Spartan Notes Iowa Win

Notes from Saturday's impressive Michigan State victory over Iowa as provided by the Michigan State Sports Information office.

• With the 37-21 win, Michigan State snapped its seven-game losing streak at Kinnick Stadium and recorded its first win in Iowa City since a 17-14 win over the Hawkeyes on Oct. 7, 1989.

• The 2011 senior class improved its record to 34-15 (.694); the 34 wins are the most wins by a senior class in MSU's 115-year football history (previous record: 33 games by 2010 class).

• The 37 points scored by MSU are the most ever by a Spartan team in Iowa City (previous high: 35 points in 35-0 win in 1965).

• Michigan State has won 19 of its last 23 games, including 12 of 14 in Big Ten play.

• Michigan State did not commit a turnover in the game and forced three Iowa turnovers . . . MSU forced two Iowa turnovers in the first half (Johnny Adams interception; Jeremy Gainer forced fumble and Jeremy Langford recovery) that led to 14 MSU points . . . with Iowa driving late in the fourth quarter, Jairus Jones forced a fumble at the MSU 8-yard line and Tony Lippett recovered the ball and returned it 15 yards to the MSU 23-yard line with 2:53 remaining . . . MSU has a +7 turnover margin this season.

Kirk Cousins became just the second Spartan quarterback to eclipse the 8,000-yard passing mark as he now has 8,064 career passing yards . . . Cousins tied his career high with three touchdowns in the game (all in the first half) . . . he now has 57 career passing touchdowns (school record: 61 by Jeff Smoker) . . . he finished with 260 yards passing on 18-of-31 throws . . . the 260 passing yards are the fourth most by a Spartan quarterback against Iowa . . . it marked his 22nd game with at least 200 yards passing, which is second in MSU history (record: Jeff Smoker with 23).

• Michigan State scored on its first possession for the first time since scoring a touchdown in the Central Michigan game (Sept. 24) on its opening drive; the Spartans went 64 yards in eight plays in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead, capped by B.J. Cunnningham's 6-yard TD reception at the 9:17 mark . . . it also marked the first time MSU opened the game's scoring since Game 5 against Ohio State.

B.J. Cunningham tied his career high with two touchdown receptions . . . he had a 6-yard TD in the first quarter and a 22-yard TD in the second quarter . . . he has a team-leading five TD receptions this season . . . he now has 18 career receiving touchdowns, which is tied for fifth most in MSU history, along with Gari Scott.

• Le'Veon Bell recorded his first 100-yard game of the season and third of his career; he finished with a career-high 20 carries for 112 yards, and also had two catches for 49 yards . . . he had a 25-yard TD run with 1:57 left in the second quarter.

Brian Linthicum recorded career highs in receptions (5) and receiving yards (71).

• Johnny Adams recorded his second interception of the season and returned it 30 yards midway through the first quarter, setting up MSU's second touchdown of the game . . . it marked Adams' seventh career pick.

Edwin Baker scored his first career receiving touchdown with a diving 17-yard grab from Kirk Cousins at the 7:37 mark in the first quarter, giving MSU a 14-0 lead.

Mike Sadler averaged a season-best 46.2 yards per punt (six punts for 277 yards), including three inside the 20 . . . he has now placed 17 of his 46 punts (37 percent) inside the 20 this season.

Dan Conroy made a season-high three field goals (22, 31, 48 yards).

Max Bullough led MSU with 13 tackles, his second-best effort of the season (career-high 15 vs. Youngstown State) . . . he also had 2.0 tackles for loss (11), including a 10-yard sack . . . he was named a game captain against the Hawkeyes.

Jerel Worthy blocked an Iowa 50-yard field goal attempt on the last play of the first half; it's his second blocked kick this season (Youngstown State, point-after attempt) and third of his career . . . he also ended the first half at Michigan last season with a blocked field goal.

Keshawn Martin completed a 28-yard pass to Brian Linthicum in the third quarter . . . Martin is now 7-for-8 passing for 140 yards and two touchdowns in his career.

• Michigan State's defense held Iowa sophomore running back Marcus Coker to 57 yards rushing on 21 carries (2.7 avg.), his second-lowest output of the year on the ground. Coker entered the game as the Big Ten's leading rusher with 1,101 yards (122.3 ypg.).

• Holder Brad Sonntag recorded a 5-yard rush on a fake field goal in the third quarter. MSU was facing a fourth-and-2 on the Hawkeye 25-yard line; it would have been a 43-yard field goal attempt. The Spartans ended up with a 31-yard field goal later in the drive by Conroy.

• Michigan State broke up a season-high six passes, led by Chris Norman, who tied his career high with two pass break-ups.

• Michigan State had a 31-7 halftime lead. The Spartans have outscored their opponents 174-82 (+92) in the first half this season.

• MSU held Iowa to 87 yards rushing. It marks the fifth time this season the Spartans have held their opponent to under-100 yards rushing.

• MSU head coach Mark Dantonio becomes the first head coach in MSU history to win at least eight games three times in his first five seasons (9 wins in 2008; school-record 11 wins in 2010).

• The 16-point margin of victory was the largest for MSU over Iowa since the Spartans' 49-3 victory over the Hawkeyes in Spartan Stadium on Oct. 2, 1999.

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