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Michigan State football was defeated at Iowa, 49-7 Michigan State Athletics
Michigan State football was defeated at Iowa, 49-7, Saturday afternoon at Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium. MSU is now 1-2 on the young season with the loss, while Iowa improves to 1-2. Saturday was the Spartans’ first trip to Iowa since 2013, and the loss snapped MSU’s three-game win streak in the series with Iowa.

Michigan State routed by Iowa, 49-7, on the road Spartan Tailgate
Michigan State’s last trip to Iowa City, Iowa, back in 2013, was a pivotal moment for a team that went on to win the Big Ten and Rose Bowl. That was the day the Spartans’ offense found a pulse and some confidence, with a performance that propelled them to one of the most successful seasons in recent history.

‘Totally unacceptable’: Michigan State crashes back to reality in 49-7 thumping by Iowa Detroit News
The frustration in Mel Tucker’s voice was unmistakable. “Totally unacceptable,” the Michigan State coach said, his voice becoming hoarse after a brutally long day at Kinnick Stadium. A week after Tucker led Michigan State to an upset victory over Michigan, the Spartans were blown out by Iowa on Saturday, a thorough dismantling that ended with the Hawkeyes’ 49-7 victory. It was the worst defeat for a Michigan State team since a 48-3 loss at Ohio State in 2017 and was never close.

Michigan State football, Rocky Lombardi face-plant against Iowa Hawkeyes, 49-7 Detroit Free Press
It wasn’t the homecoming Rocky Lombardi dreamed about. And it wasn’t the way Mel Tucker imagined Michigan State football would come off an emotion-fueled rivalry win. As good as the Spartans were at Michigan a week earlier, they regressed significantly Saturday at Iowa. The Hawkeyes pounded MSU early, then took advantage of mistakes to jump out to a 35-point halftime lead and cruise to a 49-7 victory at Kinnick Stadium.

Instant Recap: Michigan State crushed by Iowa The Only Colors
Remember last week? That was fun wasn’t it? This week, not so much. Iowa jumped all over Michigan State early and never looked back on the way to an easy 49-7 victory. The Hawkeyes carved up the MSU defense in the early going, with touchdowns on each of their first two possessions. This just one week after MSU held Michigan in check for the bulk of the game.

MSU vs. Iowa: Instant thoughts from brutal 49-7 loss in Iowa City Spartans Wire
Well, that was rough. Michigan State was unable to ride the wave of momentum from last week’s upset victory over hated-rival Michigan, as the Spartans were throttled by Iowa, 49-7, on Saturday. The Spartans never led in this one, falling behind on the opening drive and never getting it any closer.

Rocky Lombardi struggles in return to home state State News
This wasn’t the way quarterback Rocky Lombardi imagined his homecoming game at Iowa. After torching the Michigan Wolverines secondary a week prior, the junior quarterback from Clive, Iowa struggled mightily against the Hawkeyes, finishing with only 17 completions on 37 attempts, 0 touchdowns, and three first half interceptions.

Iowa’s dominance, mistakes and injuries: How MSU crumbled in Iowa City State News
In a weird year, after a weird win over a ranked Michigan team in Ann Arbor last week, everything went back to what Spartan fans saw against Rutgers in a 49-7 loss to Iowa on the road. The Hawkeyes, who were 0-2 coming into the game, looked like a different team, but so did Michigan State.

Michigan State hammered in loss at Iowa MLive.com
Whatever momentum Michigan State generated in last week’s upset win at Michigan didn’t travel to Iowa. The Hawkeyes (1-2) jumped out to a 35-0 lead in the first half and thumped the Spartans (1-2) for a 49-7 loss on Saturday afternoon at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa dominated all three phases of the game and Michigan State suffered its first blowout under coach Mel Tucker. It was the Spartans’ most-lopsided loss since a 48-3 defeat at Ohio State on Nov. 11, 2017.

Why Antjuan Simmons played a limited role in loss vs. Iowa MLive.com
Spartans linebacker Antjuan Simmons started the game but spent significant chunks of it on the sideline in his team’s eventual 49-7 loss on Saturday at Kinnick Stadium. Afterward, Simmons and coach Mel Tucker both inferred that the linebacker’s limited role was due to an injury, but neither would elaborate on the nature or severity of it.

Michigan State football post-game grades: Iowa
It’s back to the drawing board for Michigan State after getting thumped by Iowa, 49-7, Saturday afternoon. Coming off of an emotional upset win over Michigan a week ago, the Spartans were brought back down to Earth in a hurry at Kinnick Stadium.

Mel Tucker: ‘We’ve got serious work to do, like … immediately’ Detroit Free Press
Emotion can be tricky, particularly in football. One week, it can manifest itself into a perfect performance. The next, the pendulum can swing and overtake a player to the point where they try to do too much and ultimately make things worse. Michigan State football rode the roller coaster again. From a stunning loss to Rutgers to an exhilarating upset at Michigan to Saturday’s thorough 49-7 beatdown at Iowa, a game that was all but over before the halftime whistle.

Antjuan Simmons, Rocky Lombardi, among walking wounded Detroit Free Press
Mounting injuries and absences are starting to affect Michigan State football. Even if coach Mel Tucker does not want to use them as an excuse. Linebacker Antjuan Simmons was in and out of Saturday’s 49-7 thumping at Iowa. Quarterback Rocky Lombardi reportedly suffered a lower-body injury according to ESPN’s broadcast. Neither wanted to discuss afterward if they were hurt.

Lombardi’s start in home state a crashing disappointment Detroit News
This was not how Rocky Lombardi planned for things to go. Playing in his home state for the first time, the Michigan State quarterback was looking forward to leading the Spartans, his family in the mostly empty stands at Kinnick Stadium. It was clear quite early, though, that there was no storybook tale to be told on this day.