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No. 8 Spartans hammer Hoosiers on homecoming, 56-17

Michigan State scored 42 unanswered points and totaled 662 yards in a 56-17 win over Indiana on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

The Hoosiers head into the bye week winless in the conference, with a game at Michigan looming on Nov. 1. Indiana has not won the Old Brass Spittoon since 2006.

Michigan State outgained Indiana 662-224, with Cook completing 24 of his 32 passes. He was erratic at times, but bailed out by a big day from his receivers.

Tony Lippett caught 7 passes for 123 yards. The Spartans also rushed for 330 yards and five scores.

Indiana true freshman Zander Diamont, making his first career start, completed 5-of-15 passes for 11 yards. (more…)

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4 keys for Indiana’s homecoming game against Michigan State

1. Move on from mistakes. Indiana is in a tough spot this week with a true freshman quarterback expected to start against one of the top defenses in the country. Michigan State will have Zander Diamont under duress for much of the afternoon to fluster and force mistakes from the inexperienced quarterback. He must simply not dwell if and when something goes wrong. Diamont should play free and without worry, showing the kind of playmaking abilities and elusiveness that have earned him comparisons to Johnny Manziel’s dynamic mold of play.

2. Hang around late. For all that it does well, Michigan State hasn’t shown to be proficient at finishing games. The Spartans have allowed each of their last two contests to end with a smaller margin of victory than it should have been. They dominated Nebraska two weeks ago, leading the Cornhuskers 27-3 heading into the final quarter. But Michigan State nearly collapsed, requiring a late interception to seal the 27-22 win. Last week at Purdue, the Spartans led 38-17 at the start of the final quarter before watching the Boilermakers score a pair of touchdowns in a span of two minutes to make it a seven-point game. They once again required a late defensive play to earn the win. Michigan State has shown it’s willing to step off the gas late in games. If the Hoosiers can hang around, they might have a shot to make it interesting late. (more…)

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Fischer: Covington tore his ACL at Iowa

Did you think this week could get any more strange?

Well, you’re right. It has.

Indiana play-by-play man Don Fischer said on 1070 The Fan’s “The Ride With JMV” that IU quarterback Chris Covington tore his ACL in last week’s game at Iowa. An IU spokesman could not confirm.

True freshman quarterback Zander Diamont is expected to start Saturday’s game against Michigan State.

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Scoop Talk: So you’re saying there’s a chance

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Live chat transcript

MODERATOR: Good morning, and welcome to today’s IU sports chat. Busy weekend with Homecoming set for tomorrow at Memorial Stadium against Michigan State. And Jeremy and Mike were up in Chicago for Big Ten Basketball Media Day. So enough from me, let’s get to the chat. How is everyone today? Should we get to it?

JEREMY: Glad to be out of the car and even more excited to see the sun again. Let’s get right to this chat.
MIKE: Hey, everyone. A big thanks to Jeremy for doing the driving to and from Chicago the last couple days, while I popped Dramamine and poked at my keyboard for a couple hours. Anyway, yes, a busy weekend indeed. Let’s talk about it.
ANDY: What is that I see outside? Could it be? Sunshine?
But I’ll pledge to stay inside long enough to complete the chat.

QUESTION: I got nothing bad to say and just hope team keeps this up so ill ask something else.
What are the chances IU keeps the no. 1 RPI and gets a number 1 overall seed or at the very least a top 4 seed to host all the way to college cup if they stay alive? The one difference between this year and previous years is we are beating some really good teams. In 2010 despite a mediocre record we got a 13 seed because we beat some really good teams (namely Creighton and UCLA). In 2011 and 2012 we got a slightly worse 16 seed with a very good record because we didnt beat a single high ranked rpi team until tourney. This year we finally have beaten very good teams AND have a good record so if we keep this up hopefully we can get at least a top 8 seed to host 1st 2 rounds (if not better) for 1st time since 2008.
IU SOCCER FAN, Bloomfield
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