Spartans hoping for faster start against Iowa


October 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — When Michigan State beat Iowa last season, the Spartans led 31-7 at halftime. That kind of fast start has been nowhere to be found lately. Michigan State hasn’t led after two quarters in more than a month. The Spartans (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten) will try to reverse that trend Saturday when they host the Hawkeyes (3-2, 1-0) in a crucial matchup in the Big Ten’s Legends Division. Iowa is one of two teams in the division that hasn’t dripped a conference game yet. Michigan State rallied from an early deficit to beat Indiana last weekend, but it was a struggle. The Spartans began the season with Rose Bowl aspirations, but it’s still hard to get a sense of where they stand in a jumbled league race that’s still taking shape.