LJ Scott Helps Michigan State Knock Off Undefeated Iowa

By EFN Staff
Published: 12/07/2015

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 game

  • Spartans running back LJ Scott carried the ball 22 times for 73 yards, and scored the game-winning touchdown on the Spartans final drive.
  • Key stats

    • 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.


    Key play

    • 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.