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QUICK HITS: Iowa 24, Michigan 16

Posted on: November 5, 2011 3:59 pm
 

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.

Comments

Since: Oct 21, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2011 8:41 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Iowa 24, Michigan 16

regardless michigan fans... Yall lost, stop complaining and stop thinking your team is good.  Without Denard you all would be nothing.  Be happy yall have 7 wins.



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 7:50 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Iowa 24, Michigan 16

After seeing teams playing up in the big house absolutely robbed for years, I'm not feeling sorry for Michigan on this one. The mantra of good coaches these days is they put in the system to make best use of the personel they have. The mark of bad coaches is they don't get the most of some of thier players because they don't "fit the system". You can change "the system" faster than your players. Pesonally I think Hoke is just holding Robinson back hoping he'll be healthy for the Ohio State game. That's a real bad straetgy Mr. Hoke. There are a lot of other B1G teams that will make you pay for doing that, and you're going to see a few more of them before Ohio State comes to town. I'd be a little more concerned about your record, and a little less concerned about Mr. Robinson's health. Everyone worries about one of their star players getting injured every week. Most don't game plan around keeping it from happening. Of the three teams you have left, Illinois , Nebraska and Ohio State are all bigger hitters than Iowa. Even if that's a viable strategy, this wasn't the week to start. Just be glad you don't play Penn State.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 7:09 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Iowa 24, Michigan 16

I have to admit I thought it was pass interference on that last play though...still a td is needed PLUS a 2 pt conversion, it's just the way the article is written here, Jacobi just comes off as a Dodd understudy for smugness.  It's assuming a lot that the td would be scored AND a 2 pt conversion.

I still think the issue is that Robinson is not the right fit for Hoke's system.  Not that it matters particularly in this game, but in the next year or so there is going to have to be a decision in Ann Arbor for Blue to move forward. 



Since: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2011 6:55 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Iowa 24, Michigan 16

Oh my God, you michigan cry babys!!!



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 5:39 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Iowa 24, Michigan 16

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.
Actually the nose of the ball hit the ground and the ball did move, if it hadn't hit the ground it wouldn't have been a catch, you can go back and DVR the heck out of it and see it...but hey, I am biased myself.  Been there before as well, and I know that he trapped the ball against the ground, that's a correct call cause he was about to lose the ball til it hit the ground and it did move.  Watch it again Jacobi, oh wait, you are a CBS writer...forget it, you know all.

The bottom line is they still would have had to make a 2 pt conversion to tie and that was not a certainty either. 



Since: Sep 14, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 5:02 pm
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Since: Nov 5, 2011
Posted on: November 5, 2011 4:17 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Iowa 24, Michigan 16

Michigan.. Screwed again.


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