Michigan's Magic Runs Out

The University of Michigan played its second straight road game with a trip to Kinnick Stadium to take on No. 12-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday night in Iowa City, Iowa. The Wolverines had a shot at a late come-from-behind win for the third straight week, but a late Michigan turnover sealed a 30-28 Iowa win.

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A late interception thrown by quarterback Denard Robinson, plus a handful of other errors that included four other turnovers, sealed the Wolverines fate as Michigan fell to 4-2 this season with a 30-28 loss to No. 12 Iowa on Saturday night at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City.

Michigan forced an Iowa punt minutes earlier after the Wolverines came up empty on an onside kick attempt, but, this week, for the first time in three weeks, the Wolverines magic ran out in regulation. Robinson's pass deep down the sideline was picked off by Iowa's Brett Greenwood, sealing a two-point Iowa victory.

The Wolverines trailed 30-21 with 7:42 remaining in the game, but trimmed the lead to two on a Robinson touchdown run with 3:16 left. Robinson covered 42 yards with his legs on the drive, plus connected on a pair passes for 16 more.

The story, though, was the Michigan miscues.

The Wolverines turned the ball over four times aside from the Robinson interception. Quarterback Tate Forcier both lost a fumble and tossed an interception, running back Brandon Minor put the football on the ground as it appeared U-M was poised to put points on the board late in the second quarter, and Greg Mathews dropped a punt that the Hawkeyes would recover deep in Michigan territory.

Iowa turned those turnovers into points, and, despite holding the Hawkeyes to just 83 yards on the ground, the home team used it's 5-1 turnover margin to squeak out a hard-fought win.

Michigan held a 14-10 edge after one quarter, but Iowa blanked the Wolverines 10-0 in the second to build a 20-14 halftime lead. Donovan Warren scored the Wolverines first touchdown just two plays into the game. Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi hit the U-M corner right in the numbers, and Warren took it 40-yards to pay dirt.

Iowa tight end Tony Moeaki answered on the Hawkeyes next drive, the first of two Moeaki touchdowns. Moeaki beat Michigan safety Michael Williams in man-to-man coverage, and scored from 34-yards out.

Brandon Minor put Michigan back up 14-10 with a 3-yard touchdown run near the end of the quarter. He added one more touchdown run late in the third quarter to cut the Iowa lead to 23-21.

After two straight losses, the Wolverines return home to Michigan Stadium to host Delaware State on Saturday afternoon at Michigan Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for Noon.

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