The Michigan State Football team starts out their Big Ten Conference play with a win in Iowa City against the Hawkeyes, 26-14. With the Spartans dynamite defense and an improved offense, the Hawkeyes were kept in check on both sides of the ball. MSU improves to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the Big Ten while Iowa sits at 4-2, 1-1.
Connor Cook had a solid outing as he put up many career high numbers. He finished the game with 277 passing yards/ He threw 25-44 with one interception and two touchdowns passes, including a 37-yarder to Bennie Fowler early in the second half. Cook also scrambled out of the pocket, rushing for 21 yards on 6 carries.
The Spartan rushing game also proved effective. Five different players posted double digit numbers in rushing yards. Jeremy Lang again led the way with 43 rushing yards on 14 touches, averaging 3.1 per carry. Punter Mike Sadler gained 25 from a fake-punt play in the fourth quarter.
Michigan State’s defensive front was on point today. The Hawkeyes came in today hoping their tailback Mark Weisman was going to have another big day as he was averaging 120 yards per game on the ground. Instead the Spartan D held him to only nine yards on seven touches. As a team Iowa was held to 23 rushing yards for the day. Hawkeye QB Jake Rudock was able to keep the Spartan back-field on their toes as he threw 241 yards and two touchdowns. He did however throw two interceptions, both picked by Spartan cornerback Darqueze Dennard.
Spartan place kicker Michael Geiger had a productive day as he made four out of five field goals. The longest kick was from 49 yards out, early in the fourth quarter.
Next week the Spartans will host the Indiana Hoosiers in East Lansing for Homecoming.
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