Michigan State started quickly on an ugly, rainy day in East Lansing.
Linebacker Denicos Allen intercepted Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg on a pass tipped by William Gholston on the fifth play of the game to give Michigan State the ball at the Iowa 26.
Four plays later, Le’Veon Bell rattled off an impressive 14-yard run to put the Spartans up 7-0 with 11:11 left in the opening quarter.
The drive lasted only four plays, all four runs toBell.
It was the first time Michigan State scored a touchdown in the first quarter since the second week against Central Michigan.