The Old Brass Spittoon trophy is headed to East Lansing, Michigan, after No. 10 Michigan State defeated Indiana 20-15 Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington. Indiana is now 2-4 on the season.
With junior quarterback Michael Penix Jr. out with a shoulder injury, junior quarterback Jack Tuttle made his first start of the season. Tuttle completed 28 of 52 passes for 188 yards, throwing no touchdowns and two interceptions.
Freshman linebacker Cal Halladay returned one of Tuttle’s two interceptions to the end zone for Michigan State’s only points of the first half. Indiana held a 9-7 halftime lead, making the game the team’s second loss after leading at halftime this season after leading the now-No. 3 University of Cincinnati at the break on Sept. 18.
Indiana’s defense forced two interceptions from sophomore quarterback Payton Thorne and held junior running back Kenneth Walker III to 84 rushing yards. The unit gave up just 13 points.
Despite gaining both more rushing and passing yards than the Spartans, the Hoosiers scored only 15 points. The team converted 8 out of 20 third-down attempts, including several drives that stalled in Spartan territory.
Indiana will host No. 6 Ohio State at 7:30 p.m next Saturday in Bloomington. The game will be broadcast on ABC’s Saturday Night Football.
Instant recap by Patrick Felts
FINAL: Indiana 15, Michigan State 20
INTERCEPTION: Pierre intercepts Thorne in the endzone.
SACK: McFadden finds Thorne behind the line to prevent a pass and end Michigan State's drive.
FIELD GOAL: Coughlin increases Michigan State's lead to 5 with a field goal. Indiana 15, Michigan State 20.
TOUCHDOWN: Carr takes it in this time. Indiana's two-point attempt is NO GOOD. Indiana 15, Michigan State 17.
13:21: Carr takes it to the Michigan State one yard line.
13:37: On what looked like a touchdown reception, junior wide receiver Miles Marshall's foot was out of bounds.
TOUCHDOWN: Thorne finds senior tight end Tyler Hunt in the endzone to extend Michigan State's lead. Indiana 9, Michigan State 17
INTERCEPTION: Michigan State sophomore defensive back Darius Snow picks off Jack Tuttle to set the Spartans up in Hoosiers territory.
INTERCEPTION: Sophomore defensive back Josh Sanguinetti brings in an interception off of a pass from Thorne.
FIELD GOAL: Michigan State kicker Matt Coughlin's 51-yard attempt is GOOD. Indiana 9, Michigan State 10.
Punt: Indiana has an error on punt coverage, Michigan State will start at its own 20 as a result.
PASS INTERFERENCE: Indiana moves to Michigan State's 45 after a pass interference call against Michigan State.
14:14: Fryfogle picks up the first down with a 19-yard reception.
Kickoff: Indiana will start at its own 13 after a minimal return
FIELD GOAL: Campbell's 55-yard attempt NO GOOD. Indiana 9, Michigan State 7.
Punt: Indiana will start at its 42
0:25: Senior Linebacker Cam Jones deflects a pass that could have given Michigan State a first down.
FIELD GOAL: Campbell's 25-yard attempt is GOOD. Indiana 9, Michigan State 7
Punt: Indiana will start on its own 22 after a second punt by Michigan State thanks to a penalty.
12:49: Thorne can't find his receiver on first down thanks to physical play from Indiana's defense.
FIELD GOAL: Campbell's 44-yard attempt GOOD. Indiana 6, Michigan State 7.
Punt: Indiana's drive will start on Michigan State's 43.
SACK: McFadden and graduate student defensive lineman Ryder Anderson team up to sack Michigan State sophomore quarterback Payton Thorne
Punt: Michigan State will start at its own 21 after a minimal return.
3:51: Indiana's drive stalls with a Tuttle incompletion.
Kickoff: Michigan State's kickoff goes for a touchback, Indiana will start at its own 20.
INTERCEPTION: Tuttle's pass intercepted by Michigan State linebacker Cal Haladay, who returns it for a touchdown. Indiana 3, Michigan State 7.
5:59: Indiana's drive starts at its own 24.
5:54: Senior defensive back Jaylin Williams tackles Michigan State junior running back Harold Joiner to prevent a first down pickup.
Kickoff: Indiana's kickoff goes for a touchback, Michigan State will start its own 20.
FIELD GOAL: Junior kicker Charles Campbell's 24-yard attempt GOOD. Indiana 3, Michigan State 0
SACK: Tuttle is sacked on third down in the red zone after being swarmed by Michigan State defenders
12:00: Junior quarterback Jack Tuttle finds senior wide receiver Ty Fryfogle for a first down on a 16-yard pickup
13:16: Senior Linebacker Micah McFadden brings down Michigan State junior running back Kenneth Walker III on third down
Kickoff: Indiana wins the coin flip and elects to defer. Hoosiers will kickoff against the Michigan State Spartans.
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