All of their goals remain in front of the Michigan State Spartans – it’s just that they’re way out there now. As in next season.
Greg Castillo intercepted a twice-tipped Andrew Maxwell pass in double overtime, preventing MSU from at least attempting a game-tying field goal and sealing a 19-16 victory for the visiting Hawkeyes.
The Spartans’ hopes of getting to a second straight Big Ten Championship Game and the Rose Bowl this season are miniscule now with two losses in the conference. At 4-3 overall, MSU must win two of its five games just to become bowl eligible. That stretch includes back-to-back road games – at Michigan next Saturday and at Wisconsin the following week – before a home game with Nebraska. Following the Spartans’ bye week, neither Northwestern nor at Minnesota are gimme wins, either.
Le’Veon Bell ran for 140 yards and MSU’s only touchdown. Maxwell went 12 for 31 and threw for 179 yards, with the interception on his final toss ending his streak of passes without an interception at 233.
The Spartans also outgained Iowa, 328-257. But Iowa’s Mark Weisman ran for 116 yards, including a 5-yard score with 55 seconds to play in regulation that sent the game to overtime. Mike Meyer connected on all four of his field goal attempts, including the eventual game winner from 42 yards out on the first possession of the second overtime.
More to come later here and at greenandwhite.com.