Rob Report: Michigan State

For a third week in a row, Iowa came up just short of victory, dropping a 16-13 decision to Michigan State in East Lansing. Senior Writer Rob Howe was in Spartan Stadium and files this news and notes package, which includes a travel list, an injury report, and notes from the action.


All-Dress Up: Iowa players in uniform for Michigan State -

QB - Stanzi, McNutt, Christensen.

RB - Greene, Hampton, McLaughlin, Morse, Brinson, Leppert, Jayme Murphy.

WR - Chaney, Stross, Brodell, Paine, Sandeman, DJK, Kuchel.

TE - Myers, Moeaki, Sabers, Herman, Reisner.

OL - Bulaga, Aeschliman, Kuempel, Haganmann, Olsen, Koeppel, Eubanks, Vandervelde, Bruggeman, Doering, Calloway.

DL - Narinskiy, Geary, King, Daniels, Clayborn, Daniel, Klug, Binns, Kroul, Ballard.

LB - Edds, Nielsen, Tarpinian, Tillison, Johnson, McGrath, Davis, Angerer, Coleman, Hunter.

DB - Bernstine, Sash, Spievey, Prater, Greenwood, Rowell, Cato, Lowe, Fletcher, Dalton, Gardner, Morrow.

Special Teams - Murray, Mossbrucker, Donahue, Schulze, Nick Murphy.

INJURY REPORT: Moeaki went to the sideline after making a catch late in the first half. Reports said that the tight end injured his hamstring. He did not return. Ferentz said they would evaluate the injury when they got back to Iowa City.

Paki O'Meara missed his second consecutive game due to injury. He did not make the trip.

Morse dressed and went through warm-ups, but did not play. Leppert went the whole way at fullback.

-Sash returned to start at strong safety after missing last week's game.


-Hampton and DJK started the game as KRs. Hampton returned the opening kick 31 yards and finished the game with 4 yards on 116 returns.

-Iowa did a nice job of moving Stanzi around in the pocket. It led to early success, where Iowa drove the ball but turned it over. Michigan State adjusted and took away some plays that were there at the start of the game.

-Edds released receiver B.J. Cunningham on long pass play that went 52 yards on Michigan State‘s first touchdown in the opening quarter. Sash had the deep responsibility but got caught out of position. DB Coach Phil Parker screamed at Sash as the safety was coming off of the field following the series.

-Iowa was confusion on the first MSU TD. It looked like Norm Parker was trying to get the dime package in initially, but then went with a stacked box alignment with Binns. It left TE Charlie Gantt wide open on third and two from the Hawkeye four.

-Hampton came in on third offensive series to spell Greene.

-Moeaki and Greene ran into each other on routes crossing the middle on Stanzi's interception.

-The pass interference call on Greenwood looked incidental.

-Very little substitutions on Iowa defensive line in the first half.

-Myers made an outstanding catch on late, first-half drive that helped set up Iowa‘s first score, a field goal.

-Moeaki hurt on late catch in first half. Instead of going down, the tight end tried to get off the field, but it was obvious that he would not reach the sideline before the play clock would run out. Greene called a timeout. The Iowa sideline was yelling for Moeaki to go down to get the injury timeout. Eventually, they got that call from officials.

-Sash was caught out of position on another long pass play on the Spartans first drive of the second half. Gantt pulled down a 33-yarded over the middle, setting up a field goal.

-Iowa caught a break on that drive when Garrett Celek was called for offensive pass interference. Instead of a third and goal from the Iowa three, the 15 yards marched off put the Spartans back to their own 17.

-Greene reached the 100-yard rushing mark in the third quarter. He now has hit the century mark in each of Iowa's first six games.

-Stanzi threw just two passes in the third quarter.

-Referees reviewed the touchdown pass from Stanzi to Brodell during the fourth quarter.

-During the last series, Christensen came out onto the field during timeouts to talk with some of the offensive players while Stanzi was speaking with O'Keefe.

-Ferentz got a little testy when a reporter asked him to describe the last play of the game, saying that it looked like a run to the left to him.

-Stanzi was quick to put the loss on himself while his teammates, to a man, said it would be ridiculous to put all of it on the QBs' shoulders.

-Angerer (my pick to click in the pregame) recorded a contest-best 11 tackles, while Kroul and King combined for 15.

-Iowa is now 1-10 in its last 11 road games and winless in its last nine games decided by three points or less.

-For the first time in six games, Iowa did not score first.

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