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.”