Iowa Football: Hawkeyes Shock Wolverines

The Iowa Hawkeyes welcomed in the third ranked Michigan Wolverines on Saturday night looking for an upset.

Iowa got embarrassed last weekend.

All signs pointed to another one coming with the Michigan Wolverines in town. They have one of the best offenses and defenses in the conference and Iowa has struggled mightily the past few weeks on both sides of the ball.

Saturday night brought opportunity. And Iowa took advantage of that opportunity. 

Keith Duncan's 33 yard kick gave the Hawkeyes a 14-13 win over the third ranked team in the country. 

The Iowa Hawkeyes locked Michigan into a battle from the get go. They forced them into three punts and a safety in the first half, but did allow a touchdown and a field goal. The Iowa offense dragged behind a bit, but they went into the half trailing by two at 10-8. 

If the Iowa defense could hold in the second half, they had a shot. And that's exactly what they did.

Iowa got a field goal to lead off the second half after Michigan fumbled the kickoff. After that, the Iowa defense held strong, forcing back to back punts from the Wolverines. 

Michigan got a field goal on their very next drive to make it 13-11 with a little over nine minutes to play in the game. Iowa would punt on their next drive, but true freshman Manny Rugamba picked off Wilton Speight to give Iowa some momentum. The Hawkeyes would have a chance, but C.J. Beathard threw an interception with just under two minutes left and Iowa's chances looked bleak.

Michigan controlled the rock for 26 seconds before having to punt back to the Hawkeyes. Iowa's Desmond King returned the punt to about midfield, but a facemask penalty would give the Hawkeyes another 15 yards and set them up perfectly to go ahead and win the game. 

Greg Davis drew up the perfect play on first down which was a screen pass to Akrum Wadley, who was absolutely fantastic over the course of the entire night. That play went for 10 yards and got the Hawks to Michigan's 26. The Hawkeyes rattled off three straight run plays, including an eight yard QB keeper from Beathard and they were in business at the Michigan 15. 

The Hawkeyes let the clock wind down and Keith Duncan came in to seal a narrow victory.  

The improbable had happened, Iowa beat the third ranked Michigan Wolverines. 

The Hawkeyes were in no way impressive on the offensive side of the football, aside from Akrum Wadley, but at the end of the day it doesn't really matter. 

The Hawkeyes knocked off the Wolverines to finally become bowl eligible and possibly ruin the national title hopes the Wolverines possessed.


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