IOWA CITY, Iowa
-- The University of Michigan football team defeated Iowa by a score of 12-9 on a rainy and cold afternoon (52 degrees at kickoff) in Iowa City, Iowa. U-M head coach Lloyd Carr
won his 20th game in Big Ten play (20-8) and collected his 11th straight conference victory.
The Wolverines offense utilized a balanced attack that gained 147 yards rushing and 146 yards passing for 293 yards of total offense. They persisted through 12 penalties (112 yards) and five turnovers (three fumbles, two interceptions) to gain a hard-fought conference victory.
Iowa won the coin toss and deferred choice to the second half. The Wolverines elected to receive the opening kickoff. Michigan started at its 16-yard line after a 15-yard return on the opening kickoff by Anthony Thomas (Winnfield, La.). The offense marched 84 yards down the field and capped the scoring drive with a 14-yard touchdown reception by senior wide receiver Tai Streets (Matteson, Ill.) from Tom Brady (San Mateo, Calif.). The 6:20 drive was balanced with seven rushing and seven passing plays.
Iowa started its first drive of the game on the 20-yard line after kicker Hayden Epstein (Cardiff, Calif.) forced a touchback. The Michigan defense forced Iowa into a punting situation after three offensive plays. The Hawkeyes punted to the Wolverines where sophomore James Whitley (Norfolk, Va.) signaled for a fair catch. He fumbled and Iowa's Doug Miller recovered, giving the Hawkeyes the ball at the Wolverines' 31-yard line.
With the renewed life and good field position, Iowa tried to get onto the board. The Wolverines' defense held and forced a Hawkeyes field goal. Tim Douglas' 52-yard field goal attempt missed short, preserving Michigan's 7-0 lead.
On Michigan's ensuing drive, Brady dropped back to pass and looked for junior wide receiver Marcus Knight (Sylacauga, Ala.). The ball went through Knight's hands and was intercepted by Tarig Holman. The Hawkeyes took over on the Michigan 49-yard line but were unable to move the football and were forced to punt the ball back to the Wolverines.
Michigan started at its own 15-yard line and gained a first down before it gave the ball away for third time in the first quarter. Brady was intercepted by Holman for the second straight Michigan possession, on third-and-11. Iowa took over in Michigan territory at the 50-yard line. The Hawkeyes would get on the board with 12:29 remaining in the first half as Douglas connected on a 49-yard field goal. The scoring drive went 18 yards on six plays and consumed 2:45.
Holding a 7-3 lead, the Wolverines took over at their 11-yard line but could not gain a first down. Senior punter Jason Vinson (Troy, Mich.) was credited with a 20-yard punt after receiving a low snap.
Iowa took over inside Michigan's territory for the fourth consecutive series, this time at the Wolverines' 40-yard line. They used the good field position to its benefit, moving the ball down to the Michigan 12-yard line before the drive stalled. Placekicker Zach Bromert connected on a 29-yard field goal to cut the lead to 7-6. The eight-play scoring drive took 4:06 and covered 28 yards.
The Hawkeyes would take the lead into halftime, 9-7, after placekicker Zach Bromert kicked his second field goal of the first half and the team's third. Bromert notched a 28-yard field goal with 15 seconds remaining in the second quarter. The scoring drive took 47 seconds. Iowa drove 44 yards in four plays with the big play coming on a 25-yard pass from Kyle McCann to Trevor Bollers.
Iowa received the second-half kickoff from Michigan, starting its initial possession at the 27-yard line. The Wolverines' held the Hawkeyes to three plays and forced the punt.
Taking over at its 34-yard line, Michigan moved into Iowa territory but was unable to get within field-goal range after the Hawkeyes Jared DeVries sacked Brady on third down. Vinson came in to kick and pinned Iowa deep at its seven-yard line.
Iowa was called for holding on first down, moving the ball to the three-yard line. The Wolverine defense held on three successive Hawkeye running plays and forced a punt by Jason Baker. Iowa punted to Whitley, who returned it 15 yards prior to a fumble that was recovered by D.J. Johnson. Iowa gained the ball at its own 33-yard line but again moved backward due to a penalty. Michigan forced a punt that was downed at the 38-yard line.
Both teams were unable to sustain drives for the remainder of the third quarter and fumbled to the other on successive plays during the period.
The Wolverines would gain the lead, 10-9, with 8:19 remaining in the fourth quarter as placekicker Jay Feely (Odessa, Fla.) notched a 22-yard field goal. Michigan started at its own 41-yard line and moved the ball 54 yards in 10 plays. The scoring drive elapsed 3:31 with Brady connecting on all three passes (23 yards) and the running game picking up 30 yards.
Iowa took possession at the 20-yard line after Epstein booted his second kickoff of the game into the end zone for a touchback. The Hawkeyes gained one first down but the Wolverine defense stopped the drive and forced yet another punt.
Michigan took over on its own 12-yard line and proceeded to gain two first downs and iced all but the final 51 seconds. The big play in the series was a clutch 17-yard reception by Streets on third down. Forced to punt with 51 seconds left, Vinson punted inside the five-yard line where Iowa's Kahlil Hill caught the kick near the sideline. Hill ran across the field and was chased into the end zone, where he was tackled for a safety by redshirt freshman Anthony Jordan (Jersey City, N.J.).
After Iowa's attempted onside kick was recovered by tight end Jerame Tuman (Liberal, Kan.), Michgan sealed the 12-9 victory by kneeling once.
The Wolverines will have their first bye week in two years next Saturday (Oct. 10). Michigan will return to the field on Oct. 17 when the Wolverines travel to Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill., to face Northwestern in a game that can be seen on ESPN beginning at 7 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. CDT.
David Ablauf (734) 763-4423