Iowa Hawkeyes Stunned by Central Michigan Chippewas 32-31

Mike Shiekman@TheRealShiekFeatured ColumnistSeptember 22, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 01:  Tanner Miller #5 of the Iowa Hawkeyes awaits the snap against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Soldier Field on September 1, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Iowa defeated Northern Illinois 18-17.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Central Michigan Chippewas have knocked off the Iowa Hawkeyes 32-31 in Iowa City.

Central Michigan kicker David Harman booted a 47-yard field goal through the uprights with three seconds left to seal the deal.

The Central Michigan kicker had a banner day on the road in Kinnick Stadium, hitting four field goals. None were more important than the last one.

While in upsets like these the home team usually loses turnovers to seal their fate, it seems that the Hawkeyes had simply met their match. They outgained the Chippewas with 430 total yards, but their opponent made a few more big plays when they counted.

Credit Central Michigan senior QB Ryan Radcliff for leading the offense down the field with efficiency. The signal-caller completed 74 percent of his passes with two touchdowns and no picks. On the receiving end, wideout Titus Davis caught both scores and Cody Wilson paced the group with eight catches for 105 yards.

If the Hawkeyes are going to point fingers, penalties should be the culprit. The Hawkeyes got flagged nine times for 106 yards. On Central Michigan’s final drive, Iowa defensive end Joe Gaglione was called for a personal foul on a critical 3rd-and-6.

The Chippewas would get a fresh set of downs, and four plays later kick the field goal to secure the upset bid.

Teams don’t win games easily when the yellow flag gets tossed around like that.

Today, Central Michigan was good enough to turn the tables, and Iowa suffered for it.

After losing to Iowa State in Week 2, Iowa City has become Upset City yet again. Hawkeyes fans wish differently.

Iowa falls to 2-2 on the season, with a 1-2 record on their home field. The Central Michigan Chippewas are now 2-1, winning their first road game of the season.