Brian Lewerke threw two touchdown passes to Felton Davis in the first quarter, and Michigan State held on for a 17-10 victory over Iowa on Saturday.
Michigan State holds off Iowa to win Big Ten opener MLive
Michigan State won just a single Big Ten game last season and that didn’t come until its seventh attempt. The Spartans (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) matched that total in their first try this season with a 17-10 win against Iowa (3-2, 0-2) on Saturday at Spartan Stadium in their conference opener.
Felton Davis, physical Michigan State defense hold off Iowa, 17-10 Detroit Free Press
Brian Lewerke and Felton Davis found a special connection early. But it was Michigan State’s defense that discovered something Saturday. It might be pretty good. The Spartans stifled the Hawkeyes and got key stops when they needed them most en route to a 17-10 victory over Iowa in their Big Ten opener at Spartan Stadium.
Spartan defense dominant vs. Iowa Spartan Avenue
Is Michigan State football’s defense back to its days of dominance in East Lansing? It sure looked that way on Saturday evening as the Spartans allowed next-to-nothing offensively to Nathan Stanley, Akrum Wadley and the rest of the Hawkeyes.
Defense dominates, Spartans open Big Ten play with win over Iowa 17-10 State News
The Spartans opened up conference play with a bang.On the opening drive of the game, the Spartan offense drove down the field, and quarterback Brian Lewerke promptly connected with junior wide receiver Felton Davis in the end zone to take a lead they would never relinquish as the Spartans defeated Iowa 17-10.
Michigan State holds on to beat Iowa 17-10 The Only Colors
The way things started for Michigan State, it looked like Iowa would need an offensive explosion just to keep up with the Spartans. But after a quick 14 points, the Spartans offense stalled and it took everything they had to beat Iowa.
Spartans are shaky but good enough to beat Hawkeyes Detroit News
The win is what mattered most for Michigan State on Saturday, and that’s exactly what it got. Pretty it was not, but Michigan State did enough to knock off Iowa, 17-10, in front of 73,331 at Spartan Stadium. It will head into next week’s rivalry game with Michigan with at least a little momentum.
Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State’s 17-10 win over Iowa and what’s next vs. Michigan Lansing State Journal
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch gives his takeaways from Michigan State’s 17-10 win over Iowa on Saturday.
Michigan State win over Iowa may have saved Mark Dantonio’s legacy Detroit Free Press
A few years ago, you’d have left Spartan Stadium shaking your head. The penalties. The drops. The conservative playcalling. The score. It was ugly, but was enough against Iowa on Saturday afternoon.
Michigan State-Iowa talking points: Felton Davis’ emergence, defense brings back memories MLive
Here are three things people are talking about after Michigan State’s 17-10 win over Iowa
Michigan State treated Iowa game like slugfest; Michigan up next Detroit Free Press
Michigan State’s defense expected a slugfest. Iowa brought one to Spartan Stadium. “Last night, after our team meeting, we had a team movie and we watched the final fight in the movie ‘Southpaw,’ ” MSU captain Chris Frey said. “We knew the type of team they were, and coach (Mark Dantonio) told the team, ‘This is gonna be a 12-round fight. It’s just like going to war or going to a boxing match.’
Overheard outside the Michigan State locker room: A 12-round fight and using violent hands MLive
Michigan State held off Iowa for a 17-10 win on Saturday at Spartan Stadium. Here are some notable quotes from Michigan State coaches and players following the game
Takeaways from the Iowa Win isportsweb
From the opening play on Saturday against the Hawkeyes, the Spartans’ game plan was clear. The Spartans were going to let Lewerke air the ball out. The Spartans started out the game with possibly their best drive of the season when Lewerke came out and led the offense down the field for a seven play, 75 yard touchdown drive, one where Lewerke went five for five on pass completions.
In as close to a must-win game you can have, Spartans use defense to get it done isportsweb
Michigan State probably couldn’t have dreamt up a better start to their contest against Iowa. One week removed from a turnover-riddled loss to rival Notre Dame, the Spartans came out scorching. Quarterback Brian Lewerke went a perfect 5-5 for 70 yards, capped off by a 22-yard strike to junior receiver Felton Davis III –– who caught four of Lewerke’s five pass attempts for 67 yards on the drive.
How it Happened: Michigan State tops Iowa 17-10 Spartan Tailgate
Michigan State is back on the winning track and 1-0 in the Big Ten after a 17-10 victory over Iowa on Saturday at Spartan Stadium. MSU’s defense led the way with two forced turnovers, three sacks and a dominant performance against the run, holding Iowa to just 19 yards on the ground. Meanwhile, the offense started fast before slowing down but never turned the ball over and did enough to hang on for the win.
Michigan State report card: Spartans’ defense stellar against Iowa Detroit Free Press
Chris Solari rates the Spartans on a scale of 1 to 10 after their 17-10 win over Iowa.
3 takeaways: Michigan State 17, Iowa 10 MLive
Michigan State beat writers Matt Wenzel and Kyle Austin break down the Spartans’ win over the Hawkeyes in their Big ten opener.
Michigan State proves this ain’t 2016 anymore, outlasts Iowa Land of 10
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio walked off the Spartan Stadium field after all of his players had already departed on Saturday night, soaking in the atmosphere with a wide grin on his face. His Spartans (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) had secured a hard-earned 17-10 win over Iowa (3-2, 0-2 Big Ten). He had plenty of reason to be happy. But he didn’t let it show until the final whistle.
