EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Kirk Ferentz would have been celebrating this win even if there wasn't a milestone at stake.
Ferentz won his 100th game as Iowa's coach Saturday when the Hawkeyes outlasted Michigan State 19-16 in double overtime. Mark Weisman ran for 116 yards and scored a tying touchdown in the final minute of regulation, and Mike Meyer kicked four field goals for Iowa.
"Whether it was 100th or 10th, this was a game I'll remember for a while, just because of the way the guys battled and stuck with it," said Ferentz, who has 112 victories overall.
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.
Le'Veon 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.
"It was just an up route. Vandy threw a great ball," Davis said. "It was a play we had to make. Luckily we made it and it gave us a spark."
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 by defensive lineman Louis Trinca-Pasat. The ball 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.
Iowa has won two in a row since a loss to Central Michigan on Sept. 22. Michigan State beat Central Michigan 41-7 last month.