The Iowa Hawkeyes were defeated on their home turf Saturday by Michigan State. The loss was the first for the Hawkeyes since their season opener.
According to Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, Michigan State's defense made it hard for the Hawks to move the ball up the field.
"We knew that they were a tough team to run the ball against," Ferentz said. "They've been that way for quite some time."
The Michigan State Spartans were the first to put points on the board early in the second half with a 27-yard field goal by Michael Geiger followed by a touchdown by Macqarrett Kings Jr. a few minutes later.
The Hawkeyes made a comeback late in the first half with two touchdown passes from Jake Rudock making the halftime score 14-10 for the Hawks.
But Iowa couldn't hold on to that lead.
Early in the third quarter Connor Cook threw a pass to Bennie Fowler for a 37-yard touchdown bringing the Spartans ahead.
Cook threw 277 yards, a career-high for the sophomore quarterback and completed two touchdown passes during the game.
The Hawkeyes were unable to score at all in the second half and were held to only 23 yards rushing.
Junior running back Mark Weisman ran only nine yards on seven carries for the Hawks, who ultimately lost to the Spartans 26-14.
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