The Michigan State Spartans had no trouble putting away the Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday in the match-up of Big Ten opponents on opposite ends of the spectrum. The Spartans led by 31 at halftime before piling on a few more second half touchdowns before the final score read 55-3 in favor of the No. 15 ranked Spartans.
Spartans quarterbck Kirk Cousins finished the game by completing 16 of his 23 passing attempts for 272 yards and three touchdowns, though he was shut down once garbage time began and was replaced by back-up quarterbacks Andrew Maxwell and eventually Peter Badovinac.
Michigan State also had quite a bit of success in the running game as they ran the ball 34 times for 174 yards and three touchdowns in total. Edwin Baker scored two of those touchdowns on 10 attempts for 34 yards, wide receiver Keshawn Martin took a 19-yard trick play to the house and Le'Veon Bell added 68 yards on just nine rushing attempts.
The Hoosiers started Tre Roberson at quarterback, but the freshman completed less than half of his 25 passing attempts and threw two interceptions before being replaced by Edward Wright-Baker. The Hoosiers didn't have any luck on the ground, either, as they mustered just 94 yards on 36 rushing attempts.
The Hoosiers picked up 12 first downs compared to 22 from Michigan State with the third-down conversions being a big part of that -- Indiana went 3-for-15 while the Spartans were 6-of-12 on the crucial conversions.