Indiana Hoosiers upset ranked Michigan State team
Bloomington, IND. – Michigan State is used to hoisting The Old Brass Spittoon over the helmets of their candy-striped counterparts. They’ve done it since 2007; crushed their Big Ten non-rivals in one of the conference’s most lopsided matchups.
They didn’t hoist anything over the Hoosiers last night.
An overtime field goal by kicker Griffin Oakes led the Hoosiers to a 24-21 upset over the 16th ranked Spartans.
It wasn’t without back and forth, though. The Spartans headed into the fourth quarter leading 14-7, but were plagued by shaky defense and penalties as it went on. Hoosier quarterback Richard Lagow connected with wide receiver Mitchell Paige Paige late in fourth to bring Indiana to 21 straight points for the lead, then MSU’s solid pass-action play coupled with kicker Michael Geiger’s kick sent the game into overtime.
Oakes missed his first 33-yard field goal attempt in overtime. But Michigan State was called for a leaping personal foul after that, letting Indiana continue their drive from the 10. Oakes made sure he sent the ball through the uprights for a game-winning kick on his second try.
The win Saturday is IU’s first ranked victory in two years and their first win over a ranked Big Ten opponent since 2006. And it opens up some specific opportunities for the Hoosiers moving forward. Kevin Wilson’s team has a shot at a second bowl berth.
And when the game wrapped around midnight, IU fans let people know how they felt about it.
Before the victory last night, Michigan State led the Old Brass Spittoon series 45–15–2.
The Hoosiers’ next test is against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday October 8 at 3:30 PM.