EAST LANSING, MI.– There was nearly a major upset on the road for IU against the #18 Michigan State Spartans. Indiana led 9-3 late but fell to the Spartans 17-9 after almost pulling off an incredible upset.
Through the first 3 1/2 quarters, Indiana and Michigan State exchanged field goals when they got down in enemy territory. They were tied 3-3 at halftime. We thought the Spartans would come out in the second half and completely take over, but IU stayed in the game.
Indiana tacked on 2 field goals to make it a 9-3 lead until just under 6 minutes to go. Michigan State took charge and scored 2 late 4th quarter touchdowns and sealed the deal moving on to 6-1. IU falls to 3-4.
“Really, really, really frustrating,” head coach Tom Allen said post-game on the IU Radio Network. “Didn’t finish. Had our chances. Proud of our kids’ fight. We got down in there (in the red zone), but you’ve got to score touchdowns, not kick field goals. That came back to bite us.
“And it’s a 60-minute game and we, unfortunately, didn’t make some key plays (defensively) at the end. We really shut them down … they didn’t have much the whole day, but you’ve just got to (make plays) in key situations. The bottom line is you’ve got to finish out. And that’s what we were so close to doing but didn’t do.”
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