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Iowa's offense disappears in loss to Michigan State

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Iowa had just 94 yards of offense in the second half. Iowa had just 94 yards of offense in the second half.

Heading into Saturday, Michigan State and Iowa boasted two of the best defenses in the nation.

At the end of 60 minutes, it was the Spartans who had flexed their muscles in a 26-14 win.

Trailing 10-nothing, Iowa scored twice in the final five minutes of the second quarter to open up a 14-10 lead at halftime.

That momentum didn't carry into the second half.

In fact, as a whole, Iowa struggled to move the ball the entire game.

Iowa had 15 possessions -- 10 of those lasted three plays or less.

Two of those drives ended with an interception another with a missed a field goal.

The squad was averaging more than 240 yards rushing per game but managed just 23 against Michigan State.

In the second half alone Iowa had the ball seven times, but only had 95 yards.

Their first six drives the Hawkeyes amassed just 31 yards of total offense and punted four times.

They were also held out of the endzone.

"We were hoping that we could run it effectively," Head Coach Kirk Ferentz said.  "The way they're built, the make it very difficult to do that.  They're playing good team defense period."

"I think we lost in the second half," CJ Fiedorowicz said.  "We weren't making the plays we needed to.  As on offense you have to make the big plays to get things rolling."

The Hawkeyes have a week to regroup before heading to Columbus to take on undefeated Ohio State on Oct. 19.

 

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