Oct. 5, 1996

Iowa Overcomes 17-Point Deficit to Beat MSU 37-30

Michael Burger's two-yard touchdown run with 12:37 left in the fourth quarter capped a comeback from a 17-point deficit and lifted Iowa to a 37-30 victory over Michigan State in a Big Ten contest.

Matt Sherman (3-1, 1-0) passed for three touchdowns, including a pair to tight end Chris Knipper, in Iowa's Big Ten opener.

Sedric Irvin rushed for 137 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries for Michigan State (2-3, 1-1).

Michigan State jumped to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter. Bill Burke hit Nigea Carter with a 22-yard touchdown pass, Chris Gardner kicked a 45-yard field goal and Duane Goulbourne scored on a one-yard run in the first quarter for the Spartans.

Sherman connected with Knipper on a 35-yard scoring play and Brion Hurley kicked a 51-yard field goal in the second quarter for Iowa.

Burke hit Octavis Long with a 41-yard touchdown in the second quarter to give Michigan State a 23-10 halftime lead.

The Hawkeyes tied the game with 13 points in the first 5:23 of the second half. Sherman hit Knipper with a nine-yard scoring play and connected with running back Sedric Shaw on a five-yard touchdown to tie the game at 23-23.

Irvin scored on a three-yard run with 4:19 left in the third quarter to give the Spartans a 30-23 lead. But Michigan State tied it again when Tavian Banks scored on a one-yard run with 52 seconds left.

NCAAF   FINAL               1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH     TOTAL
                            ---  ---  ---  ---     -----
        MICHIGAN ST          17    6    7    0      30
        IOWA                  0   10   20    7      37   FINAL
        SCORING SUMMARY
        1ST QTR: MICS - TD, NIGEA CARTER 22 YD PASS FROM BILL BURKE (CHRIS
                            GARDNER KICK), 2:15
                 MICS - FG, CHRIS GARDNER 45 YD, 5:48
                 MICS - TD, DUANE GOULBOURNE 1 YD RUN (CHRIS GARDNER
                            KICK), 13:48
        2ND QTR: IOWA - TD, CHRIS KNIPPER 35 YD PASS FROM MATT SHERMAN
                            (ZACH BROMERT KICK), 0:52
                 IOWA - FG, BRION HURLEY 51 YD, 5:30
                 MICS - TD, OCTAVIS LONG 41 YD PASS FROM BILL BURKE (PAT
                            FAILED), 14:04
        3RD QTR: IOWA - TD, CHRIS KNIPPER 9 YD PASS FROM MATT SHERMAN (PAT
                            FAILED), 2:50
                 IOWA - TD, SEDRICK SHAW 5 YD PASS FROM MATT SHERMAN (ZACH
                            BROMERT KICK), 5:23
                 MICS - TD, SEDRICK IRVIN 3 YD RUN (CHRIS GARDNER KICK),
                            10:41
                 IOWA - TD, TAVIAN BANKS 1 YD RUN (ZACH BROMERT KICK),
                            14:08
        4TH QTR: IOWA - TD, MICHAEL BURGER 2 YD RUN (ZACH BROMERT KICK),
                            2:23
                                                                        
NCAAF                 1  2  3  4   F 
                      -  -  -  -  -- 
Michigan St          17  6  7  0  30 
Iowa                  0 10 20  7  37  FINAL 
 Michigan St-N Carter 22 pass from Burke (Gardner kick)
 Michigan St-FG Gardner 45
 Michigan St-Goulbourne 1 run (Gardner kick)
 Iowa-Knipper 35 pass from Sherman (Bromert kick)
 Iowa-FG Hurley 51
 Michigan St-Long 41 pass from Burke (kick failed)
 Iowa-Knipper 9 pass from Sherman (kick failed)
 Iowa-Shaw 5 pass from Sherman (Bromert kick)
 Michigan St-Irvin 3 run (Gardner kick)
 Iowa-Banks 1 run (Bromert kick)
 Iowa-Burger 2 run (Bromert kick)
                    Michigan St        Iowa 
First downs                  24          15 
Rushed-yards             52-236      39-138 
Passing yards               163         177 
Sacked-yards lost           0-0         0-0 
Return yards                 44          88 
Passes                  12-25-2     10-19-1 
Punts                    5-38.0      4-43.0 
Fumbles-lost                6-2         0-0 
Penalties-yards            9-59        3-35 
Time of possession        34:32       25:28 

Individual Statistics
RUSHING: Michigan St-Irvin 27-137, Goulbourne 22-109, Burke 3-minus 10. Iowa-Shaw 18-81, Granquist 2-32, Burger 6-18, Banks 10-15, Dwight 1-6, Sherman 2-minus 14.

