After their hot 3-0 start, Iowa dropped three consecutive games to Pittsburgh (20-21), Northwestern (17-22), and Michigan State (13-16) to even their record out at 3-3.
Shonn Greene ran for a combined 463 yards and 2 TDs (Michigan State the only team to not let him score throughout the whole year), sending a message to everyone that he was among the elite college backs.
Iowa lost these three games by a combined 9 points, and they easily could've turned out differently. Against Pittsburgh, Shonn Greene was taken out for much of the fourth quarter, and backup QB Jake Christenstian came in late in the game only to scramble on 3rd and long for some reason and fumbling, essentialy ending the game for Iowa.
Against Northwestern, Iowa coughed up the ball five times, including a fumble on a punt return with about a minute left in the half (Northwestern ended up scoring a TD just before the teams hit the locker rooms). If that fumble never happened, do the math, one less touchdown, Iowa wins 17-15.
But who knows, if that hadn't happened everything else in the game would've been different.
Perhaps the only team that truly outplayed Iowa was Michigan State, who was the only team this year to not allow a touchdown to Shonn Greene. 2008 was beginning to look the past three years at the halfway point for Iowa.