EAST LANSING - Cornerback Demond Williams took the opening kickoff 98-yards for a touchdown, Drew Stanton accounted for two touchdowns and Ashton Watson returned a blocked extra point attempt back for two as the Spartans scored in almost every conceivable way in winning 46-15 over the Indiana Hoosiers Saturday.
``At first I just started out and saw a lane, then I looked right up at the student section and thought `here I come.' I felt good as soon as I caught it," said Williams a junior college transfer from Pima, AZ. ``Then I saw there was no one near me and I was in the clear. There was great blocking, everyone was accountable and had someone and that was it."
The Spartans run attack was in full force as both Jehuu Caulcrick (1-yard run) and Javon Ringer (11 carries, 109 yards and a 45-yard TD run) scored touchdowns for the Spartans. MSU rushed for 237 yards and three touchdowns. Stanton bounced back from his poor effort a week ago going 17-of-31 for 244 yards. While it was vintage Stanton, the Spartans will take it nonetheless.
``I thought we ran the ball well today," said Stanton. ``Our blocking was good and all three running backs did a great job again today. Because of the looks they were giving us, we were able to do some things through the air, and that opens up the run, and vice versa."
Defensively, MSU throttled the Hoosiers attack. Still they could only contain super freshman receiver-power forward James Hardy (eight catches for 77 yards) who scored both Hoosiers TDs. The Spartans defense harassed sophomore quarterback Blake Powers into three interceptions by senior Eric Smith, sophomore bandit SirDarean Adams and freshman Otis Wiley, getting his first extended playing time of the season.
After Williams kick return, the Spartans were flagged for intentional grounding in the end zone giving the Hoosiers 2 points and the ball. However the Spartans regrouped and Stanton led them on an 11-play, 79 drive culminating in a 3-yard touchdown pass to Kerry Reed who had a career-best six catch, 80 yard day as a Spartan.
The Spartans increased their lead by going on a 12-play 77 yard drive that hit paydirt when Stanton crashed in from a yard out. The Hoosiers showed signs of life when Powers hit Hardy on a 23-yard touchdown pass to cut the MSU lead to 23-8.
On the converstion attempt, a play eerily similar to Ohio State's two weeks ago transpired. Williams swooped in from the wing and blocked the converstion attempt senior Ashton Watson recovered and rambled 85 yards to get back the two points MSU gave up on the safety earlier and all of a sudden it was 25-8 and the wind went right out of the Hoosier's sails.
``"It was something we worked on in practice," Williams said of the block. ``I turned around and said to David Herron `I'm going to get this one' and I just went for it. I got a good jump on the snap, and we were working all week on just selling out for the ball and I got back there and just put my body out. Special things happened on that play. Everyone was working hard."
MSU came out after intermission and promptly salted the game away with a 13-play 75-yard drive that ate 6:12 off the clock and put the Hoosiers away when Caulcrick dived in from a yard out. Up 32-8, Javon Ringer took the first play from scrimmage on MSU's next possession 45 yards for the score.
Not content with a 39-8 lead, Stanton hit wideout Terry Love from 39-yards against a demoralized Hoosier defense to make it 46-8. Backup quarterback Gene McFarlane hit Hardy from 11-yards out to make the final margin 46-15.
A great sign after this game was no talk of the MSU kicking game. Kickers Matt Haughey and Todd Boleski did their flawlessly. Boleski pinned the Hoosier's return team in their own end zone repeatedly and Haughey booted all four of his extra point attempts.
Unfortunately, MSU did not get a chance to have Haughey get his first field goal attempt.
With five wins under their belt, MSU can become bowl eligible next week in West Layfayette, IN when they take on a struggling Purdue team. The Spartans have back-to-back road games over the next two weeks with the Boilermakers and then the Minnesota Golden Gophers before finishing out the season in the annual Land Grant Trophy game at home against conference leader Penn State.