Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
Historically, this is a difficult group to assess within the Iowa defensive scheme. The bend-don't-break style Iowa plays is generally unflattering to the individuals within the defensive backfield.
That said, CMU was beat the Iowa defense to the tune of 283 yards and two touchdowns, including one with 45 seconds remaining when senior Micah Hyde was beaten in one-on-one coverage.
The Hawkeyes defensive backfield made tackles, and came up to make a few plays around the line of scrimmage, but in typical fashion, they failed to disrupt the CMU passing game to any significant degree.
Micah Hyde - Cornerback
Before the late touchdown that put CMU in position to snake-bite the Hawkeyes, Hyde played a pretty good game. Along with Hitchens, he lead the team with 14 tackles, including one for loss. He also had a key pass break-up on third down and downed a punt at the one yard line on special teams.
The reality of his otherwise nice day is that he fell short at exactly the wrong time. He played the ball aggressively and it didn't work out. No one play loses a game like this, but I'm sure Hyde will be replaying that one in his mind for some time.
B.J. Lowery - Cornerback
It was a relatively rough day at the office for Lowery.
He was flagged for pass interference and got turned around so badly on CMU's first touchdown the BTN cameras could barely pan out far enough to see who blew the coverage.
Tom Donatell - Strong Safety
Donatell was in on eight tackles including one for loss. He didn't break up any passes, but that is not overly shocking because, well, Iowa doesn't break up many passes.
Tanner Miller - Free Safety
Miller's stat sheet looks strikingly similar to Donatell's. He was in on seven tackles and had a solo tackle for loss.