A packed Kinnick Stadium on the campus of the University of Iowa saw a barn-burner as Michigan running back Jerome Jackson punched it in from the one-yard-line in overtime to give the Wolverines a 23-20 victory over the host Hawkeyes. It was the 100th win in Lloyd Carr's head coaching career, all at Michigan. The milestone places him with Bo Schembechler and Fielding H. Yost as the only Michigan coaches to reach the century mark in head coaching victories. "What Michigan stands for is team," Carr said after the game. "I think this is a reflection of the people around me, it's no big deal to me."
Michigan running back Jerome Jackson said the team honored Carr's feat in the locker room after the game. "He's done so much for the Michigan program," Jackson said. "We gave him the game ball in the locker room."
Carr had a comment regarding Woods, and his play on Saturday. "He's playing his best football." Woods had four solo tackles on the day, including two for losses, and one sack.
Michigan began the game with a rare event. After winning the coin toss, Carr opted to receive and begin the game on offense. "We took it because we wanted to come in and take some control of the game," Carr said. "Iowa is known for scoring on their first possession of the game." Iowa had scored in its first possession in five of its eight games this season.
Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long saw action for the first time this season. The 6-foot-7, 330-pound long injured his ankle before the season, and was expected to be out of the lineup until at least November. "His will to play was unbelievable," Carr said. Before the game the staff had hinted that Long might get in the game for 10-15 plays. However, is effect was immediate as the Wolverines scored their first points when he came into the game on Michigan's third series of downs. Carr said that Long had practiced some on Tuesday and felt good, and practiced more on Wednesday.
Jackson saw action today after Mike Hart went out with an injury. He scored the game winning touchdown in overtime. "God gave me the strength and I knew the line was going to do the job," he said. "I always knew my time was going to come."
Alan Branch was all over the defensive line on Saturday. He lined up at end, tackle, and even say time at the nose-guard spot. "They just put me wherever I was needed," he said. "I don't mind, whatever helps the team." Branch had three tackles on the day, and suffered a slight injury. "My back was starting to hurt," he said. "But I didn't come out of the game or anything."
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