Oct. 4, 2008
In the 40th meeting between Iowa and Michigan State, the Spartans defeated the Hawkeyes, 16-13, before a crowd of 77,526 at Spartan Stadium...Iowa leads the overall series, 20-18-2, but MSU owns a 10-8-1 in games played in East Lansing...it marks MSU's first win over Iowa since Sept. 27, 2003, a 20-10 victory in Spartan Stadium...Iowa has lost four straight games in Spartan Stadium.
MSU has now won five games in a row, the longest winningest streak for the program since 2003...it also marks the first time since 2003 MSU has started 2-0 in the Big Ten.
The five-game winning streak is the longest in Coach Dantonio's career (previous: four last season with MSU and with Cincinnati in 2004).
Junior placekicker Brett Swenson hit three field goals (29, 32, 25 yards), extending his streak to 12 consecutive field goals made...Paul Edinger owns the school record with 13 straight made in 1998...Swenson improved to 12-for-13 on the season - his only miss was a 39-yarder in the season opener at California...Swenson now has 231 career points, which ranks eighth in school history...Swenson's 42 career field goals are seventh in MSU history.
MSU's defense forced three turnovers, including two in the red zone...Otis Wiley forced a fumble at the Spartan 13-yard line and Dwayne Holmes recovered on Iowa's first drive of the game...in the second quarter, Chris L. Rucker intercepted a Ricky Stanzi pass at the MSU 3-yard line and returned it 1 yard...Trevor Anderson recorded a sack and forced a fumble at the Hawkeye 28-yard line, leading to an MSU field goal in the second quarter...Anderson recorded 2.5 sacks (20 yards) and 3.5 tackles for loss (22 yards)...he leads the team with five sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss.
With the three forced turnovers against the Hawkeyes, MSU now has 13 takeaways this season, good for 33 points (7-for-13 on scoring opportunities)...MSU is +7 in the turnover margin this season.
MSU recorded eight tackles for loss (34 yards), its second-best total of the season (nine vs. Notre Dame)...the three sacks (23 yards) also tied a season high (vs. Notre Dame).
Junior linebacker Adam Decker tied his career high with eight tackles...his stop on Shonn Greene on fourth-and-inches at the MSU 24-yard line with 2:10 left in the fourth quarter helped ice the game for the Spartans...the play was recorded as a 3-yard loss to Greene.
Red-shirt freshman tight end Charlie Gantt caught a TD pass for the second straight game, this time for a 4-yard score at the 6:19 mark in the first quarter...he also caught a 33-yard pass in the third quarter...Gantt had a 82-yard TD reception in last week's win over Indiana...the past two weeks, Gantt has caught four passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns.
Senior running back Javon Ringer rushed for 91 yards on a season-low 25 carries...Ringer is still averaging 164.7 yards per game this season (988 yards through six games)...he was also held to a season-low 94 all-purpose yards (91 rush; 3 receiving)...Ringer now has 3,749 career yards, which is tied for Blake Ezor for third in school history...his 4,647 career all-purpose yards still rank fourth in Spartan history...Ringer, who entered the game leading the nation in scoring, was held without a touchdown for the first time this season.
Danny Fortener recorded a career-high eight tackles and had a tackle for loss (2 yards).
Chris L. Rucker recorded his second-career interception and the first of the season with a pick in the second quarter.
Michigan State improved to 60-30-3 in Homecoming games...MSU has won nine of its past 13 Homecoming games...MSU also improved to 6-1 vs. Iowa on Homecoming.