Nov. 20, 2013
WOLVERINES AND THE HAWKEYES
This will be the 59th meeting between Michigan and Iowa. The Wolverines hold a 41-13-4 lead in the all-time series and have a 16-6-1 mark in Iowa City, including a 15-6-1 record at Kinnick Stadium. Michigan has won 11 of the last 16 games in the series. Last season's win at Michigan Stadium snapped the Wolverines' three-game losing streak to the Hawkeyes.
STREAKS TO WATCH
WR Jeremy Gallon has posted a reception in 36 straight games.
Gallon has notched multiple receptions in 16 straight games. He has posted five-plus catches in five consecutive outings.
TE Devin Funchess has a catch in 11 straight games.
Funchess has posted at least 60 receiving yards in six consecutive games. He has also posted four or more receptions in six straight contests.
K Brendan Gibbons has converted a program-record 138 straight PATs.
LB Frank Clark has collected a tackle-for-loss in five consecutive games.
LB Desmond Morgan has tallied at least four tackles in 25 straight regular-season games.
Fifth-year senior wide receiver Jeremy Gallon joined elite company last weekend at Northwestern, becoming only the 10th player in program history to post 1,000 receiving yards or more in a single season. In total, the feat has only been accomplished 13 times in U-M history.
Through 10 games, Gallon has 1,062 receiving yards. He needs 268 yards to tie Braylon Edwards (1,330 yards in 2004) for the program single-season record.
After posting 10 receptions last week at Northwestern, Gallon has 149 career receptions for the Maize and Blue, ranking eighth all time in the category.
Gallon's 2,393 career receiving yards rank fourth best in program history.
Gallon ranks second in the Big Ten in receiving yards (1,062), receiving yards per game (106.2) and catches (65).
The Apopka, Fla., native has led Michigan in receiving yards in six of 10 games this season.
Sophomore tight end Devin Funchess' 684 receiving yards in 2013 are the most all-time by a U-M tight end in a single season, surpassing Jim Mandich's previous program record of 662 yards in 1969.
Funchess is averaging 89.8 receiving yards per game over those last six outings and leads all Big Ten tight ends in catches (42) catches, yards (684) and touchdowns (five). Through 10 games, he has already tripled his 2012 receiving output (15 catches for 234 yards).
The Farmington Hills native ranks third among FBS tight ends in receiving yards and fourth among TE in receptions. He is also tied for fourth in the FBS in TDs by a tight end.
Funchess' 918 receiving yards through 23 games already rank eighth among U-M tight ends on the program's career receiving yardage list.
Funchess is one of just two tight ends in U-M history with three 100-yard receiving efforts, joining Jim Mandich (1967-69).
Funchess has posted 11 20+-yard receptions through 10 games.
Through 10 games, Gardner is averaging 287.2 yards of total offense, which ranks second in the Big Ten and 26th in the nation.
Gardner ranks first in the Big Ten and 19th in the country in points responsible for per game (15.0 avg.). His 2,872 yards of total offense through 10 games already rank sixth on U-M's single-season list.
Gardner's 3,891 career passing yards already rank 11th all-time in U-M history.
Gardner, who has appeared in 15 consecutive games for the Maize and Blue behind center, currently owns the top mark on Michigan's career efficiency rating list (148.8).
In total, Gardner has accounted for 29 of U-M's 42 red-zone touchdowns over the last 15 games.
LAST TIME AGAINST IOWA
Behind a six-touchdown performance (three pass, three rush) from junior quarterback Devin Gardner, U-M defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes, 42-17, on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in front of 113,016 fans on Senior Day at Michigan Stadium.
Gardner threw for a career-high 314 yards and three scores while also adding 37 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. He became the first Michigan quarterback to account for six touchdowns in a game since Steve Smith accomplished the feat in 1983.
Senior quarterback Denard Robinson, who ran plays as a running back and wide receiver, led the team with 98 yards rushing on 13 carries. Fifth-year senior receiver Roy Roundtree and senior/junior receiver Jeremy Gallon each tallied five catches in the game and accounted for a combined 216 yards receiving (Gallon, 133; Roundtree, 83).
COACH HOKE AGAINST IOWA
Saturday will mark Brady Hoke's fourth contest against Iowa as a head coach. Last season, U-M downed Iowa, 42-17, on Senior Day at the Big House. In his first season at the helm of Michigan, Hoke and the Wolverines fell to the Hawkeyes, 24-16, at Kinnick Stadium on Nov. 5, 2011. Hoke's Ball State team fell at Iowa in 2005.
ABOUT THE HAWKEYES
After missing the postseason a year ago, Iowa (6-4 overall, 3-3 Big Ten) has turned things around in 2013, winning six of its last nine games to become bowl eligible for the 12th time in the last 13 seasons. The Hawkeyes' four losses are to teams that have a combined record of 37-3 (Northern Illinois, 10-0; Michigan State, 9-1; Ohio State, 10-0, Wisconsin, 8-2).
Head coach Kirk Ferentz's squad was idle last weekend and is coming off a decisive 38-14 win at Purdue on Nov. 9 -- the 300th conference win in school history. One year removed from a 4-8 season, the turnaround in Iowa City has been fueled by a balanced offensive attack and a stingy defense. Through 10 games, QB Jake Rudock has completed 167-of-279 passes for 1,916 yards and 14 touchdowns, while also rushing the ball 49 times for 188 yards and five scores. Junior Mark Weisman leads Iowa's rushing attack, using 167 carries to amass a team-high 777 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.
The Iowa defensive unit is led by senior linebacker James Morris, who is the only Big Ten player this season to record at least 80 tackles, four sacks and three interceptions. Iowa has allowed four rushing TDs this year -- tied for the second-lowest total in the nation -- and the unit ranks third in the Big Ten and tied for 12th in the FBS in pass defense, allowing only 189.2 yards per game through the air.