October 14, 2007
Video: Spartan coordinators post-game press conference
EAST LANSING - Michigan State offensive coordinator Don Treadwell said he wanted his players to establish the run against Indiana.
"We are excited and the kids were certainly well prepared," said Treadwell following his team's 52-27 rout of Indiana which travelled to Spartan Stadium with just one loss. "Certainly one of the things we wanted to do on the offensive side of the ball was we wanted to come out and establish the run. It is kind of nice early on in the game when your linemen are telling your offensive line coach, 'coach, let's keep bringing it.'
"I haven't met too many running backs that don't want to carry the ball. It was to feel the energy that way. And they responded well."
Michigan State did more than merely establish the run. The Spartans used the running game to demoralize an Indiana team that came to Spartan Stadium needing to just one victory to become eligible for their first bowl appearance since 1993 Independence Bowl.
Javon Ringer had his third consecutive game with 100 or more yards rushing. Ringer's 202 yards moved him closer to becoming the first 1,000-yard rusher at Michigan State since TJ Duckett.
Ringer and star wide receiver Devin Thomas combined for 372 yards of Michigan State's 558 of total offense.
Junior quarterback Brian Hoyer played well against the Hoosiers, completing 20 of 23 passes for 190 yards with 1 touchdown.
The Michigan State defense limited Indiana to a meager 1.3 yard per rush and held one of the Big Ten's top quarterback, Kellen Lewis, to just 171 yards passing. But Spartan defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi said afterward that the Michigan State defense was still not where it needed to be.
Even so, the Spartan defense did clean up several of the miscues that created a negative snowball effect the previous week against Northwestern.
"Thanks to coach Treadwell," said Narduzzi, "Forty-one minutes time of possession makes things look good. I think we were a lot better than we were last week. We executed, we did some things a lot better, but we still have a long ways to go to get us where we want to be defensively."
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