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AT THE HALF: Iowa leads MSU 6-3

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Iowa is up on Michigan State 6-3 at the half, in what has been a defensive struggle.

Early game jitters apparent, as the Hawkeyes commit a holding penalty, then turn the ball over on the next play. After giving up a 22-yard pass completion on third and 15, the Iowa defense buckled down and held Michigan State to just 3 points, as they kick the field goal.

After an Iowa drive stalls on a short 3rd and 1, pressure on Michigan State's Connor Cook throws an interception to Josey Jewell. Iowa would take over on the 20, but their drive would stall at the six, and they would be forced to settle for a field goal to tie it up at 3.

Early in the second, Iowa is driving again when Akrum Wadley is stuffed on a third and three, but new Kirk made an appearance, as the Hawkeyes would go for it on fourth and four. But a false start penalty would force Ferentz to settle for a 43-yard field goal that would put Iowa up 6-3.

Next possession, Michigan State converts a big third down, and drove deep into Iowa territory. But a big sack on another third down forces the Spartans to kick a 52-yard field goal, which is missed.

Then possibly one of the stranger plays you'll ever see. On third and goal, C.J. Beathard's pass is picked off in the end zone. The pass was knocked out of the receiver's hand, then landed on the shoulder of the same player that knocked it out, and Demetrious Cox picks it up for the interception.

The teams then traded punts, and Michigan State drove to the Iowa 36 with just 7 seconds on the clock, but MSU misses the 53-yarder, and Iowa maintains the 6-3 lead going into the half.

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