The lack of discipline continues for MSU, a constant even before coach Mel Tucker’s suspension and firing. The Spartans committed 10 penalties for 94 yards against the Hawkeyes, including four in the fourth quarter. MSU’s offense got flagged four times for false starts in the final 16:10, three coming on third down. The Spartans have been penalized 40 times for 358 yards in five games this season; their eight penalties per game rank 117th out of 130 teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision, and their 71.6 yards penalized rank 118th.
Source: Detroit Free Press