Ann Arbor, MI - No. 15 Iowa knows how to milk a clock in the fourth quarter.
Up a touchdown with 6:55 left, Iowa was able to run more than four minutes off the clock, kicking a short field goal to take the 38-28 win over Michigan on the road. Today's contest was considered Iowa's toughest conference road test of the season.
Iowa took a 28-7 lead into the fourth quarter, but Michigan backup quarterback Tate Forcier was able to lead the Wolverines on three straight touchdown drives.
The Hawkeyes (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) knocked out Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson with an apparent arm injury. It might have been their biggest mistake. Forcier was able to pick apart the Iowa secondary for a while, before throwing an interception on the last Wolverine drive. The sophomore went 17-for-26 for 239 yards and a touchdown. But, his two interceptions proved costly.
Early in the game, the Iowa defense seemed focus on shutting down Robinson's big-play ability. The Hawkeyes allowed only 201 total yards for the sophomore. His second lowest output of the season.
Meanwhile, the Iowa offense didn't seem to have trouble moving the ball. Adam Robinson had 201 combined yards, finding the end zone two times.
Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi completed 17-of-24 passes for 248 yards and three scores. All three touchdowns were to wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, who became Iowa's all-time receiving yardage leader with a 19-yard touchdown grab in the third quarter. Johnson passed Tim Dwight on the list and could become the first Hawkeye to lead the team all four years in receiving.
Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz and crew now shift their attention to two straight home contests against ranked opponents. Next week, the Hawkeyes will host Wisconsin, who is currently up 14-0 over Ohio State. The following week, Iowa will take on undefeated Michigan State.
More to come later tonight on HawkeyeInsider.com.