EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State came prepared with an appropriate symbol for its sixth victory of the season.
"We had a bowling ball in the locker room," quarterback Brian Lewerke said. "We're all going to sign it after - on Monday or whatever."
Lewerke threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Felton Davis with 5:59 remaining, and the 18th-ranked Spartans edged Indiana 17-9 on Saturday night to become bowl eligible. Securing a postseason opportunity has been a formality for much of coach Mark Dantonio's tenure at Michigan State, but after a 3-9 season in 2016, this win meant something.