Ann Arbor – Michigan trailed 28-7 to open the fourth quarter against the No. 15-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes, then fell just short of a new stadium comeback record in a tight 38-28 loss to the visitors on Saturday afternoon at Michigan Stadium.
A game tied 7-7 after the first quarter; the Hawkeyes blew the game open with a dominating 21-0 run over the games middle quarters. Running back Adam Robinson, 31 carries for 143 yards, scored a pair of touchdowns during the burst, and quarterback Ricky Stanzi, 17-of-24 for 248 yards, found Derrell Johnson-Koulianos for a touchdown toss in the second quarter, one of three between the pair.
Michigan outgained the Hawkeyes 522-383, but four turnovers, a slew of special team's breakdowns and a handful of drive-killing penalties helped Iowa to the 10-point win.
"The penalties were ridiculous, especially in the first half," said Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez. "The turnovers are inexcusable. We're not good enough to have those things and beat anybody, let alone a good Iowa team."
Down 35-14 with 11:37 remaining, backup quarterback Tate Forcier, 17-of-26 for 239 yards and a score in place of injured starter Denard Robinson, led Michigan to within a touchdown with two quick scores in a four minute burst.
Starting backed up at Michigan's own 25-yardline, Forcier engineered a 4-play scoring drive capped with a 45-yard bomb to wide receiver Junior Hemingway down the left sideline. Minutes later, after a quick three-and-out from the Hawkeyes, Forcier plunged in himself from the Iowa three with 6:55 remaining.
Michigan's magic ran out in the final minutes, though, and the Hawkeyes moved the ball to the Michigan 13-yardline for the games' final points, a 30-yard Mike Meyer field goal, to put the game out of reach. On the Hawkeyes game-clinching drive the visitors converted a pair of third-and-long situations to keep Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier on the bench.
In the games first three quarters the Hawkeyes jumped out to a quick 28-7 lead.
Michigan opened the scoring on its first possession, a 75-yard 13-play drive that was capped with an 8-yard touchdown toss from Denard Robinson to Vincent Smith. Robinson found Smith on a slant for the score, plus set up the score with an eight-yard run on 4th-and-1.
Iowa answered though with 28 straight points. Johnson-Koulianos took an underneath pass around the corner and scored on 3rd-and-long to tie the score. Then, following a blocked Michigan field goal, the Hawkeyes top receiver hauled in a 31-yard bomb off the play-action pass to claim their first lead.
Adam Robinson added his first touchdown run to end the half, a four-yard cutback run, then found the left corner for his second touchdown run of the game, this one from 11-yards out, to give Iowa it's 28-7 lead.
With the loss the Wolverines fall to 5-2 on the season and 1-2 in Big 10 action. Michigan is off next weekend before traveling to State College, Penn., for a primetime showdown with the Penn State Nittany Lions. Kick-off is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.
No. 15 Hawkeyes Down U-M 38-28
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