Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 10/7/12
Bloomington, Ind. — Who would have thought that it would take a true freshman wide receiver to finally get the passing game off the ground for the Michigan State Spartans, and potentially save their season?
More importantly, who would have thought that the Spartans offense could potentially win them a game at this point in the season?
Those unpredictable Spartans (4-2, 1-1) strike again, beating the Indiana Hoosiers (2-3, 0-2) 31-27 in an impressive comeback victory.
Freshman wide receiver, Aaron Burbridge, stepped-up to the plate after being named a starter earlier this week, and caught eight passes for a total of 134-yards, both season-highs for Spartan receivers this season.
Quarterback Andrew Maxwell threw for a career-high 290 yards and two touchdowns, while Le’Veon Bell rushed for 121-yards on 37 carries.
Bennie Fowler scores the game wining touchdown for the Spartans with 6:35 left in the game. (AP Photo)
After spotting the Hoosiers 17-points going into the second-quarter, which included a touchdown on the second play of the game, the Michigan State coaching staff had no choice but to unleash their even less experienced offensive attack in an attempt to save their season.
The MSU offense came out with a vengeance in the second-quarter after being  embarrassed in the first-quarter of their first game outside of the state of Michigan this season.
With 10:40 left in the first-half, Bell put his team on the board with a 2-yard touchdown run. The Spartans followed that possession up with a Larry Caper 15-yard touchdown reception from Andrew Maxwell that quickly put the Spartans back in the game.
However, the Spartans defense gave up two consecutive IU scores, a Shane Wynn 17-yard touchdown reception and a Mitch Ewald 19-yard FG, that gave the Hoosiers a 27-14 lead going into halftime.
In the second-half, the disappointing performance of the MSU defense lasted no longer, as they held the IU offense to zero second-half points, 37 yards of total offense and two first downs.
Junior linebacker, Max Bullough, and red-shirt freshman safety RJ Williamson led the Spartans defense with nine tackles each.
After a 1-yard touchdown run by Bell with 7:49 left in the game the Spartans found themselves down three.
And if you know anything about the season the Spartans have had thus far, then you’re just as surprised as I was about what happened next.
With 6:35 left in the game, junior receiver Bennie Fowler, who has been the biggest disappointment on offense for the Spartans this season, caught a pass on the left sideline broke a tackle, avoided a diving Hoosier defender, and ran into the endzone to give the Spartans the 31-27 lead.
The Spartans held that lead and won their first Big Ten game this season.
Michigan State is on bye next week, and then host Iowa at home on the October 13.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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