It wasn’t pretty but Michigan State was able to take care of business and get to 7-0 heading into next Saturday. The Spartans took down the Hoosiers 20-15 as it was a slugfest of a game all afternoon.

Indiana started the game by kicking a field goal and then had a chance to make it a 2-score game before quarterback Jack Tuttle made a big mistake. He didn’t see linebacker Cal Haladay over the middle on a crossing pattern and Haladay made Tuttle pay by taking that pass back to the house.

MSU led 7-3 before their offense continued to struggle going into the half. The Hoosiers were able to sustain long drives, but Mel Tucker’s defense held strong and made Indiana kick 2 field goals. Indiana had a 9-7 lead going into halftime but it was all Michigan State in the 2nd half.

The Spartans held Indiana to just 6 points (they all came in the 4th quarter) and added 13 points of their own to overcome the 2-point halftime deficit.

After MSU went up 10-9 with a field goal, quarterback Payton Thorne got 7 of those 13 points as he completed a touchdown pass to Tyler Hunt from 12 yards out. That made it 17-9 before Indiana came right back a few minutes later.

Stephen Carr took a pitch play from Tuttle to pull the Hoosiers within 2 points after their 2-point conversion failed. There were some interceptions back and forth but it was MSU who got the last laugh as Indiana turned it over on downs with just 2 minutes remaining.

Indiana drops to 2-4 on the season, while Michigan State gets to 7-0. The Hoosiers will get Ohio State next Saturday while the Spartans get Michigan on Oct. 30.