Turnovers and an inconsistent running game hurt the Iowa Hawkeyes in a 17-10 loss at Michigan State on Saturday.
The Hawkeyes rushed for just 19 yards and committed 2 costly turnovers. Iowa falls to 3-2 overall and 0-2 in the Big Ten. Michigan State improves to 3-1 and 1-0 in league play.
Iowa and Michigan State square off for the first time since the 2015 Big Ten championship game at 4 p.m. ET Saturday at Spartan Stadium. Stay here for live updates, scores and analysis for Iowa-Michigan State.
Both teams are coming off home defeats. The Hawkeyes (3-1) fell 21-19 to No. 4-ranked Penn State, which scored a touchdown on the game’s final play. Michigan State lost 3 turnovers, including a pick-6, in a 38-18 loss to Notre Dame. The Hawkeyes received votes in the latest Associated Press and Amway/Coaches Poll rankings.
Iowa-Michigan State live updates, score
6:33 p.m. (Q4, end 4Q) — Three plays after starting at its 16, Iowa couldn’t do anything offensively and the game is over.
6:22 p.m. (Q4, 3:38) — On third and 12, Michigan State QB Brian Lewerke rushed for at 15-yard gain to pick up a first down at Iowa’s 39.
6:10 p.m. (Q4, 4:39) — Michigan State reached the Iowa 40 but stalled with a run for no gain on second down and then a third-down incompletion. A 33-yard punt pinned the Hawkeyes down at their 7. Michigan State still leads 17-10.
5:58 p.m. (Q4, 9:08) — Iowa drove from its 30 to the Michigan State 25 before stalling on a third-and-2 incomplete pass. Miguel Recinos nailed a 44-yard field goal from the left hash to bring the Hawkeyes within 17-10 with 9:08 left in the game.
5:29 p.m. (Q3, 5:14/2:43) — On fourth and 1 at the Iowa 30, Michigan State running back L.J. Scott was stopped for no gain. Iowa drove to the Michigan State 38 but after a 3-yard completion to wide receiver Brandon Smith, Smith fumbled and MSU recovered.
5:16 p.m. (Q3, 9:43) — Iowa took the ball and drove to the Michigan State 5 with help on a fake field goal pass from punter Colten Rastetter to defensive end A.J. Epenesa. But on third and goal at the Michigan State 5, the ball slipped out of Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley’s hand and to middle linebacker Joe Bachie. It was Stanley’s first interception since the first quarter against Wyoming.
4:47 p.m. (Halftime) — Michigan State leads 17-7 at the break. The Spartans have out-gained Iowa 150-77 and held the Hawkeyes to just 14 rushing yards.
4:40 p.m. (Q2, 0:43) — Michigan State took over at Iowa’s 36, drove 16 yards but stalled. A 38-yard field goal from Matt Coghlin put the Spartans up 17-7.
4:31 p.m. (Q2, 5:08 p.m) — The teams have traded punts and Iowa took over at the 8. Iowa lost 2 yards on a first-down run, threw an incompletion, added a false-start penalty and no gain on third down. Another poor punt put the Spartans at Iowa 36.
4:08 p.m. (Q2, 12:15) — The Hawkeyes finish their best drive of the game with a 9-yard touchdown run by Akrum Wadley. Iowa converted a pair of third downs on the drive with a 10-yard pass from Nate Stanley to Noah Fant on third and 2, and then Stanley connecting with Ihmir Smith-Marsette on a 31-yard fade route on third and 10. Iowa now trails 14-7.
4:01 p.m. (End of Q1) — Iowa finally mounts its first decent offensive drive of the game, moving from its 27 to the Michigan State 41. At the beginning of the second quarter, Iowa has first and 10 at the 41.
3:38 p.m. (Q1, 6:19/2:11) — Iowa loses 3 yards and Colten Rastetter poofs a punt 36 yards in the air. Michigan State converted a a fourth-and-1 at the Iowa 22. An Iowa facemask call by Bo Bower, and a pass interference call on Michael Ojemudia in the end zone put the ball on the 2. Two plays later, quarterback Brian Lewerke hit Felton Davis again with a 6-yard touchdown pass. Michigan State up 14-0.
3:28 p.m. (Q1, 9:34) — Iowa moved the ball to midfield but Nate Stanley was sacked on third and 10 forcing a punt.
3:21 p.m. (Q1, 11:50) — Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke led the Spartans quickly down the field 75 yards in 7 plays. He connected with Felton Davis for a 21-yard touchdown. The Spartans lead 7-0.
3:15 p.m. — Iowa wins the toss and defers. Michigan State will receive.
3:10 p.m. — TV update.
Iowa vs Michigan State will begin on FS2 & Fox Sports Go.
The game may be available on a BTN alternate channel via select providers. pic.twitter.com/HQgvKAvBsK
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 30, 2017
2:48 p.m. — Iowa cornerback Michael Ojemudia working with the first-team defense. Manny Rugamba was dressed but not going through team drills.
2:37 p.m. — Iowa safety Brandon Snyder is dressed out and going through warmups.
2:33 p.m. — Most of Iowa’s players are available today. Per Rob Brooks of Iowa’s radio broadcast team, freshman offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs practiced this week and should see time on special teams.
