Oct. 30, 2010
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Ricky Stanzi threw three touchdown passes and No. 18 Iowa knocked fifth-ranked Michigan State from the ranks of the unbeaten in decisive fashion, stomping the Spartans 37-6 on Saturday.
Adam Robinson added a pair of touchdowns for the charged-up Hawkeyes, who rolled out to a 30-0 halftime lead and dealt a crushing blow to the Spartans' national title hopes.
Iowa (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) needed just 15 minutes to jump ahead 17-0, as Hyde dashed 66 yards after taking a pitch from Sash, who had picked off a pass.
Stanzi then found Robinson for a 32-yard TD pass, and Robinson's 2-yard touchdown run put the Hawkeyes ahead by 30 with 1:01 left in the first half.
Kirk Cousins threw three interceptions for the Spartans (8-1, 4-1), who were trying to move to 9-0 for the first time since winning a share of the national title in 1966.
Iowa opened with an impressive 80-yard drive capped by a 3-yard TD pass from Stanzi to Colin Sandeman. Mike Meyer added a 37-yard field goal that put the Hawkeyes ahead 10-0 before the Spartans had a first down.
Sash and Hyde then teamed up for the play of the season for Iowa.
Sash jumped a route and picked off Cousins' pass at the Iowa 28. Sash immediately chucked the ball back to Hyde, who cut across the length of the field and stretched for the pylon at the end.
That put Michigan State behind 17-0 for the second week in a row.
The Spartans kept their unbeaten season alive by rallying to beat Northwestern 35-27 -- but this time it only got worse.
Stanzi's third TD pass of the day, a 22-yarder to Marvin McNutt midway through the third quarter, made it 37-0. Cousins finally got the Spartans on the board with a 6-yard touchdown pass to B.J. Cunningham to start the fourth quarter.
Stanzi finished with 190 yards passing as Iowa shook off a heartbreaking 31-30 loss to Wisconsin with by far its best performance of the season.
Michigan State's performance was stunning, given both its ranking and the fact that the last three games between these teams were decided by a total of 12 points.
Michigan State never established the run, gaining 31 yards on 20 carries, and the Hawkeyes were able to sit back and wait for Cousins to force the ball.
Cousins was 21 for 29 for 198 yards, but he nearly doubled his interception total for the season.