IU football pulls off come from behind overtime stunner at Michigan State – The Daily Hoosier

Down 24-7 at halftime, it appeared like extra of the identical for Indiana on Saturday afternoon in East Lansing.

But a pair of huge third quarter performs, a 79-yard run by Shaun Shivers and an 88-yard kickoff return by Jaylin Lucas, helped the Hoosiers erase the big deficit on a snowy, windy and frigid day at Spartan Stadium. An interception by security Jonathan Haynes continued the rally and led to a Charles Campbell area objective.

Then a 9-play, 70-yard IU drive capped off by a 1-yard Josh Henderson landing run accomplished the rally, as Indiana tied the sport at 31 with 12:59 left within the fourth quarter.

It nonetheless did not seem like sufficient because the Spartans drove 70 yards at the top of the fourth quarter, right down to the IU 5-yard line. But a Michigan State missed area objective at the top of regulation created the opening for an overtime stunner.

After each groups had area objectives blocked within the first overtime, Shivers ran it in from 1-yard out to present IU the lead within the second further session. A 2-point conversion cross from Dexter Williams to tight finish AJ Barner gave the Hoosiers an eight-point lead, after which the IU protection acquired a cease on fourth down on MSU’s ultimate possession.

IU head coach Tom Allen ran on the sphere after an MSU cross fell harmlessly ultimately zone to finish weeks of distress.

“I’m so pleased with our workforce,” Allen mentioned following the sport. “They’re going loopy proper now (within the locker room). They fought so laborious. They by no means stop believing, it has been a tough season. Quite a lot of guys did not play at present (as a consequence of accidents), however loads of guys did. And the fellows who did – they fought to the bitter finish. It wasn’t fairly, however we bowed up on either side of the ball, and particular groups did their factor.”

Indiana (4-7, 2-6) defeated the Spartans 39-31, denying MSU bowl eligibility within the course of. The win ends a seven-game dropping streak for IU and brings the Old Brass Spittoon again to Bloomington. The Hoosiers have now defeated Michigan State thrice within the final seven conferences going again to 2016.

Quarterback Dexter Williams began for the primary time in his profession, and IU gained regardless of him finishing simply two passes for 31 yards within the poor circumstances. His second completion got here within the second overtime — a 24-yard cross to Barner right down to the Michigan State one to arrange the decisive rating.

Indiana ran the ball 44 occasions for 257 yards, together with 86 yards by Williams. MSU outgained the Hoosiers 540-288 for the sport, however IU outscored the Spartans 32-7 after halftime.

“It’s about combating to the end,” Allen mentioned. “Our guys responded.”

Williams scored on a 34-yard run on Indiana’s first drive of the sport to present IU the early 7-0 lead. Then 24 unanswered factors by MSU going into halftime took the sport in a well-recognized path for the Hoosiers.

But Indiana’s protection compelled two punts to open the second half, which helped gasoline the rally. Shivers’ future got here between the 2 Spartan punts, and Lucas’ kickoff return rapidly offset MSU’s lone rating of the second half, which got here on their third drive after halftime.

Indiana closes the 2022 season in pursuit of one other trophy. The Hoosiers face Purdue subsequent Saturday in Bloomington.

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