Carr Gets No. 100 in 23-20 OT Win Over Iowa
Lloyd Carr came into Kinnick Stadium on the campus of the University of Iowa looking for the 100th victory of his head-coaching career. Iowa came into the contest with a 22-game home winning streak, along with a streak of 15-straight home conference wins. The last Big Ten team to beat the Hawkeyes at Kinnick was none other than Michigan. The day opened cool and clear. A perfect fall day for football. Temperature at kickoff was a brisk 50-degrees, with no appreciable win. Michigan won the coin-toss and elected to receive; the first time that had happened in a long time. Michigan return man Steve Breaston took the opening kickoff a yard deep in the endzone and returned it to the 15-yard-line. Michigan's first play from scrimmage was a 15-yard pass from Chad Henne to Mario Manningham in the flat. The Wolverines made one more first down on the drive before the Iowa defense stiffened, and forced a Ross Ryan punt. Iowa took the ball on its own 15-yard-line and put together a nine play, 85-yard scoring drive that culminated in a 13-yard pass from quarterback Drew Tate to wideout Herb Grigsby. Iowa took the early 7-0 lead. On its next possession, Michigan started on its own 19 and took it to the Iowa 40 before having to punt. Iowa made two quick first downs, before a penalty for an illegal block was followed by a three-and-out. Jake Long made his first appearance of the season on Michigan's next possession. The senior tackle injured his anterior curciate ligament prior to the opening game, and wasn't expected to return until at least November. His affect was immediate. Max Martin fumble on the first play from scrimmage. However, Michigan recovered, and the first quarter ended with Michigan driving on the Iowa 30-yard-line. Three plays into the second quarter, Henne found Jason Avant, who made a spectacular leaping catch, in the back of the endzone to bring the Wolverines to within one. The point after was good, tying the game at seven. Michigan's scoring drive took 10-plays, and went 68-yards. Iowa returned the compliment with a 12-play, 80-yard scoring drive of its own. Tate connected with Grigsby on a slant for the score, and Michigan was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after the play, which resulted in the ensuing kickoff coming from the 50-yard-line. Michigan got three first downs on its next drive before stalling just inside Iowa territory. A 32-yard Ross Ryan punt followed by a 3-yard return put the ball in the Iowa 22. The Hawkeyes went six plays before having to punt, but got the ball back shortly after when Henne threw a pass right into the hands of Iowa defensive back Miguel Merrick. Merrick took the ball back 20-yards to give Iowa possession at their own 49. The Michigan defense stiffened and forced Iowa to punt after three plays. Michigan followed the Hawkeyes with a three-and-out of its own. Iowa ran three plays and then the first half with the Hawkeyes up 14-7. Iowa received the second half kickoff, and on the third play of the ensuing drive Leon Hall tipped a Tate pass intended for Solomon, and freshman safety Brandon Harrison scooped up the interception. It was his first as a Michigan Wolverine. Michigan then proceeded to march down-field on a 10-play, 70-yard drive that resulted in a 26-yard Garrett Rivas field goal to bring he score to 14-10 with 8:25 remaining in the third quarter. The drive was highlighted by a 13-yard pass play from freshman Antonio Bass to Jason Avant to get the Wolverines a first and goal from the Hawkeye four-yard-line. It was the first career completion for Bass, who played quarterback for Jackson High School last season, but is now listed as a wide receiver for Michigan. Iowa running back Albert Young rushed for 153-yards on 30 carries on this day, and Iowa used him almost exclusively on its next possession. The Hawkeyes began play on its own 27-yard-line after a short kick by Michigan place-kicker Ryan Ross. Two long pass completions mixed in with a lot of running by Young took Iowa to the Michigan 24-yard-line, where the Wolverine defense stiffened. Kyle Schlicher's 41-yard field-goal attempt was partially blocked by Michigan linebacker David Harris. The teams traded possessions as the third quarter ended. On Michigan's first play of the fourth quarter, Bass once again lined up at quarterback, and running left, was tackled for no gain. He fumbled the ball but was ruled down by contact. Upon review it was determined he had actually fumbled, and Iowa recovered to give the Hawkeyes possession of the ball on the Michigan 31-yard-line with 13:40 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Michigan defense rose to the task, helped by a holding penalty and a sack by Prescott Burgess, and forced Iowa to punt after a three-and-out. Jackson got the call at the running back spot and promptly scampered 19-yards up the middle to put the ball on the Michigan 30-yard-line. Two plays later Henne found Avant over the middle for an 18-yard gain, then Steve Breaston took a Henne pass and raced 52-yards down the sidelines to put the Wolverines ahead for the first time in the game. It was also the first time Iowa had trailed at home in 47 quarters. Schlicher tied the game on a 32-yard field goal as time expired, and the game went into overtime. Michigan won the toss and elected to go on defense. After a Drew Tate to Clinton Solomon pass fell incomplete on third down, Michigan defensive back Jamar Adams was flagged for holding, giving the Hawkeyes added life. However, The Wolverines kept Iowa out of the end-zone, and Schlicher booted a 28-yard field goal to put the Hawkeyes up by three. It took Michigan five plays to end the game. Jackson took the first carry for two-yards, then Henne found Avant for a 17-yard game. Avant limped off the field afterwards. On the next play, Jackson gained five-yards. Two plays later he plunged over the right guard for the final score. Michigan plays Northwestern next Saturday at 6:00 p.m. CDT at Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill.
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