Posted by Adam Jacobi
IOWA WON. Backup cornerback B.J. Lowery broke up a 4th down pass from two yards out as time expired, and Iowa held on for a 24-16 upset of No. 15 Michigan. The Wolverines had a first and goal at the Iowa 3 with under 30 seconds to play, but Denard Robinson threw four straight incompletions to finish the game.
WHY IOWA WON: The Iowa defense finally got a 4th quarter stop. Sort of. It's been no surprise over the last two years that Iowa's defense has struggled mightily to protect 4th quarter leads, and it appeared that their pattern of futility could continue on Saturday as a 24-9 lead was three yards (and a subsequent two-point conversion) away from evaporating. And yet, just barely, the Hawkeyes held on for the win. The Hawkeye defense also deserves mountains of credit for bottling up Robinson, who threw for 194 yards on 17-37 passing and rushed for just 55 yards on 12 carries.
WHEN IOWA WON: When Lowery poked the ball away from Roy Roundtree's grasp on the last play of the game. Michigan fans wanted a pass interference call and they might have a point, but no flag came and that was that for Iowa. More on the late-game officiating later.
WHAT IOWA WON: Iowa's now bowl-eligible, and with games still remaining against Michigan State and Nebraska, the Hawkeyes do still control their own destiny in the Legends Division race. More than that, though, what Iowa really won was a return to contendedness for the fanbase after last week's embarrassing loss at Minnesota. Tonight, when Iowa fans' heads hit the pillows, they won't be dreaming of the entire coaching staff getting fired.
WHAT MICHIGAN LOST: The Wolverines' road to the Big Ten championship took a major hit on Saturday; now, Michigan needs Michigan State to lose twice, as the Spartans have a one-game lead and the tiebreaker. Michigan is also still searching for a high-level Big Ten win, as their conference wins have come against Minnesota, Purdue, and Northwestern. They had a shot here for just that kind of win, and they missed it.
THAT WAS CRAZY: On 2nd and goal on the game's final possession, Michigan WR Junior Hemingway made a falling one-handed catch at the back of the end zone, but officials called it incomplete, saying Hemingway was out of bounds. The play was reviewed, and while Hemingway was clearly inbounds, there was enough uncertainty about whether Hemingway had enough control that the play stood. The ball did hit the ground during the catch, but it didn't move from his grasp. All in all, incomplete, but expect major gripes about this play to emanate from the Michigan faithful over the next 48 hours.