IOWA CITY, Iowa – (WWJ) – Kirk Cousins threw three touchdown passes to help the Michigan State Spartans beat the Iowa Hawkeyes 37-21 on Saturday afternoon — taking control of the Big Ten’s Legends Division.

Cousins came out strong and put the 13th-ranked Spartans up by 24 points to end the first half — holding on for the win and avenging last years lopsided loss to Iowa. Cousins finished the day with 260 yards, completing 18 of 31 passing attempts.

B.J. Cunningham caught two touchdown passes and Le’Veon Bell contributed another to help the Spartans in their bid to earn a spot in a Big Ten title game.

Michigan State had not won in Iowa since 1989 – the win gives the Spartans more control over their division title destiny.  A Spartan win over Indiana and Northwestern in the coming weeks will assure their place for contention in the title game.

Iowa did their best to come back in the second half with the Hawkeyes quarterback James Vandenberg getting two touchdowns in the third as it appeared that Iowa might rally – but offensive efforts fizzled in the fourth quarter as the Spartans put up a pair of field goals in the second half.

Michigan State University goes to  8-2 (5-1 Big Ten) and Iowa drops to 6-4 (3-3 Big Ten).

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