Spartans Fall On Iowa Score As Time Expired
MSU CB Jeremy Ware Victim of Controversial Call
MSU CB Jeremy Ware Victim of Controversial Call
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Posted Oct 24, 2009


Michigan State pulled off some trickeration to confuse and stun Iowa who appeared to be on the verge of salting away a 9-6 win but the Hawkeyes came back with a 10-play drive with less than two minutes left, scoring on a 2-yard TD pass as time expired to win 15-13.

EAST LANSING - Michigan State pulled off some trickeration to confuse and stun Iowa who appeared to be on the verge of salting away a 9-6 win but the Hawkeyes came back with a 10-play drive with less than two minutes left, scoring on a 2-yard TD pass as time expired to win 15-13.

Facing 3rd-and-18 MSU pulled off a hook-and-ladder play when quarterback Kirk Cousins hit tight end Charlie Gantt who lateralled to Blair White who rambled 23 yards for a first down.

Two plays later, Cousins stepped up in the pocket to avoid the rush and hit White for a 38-yard TD pass and Brett Swenson's conversion made him MSU's all time leading scorer and gave MSU a 13-9 win over the Hawkeyes.

MSU overcame several setbacks including a controversial personal foul penalty that came about two minutes after corner Jeremy Ware laid a big hit on Iowa receiver Colin Sandeman.

Only after medical staff came out to attend to Sandeman did the officials decide to call a 15-yard personal foul penalty.

That led to 19-yard field goal that put Iowa up 9-6 at the time, setting up MSU's heroics. MSU defense came up big when Iowa attempted to mount a comeback. Kendall Davis-Clark defended a go route at the MSU 26.

Chris L. Rucker defended a throw into the endzone. Rucker intercepted a pass intended for Johnson-Koulioanos but was called for defensive holding giving Iowa another shot. Eric Gordon defended a pass in the end zone intended for Tony Moeaki with :09 left.

Kendall Davis-Clark defended against Strauss leaving just :02 left. But Ricki Stanzi hit Marvin McNutt who beat Chris L. Rucker on a 2-yard quick slant to give Iowa the winning score.


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