Brian Lewerke-Felton Davis connection carries Michigan State’s offense Detroit Free Press
It wasn’t even a pass they had worked on, but Felton Davis ran the deep over route to perfection. “We actually haven’t ever thrown that in practice,” quarterback Brian Lewerke said. “It’s never really open, but it opened up today.”
The Michigan State women’s golf team is off to Chicago for the Windy City Collegiate Classic, which will be played at Northmoor Country Club in Highland Park, Illinois, October 2-3. The 54-hole stroke play tournament will begin with 36 holes on Monday and then conclude with 18 holes on Tuesday.
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No. 4 Michigan State men’s soccer returns home to face their fifth-straight ranked team, hosting No. 16 Ohio State on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. The game will be streamed on BTN Plus. The game is the second half of a doubleheader with the Michigan State women’s team, who take on Iowa at 12 p.m.
When Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio walked into the locker room at about midnight last Saturday, he saw disappointment smeared across his players’ faces. That was expected. The Spartans had just been routed 38-18 at home under the lights in a nationally-televised game. Looking around, Dantonio also saw a lot of players who were experiencing the pain for a first time. Between true freshmen, redshirt freshmen and players taking on bigger roles this season, it was the first significant setback.
Miles Bridges can go to any newsstand right now and see multiple college basketball preview magazines with his face on them. Several of them are already calling him the likely National Player of the Year. Any Michigan State player can do a Google search and see they are widely picked near, if not at, the top of pre-season top 25 projections.
Friday night was supposed to be a marquee showdown of two undefeated high school football teams. Instead, it ended up turning into the Davion Williams variety show.illiams did a bit of everything on Friday night as he and the rest of Belleville trounced Dearborn Fordson, 35-7. Michigan State commit, Williams had a 44 yard touchdown reception, an 85-yard punt return and a deep interception as he had field day.
Both teams insist it is ancient history. Of course, Michigan State and Iowa are referring to the last time they played each other in the 2015 Big Ten championship game. That night in Indianapolis, the Spartans put together an epic, 22-play drive that ended with then-freshmen running back LJ Scott spinning and bouncing off Hawkeyes defenders and stretching the ball out over the goal line in the game’s final minute.
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The Michigan State volleyball team opened the home portion of its Big Ten schedule with a 3-0 sweep of visiting Maryland (25-14, 25-14, 25-21). The Spartans are now 10-2 overall and 3-0 in Big Ten play. Maryland falls to 12-3 and 1-2 in the second weekend of Conference action.
From the moment the huddle began, the hollering started. The decibels growing louder and louder, until the joyful noise of Michigan State’s basketball team reverberated in every crevice of the practice gym.
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At kickoff, the match began as a fight for control between the Spartans and the Cornhuskers. Just 20 seconds into the game, Nebraska forward Elyse Huber found an opening and sent a shot toward redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Reilley Ott, but Ott was ready with the save. The Spartans battled for possession of the ball, but allowed a Nebraska shot past the goal line in the seventh minute of the game. In the remaining 43 minutes, Michigan State held the Husker offense and was able to test the defense, though sophomore goalkeeper Aubrei Corder stopped all three shots on goal.
In a back and forth defensive battle, the Michigan State field hockey team was stopped by No. 4-ranked Penn State, 1-0, Friday night in Big Ten play at Ralph Young Field. MSU falls to 6-6 (1-2 Big Ten), while the Nittany Lions improve to 9-2 (3-1).
Michigan State inducted five Spartans into its Athletics Hall of Fame on Thursday, Sept. 28 as part of its annual “Celebrate” weekend. The 2017 Hall of Fame class includes: Bob Apisa (football), Joe Baum (soccer), Bob Cassleman (track & field), Kristin Haynie (basketball) and Dr. Clarence Underwood (administration). Athletes earning a varsity Letter for the 2016-17 season were also presented with their Letter Jackets.
Tom Izzo is not running from the expectations. He wants his Michigan State players to embrace them as well. This could be the Spartans’ year as Izzo chases a second national championship. “There have been a couple years where we were unranked or ranked real low and expectations are low – that’s no fun, because our program’s to the point where you should, we should and our fans should expect that we’re gonna be knocking on the door to do some important things,” Izzo said Friday, minutes before beginning practice to christen the 2017-18 season. “This year, I couldn’t even hide behind that, and I haven’t hid behind that. I know what kind of team we have.”
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Dealing with high expectations is nothing new around the Michigan State basketball program, but as practice for the 2017-18 season began on Friday, those expectations are as lofty as they’ve been in some time.
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Tom Izzo fully understands what it’s like to be on the national stage and expected by most to compete for a national championship; he’s been there before.
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A little more than an hour after adding the first running back to its 2018 class, Michigan State secured a commitment from a player to block for him.James Ohonba, a 2018 four-star offensive tackle from Woodland High School in Stockbridge, Ga., announced his commitment to the Spartans via Twitter on Friday afternoon. That followed a commitment earlier in the day from Elijah Collins, a 2018 three-star running back from Detroit U-D Jesuit.
The Michigan State men’s golf team will play its fourth consecutive tournament of the fall when it takes part in the Marquette Intercollegiate, October 1-3, at Erin Hills in Wisconsin, site of the 2017 U.S. Open.