Tyler Sash hasn’t recorded an assist since his playing basketball at Oskaloosa High School.
On Saturday the junior safety had a big one, intercepting Kirk Cousins in the first quarter and pitching it back to Micah Hyde, who ran it 66 yards for a touchdown.
It gave Iowa a 17-0 lead.
“It was kind of a spur of the moment thing,” Sash said. “It was nothing planned.”
Sash sat underneath the curl route and stepped in front of the receiver to get his 14th career interception (which ties him for fourth all-time with Damien Robinson). Sash ran about six yards, turned, and pitched it back to an unsuspecting Hyde.
“When he caught it, I was trying to block the receiver,” Hyde said. “I told him to slow down. Then he pitched it.
“I was surprised, but I guess I knew what to do with it.”
Hyde ran across the field, picking up several big blocks from the rest of the defense, and dove the final five yards, hitting the pylon with the outstretched football.
Sash compared the decision to pitch to a 40-foot jump shot – when it works, everybody loves it.
“I was just trying to make something happen,” Sash said. “It worked out this time. It might not be there ever again.”
As crazy as the play was, it might not be Sash’s oddest. He had the ping pong interception last year against Indiana.
“It’s not a once-in-a-career thing, but it might be,” Sash said. “Anything like that is just a spur of the moment thing.”
BROTHER TO BROTHER: Hyde definitely had a better afternoon than his older brother, Michigan State strong safety Marcus Hyde.
“I talked to him after the game,” Micah said. “He was mad, of course. He played a tough game.”
Marcus and the MSU secondary didn’t really slow down Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi, who was 11-of-15 for 190 yards and three touchdowns. Marcus was also was whistled for a late hit.
TRICK OR TREAT! Iowa showed a little trickery the day before Halloween, having Marvin McNutt try a reverse pass in the fourth quarter.
McNutt, who came to Iowa as a quarterback, overthrew Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, who might have scored a touchdown on the play.
“I was actually mad at myself, I’ll have nightmares about it,”McNutt said. “And I’ll apologize to DJK about 100 times.”
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said Iowa threw that in there because the Spartans were stacking the defense against the run.
“We are just trying to get a little bit more breathing room and go from there,” he said.
CAPTAIN HERKY: Herky was sporting a Halloween costume of Captain American, which caught the eye of “if-you-don’t-love-it-leave-it” quarterback Ricky Stanzi.
“I thought it was awesome,” Stanzi said. “It was very cool.”
TARP RETURNS: Linebacker Jeff Tarpinian was back on the field Saturday after missing the past two games. He played mainly when Michigan State was in passing situations.
“I told coach, if there’s anything you’ll let me do, I want to get out there,” Tarpinian said.
Tarpinian was Iowa’s leading tackler before suffering his neck stinger.
NORM IN THE HOUSE: Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker, who had missed the previous six games with complications from diabetes, was in attendance Saturday.
Ferentz said Parker wasn’t actively coaching, but did offer some advice.
“He was up there and chirped in every now and then,” Ferentz said. “I think a few tidbits in there, that was great.
“And rumor has it he was going up I-380 and smoking a cigar on the way back midway through the fourth quarter. That’s strictly a rumor. I don’t his doctors would appreciate him smoking cigars right now.”
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