Michigan State-Iowa: Recap, score, analysis for Week 5 game (09/30/2017)

Michigan State topped Iowa, 17-7, on Saturday, Sept. 30, in the Big Ten opener for the Spartans.

Below is a running blog of updates, scores and analysis from the game

Michigan State-Iowa live updates, score

Final score: Michigan State 17, Iowa 10. The Spartans were able to bottle up Iowa and stop any chance of a final rally.

Michigan State 17, Iowa 10 (Q4, 4:47): Michigan State again failed to have any success running the ball, and Jake Hartbarger punted to the Iowa 7-yard line.

Michigan State 17, Iowa 10 (Q4, 9:08): Michigan State did well to stop Iowa in its tracks and force the Hawkeyes to settle for a field goal. Iowa still turned it into a one-possession game when the Spartans had ample chances to pull away.

Michigan State 17, Iowa 7 (Q4, 14:04): Once again Michigan State failed to capitalize in large part because of its inability to run the ball. A holding call on Brian Allen made things even tougher on freshman kicker Matt Coghlin, who missed from 48 yards.

Michigan State 17, Iowa 7 (Q3, 2:42): It sure helps when the other team turns it over. Following the Bachie interception, Michigan State got another takeaway via a Josiah Scott forced fumble and Chris Frey recovery.

Michigan State 17, Iowa 7 (Q3, 5:14): The game continued to be wild after Bachie’s interception. True freshman receivers Laress Nelson, Cody White and Hunter Rison all made big plays to move the Spartans down the field. Faced with 4th-and-1, the Spartans got hit with a false start, and then Iowa got hit with a delay of game call. After all that, LJ Scott got stuffed. Michigan State’s run blocking struggled to this point.

Michigan State 17, Iowa 7 (Q3, 9:43): Everything was going right for Joe Bachie. Iowa marched down the field thanks to a long third-down conversion and a perplexing fake field goal, only to have the ball slip out of Nate Stanley’s hands and into Bachie’s arms. After several changes, it was eventually ruled an interception.

Michigan State 17, Iowa 7 (Q2, 0:00): Felton Davis set a career high for an entire game with 7 catches in the first half. He put up 88 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Michigan State 17, Iowa 7 (Q2, 0:00): Michigan State’s defense put together a stellar half that probably deserved more than 17 points from its offense. Apart from a 10-play, 72-yard touchdown drive, the Spartans held Iowa to 5 yards on 17 plays.

Michigan State 17, Iowa 7 (Q2, 0:43): Once again gifted a short field, Michigan State failed to score a touchdown. Brian Lewerke missed on several throws and the Spartans had to settle for a 38-yard field goal, which Matt Coghlin nailed.

Michigan State 14, Iowa 7 (Q2, 3:33): And Michigan State made it three. Joe Bachie got his third tackle for loss and the Spartans forced yet another three-and-out. Apart from a 72-yard touchdown drive, Iowa has run 14 plays for 1 yard.

Michigan State 14, Iowa 7 (Q2, 5:08): Michigan State won the field position battle early. Twice Jake Hartbarger pinned Iowa inside its own 10-yard line with the Michigan State defense following it by forcing a three-and-out. Iowa got the ball at the 8-yard line with a chance for the Spartans to make it three.

Michigan State 14, Iowa 7 (Q2, 12:15): Finally some lapses from the Michigan State defense. True freshman Josiah Scott, who had been fantastic through the first three games, forgot to turn his head and got beaten for a 31-yard gain. Then Akrum Wadley, who had 0 yards on 6 carries, finally broke free for a 9-yard TD.

Michigan State 14, Iowa 0 (Q1, 0:00): Iowa put together a good drive before the end of the quarter. Safety Tre Person became the 13th true freshman to start for Michigan State, and he got a rude awakening. Fortunately for him, Nate Stanley overthrew his target when Person got burned.

