COLLEGE FOOTBALL : Big Ten Roundup : Michigan State Gets Talked Into Stunning 19-14 Win Over Iowa

From Times Wire Services

Michigan State Coach George Perles, upset by 10 lackluster quarters, unleashed a halftime tirade on his players in the locker room Saturday, and the Spartans responded by blanking Iowa in the second half en route to a 19-14 Big Ten victory at Iowa City, Iowa.

“They (the Spartans) really got what they had coming to them at halftime,” Perles said. “It’s the toughest I think we’ve ever been on our players.”

Michigan State, led by running back Lorenzo White, rallied for 12 points in the second half and limited Iowa’s offense to 68 yards in the final two quarters and 214 yards for the game.


Bobby McAllister completed an 8-yard touchdown pass to Mike Sargent, and White added 166 yards rushing and a 2-yard touchdown run to guide the Spartans to a 1-0 Big Ten record after consecutive losses to Notre Dame and Florida State. Michigan State improved its overall mark to 2-2.

“Coach chewed on us so we chewed on them,” said McAllister, who completed 2 of 10 attempts for 13 yards. “We deserved this victory. They forgot about the Heisman hope--Lorenzo.”

White’s 166 yards increased his career total to 3,727 and moved him into third in all-time Big Ten rushing ahead of Billy Marek of Wisconsin at 3,710 yards. His 39 carries tied a Kinnick Stadium record set by Iowa’s Eddie Mosley in 1979 and White in 1985.

Iowa, 3-2 overall and 0-1 in the Big Ten, was never able to get closer than the Spartan 25-yard line in the second half and managed only 68 yards of total offense in the final period.

Michigan 49, Wisconsin 0--Bo Schembechler figured the Wolverines could run at will on the Badgers. But what pleased the Michigan coach after No. 12 Michigan’s second straight 49-0 victory was his team’s ability to stop Wisconsin’s running game.

The score matched Michigan’s rout of Cal State Long Beach a week earlier.

Jamie Morris ran for 3 touchdowns and 182 yards as the Wolverines opened their Big Ten season by rolling up 570 yards in improving to 3-1. Michigan scored the first five times it had the ball to make it easier for Schembechler, who was hospitalized earlier in the week with kidney stones.


Morris carried 18 times and also caught 2 passes for 25 yards. Morris raised his season total to 579 yards rushing and his career mark to 3,269.

Michigan throttled the veer option offense installed by new Wisconsin Coach Don Morton. The Badgers, 2-2 and 0-1, used three quarterbacks, with Bud Keyes playing the first quarter, Tony Lowery the second and third, and Otis Flowers the fourth.

Indiana 35, Northwestern 18--Anthony Thompson broke a two-game slump with a career-long 52-yard touchdown run and finished with 170 yards in this Big Ten opener at Bloomington, Ind., as the Hoosiers, held to 35 and 70 yards on the ground the past two games, totaled 248 against the Wildcats.

Thompson, who had a streak of six straight 100-yard games broken two weeks earlier, picked up his season high in 22 carries.

Dave Schnell completed 16 of 25 passes for 197 yards and 3 touchdowns, 2 of them to Ernie Jones, for Indiana (3-1). Northwestern is 0-3-1.

Ohio State 10, Illinois 6--At Champaign, Ill., Tom Tupa’s 5-yard touchdown run capped an 80-yard opening drive, and Matt Frantz kicked a 32-yard field goal as the ninth-ranked Buckeyes came up with a hard-earned victory over the Illini.


The game ended with Illinois quarterback Scott Mohr being sacked at the Ohio State 20-yard line. Linebacker Chris Spielman led the Buckeye defense with 14 tackles.

The Buckeyes improved to 3-0-1, and Illinois dropped to 1-3 in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

Minnesota 21, Purdue 19--At Minneapolis, two second-quarter touchdown runs by quarterback Rickey Foggie helped the Gophers to their first 4-0 record since 1960.

After Purdue (0-3-1) took a 7-0 lead on Darren Myles’ 4-yard run on its first possession, Foggie’s 43-yard pass play to Ed Penn set up Darrell Thompson’s 5-yard run to tie the game.

Foggie’s 1-yard touchdown dive on the second play of the second quarter put Minnesota ahead, 14-7, and his 25-yard run gave the Gophers a 21-10 halftime advantage.