Oct. 5, 2013
Michigan State's 26-14 win over Iowa gives the Spartans back-to-back victories in Iowa City for the first time since 1987 and 1989 ... MSU snapped a seven-game losing streak in Iowa City with a 37-21 victory in 2011 ... Iowa still leads the overall series, 23-20-2 ... MSU improves to 10-13-1 in games played in Iowa City.
Sophomore quarterback Connor Cook registered career highs in pass completions (25), passing attempts (44) and passing yards (277) ... Cook's 277 passing yards are the second most by a Spartan quarterback vs. Iowa (record: Brian Hoyer threw for 308 yards at Iowa in 2007) ... Cook completed touchdown passes to Macgarrett Kings Jr. (46 yards) and Bennie Fowler (37 yards), marking the first time Michigan State has thrown two touchdown passes of 30-plus yards in a game since Dec. 3, 2011 against Wisconsin (Kirk Cousins to B.J. Cunningham, 44 and 30 yards) ... the 46-yard TD pass to Kings was the longest offensive play from scrimmage this season for MSU and marked the longest pass completion of Cook's career.
Fifth-year senior wide receiver Bennie Fowler recorded a career-high nine catches for 92 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter, his second TD of the season and seventh of his career.
Sophomore Macgarrett Kings Jr. had a career-high 94 receiving yards and tied his career high with five receptions ... Kings also had five catches at Notre Dame ... Kings also collected a career-high 147 all-purpose yards, as he had 53 punt return yards, including a 30-yarder in the third quarter ... Kings caught a 46-yard touchdown pass from Connor Cook in the second quarter that gave MSU a 10-0 lead; it marked the longest offensive play from scrimmage for Michigan State this season ... it was also the longest reception of Kings' career ... in addition, it marked the longest touchdown reception for Michigan State since Andrew Maxwell connected on a 46-yard TD pass to Tony Lippett vs. Nebraska on Nov. 3, 2012.
In his collegiate debut, true freshman Delton Williams rushed for 32 yards on nine carries (3.6 avg.), including a long of 11 yards ... all of Williams' carries came in the second half.
Michigan State's defense, ranked No. 1 in the FBS in total defense entering Saturday's game, allowed 264 yards of total offense to the Hawkeyes, 183 yards below Iowa's season average (447.4 ypg.) ... MSU held Iowa to 104 yards of total offense, including 6 rushing yards, and six first downs in the second half ... in the third quarter alone, Iowa had just one first down and 15 total yards of offense.
Iowa entered Saturday's contest averaging 244.4 rushing yards per game, but was held to 23 yards rushing on 16 attempts against the Spartans ... it marked Iowa's lowest rushing total since gaining 20 yards vs. Penn State on Oct. 20, 2012 ... MSU has held all five of its opponents this season under 100 yards rushing ... in 84 games under head coach Mark Dantonio, the Spartans have held their opponents below 100 yards rushing on 40 occasions (48 percent) ... since the beginning of the 2011 season, MSU has held 20 opponents under 100 rushing yards (five this season; eight in 2012; seven in 2011).
Iowa running back Mark Weisman, who entered the game ranked No. 1 in the FBS in carries and No. 15 in rushing yards with 123.0 per game, was limited to just 9 rushing yards on seven carries.
MSU forced Iowa to go three-and-out on 10 out of 14 possessions (three-and-out: either holding an opponent without a first down within three plays on a new series or forcing a turnover in the first three plays).
Senior cornerback Darqueze Dennard tied his career high with two interceptions ... it's the third time in his career he's had two interceptions in a single game (2012 Outback Bowl vs. Georgia, 2012 vs. Nebraska) ... Dennard now has eight interceptions in his career ... Dennard also led MSU with eight tackles.
Michigan State won the turnover battle, 2-1 ... MSU has forced at least one turnover in 66 of 84 games over the last seven seasons (79 percent of the games played since 2007).
Special Teams Notes...
Freshman kicker Michael Geiger made four of his five field-goal attempts (27 yards in second quarter; 35 yards in third quarter; 49 and 40 yards in fourth quarter), marking the first time a Spartan kicker has made four field goals in a game since Dan Conroy was 4-of-4 against Illinois on Oct. 16, 2010 ... Geiger missed his first attempt, a 36-yarder, in the first quarter ... Geiger is now 6-of-7 in field-goal attempts in two games this season ... the 49-yard field goal in the fourth quarter was a career long for Geiger.
With MSU leading 20-14 and facing a fourth-and-7 from its own 37-yard line on the first play of the fourth quarter, junior punter Mike Sadler rushed 25 yards for the first down on a fake punt, setting up Geiger's third field goal of the game, which put MSU on top, 23-14 ... Sadler also ran a fake punt 26 yards last season at Michigan for a first down.
MSU head coach Mark Dantonio improved his record against Iowa to 3-4, including a 2-2 mark in Iowa City.
Michigan State is 16-9 (.640) in Big Ten road games under Dantonio, including a 10-3 (.769) record since 2010.
Michigan State is now 33-24-4 all-time in Big Ten openers, including a 5-4-1 mark against Iowa ... Dantonio is 4-3 in Big Ten openers.
Michigan State held a dominating 37:13 to 22:47 advantage in time of possession ... under Dantonio, MSU is 39-8 (.830) when leading in time of possession, including a 26-5 (.839) record since 2010.
Michigan State out-rushed Iowa, 135-23 ... under Dantonio, MSU is 44-11 (.800) when outrushing its opponent, including a 28-4 (.875) record since 2010.
Michigan State has won 33 of its last 45 games (.733), dating back to the beginning of the 2010 season.