Every Saturday during the Big Ten football season, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his Snap Reactions to all the Big Ten games. Get Dienhart’s thoughts from Northwestern’s win over Minnesota and Iowa’s double-overtime win at Michigan State in this post.
Mark Weisman ran for 116 yards and a tying touchdown in the final minute of regulation, and Iowa went on to beat Michigan State 19-16 in double overtime Saturday. Mike Meyer kicked field goals in both overtimes, including a 42-yarder in the second that gave the Hawkeyes (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten) their first lead of the game. Iowa then won it when Andrew Maxwell‘s deflected pass was intercepted by Greg Castillo.
There were more punts than points in the third quarter and the margin is still seven, as Michigan State leads 10-3. There were five punts in the quarter as neither team could find a way to move the ball. Le’Veon Bell clinched a 100-yard rushing game with 33 in the quarter, part of his 101-yard day through three quarters for the Spartans.
Michigan State put on a defensive clinic in the second, as Iowa finished with negative rushing yardage (-2 yards), and the margin is still seven, as the Spartans lead 10-3. Michigan State’s passing attack looked sharp, as the Spartans threw for 89 yards in the quarter.
Michigan State stifled Iowa’s offense, giving up just 37 total yards in the first quarter and the Spartans lead 7-0. Michigan State held the Hawkeyes to just 15 rushing yards in the quarter. The Spartans got on the scoreboard when Le’Veon Bell turned a handoff into a 14-yard touchdown.
A lot of action around the Big Ten on Friday starting with an afternoon field hockey game. Aisling Naughton knocked in a chip-shot redirection just 3:58 into sudden-victory overtime as Michigan field hockey beat Michigan State, 3-2. Watch the highlights now and dive inside for more video from around the conference.
Having taking a long, hard look at each Saturday’s five Big Ten football games, I’m offering up my weekly rankings of the games here. Wisconsin at Purdue is a big one in a weird season for the Leaders Division while Iowa at Michigan State offers up two Legends Division teams looking to stabilize their seasons.