Scores

Final

Indiana 3

(1-10, 0-7 Big Ten)

(15) Michigan State 55

(9-2, 6-1 Big Ten)

Coverage: BTN

12:00 PM ET, November 19, 2011

Spartan Stadium, EAST LANSING, MI

1 2 3 4 T
IND 0 3 0 03
#15MSU 17 17 14 755

Top Performers

Passing: K. Cousins (MSU) - 272 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: E. Baker (MSU) - 10 CAR, 34 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: B. Cunningham (MSU) - 6 REC, 132 YDS, 2 TD

Michigan State crushes Indiana to clinch Big Ten Legends Division

Associated Press

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State collected two trophies and a spot in the first Big Ten championship game in one afternoon.

Yes, this was definitely a productive Saturday for the Spartans.

Kirk Cousins threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns in just over a half, leading the Spartans (No. 15 BCS, No. 12 AP) to a 55-3 victory over Indiana in their home finale.

A few minutes after the game concluded, Michigan finished off its victory over Nebraska, locking the Spartans into the first Big Ten championship game.

"The journey isn't over -- we still want to finish this off," Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said. "But I want to congratulate the senior class for winning 35 games -- the winningest class in the history of Michigan State football."

The Spartans entered with a one-game lead in the Legends Division over Nebraska and Michigan, who were playing at the same time in Ann Arbor. When the Wolverines won, it clinched the division for Michigan State (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) because of its 28-14 win over Michigan on Oct. 15.

Michigan's victory led to the unthinkable at Spartan Stadium -- a cheer for the Wolverines.

"The only trophy Coach let us look at this week was the one for the Indiana game -- the Old Brass Spittoon," Cousins said. "Our focus has always been to win this game and win next week and not need any help to get into the championship game. We got some help, but we still want to beat Northwestern and then take that momentum to Indianapolis."

Once the game was over, Dantonio let his team see the Legends Division trophy.

"This is special, because this is something we built," he said. "It wasn't here when we got here, but we brought in players that we thought could play, and they overachieved and bought into what we wanted to do."

Cousins hit B.J. Cunningham for a 7-yard touchdown on Michigan State's first possession of the second half, giving the Spartans a 41-3 lead. The senior handed off on the first play of the next drive, then was replaced by Andrew Maxwell.

Cousins saluted the Spartans logo at midfield before leaving to a large ovation. He finished 16-of-23, and now has 60 career touchdown passes, one short of Jeff Smoker's school record.

"We talked about leaving here the right way -- we've seen the basketball team do it, and we wanted to leave in style," he said. "To play a flawless game in our last game at Spartan Stadium, and then be in a position to just sit back and take in the whole second half -- that's a huge thrill."

Michigan State finished with 470 yards of offense to 234 for Indiana (1-10, 0-7), and forced the game's only two turnovers.

"I can't even tell you how excited I am right now," senior safety Trenton Robinson said. "We're the first team to ever win our way into the Big Ten championship, and we did with such a great game. ... This was the best moment of my career."

The Spartans scored on their first two possessions, thanks to a pair of big passes from Cousins to Cunningham. The first, a 37-yarder, led to a 21-yard field goal by Dan Conroy. On the second, Indiana's defense bit hard on a play-fake, leaving Cunningham alone behind the defense for a 63-yard score.

Another big play lifted Michigan State to a 17-0 lead after one. Cousins hit Keshawn Martin on the sideline, and the senior wide receiver avoided two poor tackles before racing into the end zone for a 47-yard score.

"Credit Michigan State -- they are pretty good and they were ready to play," Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said. "But we had a very poor plan by us coaches and not very good playing from our kids."

Martin also scored on a 19-yard sweep and Edwin Baker's 10-yard run made it 31-3 late in the second quarter. Johnny Adams added an 86-yard interception return for a score in the third quarter.

By the end, Michigan State was comfortable enough to run an end-around for star guard Joel Foreman, who gained 3 yards before coming out for his own ovation.

"For me, the highlights are always going to be our four wins against Michigan," the senior said. "But it was great to go out and play the way we did today."

Dantonio said no one would sit out next Saturday's game at Northwestern, because the Spartans still have a chance to move up in the rankings before the Dec. 3 championship game in Indianapolis.

"We're not done," Robinson said. "We want to be 10-2 going into the championship game, and then we want to win that and go to the Rose Bowl."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
IND
MSU
1st Downs1222
Total Yards236470
Passing142296
Rushing94174
Penalties8-755-45
3rd Down Conversions3-156-12
4th Down Conversions0-20-1
Turnovers20
Possession29:5630:04

Passing Leaders

IndianaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Roberson10/23924.002
Michigan StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cousins16/2327211.830

Rushing Leaders

IndianaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Houston13403.1012
Hughes3175.7012
Michigan StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bell9687.6021
Baker10343.4210

Receiving Leaders

IndianaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Muhammad9738.1019
Hughes22713.5022
Michigan StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cunningham613222.0263
Martin89912.4147

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERINDMSU
FG10:07Dan Conroy 21 Yd 03
TD06:24B.J. Cunningham 63 Yd Pass From Kirk Cousins (Dan Conroy Kick) 010
TD02:09Keshawn Martin 47 Yd Pass From Kirk Cousins (Dan Conroy Kick) 017
SECOND QUARTERINDMSU
FG10:44Mitch Ewald 22 Yd 317
TD10:06Keshawn Martin 19 Yd Run (Dan Conroy Kick) 324
TD05:17Edwin Baker 10 Yd Run (Dan Conroy Kick) 331
FG00:48Dan Conroy 33 Yd 334
THIRD QUARTERINDMSU
TD11:35B.J. Cunningham 7 Yd Pass From Kirk Cousins (Dan Conroy Kick) 341
TD07:37Johnny Adams 86 Yd Interception Return (Dan Conroy Kick) 348
FOURTH QUARTERINDMSU
TD14:28Edwin Baker 3 Yd Run (Dan Conroy Kick) 355

Research Notes

B.J. Cunningham has 20 touchdown catches, tied with Plaxico Burress and Andre Rison for third-most in Michigan State history.
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