Michigan State Spartans beat Iowa Hawkeyes:Â Big Ten football championship score, highlights
Michigan State Spartans have done better than expected. Not many people were giving them a chance as far as their match against fourth-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes was concerned. Thus far Iowa Hawkeyes had remained unbeaten and they were the clear choice for most of the analysts and punters.
Nonetheless the Michigan State Spartans proved almost everyone wrong by their superlative performance against a top rated team that has been of late doing exceptionally well.
Despite all the odds, the Spartans humbled Iowa Hawkeyes 16-13 in the Big Ten football championship game. For many people this was something that was beyond their imagination as despite tough fight they were hoping Iowa Hawkeyes will eventually emerge winner. Nonetheless this didnâ€™t happen and Michigan State Spartans cruised to an emphatic win.
The match was impressive from the word go. The Spartans capped off a 22-play, 82-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run by L.J. Scott that put Michigan State up three points with 27 seconds to play. It was an epic drive that milked 9:04 off the clock. The Spartans drove the length of the field, converted a fourth and two from the Iowa 5-yard line on a Connor Cook keeper, and then, on Scott’s third consecutive running play, he scored from a yard out.
The third quarter actually proved better than expected for the Spartans. Michael Geiger’s 47-yard field goal with less than a minute to play in the third quarter gave the Spartans their first lead since the first quarter at 9-6. A defensive game in the first half has carried over to the second half, as the teams traded punts to start the third quarter. Michigan State tied it up at 6-6 on Geiger’s 29-yard field goal with 4:23 to play in the third quarter.
Till the halftime things were very different and people were expecting that Hawkeyes will eventually emerge victorious. The way Iowa was leading had left no one in doubt. The team led 6-3 at halftime. It was a defensive battle in the early going as the Iowa Hawkeyes and Michigan State Spartans have managed only field goals in the first part of the second quarter. An early Hawkeyes fumble led to Michigan State’s field goal. And a Connor Cook interception led to Iowa’s first field goal. Iowa then added a second Marshall Koehn field goal early in the second quarter. But when things started going wrong Spartans took control of the match and never looked back.