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Brady Hoke, offensive coordinator Al Borges and defensive coordinator Greg Mattison—B+
Al Borges called an outstanding game, consistently attacking the Iowa defense and finding creative ways to get both of his best playmakers—Robinson and Gardner—on the field at the same time.
He consistently builds his offense play-by-play and that was no more evident than in the fourth touchdown of the game. With Gardner, Robinson and Vincent Smith lined up in the backfield, he play-actioned to Robinson. With the entire Hawkeye defense going one way, Gardner threw across the field to a wide-open Smith who had three blockers in front of him.
On the other side of the ball, Mattison came out conservatively, which allowed Iowa to stay in the game. After allowing seven easy first-quarter points and watching Iowa work its way down the field in the second, Mattison finally siced the dogs. After that, the Hawkeye offense was largely ineffective.
Finally, Hoke made all the right fourth-down decisions, though it would have been advisable for him to pull Gardner and Robinson in the fourth quarter. An injury to either one of them would have been disastrous.