2:12 p.m. — There are 3 Rose Bowl scouts, 2 Citrus Bowl scouts plus 2 from NFL teams. The Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions have scouts in attendance for this game. Previously double-digit numbers of scouts appeared at the Wyoming and Penn State games for Iowa.
2:10 p.m. — Welcome to Spartan Stadium. The Hawkeyes and Spartans meet for the first time in 5 years in East Lansing. The Hawkeyes lead the series 23-21-2.
2:08 p.m. — There’s no game in Kinnick Stadium today, thus no first quarter wave to the UI Children’s Hospital. Yet that didn’t stop the fans at Virginia Tech from waving to the patients during ESPN’s College GameDay this morning.
For all the kids at Iowa Children’s Hospital … pic.twitter.com/kxsF7NtD7X
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 30, 2017
Iowa fans tailgating before today’s football game pic.twitter.com/xLlNlYp95h
— Land of 10 Iowa (@Landof10Iowa) September 30, 2017
Iowa-Michigan State game time, details
Time: 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT kickoff
Date: Saturday, Sept. 30
Location: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Mich.
Weather: 65 degrees and sunny at kickoff
The line: Michigan State -3.5
What TV channel is showing Iowa-Michigan State?
FOX will air the Iowa-Michigan State game.
How can I watch Iowa-Michigan State online?
Iowa and Michigan State can be watched online through FOX On The Go. Click here for more information.
How can I listen to Iowa-Michigan State on the radio?
For Iowa action, 600 AM (WMT-Cedar Rapids), 1040 AM (WHO-Des Moines) and 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) are the flagship radio stations. Gary Dolphin is the play-by-play broadcaster with Ed Podolak as the color analyst and Rob Brooks as the sideline reporter. Click here for other Iowa radio affiliates.
For Michigan State perspective, 1240 AM (WJIM-Lansing) 94.9 FM (WMMQ-Lansing) and 760 AM (WJR-Detroit) are the flagship radio stations. Click here for other Michigan State affiliates. George Blaha calls the action, while Jason Strayhorn provides analysis and Seth Newman roams the sidelines.
You can listen nationally on Sirius channel 195 and XM channel 957. The TuneIn app also provides radio coverage.
Who is calling the game for FOX?
Aaron Goldsmith handles the play-by-play, Brady Quinn provides the color and Bruce Feldman patrols the sidelines.
Iowa-Michigan State preview
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Michigan State and Iowa once were semi-annual staples on each other’s schedules, and they engaged in some doozies.
Neither fan base would list the other as a rival. Michigan State fans mark the calendar for Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State. Iowa fans do the same for Minnesota, Wisconsin and Nebraska. But when they did meet, whether that was in the old Big Ten structure, Legends Division competition or the league championship game in 2015, it was a grueling, physical battle.
Today, the Big Ten’s version of Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em Robots tangle at Spartan Stadium for the first time in 5 years. It’s also their first meeting since Michigan State beat Iowa 16-13 for the league title in 2015.
“It’s a mirror-image team of Iowa,” said BTN analyst Chuck Long, a former All-American quarterback at Iowa. “They recruit the same kids. Dantonio and Kirk Ferentz are just alike. We had the greatest rivalry and games against Michigan State because of that. It’s just like looking in the mirror for Iowa and Michigan State.
In 1984 at East Lansing, Long was stopped an inch short of a game-winning 2-point conversion in the final seconds and the Spartans held on 17-16. The next year in Iowa City, Long faked a handoff into the line and bootlegged around the right side untouched for a touchdown with barely any time left to lead No. 1 Iowa to a 35-31 win.
In recent years with Kirk Ferentz leading Iowa and Mark Dantonio coaching Michigan State, the series has remained just as close. In their 8 meetings since 2007, the series is tied 4-4. In 2007, Iowa prevailed 34-27 in double overtime. The ensuing seasons, Hawkeyes running back Shonn Greene was stopped on a fourth-and-1 inside the Spartans’ 30 in a 16-13 Michigan State win.
In one of Iowa’s most memorable moments under Ferentz, quarterback Ricky Stanzi connected with wide receiver Marvin McNutt on the final play for a 7-yard touchdown to win 15-13 in 2009 and improve to 8-0. At Kinnick Stadium in 2010, the Hawkeyes blasted the No. 5-ranked Spartans 37-6.
In 2011 en route to the Legends Division title. Michigan State stopped Iowa 37-21. The Hawkeyes gained revenge in 2012 with a 19-16 double-overtime win at rain-soaked Spartan Stadium. In 2013, a fake punt from the Spartans’ Mike Sadler propelled Michigan State to a 26-14 victory. In 2015, the Spartans used a 22-play drive to beat Iowa 16-13 for the Big Ten title and a spot in the College Football Playoff.
“I think with Iowa you get what you see,” Dantonio said. “What you experienced in the past is genuinely going to be what you get. Fundamentally very sound offensively and defensively, special teams. It will be a challenge.”
“The thing about playing Michigan State, it’s been a while over the years here,” Ferentz said, “but pretty much one thing that doesn’t change anytime you line up against them, you know you’re going to play a well-coached team, and a team that’s got good players.”
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