The Spartans got just that and then some from multiple players as the Spartans traveled to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes and won convincingly, 26-14.
Quarterback Connor Cook played by far his best game as a Spartan, going 25-for-44 for 277 yards and two touchdowns. Cook was near perfect on the day and his accuracy looked greatly improved the more he settled in.
But the biggest story of the day for the Spartan offense was the duo of receivers who stepped up in Macgarrett Kings Jr. and Bennie Fowler.
The Spartans have had their fair share of struggles at the receivers spot all year long and head coach Mark Dantonio has been searching for a go-to guy. Kings and Fowler proved they both can be that type of player and both had outstanding days.
Kings had five receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown, including a 46-yard reception. Fowler nine catches for 92 yards and a touchdown, and was Cook’s main target on crucial third downs.
For Fowler, it was great to see him respond and show leadership and playmaking ability after struggling to start the year and being benched during the Notre Dame game.
For the rest of the offense, it looked improved all around. The line was blocking well, the play calling was much better and the running backs had a good day. The Spartans had 412 yards of total offense and dominated the time of possession over Iowa.
The Spartan defense continued their dominance of college football offenses, only allowing Iowa to put up 264 yards of offense and forcing two turnovers. They also only allowed the Hawkeyes to complete four third downs out of 15 attempts.
This was a huge win for the Spartans and a great start to their Big Ten conference schedule. They host the Indiana Hoosiers next Saturday.