Michigan State 16, Iowa 13
The No. 5 Spartans staged an epic drive in the fourth quarter to overtake No. 4 Iowa and win the Big Ten Championship and likely secure a College Football Playoff berth. The loss for Iowa leaves Clemson as the nation’s only undefeated team.
Player of the gameSpartans running back LJ Scott carried the ball 22 times for 73 yards, and scored the game-winning touchdown on the Spartans final drive.
- Iowa had not trailed in the fourth quarter this season until the game’s final drive.
- In a battle of kickers, Iowa’s Marshall Koehn hit 2-of-2 field goals while Michigan State’s Michael Geiger hit 3-of-5.
- Iowa was held to 52 yards rushing on 24 attempts.
- The Spartans outgained Iowa 365-268 and held the ball for 36 minutes, 38 seconds.
- Iowa receiver Tevaun Smith caught five passes for 110 yards and the Hawkeyes only touchdown.
- C.J. Beathard’s 85-yard third quarter touchdown pass to Smith was Iowa’s longest pass play of the year.
- Michigan State won the Big Ten Championship for the second time in three seasons, and 10th overall.
- On 3rd-and-goal from the Iowa 1-yard line with 27 seconds left in the game, Scott plunged in while being dragged down by three Iowa players to provide the game-winning score. The win capped a 22-play, 82-yard drive that took 9:04.
- Spartans tackle Kodi Keller left the game on the game-winning drive with an apparent leg injury.