The weather was rough and so was how the Michigan State football program closed out the first half against Iowa on Saturday. Refer to the tape for a better visual, but holy crap, the Spartans couldn’t figure out if it wanted to kick a field goal or spike the football. What a disaster.
Michigan State started the game with authority, stopping Iowa on offense and plowing its offense in for an early touchdown. However, lousy play calling in both MSU’s own territory and in the red zone has snagged the Spartan’s offensive production.
The Spartans have slowed down elite Hawkeye tailback Mark Weisman, but looked far from elite on defense. Weisman carried the ball 11 times for 20 yards and also nabbed one reception for seven yards.
Iowa is clearly outmatched, but the Spartans have not taken any shots on offense. MSU needs to take a gamble and try to make more explosive plays in the second half. Allowing the Hawkeyes to hang around could prove to be trouble for the Spartans.
Running back Le’Veon Bell put the Spartans on the board early with a 14-yard scamper into the end zone. Dan Conroy added three points to MSU’s tally in the second quarter by nailing a 24-yard field goal. After driving 42 yards on 10 plays, Mike Meyer spooked Spartan fans by nailing a 23-yard field goal for the Hawkeyes. The Spartans lead 10-3 at the half and will receive the ball to kick off the second half.
By the numbers:
Maxwell has completed 6 of 10 passes for 101 yards…Bell has carried the ball 16 times for 63 yards…Aaron Burbridge leads all receivers with 58 yards in the passing game.