EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Kirk Cousins threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns in just over a half as No. 12 Michigan State moved a step closer to the Big Ten championship game with a 55-3 rout of Indiana on Saturday.
The Spartans entered the game with a one-game lead over both Nebraska and Michigan, who were playing at the same time in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines were leading in the fourth quarter, which would lock Michigan State (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) into the conference's first championship game because of its 28-14 win over Michigan on Oct. 15.
Cousins hit B.J. Cunningham for a 7-yard touchdown on Michigan State's first possession of the second half, giving the Spartans a 41-3 lead.
On the next drive, he handed off on the first play, and then was replaced by Andrew Maxwell. Cousins saluted the Spartan logo at midfield before leaving to a large ovation.