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Defensive revival lifts the Spartans

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS
  • October 6, 2012 - 11:15 PM

BLOOMINGTON, IND. - For 30 minutes against Indiana, Michigan State's defense looked like anything but one of the nation's best units.

The Spartans regained their normal footing in the second half, shutting out Indiana in the final two quarters of a 31-27 victory on Saturday.

Michigan State, which had allowed averages of 12.8 points and 263.4 yards through five games, held Indiana to 37 yards in the second half.

"A fast-paced offense, that's tough for a defense, no matter what type of defense it is," Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough said. "I think we struggled with that a little bit. Once we were able to kind of feel the pace of the game, I thought we played better."

Michigan State's defense gave the offense time to rally. Andrew Maxwell passed for 290 yards and two touchdowns and Le'Veon Bell ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries for the Spartans (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten).

Michigan State trailed 27-17 heading into the fourth quarter.

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