Five Answers: Iowa

We posed five questions prior to Michigan State hosting Iowa and return with disturbing answers.


Can the Spartans turn the tables on the Hawkeyes?

No, the 44-th meeting between these two teams saw Iowa find another way to grab victory from the hands of the Spartans leaving fans, players and coaches stunned. Mark Dantonio is now 2-4 against the Hawkeyes who seem to have the Spartans number.


Can the Spartans youth out play the Hawkeyes veterans?

No, in the end experience won out as the Spartans were not able to close the door and make the plays needed to seal the victory.


Can the Spartans defense contain running back Mark Weisman?

They did for awhile at least. By halftime it looked like the Spartans had Weisman under control as he only rushed for 20 net yards on 11 carries. However, it was the former walk-on who scored when Iowa needed it most putting the Hawkeyes in position to go into overtime. By the end of the day Weisman rushed for 116 yards on 26 carries and one touchdown.


Can the Spartans defense force quarterback James Vandenberg into making mistakes?

Yes, Michigan State did pressure Vandenberg into mistakes and almost got the biggest mistake with their second interception of the day. However, the quarterback did just enough to keep his team in the game and in position to earn the win.


Can the Spartans offense finally click on all cylinders?

No!!! Spartan fans are still waiting to see this offense produce the numbers needed to put more than 16-points on the scoreboard. Andrew Maxwell completed fewer than 50% of his throws and the offensive line continued their struggles as Iowa posted two sacks and three quarterback hurries. Le'Veon Bell was his usually self with 140 rushing yards and one touchdown and Aaron Burbridge continues to take his game to another level.

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