After two frustrating, close losses to start a Big Ten-only 2020 season, the Iowa Hawkeyes emphatically got on track Saturday with a 49-7 win over Michigan State.
Iowa took a 21-0 lead on two Tyler Goodson touchdown runs and a 14-yard Spencer Petras pass to Brandon Smith, then really blew the game open with other elements in the final two minutes of the opening half.
Charlie Jones returned a punt 54 yards for a TD, then Riley Moss returned Iowa's third interception of the half 54 yards to the end zone 16 seconds later to make it 35-0.
Mekhi Sargent added two rushing touchdowns in the second half.
Iowa outgained MSU 405-286. Goodson rushed for 113 yards on 14 carries. Petras was 15 of 27 for 167 yards.
Former West Des Moines Valley all-stater Rocky Lombardi struggled for the Spartans, completing 17 of 37 passes for 227 yards and three picks.
Both teams are now 1-2.
11:57 4th: Iowa 49, Michigan State 7
Mekhi Sargent scored his second touchdown of the game on a 6-yard run.
8:47 3rd: Iowa 42, Michigan State 7
A career-long 71-yard run from Tyler Goodson set up another Iowa touchdown.
Mekhi Sargent punched it in from 2 yards out.
Goodson upped his game totals to 109 yards on 12 carries (plus two touchdowns).
10:06 3rd: Iowa 35, Michigan State 7
Michigan State got on the board shortly after Rocky Lombardi completed a 57-yard pass over the top to Jalen Nailor at the Iowa 13.
Tyler Hunt did the honors with a 1-yard TD run.
1:30 2nd: Iowa 35, Michigan State 0
Iowa got touchdowns from its offense and special teams, so of course the defense joined the party.
Riley Moss came up with the Hawkeyes' third interception of the first half and took it back 54 yards to the end zone.
1:57 2nd: Iowa 28, Michigan State 0
Charlie Jones had success returning punts all half against Michigan State, and finally broke one to the house just before the break.
The Buffalo transfer took a line-drive punt 54 yards to the end zone to put the Hawkeyes up 28. That gave him 98 yards on three punt returns in the game.
11:16 2nd: Iowa 21, Michigan State 0
Charlie Jones returned a Michigan State punt 31 yards to the MSU 47, and the Iowa offense went to work again.
The Hawkeyes drove 47 yards in seven plays as Tyler Goodson found the end zone for the second time in the game with a 9-yard TD run.
Iowa received some good fortune on the drive, too, when a Spencer Petras pass bounced off the hands of Tyrone Tracy and right to Brandon Smith for 9-yard gain and first down.
4:31 1st: Iowa 14, Michigan State 0
Two Iowa drives, two Iowa touchdowns.
Jack Koerner picked off Rocky Lombardi on third down, then the Hawkeyes went 74 yards in 10 plays and scored on Spencer Petras' 14-yard pass to Brandon Smith in the end zone.
11:07 1st: Iowa 7, Michigan State 0
The opening drive Iowa needed.
The Hawkeyes went 75 yards in eight plays, capped by Tyler Goodson's 3-yard touchdown run on third down to take an early 7-0 lead.
Spencer Petras completed all three passes on the drive for 36 yards and Charlie Jones had a 27-yard run to set up the score.
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