IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Junior tailback Jerome Jackson (Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw HS) scored on a one-yard run in the first overtime to give the University of Michigan football team a 23-20 victory against Iowa Saturday (Oct. 22), ended a 22-game home winning streak for the Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium. The Wolverines (5-3, 3-2 Big Ten) also ended the Hawkeyes' 15-game home winning streak against Big Ten opponents and remained a perfect 5-0 all-time in overtime games. All five of Michigan's conference games have gone down the final minute of regulation or overtime, with Wolverines claiming three victories.
All of Jackson's 44 rushing yards came during the fourth quarter and overtime.
Henne completed 14-of-21 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns in the game. Freshman tailback Kevin Grady (Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids HS) led the rushing attack with 18 carries for 62 yards, and Jackson gained 44 yards on 11 carries, all in the fourth quarter and overtime. Avant grabbed seven receptions for 105 yards and one touchdown, and senior wide receiver Steve Breaston (North Braddock, Pa./Woodland Hills HS) added two receptions for 62 yards, including the go-ahead 52-yard TD in the fourth quarter.
Iowa scored the game's first points at 9:07 of the first quarter as quarterback Drew Tate completed a short pass to wide receiver Herb Grigsby in the left flat and he followed one blocker into the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown. The nine-play scoring drive covered a season-best 85 yards for the Hawkeyes in 3:25, with tailback Albert Young rushing five times for 33 yards and Tate completing all three passes for 48 yards. Iowa stopped Michigan around midfield on its opening possession of the game.
The Wolverines tied the score at 7-7 as Henne tossed a five-yard touchdown pass to Avant in the back of the end zone at 13:45 of the second quarter. U-M began the series with its best field position to date, the 32-yard line, following a 15-yard catch interference on Iowa. Junior offensive lineman Jake Long (Lapeer, Mich./Lapeer East HS) made his season debut at the outset of the drive and helped the Wolverine march 68 yards in 10 plays, with the ground game contributing 32 yards and the combination of Henne and Avant hooking up on three pass plays for 37 yards (nine, 23 and five yards).
Iowa regained the lead 14-7 on the ensuing drive as Tate tossed his second TD pass of the game to Herb Grigsby, a four-yard pass across the middle at 8:09 of the second quarter. The Hawkeyes' 12-play, 80-yard scoring drive covered 5:36. Tate completed all eight passes for 81 yards on the drive, and tailback Albert Young gained 11 yards on three carries.
Michigan trimmed the deficit to 14-10 at 8:25 of the third quarter as junior kicker Garrett Rivas (Tampa, Fla./Jesuit HS) converted a 26-yard field goal. The Wolverines gained excellent field position at the Hawkeyes' 42-yard line after freshman safety Brandon Harrison (Dayton, Ohio/Chaminade-Julienne HS) collected his first career interception and returned it 11 yards. Henne completed a 13-yard pass to senior tight end Tyler Ecker (El Dorado Hills, Calif./Oak Ridge HS) on a fourth-and-three play from Iowa's 35-yard line to keep the drive alive after three Grady runs netted seven yards. Freshman Antonio Bass (Jackson, Mich./Jackson HS) provided U-M with a first-and-goal at the four-yard line as he lined up at center and rolled left and completed his first career pass for 13 yards to a diving Avant. The Wolverines were unable to punch the ball into the end zone and Rivas connected on his first field goal attempt of the game.
The Hawkeyes tried to answer the Wolverines' field goal with one of their own, but kicker Kyle Schlicher's 41-yard attempt by partially blocked by senior inside linebacker David Harris (Grand Rapids, Mich./Ottawa Hills HS). Iowa moved 49 yards in 11 plays and got down to Michigan's 24-yard line before the drive stalled.
On Michigan's first possession of the fourth quarter Bass ran left and the ball came loose as he hit the ground. He was initially ruled down but the play was reviewed and overturned, giving the Hawkeyes possession at the Wolverines' 27-yard line. Bass was stripped off the ball by linebacker Abdul Hodge, and defensive lineman Bryan Mattison recovered the ball. Michigan's defense held firm, pushing Iowa backwards, and forced a punting situation.
The Wolverines gained their first lead of the game, 17-14, as Breaston caught a flare pass in the left flat, broke a tackle and outran the defense down the left sideline for a 52-yard touchdown. The five-play, 88-yard scoring drive took 2:19 and put the Hawkeyes in a trailing situation at home for the first time in 47 quarters. Jackson started the drive with a 19-yard run and added a two-yarder on the very next play. Michigan was forced into a third-and-10 play at its 30-yard line. Henne hit Avant for 18 yards on a slant pass that set up the first down touchdown pass to Breaston.
After holding Michigan at midfield, Iowa took over at its 12-yard line with 2:42 remaining and scored the game-tying points at the end of regulation as Schlicher connected on a 32-yard field goal. The Hawkeyes scoring drive covered 74 yards in nine plays, with Tate completing all four passes for 54 yards, including a key 30-yard pass to Grigsby down the middle of the secondary to U-M's 21-yard line. Young rushed four times for 20 yards on the drive.
Michigan won the toss in overtime and selected to go on defense first. Iowa moved the ball 15 yards in six plays but the drive stalled at its 10-yard line on an incomplete pass attempt from Tate to Clinton Solomon at the goal line. The Hawkeyes were aided by a defensive holding penalty against the Wolverines on third-and-eight at the 23-yard line.
The Wolverines will continue their Big Ten road swing with a match-up against Northwestern at Ryan Field next Saturday (Oct. 29) at 6 p.m. CDT (7 p.m. EDT). The game will be televised nationally by either ESPN or ESPN2.
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