After defending home turf, Michigan State's confidence growing

Michigan State has already improved in one respect since last season — the Spartans finally won a conference game at home.

That's more than they could say in 2012.

Michigan State recovered from an early defensive breakdown Saturday, beating Indiana 42-28 in the 500th game at Spartan Stadium. Jeremy Langford scored four touchdowns in the homecoming victory, which left the Spartans as one of only three teams that are unbeaten in Big Ten play.

Michigan State (5-1, 2-0) is tied with Nebraska atop the Legends Division, and the schedule for the immediate future looks favorable. The Spartans host struggling Purdue next weekend.