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.
The “Midnight Madness” event at Michigan State has become an entertainment spectacle each year, and this season was no exception. For Friday night’s event, Michigan State’s coach Tom Izzo makes his latest dramatic entrance after an introduction where his daughter pleads, “This year, you cannot embarrass me.” Let’s hope she’s a fan of “The Avengers.” Watch this video to see how Izzo (with a little help) saves a kidnapped Sparty before landing in Michigan State’s arena to the dulcet tones of Black Sabbath: “I am Iron Man/ Has he lost his mind/ Can he see or is he blind/ Can he walk at all/ Or if he moves will he fall?” Well done, Michigan State. Well done. But does Izzo get to keep the suit? Watch more highlights from Friday’s events at Michigan State, Purdue, and Minnesota.
The Big Ten Digital Network aired three “Midnight Madness” events live on Friday night, and we have three more coming up. Watch highlights from Minnesota’s “Gopher All-Star Friday Night,” Purdue’s “The Tip-Off Before the Kickoff” and Michigan State’s “Midnight Madness” in this post and find the schedule for upcoming events at Iowa, Indiana and Penn State.
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