EAST LANSING--The Michigan State Spartans expected another homecoming parade celebrating a win. But the celebration never came, as MSU dropped their annual Homecoming game 19-16 to Iowa in a double-overtime thriller.
In the first half, MSU wide receiver Aaron Burbidge caught a 38-yard pass, leading to a Dan Conroy 24-yard field goal, putting the Spartans ahead 10-0.
The Iowa Hawkeyes came marching back in the second half, led by kicker Mike Meyer who converted all four of his field goal attempts. Iowa running back Mark Weisman led the Hawkeyes in rushing with 116 yards on 26 carries, and had a touchdown in the third quarter to pull the Hawkeyes within three points.
The first overtime was concluded with a field goal by each team. The Hawkeyes sealed the second overtime, after tipping an Andrew Maxwell pass attempt for an interception.
Weisman was dueled by MSU’s Le’Veon Bell, tacking on his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season with 140 yards on the day. He also added the sole MSU touchdown for the game.
This loss marks the third home loss this season, as well as consecutive home losses against Iowa, dating back to the 2009 season.