Michigan State scored a touchdown from one yard out with 27 seconds to go and held off an Iowa rally to win the Big Ten title over the Hawkeyes 16-13 last night. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz was proud of his team’s effort.
It was Iowa’s first loss after going 12-0 and winning the West Division of the Big Ten.
Iowa had gone up 13-9 on an 85-yard touchdown pass from C.J. Beathard to Tevaun Smith. Then the defense nearly stopped the Spartans before giving up the late touchdown.
Beathard talked about the close loss.
Beathard lost for the first time in 14 career starts. He is the only quarterback in school history to win his first 13 career starts. Defensive back Jordan Lomax says they thought they would keep Michigan State from scoring.
The Hawkeyes ran just 16 plays in the second half. Michigan State ran 52 plays. Iowa held Michigan State to its lowest point total of the season. Iowa now must wait for today’s bowl announcement at noon to find out where they are going in the post season. (Story and audio courtesy of Radio Iowa)