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11/20/1982 (1982-1983)

Spartan Stadium [East Lansing, Michigan]

Iowa  @  Michigan State  Michigan State Iowa Hawkeyes Football @ Michigan State on 11/20/1982 -

W     24 - 18 

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Head Coach: Hayden Fry
Attendance: 50,103
Kickoff Temp: 57° F
Start Time: 12:02 pm CST


The Hawks had a bowl bid on the line, and jumped out to a 24-3 halftime lead, led by 3 TDs by Owen Gill. But the Spartans came back to score 15 points and cut the deficit to 6 points by shutting out the Hawks. MSU had the ball with 1 minute remaining, but Bobby Stoops intercepted a pass with 30 seconds remaining to secure the win. During the game, Ron Hawley ran into the goal posts and knocked over one of the posts. The posts had been replaced earlier in the week from metal to wood in anticipation of fans storming the field.

The defense held the Spartans to 2 yards on 29 carries. The Hawks accepted the invitation to the Peach Bowl after the game.

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StatisticsIowaMichigan State
Total First Downs1912
Rushing Attempts5429
Rushing Yards1732
Rushing TDs32
Yards per Rush3.20.1
Passes Completed1316
Passes Attempts2340
Pass Completion %56.5%40%
Passing TDs00
Passing Yards107135
Passing Yards per Completion8.28.4
Passing Yards per Attempt4.73.4
Total Plays7769
% of Rushing Plays70.1%42%
% of Passing Plays29.9%58%
Total Offense280137
Yards per Play3.62.0
Lost Fumbles20
Penalty Yards4115
Yards per Penalty13.77.5
Possession Time34:5525:05

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