Rob Report: Michigan

HN.com Senior Writer Rob Howe offers his views from the press box. In this week's edition, we talk the end of the streak at Kinnick, a short post game press conference for Drew Tate and none for Chad Greenway, true freshmen that dressed, injury report and plenty of nuggets in Extra Points.

From the heroics of Dallas Clark and Brad Banks to pull it out against Purdue in 2002 to lighting up the night against Arizona State in ‘03 to thumping Wisconsin to clinch a Big Ten title in '04, few Hawkeye fans will soon forget the impressive 22-game winning streak at Kinnick Stadium.

It came to an end with a gut-wrenching 23-20 overtime loss to Michigan on Saturday. Still, the memories of the record run carved a place in Iowa lore.

"You never want something like that to end," Iowa Center Brian Ferentz said. "It's great. But the bottom line is that our fan support is not going to waiver because we've lost a game at home.

"I've never seen Kinnick like it was today. Hats off to the fans. This doesn't change anything. This is the best place to play in the country. It's so special to go out and play in front of these people every week."

Before Saturday, Iowa's last home lost came to Iowa State (36-31) on Sept. 14, 2002. The Hawkeye last lost a home game in the Big Ten on Oct. 27, 2001 to Michigan (32-26).

The Iowa crowd sounded tremendous on Saturday with almost the entire stadium wearing black clothes for the team's "Blackout" promotion.

"It hurts," Iowa Receiver Clinton Solomon said of the loss. "Our crowd was into it. They were ready to go. We played our hearts out. Without a doubt, we played 60 minutes plus. (The Wolverines) played their hearts out. They have it all they had. They had a little bit more at the end. That's why they came out with the victory."

TALKING & WALKING: Iowa QB Drew Tate made a quick appearance in the post game press conference on Saturday. He answered a few questions from only a handful of reporters. Most of the other journalists were listening to Coach Kirk Ferentz's postgame down the hall at the time.

Once the small group of media finished with Tate, he quickly exited the room with a member of the Iowa Sports Information Department walking behind him saying that he had to wait for the coach's press conference to end before he could leave. Tate kept walking and did not return. He was pleasant to the reporters with whom he spoke and did take blame for the loss.

Iowa Linebacker Chad Greenway did not attend the press conference. He normally has been one of the most outspoken Hawkeyes.

FRESH LOOK: True freshmen in uniform on Saturday - Kanellis, Bain, Greene, Moeaki, Richardson, Christensen, Bailey, Brown, Robertson, Calloway, Eubanks, Kuempel, Stross, Doering, Wilson, Meade, Jackson, Rowell, Travers and Angerer.

INJURY REPORT: Eric McCollom, who missed the last several weeks with a leg injury, dressed on Saturday and participate in pregame drills. He did not play. Fellow receiver Calvin Davis was not in uniform.

After missing last week with an ankle injury, Antwan Allen returned to the starting lineup. Safety Charles Godfrey dressed, but remained sidelined with a leg injury that he suffered two weeks ago against Purdue.

UNHAPPY CAPTAIN: After the third pass interference call against Iowa, Kirk Ferentz called time out to speak with the lead official. The Iowa coach screamed at the referees during each of the first two interference penalties. He lost it on the third interference penalty and ran onto the field for a timeout.

Iowa, the least penalized team in the conference, was whistled for infractions five times in the first quarter and half. Two of the three pass interference calls were poor and the other was questionable. The Hawkeyes also were called for interfering with the punter in that stretch, a whistle that also caused the coach to erupt. .

EXTRA POINTS: Bowl reps in attendance on Saturday were for the Sun, Capital One, Alamo and Outback…LB Mike Humpal replaced DT Mitch King when Iowa went to a 3-4 defensive look on likely passing downs. Iowa used the 3-4 less than 10 times on Saturday and scrapped it for good when it failed on a third and long conversion to Jason Avant on the play before Breaston's 52-yard touchdown. Iowa played nickel after that…Injured receiver Ed Hinkel was very involved in the game as a cheerleader. He was yelling encouragement to teammates during sideline huddles and encouraged the crowd to make noise on several occasions…After Matt Melloy's acrobatic sideline catch in the third quarter, QB Drew Tate raced down the field to congratulate his receiver…Following Kyle Schlicher's missed third-quarter field goal attempt, he walked over to ask advice of honorary captain Rob Houghtlin, who kicked the memorable game-winner for Iowa against Michigan in '85. Schlicher's attempt was partially blocked…Iowa Linebacker Abdul Hodge pulled off his helmet after the final play, dropped it in the end zone and stood there for several minutes in stunned solitude...There were very few hand shakes between members of the teams at game's end…Herb Grigsby scored both of Iowa's TDs on receptions of 13 and 4 yards…Tate has now thrown for at least two touchdowns in 11 of his last 13 games…Iowa fell to 0-3 on games televised by ABC this season…Hodge recorded 20 tackles to move passed Fred Barr into fourth place on the school's all-time list with 385…Greenway posted 16 stops to pass Matt Hughes and Tom Rusk and move into sixth place with 369 in his career.


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