IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Drew Tate passed for 340 yards and a
touchdown and set up two other scores with long completions,
leading Iowa to a 38-16 victory over Michigan State on Saturday.
Iowa (3-2, 1-1) has struggled on offense most of the year, but
Tate's passing helped the Hawkeyes amass a season-high 464 yards
and break a two-game losing streak.
Jermelle Lewis ran 47 yards for an Iowa touchdown before leaving
the game with what appeared to be a torn anterior cruciate ligament
in his right knee. His replacement, Marques Simmons, scored on two
The Hawkeyes jumped to a 14-0 lead with two 80-yard drives in
the first quarter and kept Michigan State (2-3, 1-1) out of the end
zone until Drew Stanton scored on a 1-yard run with 4:24 left.
Tate completed 25 of 36 passes, including a 15-yarder to Ed
Hinkel for a touchdown, and became the first Iowa quarterback to
throw for more than 300 yards since Jon Beutjer had 380 against
Indiana on Sept. 30, 2000. Beutjer transferred to Illinois the
following year and is now the Illini's starter.
Michigan State had 449 yards but was hurt by sloppy play
Jason Randall and Eric Knott dropped passes from Stanton that
might have gone for touchdowns, the Spartans missed tackles and
gave Iowa a first down on each of its first two scoring drives with
In the fourth quarter, an Iowa punt hit Michigan State's David
Herron in the back and the Hawkeyes recovered at the MSU 2. Simmons
scored two plays later to stretch Iowa's lead to 38-9.
Lewis, who missed half of last season with a torn ACL, was hurt
when he was tackled after gaining 28 yards on a pass reception in
the second quarter. He was the third Iowa running back to go out
with a knee injury this season. Marcus Schnoor and Albert Young
were lost earlier with torn ACLs.
Lewis scored on the game's seventh play. He took a handoff on
third-and-1 at the Michigan State 47, slipped two attempted tackles
at the line of scrimmage, cut to his left and outran the pursuit
down the sideline.
It was Iowa's first rushing touchdown since Young scored on a
1-yard run on the Hawkeyes' first possession in a 17-10 victory
over Iowa State on Sept. 11.
Later in the quarter, Tate completed four straight passes before
rolling to his right and hitting Hinkel in the back of the end zone
to make it 14-0.
Tate's 36-yard completion to Clinton Solomon on a hurry-up drive
in the final minute of the first half set up Kyle Schlicher's
23-yard field goal with 2 seconds left, making it 17-6.
Helped by Roderick Maples' missed tackle, Tate and Hinkel hooked
up on a 43-yard play that put the ball on the Michigan State 3
early in the third quarter. On the next play, the Spartans appeared
to have fullback Tom Busch stopped at the line of scrimmage, but he
squirted free and bulled into the end zone for a 24-6 lead.
Michigan State stalled on its two best drives of the first half
and settled for field goals of 25 and 23 yards by Dave Rayner, who
added a 42-yarder in the second half.
The Spartans thought they had a first-half touchdown when Kyle
Brown came down with the ball after a juggling catch at the back of
the end zone. But he was ruled out of bounds and the call stood
after the replay official reviewed it.