IOWA CITY, Iowa - The Rob Report is back for its 11th season of Hawkeyes football. Today we look at Iowa's 26-14, Week 6 loss against Michigan State at Kinnick Stadium.
Jordan Lomax saw his first action since injuring his hamstring in Game 1. He played on kickoff coverage. True freshman Desmond King started at cornerback for a fifth game in a row after Lomax got the call in the opener.
Kevonte Martin-Manley injured his leg in the first half and did not return. Mark Weisman saw sporadic action after injuring his right ankle in the first half. Dominic Alvis left with an undisclosed injury and did not return.
Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz said after the game that he was told by trainers that none of the injuries to his players were serious.
Running back Michael Malloy did not dress. He's missed the first six games for an undisclosed medical issue, according to Coach Ferentz.
-Iowa came into the game ranked 19th nationally in rushing yards per game (244.4). The Spartans allowed it 23 yards on 16 carries.
-The referees whistled the Hawkeye bench for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Ferentz said one of his assistants threw down his head set.
-Riley McCarron replaced Martin-Manley on kickoff returns.
-Iowa leaned on a nickel package in the first half with Sean Draper inserted as the extra defensive back and Nate Meier plugged in at end for Drew Ott. It was abandoned when the Spartans burned it multiple times, including for a long touchdown pass.
-Michigan State enjoyed a 37:13-22:47 advantage in time of possession.
-Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock now has thrown six interceptions in as many games.
-Rudock threw his seventh and eighth touchdown passes on Saturday. Iowa had seven all of last season.
-RB Damon Bullock's 47-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter is the longest play Michigan State has allowed this season. It is also the longest reception of Bullock's career.
-Iowa linebackers James Morris and Anthony Hitchens led Iowa with a game-high 12 tackles.
-Hawkeye kicker Mike Meyer made two PAT attempts, increasing his streak to 102 consecutive PATs, which is the fourth-longest active streak in the nation and ranks fifth best all-time in the Big Ten.
-Iowa lost the turnover battle for just the second time this season. The Hawkeyes are 0-2 in those games (Northern Illinois (Northern Illinois, -2; Michigan State, -1). Iowa is 4-0 when winning turnover margin.
ALL DRESSED UP: Iowa players in uniform for the game.
QB - Rudock, Beathard, Sokol, Shimonek.
RB - Weisman, Bullock, Canzeri, Daniels, Plewa, Cox, Wadley, Parker, Hill.
WR - Martin-Manley, T. Smith, Shumpert, Cotton, Hillyer, Powell, Haluska, McCarron, Vandeberg, Mitchell, Harris, Willies, Hadachek.
TE - Fiedorowicz, Hamilton, Duzey, Krieger-Coble, Kittle, Boettger, Wisnieski.
OL - Scherff, Boffeli, A. Blythe, Walsh, Donnal, Van Sloten, MacMillan, Simmons, Gaul, Ward, Welsh, Myers, Goebel, Croston, Keppy, Sealby, S. Ferentz.
DL - Ott, C. Davis, Trinca-Pasat, Alvis, Hardy, Cooper, J. Johnson, Meier, Ekakitie, McMinn, Venckus, Cucchiara.
LB - Kirksey, Morris, Hitchens, Perry, Alston, Collins, Fisher, Spearman, Kenny, Bower.
DB - Lowery, Lowdermilk, T. Miller, Fleming, Law, Gair, G. Smith, Draper, Lile, King, Mabin, Rucker, K. Ward, Warfield, Lomax.
Specialists - Meyer, Koehn, Kornbrath, Kreiter, Kluver.
Kickoff - Meyer, Perry, Gair, Collins, Hitchens, Smith, Law, Alston, Spearman, Lowery, Lomax.
Kick Return - Cotton, Kittle, Krieger-Coble, Perry, Gair, Duzey, Hamilton, Plewa, Hillyer, Cox, Spearman.
Punt - Kornbrath, Kreiter, Smith, Perry, Alston, Miller, Plewa, Cotton, Lowdermilk, Kirksey, Morris.
Punt Return - Martin-Manley, Lowery, Trinca-Pasat, Ott, Cooper, Hardy, Lowdermilk, Morris, Kirksey, Law, Fleming.