Chris Dunham, PDT Sports Writer
October 13, 2012
PDT Sports Report
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Mark Weisman ran for 116 yards and scored a tying touchdown in the final minute of regulation, and Iowa went on to beat Michigan State 19-16 in double overtime Saturday.
While the result wasn’t the one Spartans fans would have liked, local fans likely enjoyed seeing former Portsmouth West standout Trevon Pendleton lead the way for running back Le’Veon Bell.
Pendleton, who is a redshirt freshman that walked on at Michigan State, had the starting nod Saturday and it didn’t take long for his impact to be felt. Pendleton was the lead blocker for Bell’s rushing touchdown in the first quarter.
“We are all excited and super proud and our televisions are tuned in to watch,” West coach Merril Triplett said. “His mother texted me this morning to let me know and we are all searching for a green shirt to put on. He’s doing a great job for them, blocking well, running great patterns and we think he will be a great addition for them.”
Mike Meyer kicked field goals in both overtimes, including a 42-yarder in the second that gave the Hawkeyes (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten) their first lead of the game. Iowa then won it when Andrew Maxwell’s deflected pass was intercepted by Greg Castillo.
Bell ran for 140 yards and a touchdown for Michigan State, but the Spartans (4-3, 1-2) couldn’t hold on late. Iowa drove 68 yards in nine plays and tied it at 13 on Weisman’s 5-yard scoring run with 55 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
The Hawkeyes appeared to be in trouble late in the fourth when they faced second-and-26 from their own 16, but James Vandenberg found Keenan Davis single covered along the right sideline for a 35-yard gain.
Weisman’s 37-yard run on third-and-6 gave Iowa the ball at the Michigan State 8 and set up the tying TD, which also came on third down.
The teams traded short field goals in the first overtime. Michigan State could have won it with a touchdown in the second, but Maxwell’s pass appeared to be tipped at the line of scrimmage, then deflected off the hands of wide receiver Keith Mumphery and was intercepted by Castillo.
It was the first interception for Maxwell since he threw three in the season opener against Boise State.
On a rainy day at Spartan Stadium, Vandenberg threw an early interception when his pass was tipped by defensive lineman William Gholston and picked off by Denicos Allen.
Michigan State took over at the Iowa 26 and gave the ball to Bell four straight times. His 14-yard touchdown run made it 7-0.
The Hawkeyes trailed 10-0 in the second quarter when Jordan Cotton had a kickoff return for a touchdown nullified by an illegal block. Iowa still ended up with the ball near midfield and drove for a field goal.
Michigan State missed a chance to score in the final seconds of the half because of a farcical miscommunication. Maxwell completed a 19-yard pass to Mumphery to the Iowa 32 with 6 seconds left. The clock stopped momentarily because of the first down, but there was mass confusion among the Spartans, who needed only to stop the clock with a spike and bring their field-goal unit out.
Michigan State eventually got lined up — but Maxwell, the quarterback, was nowhere to be seen. Bell went to the line of scrimmage as if to take the snap himself, and Maxwell finally ran over from the sideline to the backfield, but the clock ran out.
Many of Bell’s 140 yards came with Pendleton leading the way. Triplett said his former players has earned every chance he gets going forward.
“Trevon is a fantastic practice player and his work ethic is unbelievable. He can accomplish just about anything,” Triplett said. “An injury will just delay him a little bit and make him work that much harder. He’s just a great kid and can turn a negative into a positive.”
Triplett said Pendleton was the talk of the team’s breakfast Saturday morning and added that Pendleton and former teammate Levi Ratliff, who is a preferred walk-on at Ohio State, have set a great example for current Senators.
“He has made believers out of the kids. He came back this summer and ran drills with us and explained to the kids the difference between high school and college. It’s all about your intensity level,” Triplett said. “He will come back this summer for our camp along with Levi Ratliff, who is at Ohio State right now, and share everything they have learned.”
Game summary provided by Noah Trister of the Associated Press.