EAST LANSING, Mich. – No. 10 Indiana continues to stay in the College Football Playoff conversations after scoring a shutout victory over Michigan State to stay undefeated on the season on Saturday.
INDIANA CONTINUES TO PROVE A POINT
The Hoosiers (4-0, 4-0 Big Ten) scored all their points in the opening half and went on to a score of 24-0 at Spartan Stadium. The was the largest margin of victory for Indiana at Michigan State in the history of the rivalry. This shutout improved the previous mark best margin of 16 (16-0) set in 1969.
“A shutout is hard to do in this conference,” Indiana head coach Tom Allen said. “We do a good job of taking away what teams need to do to hurt us.
“It’s scheme, toughness and play your tails off. I’m excited about the potential and future of this defense.”
Redshirt sophomore quarterback Michael Penix Jr. went 25-of-38 on completed passes for 320 yards and a pair of touchdowns for Indiana, which faces No. 3 Ohio State next weekend.
“It shows how much work we put into it,” Penix Jr. said. “Coach believes in us. He puts that confidence in us. He makes sure we’re prepared.”
CAREER DAY FOR INDIANA RECEIVER FRYFOGLE
Ty Fryfogle returned a career-best performance after the senior wide receiver grabbed 11 receptions for 200 yards and two touchdowns for Indiana, which was securing its first victory as a Top-10 team 1967.
“This is very special,” Tiawan Mullen said. “I’m not surprised. This is one of the reasons why I came here. It wasn’t going to take five years. I’m not doing it by myself, but I knew it would change when I got here. I expected this.”
“Coach Allen came to my home and persuaded us that this was a program on the rise,” Fryfogle added. “My mom believed. My family believed him. We all believed him.
“This was the best decision I ever made.”
Today’s victory, which marked the first for the Hoosiers on the road against the Spartans since 2001, saw Indiana taking back the “Old Brass Spittoon” for the first time since 2016.
“This is amazing,” linebacker Micah McFadden said. “We expected this. We talked about it all week, about dominating this team. The offense and defense were making plays. We have to keep doing it. Keep it up.”
The game saw Indiana linebacker Thomas Allen, who is the son of Indiana head coach Tom Allen, carted off the field after he suffered a serious leg injury Saturday.
“It could be serious,” coach Allen said of his son’s injury. “It’s hard to see that and keep coaching, but that’s what you have to do. “He’s a fighter. He’ll find a way to overcome it and play again.”
MICHIGAN STATE STRUGGLES CONTINUE THIS SEASON
Redshirt freshman quarterback Payton Thorne was 10 of 20 for 110 yards and an interception for Michigan State (1-3, 1-3 Big Ten), while starter Rocky Lombardi also struggled, throwing a pair of interceptions when he was asked to lead the offense for the Spartans, who have dropped two in a row.
Senior linebacker Antjuan Simmons ended with a career-high 14 tackles, including a 1-yard tackle for loss, while fellow senior defensive end Jacub Panasiuk also had a career-high nine stops.
“Obviously, turnovers and penalties in the first half, against any type of team, any team, you do not give yourself a chance,” said MSU head coach Mel Tucker.
“That’s basically the story of the game. Guys continue to play hard, we had a shutout in the second half, defense continued to play hard, but we lost the battle of field position.
“We’re going to continue to move forward with our process, which we believe in, which is, stick with the facts, see what happened, look at the film, identify the mistakes and make the corrections – structural, mental or physical.”