With a game full of turnovers and a crowd of 112,784 passionate fans, the #15 Iowa Hawkeyes defeated the #24 Michigan Wolverines 38 – 28 in Ann Arbor.
In the War of the Robinsons, the Hawkeyes’ Adam Robinson prevailed. The sophomore running back and the team’s scoring workhorse, carried the ball 31 times for 143 yards and two touchdowns. His 26-yard run in the fourth quarter enabled the Hawkeyes to get in position for a much-needed field goal and the last score of the evening by either team.
Michigan was the first team to put points on the board around the eight-minute mark. The team would have to wait until the fourth quarter to again score and when they did, it was abundant.
Iowa got on the board at the end of the first quarter with a touchdown by senior Derrell Johnson-Koulianos (DJK). His second touchdown came quickly after Iowa’s defense intercepted Michigan’s Heisman-contending quarterback Denard Robinson. The Hawkeyes lead 14-7 with 13:22 left in the second quarter. The team would score one more time before heading to the locker room with a 21-7 lead at the half.
After an uneventful first four minutes in the second half, Michigan’s Robinson went down in the third quarter with a shoulder injury.
In Robinson’s short time on the field, he went 13 of 18 for 96 yards, one interception and one touchdown. When he played running back, he ran 18 times for 105 yards.
Michigan’s backup quarterback Tate Forcier came in and added a much-needed boost to Michigan’s offense but not before Iowa scored another touchdown from a Forcier interception with 1:50 left in the third quarter. The Hawkeyes took a comfortable 28-7 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Not so fast…
The fourth quarter added a new storyline to the plot. With Iowa ahead by 21 points, Michigan kicked off the fourth quarter with a touchdown at the 13:10 mark. Iowa added another touchdown (again by DJK and as evidenced Iowa’s quarterback Ricky Stanzi’s subsequent smile, the yards needed for the record) and with two additional Michigan touchdowns following, the Wolverines were nipping on the Hawkeyes lead at the 6:55 mark.
At 35 to 28, the game was beginning to turn into a nail biter for Hawkeye Nation.
After driving the ball down the field from a great effort by Stanzi, Iowa’s freshman kicker Mike Meyer had the sole Iowa field goal of the night, a 30-yarder, and advanced the team’s lead to 38 to 28 at 3:18. At the 1:54 mark, Iowa intercepted a Forcier pass.
The game was essentially over.
It was a monumental day for Iowa’s wide receiver DJK: he reached 2,275 reception yards and became Iowa’s all-time leading receiver. The senior took away the record previosly held by Tim Dwight. On the day, DJK had four catches for 70 yards and three touchdowns.
Even without its defensive coordinator Norm Parker once again, Iowa’s defense had a another great game. In the second quarter, safety Tyler Sash had his 12th career interception and picked up the ball after a blocked field goal attempt by Michigan. He then ran the ball 36 yards which set up another Iowa touchdown.
Senior defensive end Adrian Clayborn had a great day by blocking the aforementioned field goal and a Forcier sack after Iowa secured its lead at 38-28. The sack forced a nine-yard loss, ending Michigan’s hope of one last score.
Not to be left out, Iowa’s senior defensive tackle Karl Klug had eight tackles.
Iowa’s unassuming quarterback had a solid performance. Stanzi went 17 of 24, 248 yards and three touchdowns. Once again, he had zero picks.
Next Saturday, the Hawkeyes return to Kinnick Stadium to face a very fired up Wisconsin Badger team who knocked off the No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday evening, 31 to 18.
Stay tuned as the Big Ten conference champion is up for grabs.
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Written by Debbie Baratz