PASSING: Michigan St-Burke 12-25-2-163. Iowa-Sherman 10-19-1-177.

RECEIVING: Michigan St-Irvin 4-42, Long 3-52, N Carter 2-34, Keur 1-26, Gould 1-9, Goulbourne 1-0. Iowa-Knipper 3-63, Dwight 3-38, Odems 2-62, Banks 1-9, Shaw 1-5.

Att: 70,397

Michigan State vs. Iowa Postgame Coverage

Quotes From The Coaches And Players
MSU Head Coach Nick Saban "We did a lot of good things, but Iowa has a very good football team. We gave up a couple of big plays and that made a big difference in the game. But special teams and that interception (third play of the 2nd half with MSU leading 23-10) were the big differences.

"If you're going to be good and win games like this, you can't make those kind of mistakes.

"This is a game we could have won but didn't. We didn't react to the adversity in the game, and consequently we couldn't overcome it.

"I'm very proud of the way our players played today. (But) there are certain things that we need to do to win on the road, like today, that we're not doing."

(On QB Bill Burke) "I think Burke's going to get better and better. He learned a lot from this game."

(On MSU's rushing game) "I think our backs did an excellent job, and our line did a good job blocking for them.

"I think Sedrick and Goldie both did very well. I know they both had over 100 yards, and our offensive line did an outstanding job. There were some nice holes in there. We had a ton of 5 to 12 yard runs."

(On MSU's defense) "We just didn't get enough pressure on their QB when they ran those deeper patterns."

MSU QB Bill Burke (On the last drive) "I was just trying to make something happen. It was probably a wrong decision on my part to go there. It didn't go our way in the end.

"It was kind of a tense situation where you've really got to focus on what you're doing. But I was in those types of situations in high school, and I've done it before. You've just got to believe you can do it.

"I've done it enough times to know that I can do it. It's a matter of getting game experience and getting better."

MSU RB Sedrick Irvin "I think it was my best game...my best game so far. But my stats really don't matter since we lost the game. These are must-win games.

"We've got a tough, nitty-gritty offensive line and they stepped up to the challenge."

(On scoring touchdowns) "Once you get a feel for it, it's like taking candy from a baby. Now you're accustomed to it. Now you can do the things you're known for doing.

"It reminded me of high school because it was hot. And the grass reminded me of high school. Actually, it felt like high school in the beginning because we were doing so well."

MSU RB Duane Goulbourne (On MSU RB Sedrick Irvin) "For a freshman, he's capable of doing anything he wants to do. He's very determined. He's dedicated to get first downs when he's in there."

(On the MSU-Iowa game when he ran for a career high 213 yards) "Only we won the game that year. That's what's most important."

MSU FL Octavis Long (On getting his first TD) "I felt relief. All I can say is it's about time. I hadn't scored a TD since high school. Please, let's have some more come."

MSU DT Chris Smith "We were in control of the game in the first quarter, and basically the second quarter. Then I don't know what happened in the second half. But we've got to find a way to change it."

MSU LB Reggie Garnett (On his first game back from a knee injury) "I felt great. The most important thing was to get back in sync with the rest of the defense. I think they really responded well to my return."

MSU KR Marvin Wright (On his kickoff return troubles) "The wind kept taking the ball. Those kicks weren't even end-over-end. And the second one, I lost in the sun completely.

"Hey, I want to run with the ball. I could have let it go out of bounds. But when I'm back there, I always want to make something happen. Next week, I'd do the same thing."

MSU KR Derrick Mason (On his fumble) "I thought I was down. I think that was the deciding point in the game. My fumble -- that was it."

Iowa Head Coach Hayden Fry "Michigan State really had us confused at the beginning. They did a lot of things on both sides of the ball that we weren't prepared for, and it took us a while to get a handle on it.

"We made a whole lot of changes at halftime, and they made a whole lot of difference. I think then we confused them a little bit.

"We're not near as good as advertised in the summer publications, but we're coming on now.

"I'm extrememly proud of our guys keeping the faith, believing and doing whatever was necessary to come back and win."

(On MSU's running game) "We're always concerned about stopping the run, and we got ripped today. But I could care less; we won the game."

(On MSU's kickoff return troubles) "We tried to use the sunshine, kicking it close to the boundries and hoping they would try to catch it, and they did."

(On MSU's team) "They're an excellent football team, and I think they'll come back to win a lot of games."

Iowa TE Chris Knipper (On MSU's team) "They're a great ballclub. They came to play, and for whatever reason, we were a little sluggish. But they were tough all day."