Michigan State 14, Iowa 0 (Q1, 2:11): Michigan State made the most of the field position and capitalized off of several Iowa penalties. Down to the 1-yard line, the Spartans tried a tight end sweep which Matt Sokol fumbled but jumped on it. On the next play, Felton Davis pulled down a fade for his second touchdown.

Michigan State 7, Iowa 0 (Q1, 6:19): A couple of drives not ending in points still pushed field position heavily in Michigan State’s favor. And Iowa roughing the passer call and a booming Jake Hartbarger punt put Iowa at the 9-yard line, and the Hawkeyes lost three yards before punting it back. Michigan State would start its next drive at Iowa’s 31-yard line.

Michigan State 7, Iowa 0 (Q1, 9:34): And the strong start continues. Michigan State needed to collapse on quarterback Nate Stanley knowing he’s not very mobile, and Joe Bachie got in for a sack to force a punt.

Michigan State 7, Iowa 0 (Q1, 11:50): The Spartans could not have started any better. Brian Lewerke went 5-for-5 with four of those passes going to Felton Davis. Davis accrued 67 yards and finished things off with a 22-yard score.

Michigan State-Iowa pregame updates

After going with jumpsuits against Notre Dame, Michigan State arrived at Spartan Stadium in suits and ties.

Once dressed, the Spartans wore green jerseys with white pants and helmets. But before that, they took their walk across the field. Check it out.

The dress list brought some unwelcome news for Michigan State. Starting right guard David Beedle was left off, meaning that true freshman Kevin Jarvis would likely start. To improve depth, true freshman tackle Mustafa Khaleefah dressed for the first time this season.

Michigan State-Iowa game time, information

Kickoff time: 4:12 p.m. ET

Date: Saturday, Sept. 30

Location: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Mich.

Weather: Clear skies with 6 mph wind. It’s expected to be 65 degrees at kickoff.

The line: Michigan State is a 3.5-point favorite.

Over/under: 45 points

What TV channel is showing Michigan State-Iowa?

Michigan State vs. Iowa will be broadcast on FOX with play-by-play from Aaron Goldsmith, analysis from Brady Quinn and sideline reporting from Bruce Feldman.

How can I watch Michigan State-Iowa online?

Michigan State vs. Iowa can be watched online via  FOX Sports GO and the FOX Sports GO app for iOS or Android.

How can I listen to Michigan State-Iowa on the radio?

Michigan State vs. Iowa can be heard on radio over the 39-affiliate  Spartan Sports Network, including flagship stations WMMQ-FM (94.9)/WJIM-AM (1240) in Lansing and WJR-AM (760) in Detroit. It is also on Sirius channel 135, XM channel 195 and  SiriusXM.com channel 957.

George Blaha will call the game with Jason Strayhorn handling analysis and Seth Newman on the sideline.

Michigan State vs. Iowa, 3 keys to the game

1. Force some turnovers

There’s been plenty of talk about Michigan State’s giveaways, and with good reason. The Spartans have lost six fumbles and thrown two interceptions through three games. But what about how their defense only has two takeaways and no fumble recoveries?

The Spartans must do to other teams what Notre Dame did to them. A strip or an interception can lead to great field position and keep the offense from needing to put together long drive after long drive. It’s the next step for a young group that has been solid in all other areas.

2. Generate a pass rush

Since throwing an interception in the first quarter of Iowa’s season opener, sophomore quarterback Nate Stanley has put up 12 touchdowns through the air without getting picked again. He ranks second in the Big Ten in passing efficiency (164.4).

Michigan State can’t give Stanley time to throw, because when he has it, he’s lethal. And with a season-long rush of 5 yards, he’s not the scrambling type. So if Chris Frey and Andrew Dowell can keep getting into the backfield like they have, Michigan State will be in good shape.

3. Spartan Stadium atmosphere

One week removed from a disappointing loss, Michigan State will have another opportunity in front of the home crowd. Along with that, the Spartans will once again appear on national television. Not only is this a chance for fans to show continued support and create an impactful home field advantage, but it will also be another chance to show recruits all over the country an atmosphere in which they might like to play.

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