Penalties hurting Spartans at halftime against Indiana
Bloomington, Ind. — At halftime the Spartans trail the Indiana Hoosiers 27-14, and it’s not hard to see why.
MSU has shot itself in the foot with penalties, racking up six personal fouls for 90 yards, two of which are indirectly responsible for 10 of the Hoosiers’ 27 points.
A roughing the kicker penalty called on junior cornerback Darqueze Dennard kept a Hoosier drive alive, leading to an eventual 21-yard touchdown pass by Indiana quarterback Cameron Coffman giving the Hoosiers a 17-0 lead in the first quarter.
After the Spartans scored 14 straight in the second quarter to come within three, Coffman tossed another 17-yard score, which was followed by an unsportsmanlike penalty called on junior defensive end Denzel Drone, to be assessed on the ensuing kickoff.
The favorable field position allowed the Hoosiers to try an onside kick which they recovered, and drove down the field for a 19 yard field goal near the end of the half.
The defense also has struggled to keep up with Indiana’s no-huddle offense, as each of the Hoosiers’ scoring drives were completed in less than three minutes time.
The Spartans will have to find a way to keep up with Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson’s quick play offense if they want to leave Bloomington with a victory.
MSU will receive the ball at the beginning of the second half and defend the north endzone.