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Nov 9, 1996

Michigan State Flattens Big Ten Opponent Indiana 38-15

Sedrick Irvin rushed for 158 yards and four touchdowns as Michigan State decked Indiana, 38-15, in a Big Ten Conference matchup.

The Spartans (6-4, 5-2 Big Ten) scored three touchdowns in an 8:42 span to jump to a 21-0 lead.

Duane Goulbourne's four-yard scoring run gave the Spartans a 6-0 lead five minutes in, and Irvin added a three-yard dash and Todd Schultz found Goulbourne for the two-point conversion pass to make it 14-0 with 6:02 to play in the first quarter. Irvin then scampered in from three yards to extend the lead to 21-0 with 1:18 remaining.

Irvin, a freshman cousin of Dallas Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin, has 943 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns. Barring injury, he will be the ninth Spartan to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Irvin has 18 total touchdowns, tying him for second on the school's single-season list with Scott Greene and Eric Allen, one behind Blake Ezor, who had 19 in 1989.

Schultz, who completed 13-of-17 passes for 243 yards, helped the Spartans roll up 500 yards of total offense.

The Hoosiers (2-7, 0-6), who have lost 14 consecutive conference games, pulled within 21-9 at halftime on a one-yard run by quarterback Jay Rodgers and a 47-yard field goal by Bill Manolopoulos.

But Irvin's third TD of the game, a one-yard plunge, made it 28-9 and Chris Gardner kicked a 33-yard field goal to extend the lead to 31-9 with 5:47 to play in the third quarter.

Rogers and Irvin traded touchdowns to complete the scoring. Tailback Jason Spear, playing for the injured Alex Smith, rushed 26 times for 103 yards. Smith pulled a muscle in his right leg during practice this week. Rodgers completed 7-of-14 passes for 35 yards.

NCAAF   FINAL               1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH     TOTAL
                            ---  ---  ---  ---     -----
        INDIANA               0    9    0    6      15
        MICHIGAN ST          21    0   10    7      38   FINAL
        SCORING SUMMARY
        1ST QTR: MICS - TD, DUANE GOULBOURNE 4 YD RUN (PAT FAILED), 5:00
                 MICS - TD, SEDRICK IRVIN 3 YD RUN (DUANE GOULBOURNE
                            RECEPTION FOR TWO-POINT CONVERSION), 8:58
                 MICS - TD, SEDRICK IRVIN 3 YD RUN (CHRIS GARDNER KICK),
                            13:42
        2ND QTR: IND  - TD, JAY RODGERS 1 YD RUN (PAT FAILED), 7:39
                 IND  - FG, BILL MANOLOPOULOS 47 YD, 12:09
        3RD QTR: MICS - TD, SEDRICK IRVIN 1 YD RUN (CHRIS GARDNER KICK),
                            3:37
                 MICS - FG, CHRIS GARDNER 38 YD, 9:13
        4TH QTR: IND  - TD, JAY RODGERS 1 YD RUN (TWO-POINT CONVERSION
                            FAILED), 4:34
                 MICS - TD, SEDRICK IRVIN 5 YD RUN (CHRIS GARDNER KICK),
                            8:07
                                                                        
NCAAF                 1  2  3  4   F 
                      -  -  -  -  -- 
Indiana               0  9  0  6  15 
Michigan St          21  0 10  7  38  FINAL 
 Michigan St-Goulbourne 4 run (kick failed)
 Michigan St-Irvin 3 run (Goulbourne reception for two-point conversion)
 Michigan St-Irvin 3 run (Gardner kick)
 Indiana-Rodgers 1 run (kick failed)
 Indiana-FG Manolopoulos 47
 Michigan St-Irvin 1 run (Gardner kick)
 Michigan St-FG Gardner 38
 Indiana-Rodgers 1 run (two-point conversion failed)
 Michigan St-Irvin 5 run (Gardner kick)
                        Indiana Michigan St 
First downs                   9          30 
Rushed-yards              36-96      64-257 
Passing yards                35         243 
Sacked-yards lost          4-34        4-35 
Return yards                 21           4 
Passes                   7-14-1     13-17-0 
Punts                    6-45.2      2-21.0 
Fumbles-lost                0-0         2-2 
Penalties-yards            6-31        6-40 
Time of possession        26:07       33:53 

Individual Statistics
RUSHING:
Indiana-Spear 26-103, Rodgers 10-minus 7. Michigan St-Irvin 33-158, Goulbourne 14-69, Crenshaw 9-65, N Carter 1-7, Reece 2-4, Schultz 5-minus 46.

PASSING: Indiana-Rodgers 7-14-1-35. Michigan St-Schultz 13-17-0-243.

RECEIVING: Indiana-Stoner 2-20, Spear 2-minus 1, Cr Goode 1-8, Wilkerson 1-5, J Ware 1-3. Michigan St-N Carter 5-108, D Mason 4-74, Long 2-46, Irvin 2-15.

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