|It was a hard hitting game on both sides, but Michigan State senior WR #16|
Aaron Burbridge took over the game on a final 22 play, 82-yard, 9:09 drive.
|Iowa redshirt DE freshman #40 Parker Hesse pressuring MSU senior QB #18|
Connor Cook in another tight, low scoring ball game between the schools.
|MSU freshman RB #3 LJ Scott dives in for a touchdown during final half minute of|
the fourth quarter of the Big Ten Conference football championship game against the
Iowa Hawkeyes at Lucas Oil. Scott was a huge part of the final drive for the Spartans.
|Iowa senior WR #4 Tevaun Smith provided the Hawkeyes with a touchdown|
reception on the opening play of the fourth quarter on a 85 yard bomb from
C.J. Beathard. It was the longest play of the season for the Hawkeyes' offense.
|Iowa junior QB C.J. Beathard has lead Iowa to a 13-1 mark, as a starting QB,|
dating back to one start in the B1G season opener, last year.
The Hawkeyes ran just 16 plays in the second half. Michigan State ran 52 plays.
|MSU sophomore DT #4 Malik McDowell signals possession during the first quarter|
against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Conference football championship game at Lucas
Oil Stadium. After a reception by Iowa TE Henry Krieger Coble, the Hawkeyes fumbled.
|Time of Possession||36:38||23:22|
|Iowa Statistical Leaders|
|Derrick Mitchell, Jr.||4||14||6.0||0|
|Michigan State Statistical Leaders|
Both teams scored three points in the first quarter, both off turnovers. The Hawkeyes have outscored their opponents 71-23 in the first quarter.
|Michigan State senior QB #18 Connor Cook was challenged by the hard hitting|
Hawkeyes and solid defensive play in the secondary. However, after one huge
successful reception for a first down, he leaned on the running game at the end.
The win by Michigan State was the first back to back wins over Iowa, since 1977 and 1978, in the final two years of coach Bob Commings, Jr. at Iowa. Michigan State beat Iowa in 2013 in Iowa City, 26-14. As mentioned, the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday resembled the 2009 game in many aspects, but the Spartans were the victors this go around.
Hawkeye Individual Highlights
|The Iowa offense found themselves on the sidelines for most of the 2nd half.|
QB C.J. Beathard's 85-yard touchdown pass to WR Tevaun Smith was Iowa's longest play from scrimmage this season. The touchdown came on Iowa's second play of the drive, the first play of the fourth quarter. It is Iowa's eighth touchdown drive of two plays or fewer this season.
|Iowa senior WR #4 Tevaun Smith found the early going very challenging against the Spartans.|
|Iowa sophomore MLB #43 Josey Jewell tackling MSU junior TE #11 Jamal|
Lyles in the first quarter. Jewell's interception lead to Iowa's early FG.
|Senior punter #16 Dillon Kidd, holding senior PK #1 Marshall|
Koehn on one of his first half field goals against MSU.
|Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz fell to 7-7 against MSU over his 17 seasons, with the loss.|
|Iowa junior WR #89 Matt VandeBerg was held in check on Saturday against|
Michigan State. He did go over the 60+ reception mark though for the season.
Iowa junior WR Matt VandeBerg had two receptions for 14 yards. He has 61 receptions for 639 yards this season, both career highs. He is the 41st player in program history with 600 yards receiving in a single season. Of those 41, only nine had 60 or more receptions.
Michigan State elected to defer against Iowa
|Mark Dantonio is now 4-4 against Iowa, in his ninth season at Michigan State.|