A last second field goal by kicker Keith Duncan sunk the Wolverines 14-13 in Iowa City on Friday night. The offense came out flat and wasn't up to the task, leaving a lot of chances to put the game away out on the field.
With only 201 total yards to account for, it's clear that Michigan has a lot to retool as the home stretch of the season is in sight.
Here's what we learned after the Wolverines' loss to the Hawkeyes on Saturday.
Wilton Speight off the mark
Saturday nights performance was undoubtedly quarterback Wilton Speight's worst performance of the season. Missing downfield hits that would've led to easy touchdowns, something wasn't right with Speight all night. Of course, his receivers didn't help him out as well. Dropping passes that were on the mark for long gains. Either way, this is Speight's floor and things can only go up from here.
It was a bad week for U-M receivers to forget how to catch the ball. The key drop came late in the fourth quarter when Speight delivered a ball that was seemingly right into his arms that was subsequently dropped. To add to the bad night offensively, the wide receivers did Speight zero favors.
Run defense a concern
Has a team figured out the blueprint to gain solid yardage on this Michigan defense? Akrum Wadley appeared to take whatever he wanted on the ground on Saturday. Finishing the day with 116 yards on 23 carries, Wadley was another opposing running back that did some damage on the ground against the Wolverines.
Despite soul-crushing loss, goals are still ahead
The season might not be over with this loss no matter how bad it might be. Despite losing to the Hawkeyes, the Wolverines still control its own destiny for the two remaining games of its regular season. Win out and a ticket will be punched to the conference championship game. Suffer a setback, and it's lights out. The loss might sting now, but the season is far from over.