The Bear defense has been playing well but needs some help from their offensive teammates. The Bears will need to mount some time off the clock to keep the defense off the field on this upcoming drive and to keep this game as close.
I think the Bears will need to get a score here but the Iowa defense has been very stingy.
1st & goal at the MSU 10. No gain on the run.
2nd & goal at the MSU 10. Weisman on the option play up the middle for Hawkeye touchdown.
PAT by Meyer is good.
Iowa 14 Missouri State 0 with 7:11 in the 3rd qtr.
1st & 10 at the MSU 32. Bullock on the rush for 7.
2nd & 3 at the MSU 25. Bullock carries again for four and a Iowa first down.
1st & 10 at the MSU 21. Canzeri on the rush for three.
2nd & 7 at the MSU 18. Shumpert on the screen catch and run for 8 and a first & goal.
1st & 10 at the MSU 2. Max Swan can't catch the Harris pass
2nd & 10 at the MSU 2. Harris scrambles and gets six to get a little breathing room for the Bears.
3rd & 4 ar the mSU 8. Cooper-Falls with the screen catch but the Hawkeyes read well and wrap him up for a 2 yard loss.
4th & 6 at the MSU 6. The punt is returned by Martin-Manley for 10 yards after a 38 yard kick. Iowa will take over at the MSU 32.
1st & 10 at the MSU 11. Daniels for no gain up the middle.
2nd & 10 at the MSU 11. Jake Duzey on the catch for a gain of 6.
3rd & 4 at the MSU 5. Weisman up the middle for a gain of 3.
4th & 1 at the MSU 2. Weisman up the middle. They will measure it but it looks short from where I am at. THE BEARS HOLD THEM.
1st & 10 at the IA 25. Weisman for five to the left and MSU gets called on a late hit out of bounds (although this looked like a bad call to me).
1st & 10 at the IA 45. Weisman for no gain.
2nd & 10 at the IA 45. Don Shumpert for a seven yard reception.
3rd & 3 at the MSU 48. Weisman for a big gain of 37 yards to the MSU 11.
The MSU kickoff is downed in the end zone. Iowa will have it 1st & 10 at their own 25.
Here are some halftime stats:
First downs: Iowa 11, Missouri State 5
Rushing yards: Iowa 109, Missouri State 22
Passing yards: Iowa 45, Missouri State 45
TOTAL YARDS: Iowa 204, Missouri State 67
Turnovers: Iowa 0, Missouri State 1
With those, Missouri State is a little lucky to be down just 7. Their defense has bent some but held tough when it needed to be with the exception of the lone Hawkeye touchdown drive.
The Bears have also dodged the one turnover to avoid giving up the field goal.
The Hawkeyes will have the ball to start the 2nd half so this will be a key drive in the game in my opinion to see if the Bears can hang in there.
The Bears defense has held their own in this game to keep Iowa with just one touchdown. The key in the second half will be to get some offense going to try to pull off this upset.
1st & 10 at the MSU 6. P. Johnson on the carry for two and that will end the first half.
Iowa 7 Missouri State 0 at the break.
4th & 6 at the MSU 46 with 0:47 left in the half. Punt is returned by Burton for no gain.
The Bears will start at their own 6.
1st & 10 at the IA 38. Pass goes incompelte.
2nd & 10 a tthe IA 38. Bullock with the reception for a 12 yard gain.
1st & 10 at the 50. Pass incomplete and holding on Iowa.
1st & 20 at the IA 40. Pass incomplete toward Bulock.
2nd & 20 at the IA 40. Pass towards Jordon Cotton is incomplete.
3rd & 20 at the IA 40. CJ Fiedorowicz on the catch but is well short of the first down--gain of 14. MSU calls a time out and Nick Canavan was hurt on the play.
4th & 6 at the MSU 14. Great punt and is fair caught at the IA 38.
3rd & 8 at the MSU 12 with 1:45 left in half. Johnson carries for a third time and gets two.
3rd & final time out for Iowa with 1:38 left in the half.
1st & 10 at the MSU 10. Phoenix Johnson on the carry for 1.
2nd & 9 at the MSU 11. Johnson runs again up the middle for another yard. 2nd Time out Iowa.
1st & 10 at the MSU 45. Weisman up the middle for 4.
2nd & 6 at the MSU 41. Weisman again for 2.
3rd & 4 at the MSU 39. Jake Duzy gains two but the Bears hold and Iowa will punt.
4th & 2 at the MSU 37. Delay of game on Iowa..
4th & 7 at the MSU 43. Punt is fair caught by Burton at the MSU 10.
We have 2:19 left in the opening half. Still Iowa 7 Missouri State 0.
1st & 10 at the MSU 43. Scott on the carry gains two but then fumbles the ball and Iowa recovers there at the MSU 45.
1st & 10 at the MSU 31. Harris keeps but gets wrapped up in the backfield for a loss of 1.
2nd & 11 at the MSU 30. Harris kits M. Johnson fora 13 yard gain and another first down.
1st & 10 at the MSU 20. Buford on the catch for 5 and fumbles out of bounds.
2nd & 5 at the MSU 25. Scott on the carry for 6 and a Bears' first down.
The Bears take over at their own 20. Despite showing little on offense, the Bears defense is keeping them in the game.
Let's see if the Bears can mount some offense on this drive to tie or at least get some points on the board.