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Iowa vs. Michigan State: Spartans stunned by Hawkeyes

Iowa got one of the most thrilling victories of the college football season in a 19-16 double overtime win over Michigan State on Saturday.

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Michigan State stunned in 2 OT by Iowa, 19-16

Hawkeyes got one of the most thrilling victories of the college football season, in a 19-16 double overtime win over Michigan State Saturday.


Michigan State leads 10-3 after 3rd quarter

With a 10-3 score after three quarters of play, offense has been at a premium between Michigan St. and Iowa Saturday afternoon. So far, the best players on each team have been their respective punters, as the Spartans hold on to a tight to a one-touchdown lead.

In a game which has been dictated by sloppy weather and sloppy play, the Hawkeyes enter the fourth quarter in the midst of a 10-play drive that sees them with their best touchdown scoring opportunity of the day, inside the red zone.

The big play of the drive came on a fourth-down conversion, when running back Mark Weisman picked up a five yards to keep Iowa in scoring range. Weisman also picked up 31 yards on a run play earlier in the drive to get things going. The Hawkeyes were aided by a Michigan State defensive holding penalty on a third down, which moved the chains and kept the drive alive.

Iowa will open with the ball on the Michigan State 13-yard line to start the fourth quarter.


Michigan State up 10-3 on Iowa at halftime

It wasn’t a pretty first half in East Lansing, Mich., but after 30 minutes of play, Michigan State leads Iowa 10-3 in a crucial game in the Big Ten Leaders Division standings.

After a Le’Veon Bell touchdown made it 7-0 in the first quarter, the only scores in the second came off the feet of each team’s kickers.

Michigan State put up the first points of the quarter on a 24-yard Dan Conroy kick, one that was set up by a 38-yard pass from quarterback Andrew Maxwell to Aaron Burbridge earlier in the drive. It was the longest play from scrimmage all afternoon for either team.

Iowa responded with a field goal of their own later in the quarter, after an 10-play, 42-yard drive.

Actually, the two biggest plays of the quarter were ones that didn't technically happen.

Following the Conroy kick, which gave the Spartans a 10-0 lead, Iowa return man Jordan Cotton fielded the ensuing kickoff and took it in for a touchdown. Unfortunately a block in the back negated the score, and even though Iowa started with the ball inside Michigan State territory, they were only able to muster those three points.

And for Michigan State, the Spartans too had a scoring opportunity right before the end of the half. But in field goal range, the Spartans were unable to spike the ball in time for a scoring chance, right as time expired.


Spartans lead 7-0 after 1st quarter

After one quarter of an important showdown between two Big Ten Leaders Division opponents, Michigan State leads Iowa, 7-0.

The scoring started just minutes into the first quarter, after Michigan State's Denicos Allen intercepted a pass from Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg. With rainy weather holding back the Spartans' passing attack, Michigan State elected to go to the ground four straight times with running back Le'Veon Bell, and on the fourth play, Bell carried the ball in for a 14-yard touchdown strike.

Bell's touchdown remains the only score of the game, with both offenses slowed by poor weather conditions. Following Bell's touchdown run, the two teams combined for four straight three-and-outs, before an Andrew Maxwell pass moved the chains for a first down right before the end of the quarter. Outside the scoring drive, the two teams have combined for just 56 yards of total offense.

Regardless, this is a crucial game for both teams in the race for the Leaders Division lead. Entering Saturday, Iowa was tied at the top of the standings with Michigan at 1-0 in conference play, with Michigan State a game back at 1-1.


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