33 times. He had two 3-yard touchdowns, one of 1 yard, and one of 5. His 18 touchdowns this season leaves him one shy of Blake Ezor’s school record set in 1989.
Michigan State (6-4, 5-2 Big Ten) rolled up 500 yards, holding Indiana (2-7, 0-6) to 131 yards.
The Hoosiers were forced to play without tailback Alex Smith, the No. 2 rusher in the Big Ten, who sat out with a bruised leg muscle. Indiana went three-plays-and-out on its first three possessions and Michigan State scored each time, building a 21-0 lead in the first quarter.
Todd Schultz kept the Indiana defense off balance, completing 13-of-17 passes for 243 yards without an interception. Indiana’s Jay Rodgers hit just 7-of-14 for 35 yards with one interception.
Rodgers scored both Indiana touchdowns on 1-yard sneaks and Bill Manolopoulos added a 47-yard field goal.
Indiana had only 55 offensive yards on 28 plays in the first half. But two turnovers opened the door in the second quarter and the Hoosiers cut the deficit to 21-9 at halftime.
Duane Goulbourne, who had 69 yards on 14 carries, rushed for 40 of the 52 yards the Spartans picked up in their first drive, including the final 4 for a touchdown.
Irvin finished Michigan State’s next two drives with 3-yard TD runs.
Aaron Warnecke recovered a fumble by Schultz early in the second quarter, returning it 10 yards. That set up a 38-yard, eight-play drive capped by a Rodgers’ sneak.
Two snaps later, Irvin’s fumble was recovered by Eric Allen, setting up the Indiana field goal.
The Spartans opened the third quarter with an 83-yard, 10-play drive capped by Irvin’s 1-yard TD run. An interception by Michigan State’s Sorie Kanu set up Chris Gardner’s 38-yard field goal, giving the Spartans a 31-9 lead.
Warnecke’s blocked punt led to another sneak by Rodgers, cutting the Spartans’ lead to 31-15 early in the fourth quarter.
Irvin scored on a 5-yard run with 6:53 remaining.
Indiana coach Bill Mallory, whose firing at the end of the season was announced last week, was presented with an inscribed set of book ends prior to the game by Michigan State coach Nick Saban.