Iowa Stays Unbeaten, Knocks off Michigan

P MurphyContributor IOctober 11, 2009

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Ricky Stanzi #12 of the Iowa Hawkeyes throws a pass while playing the Penn State Nittnay Lions on September 26, 2009 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. Iowa won the game 21-10. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Iowa (2-0 6-0) has a happy homecoming this weekend as Iowa Hawkeyes beat the Michigan Wolverines (1-2 4-2) 30 – 28 in last night’s ABC Primetime Match up.  With this win, Iowa becomes the only Big ten team undefeated this year and pushes the second longest winning streak to 10 games.  This is the first time Iowa won the first 6 games of the season since 1985 when Iowa won the first seven.

Ricky Stanzi threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns with only one interception.  Tony Moeaki had 6 receptions for 105 yards and two touchdowns.

The game started bad for the Hawkeyes as Ricky Stanzi’s first throw was intercepted by Michigan’s Donovan Warren and ran back for a touchdown.  This was even before Michigan’s offense was on the field.  This made it 7 – 0 Michigan.

After the interception, Stanzi passed Iowa back down the field and score a touchdown with a 34 yard reception to Tony Moeaki.  This was Moeaki’s first reception coming off the injury list.  Tony has missed the last 3 games and it show last night why he is a big factor in Iowa’s scoring drives.  This made it 7 – 7 with over nine minutes left in the first quarter.

Michigan’s Tate Forcier started driving the Wolverine’s down the field then made a Freshman mistake by lofting a pass up in the air.  The pass was interception by Iowa’s Jeremiha Hunter at the Mich 35.  Hunter returned the ball for only 16 yards.

Iowa only move the ball 8 yards before stalling out on an incomplete pass on third down.  Iowa’s Daniel Murray kicked a 28 yard field goal to make the score 10 – 7 Iowa.

Michigan mixed up the play calling as they marched down the field and scored on a 3 yard rushing touchdown by Brandon Minor.  This ended Iowa’s streak of 33 quarters not allowing a rushing touchdown.  The score is now Michigan 14, Iowa 10 at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter was all Iowa. Iowa force Michigan’s Forcier to fumble the ball that Iowa recovered.  Hawkeyes pushed the ball 22 yard before Murray making a 41 yard field goal to cut Michigan’s lead to one with a 14 -13 score.

Iowa then force Michigan to punt the ball after going three and out.  Stanzi then completed a 33 yard pass to Trey Stross and a 47 yard pass to DJK to get Iowa into the Red Zone.  This is then Iowa’s running game start up as Brandon Weghner flipped over the line for a one yard touchdown run.  Iowa reclaim the lead 20-14.

Iowa got the ball back with 1:19 left of the quarter and tried for a 53 yard field goal that Murray missed to end the half.

Iowa was held to only 3 rushing yards for the half.  Iowa came out of halftime as a different team then the first half.

In the third quarter, Iowa forced another three and out on Michigan as they started where they left off in the first half.

Iowa marched down the field with their running game back on track to finish the drive with a 40 yard field goal by Murray to make the score 23 -14 Iowa.

With 8:46 left in the third quarter, Michigan marched the ball down the field by almost running every play.  Michigan cut the Iowa lead to just 2 points with a Brandon Minor one yard touchdown run.  This score was 23 – 21 Iowa.

Iowa started to drive the ball down the field again but time expired in the third quarter.

Iowa Offense stalled at the Michigan’s one yard line as Iowa turnover the ball on downs to Michigan.  Michigan failed to move the ball which caused Iowa to get the ball in good field positioning.  Iowa Stanzi then completed a 42 yard pass to Moeaki for another touchdown to make the Iowa lead 9 again at 30 – 21.

With 7:42 left in the game, Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez benched Forcier and let Freshman Denard Robinson quarterback Michigan’s offense.  This was a wise choice as Denard Robinson drove Michigan down the field with his running ability and capped of the drive with his fourth rushing touchdown of the season from three yards out to make the score 30 – 28 Iowa.

Iowa receive the ball back with 3:16 left to play but was unable to move it down the field, but was able to use some of the clock up.  Iowa had to punt it back to Michigan with 1:30 left to play.

Michigan’s Denard Robinson started to drive the Wolverines down the field, but end up being greedy with his pass as Iowa’s Brett Greenwood intercepted the ball to end the game and Michigan’s comeback.