Fourth-Quarter Outburst Not Enough in Wolverine Loss to No. 15 Iowa

Oct. 16, 2010

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Michigan Stadium)
Score: #15 Iowa 38, Michigan 28
Records: U-M (5-2, 1-2 Big Ten), Iowa (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten)
Attendance: 112,784 (sellout)
Next U-M Game: Saturday, Oct. 30 -- at Penn State (State College, Pa.), 8 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan football team (NR AP/No. 24 Coaches) scored 21 fourth-quarter points, but the second-half rally fell short against Iowa (No. 15 AP/No. 14 Coaches), 38-28, on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 16) at Michigan Stadium. The Wolverines' offense racked up 522 total yards of offense, but four turnovers and eight penalties for 66 yards prevented U-M from capitalizing on multiple scoring opportunities.

Sophomore quarterback Tate Forcier (San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch), who came in on the second drive of the third quarter, completed 17-of-26 passes for a season-high 239 yards and a touchdown while rushing for another score to lead the Michigan offense. Senior/junior wide receiver Junior Hemingway (Conway, S.C./Conway) set career highs for receptions (nine) and receiving yards (134) and scored his second touchdown of the season, while junior wideout Darryl Stonum (Stafford, Texas/Dulles) added a career-high nine catches for 97 yards. Sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach) eclipsed 100-yards rushing (105) for the sixth time this season and passed for 96 yards and a touchdown in a little more than two quarters of action.

On the other side of the ball, junior/sophomore cornerback J.T. Floyd (Greenville, S.C./J.L. Mann) led the way with 11 tackles, junior/sophomore safety Jordan Kovacs (Curtice, Ohio/Clay) tallied eight tackles, including tying a career high with 2.5 tackles-for-loss, and a pass breakup, and junior/sophomore middle linebacker Kenny Demens (Oak Park, Mich./Detroit Country Day) had a career-high eight tackles in his first collegiate start.

After the Michigan defense forced an Iowa three-and-out on the opening possession, the Wolverines marched down the field in 13 plays -- converting three third downs -- for a touchdown and 7-0 lead. Facing third-and-two, Hemingway snagged an 18-yard pass on a hitch route along the right sideline to enter Iowa territory, before a Robinson eight-yard keeper off the right tackle on fourth-and-one brought the Wolverines to the Hawkeyes' 21-yard line. Michigan's third third-down conversion resulted in a score as Robinson found sophomore superback Vincent Smith (Pahokee, Fla./Pahokee) on a slant route over the middle for an eight-yard touchdown pass.

The Hawkeyes responded with 28 unanswered points after U-M's opening drive score. Two touchdown passes -- 14- and 31-yarders -- by senior quarterback Ricky Stanzi to senior wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos and two rushing scores by sophomore running back Adam Robinson gave Iowa a 28-7 advantage late in the third quarter.

The Wolverines had two prime opportunities to snap the Hawkeyes' point streak but could not take advantage. Robinson drove the Wolverines into scoring range midway through the second quarter, completing a 20-yard screen pass to sophomore/freshman slot receiver Jeremy Gallon (Apopka, Fla./Apopka) and a 13-yard strike to junior tight end Kevin Koger (Toledo, Ohio/Whitmer), but Iowa blocked U-M's 38-yard field goal attempt with 8:33 to go in the second.

Forcier entered the contest early in the third quarter and led U-M into the Iowa red zone on two fourth-down conversions -- a 15-yard rush by freshman superback Stephen Hopkins (Double Oak, Texas/Marcus) and a 12-yard reception by junior/sophomore wideout Roy Roundtree (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison). The Wolverines squandered the chance with a fumble following the second fourth-down conversion, giving the ball back to the Hawkeyes.

Trailing 28-7, the Wolverines began their fourth-quarter rally with 13:10 left in the contest, snapping the Hawkeyes' streak of 28 unanswered points as Hopkins pummeled across the goal line from two yards out to cut into the Hawkeyes' lead to two scores. It was the first rushing touchdown allowed by Iowa this season. Forcier threw eight passes on the first nine plays of the scoring drive -- completing six for 69 yards -- before Hopkins scored his second touchdown of the year three plays later.

After Stanzi and Johnson-Koulianos pushed Iowa's lead back to 21 points with their third touchdown connection, Forcier lobbed a 45-yard pass to a wide-open Hemingway along the left sidelines on the fourth play of the drive for the score to cut the Michigan deficit back to 35-21.

Iowa was forced to punt on its ensuing offensive possession as the Michigan defense took advantage of an Iowa false start in a three-and-out possession. U-M needed only six plays to go 69 yards for another touchdown, using a 31-yard pass from Forcier to Hemingway to set up first-and-goal from the three-yard line. Forcier then scored his first rushing touchdown of the season on the next play, bringing the Wolverines within a touchdown, 35-28, with 6:55 remaining in the contest.

Michigan's kickoff sailed out of bounds, with Iowa taking advantage of the short field with a 10-play drive that resulted in a 30-yard field goal, pushing the Hawkeye lead back to 38-28 with 2:53 remaining in the contest, preserving the Iowa victory.

The Wolverines take a week off before heading to Penn State to face the Nittany Lions on Saturday, Oct. 30. The game is slated to kick off at 8 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN.

Contact: David Ablauf (734) 763-4423

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