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11/21/1981 (1981-1982)
Kinnick Stadium [Iowa City, Iowa]

#19 Iowa  vs  Michigan State  Michigan State #19 Iowa Hawkeyes Football vs Michigan State on 11/21/1981 -

W    36 - 7 

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Head Coach: Hayden Fry
Attendance: 60,103
Kickoff Temp: 65° F


For the first time since 1959, the Hawks are bound for Pasadena! Iowa's win was marked by several key defensive plays and by the outstanding running of tailback Phil Blatcher. The 5-foot-9-inch, 188-pound senior from New Orleans smashed through the Spartan defense for 247 yards on 27 carries. Blatcher's yardage puts him second on the all-time Iowa single game rushing list. His Saturday total ranks behind that of Ed Podolak, who ran for 286 yards against Northwestern in 1968. The Hawks started off on the right foot with a James Erb blocked punt in the 1st quarter for a safety.

Around halftime, Michigan had lost to Ohio State, which opened the door for the Hawks to get the Rose Bowl bid with a victory.

With 10:54 left in the third quarter leading 16-7, Tracy Crocker's interception in the end zone could be considered the game-saver.

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Hayden Fry Shoot, except for the money, I'd go out to Pasadena tomorrow if they'd let me, but I guess our team will probably go out Dec 22 or 23.
-- Hayden Fry


StatisticsIowaMichigan State
Total First Downs2518
Rushing Attempts5323
Rushing Yards39737
Rushing TDs30
Yards per Rush7.51.6
Passes Completed1021
Passes Attempts2346
Pass Completion %43.5%45.7%
Passing TDs11
Passing Yards91219
Passing Yards per Completion9.110.4
Passing Yards per Attempt4.04.8
Total Plays7669
% of Rushing Plays69.7%33.3%
% of Passing Plays30.3%66.7%
Total Offense488256
Yards per Play6.43.7
Lost Fumbles12
Penalty Yards8381
Yards per Penalty9.29.0
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