Oct. 16, 2010
No. 14 Iowa won today’s game at Michigan, 38-28. Iowa moves to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in Big Ten play.
Michigan still leads the all-time series, 40-12-4.
Today’s attendance of 112,784 is the largest crowd ever for an Iowa football game. The previous best was 111,496 at Michigan Stadium in 2002.
The 38 points scored are the most for Iowa in the series against Michigan. Iowa scored 37 points in 1958.
Today’s win is Iowa’s first over a ranked opponent on the road in 2010. The last time the Hawkeyes defeated a ranked opponent on the road was a 21-10 triumph at Penn State on Sept. 26, 2009.
Iowa won the toss and elected to receive. Iowa has started on offense in 119 of its last 136 contests. The Hawkeyes have started the game on offense in 121-of-142 games under Ferentz. Iowa games vs. Ohio State (11/14/07), Indiana (10/31/09), Purdue (11/15/08), Penn State (11/08/08), Wisconsin (10/10/08), Minnesota (11/10/07), at Northwestern (11/3/07), vs. Michigan State (10/27/07), at Penn State (10/6/07), vs. Iowa State (9/16/06), vs. Minnesota (11/19/05), vs. Michigan (10/22/05), at Purdue (10/8/05), at Minnesota (11/13/04), vs. Purdue (11/6/04), at Miami, OH (9/7/02) and at Michigan State (9/27/03) are the only contests that the Hawkeyes didn’t start on offense. Iowa won 13 of the 17 games.
Iowa failed to score on its first possession for the third time in six games. Iowa collected a 20-yard field goal on its first drive vs Penn State and began games vs. Eastern Illinois and Iowa State with touchdown drives.
Michigan scored on its first possession. Iowa has allowed just four opponents (Indiana, game nine, and Penn State, game four, both in 2009, and Arizona and Michigan, 2010) to score on their opening drive in its last 32 games.
Iowa was 5-5 in the red zone, collecting two rushing touchdowns, two passing touchdowns and one field goal. Iowa has scored on 86 of the last 95 red zone possessions (59 TDs and 27 FGs), dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Iowa is 67-76 combined inside the red zone its last 22 games.
Michigan was 3-5 in the red zone, with a passing touchdown and two rushing touchdowns, a blocked field goal attempt and a lost fumble. Iowa opponents are 9-17 in the red zone, with five passing touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns and two field goals this year. The rushing touchdowns by Michigan in the fourth period are the first allowed by Iowa in 24 quarters, dating back to the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl. Iowa was the last Division I team to allow a rushing touchdown this season.
Iowa scored 21 points following Michigan turnovers, including the blocked field goal. Iowa collected five turnovers in the 30-28 win over Michigan last season in Iowa City. Iowa has scored 55 points following 12 opponent turnovers, plus 14 points following a blocked punt and a blocked field goal.
Iowa collected at least one turnover in 11-of-13 games last season, with no turnovers vs. Michigan State and Ohio State. The Hawkeye defense has collected at least one takeaway in 49 of its last 55 games, dating back to 2006.
Senior WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos scored Iowa’s first touchdown on a 14-yard reception in the first period. He added a 31-yard scoring reception in the second period and a 19-yard touchdown in the fourth. He ended the game with four receptions for 70 yards. Johnson-Koulianos improved his career totals to 152 catches for 2,274 yards and 14 touchdowns. He became Iowa’s career leader in receiving yards (surpassing Tim Dwight, 2,271). He is tied with Kahlil Hill in receptions, five behind Kevin Kasper. The three receiving touchdowns are a career high.
Johnson-Koulianos is tied for seventh on the career list with 14 touchdown receptions. He added two KO returns for 62 yards vs. Michigan.
Junior DB Tyler Sash had the 12th interception of his career in the second quarter to move into fifth place on Iowa’s career list. The 36-yard return gives Sash 386 career return yards, which is an Iowa record and ranks fourth all-time in the Big Ten Conference. He ranks behind Jamar Fletcher (Wisconsin, 459), Tom Curtis (Michigan, 431) and Tracy Porter (Indiana, 413).
The theft is the first this season for Sash. He also had a 37 yard return of a blocked punt.
Senior LB Troy Johnson started for the second straight game this season and third time in his career. He started last season vs. Minnesota. Johnson collected his first career interception Saturday.
Senior DE Adrian Clayborn had the third blocked kick of his career when he blocked a Michigan field goal attempt in the second period. He had a blocked punt (and TD return) at Penn State last season and blocked a field goal at Northwestern in 2007.
Senior QB Ricky Stanzi completed 17-24 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns. Stanzi improved his career totals to 420-707 for 5,847 yards and 41 touchdowns. Iowa is 23-5 with Stanzi as its starting quarterback. He has at least one touchdown pass in the last 15 games he has played and has two or more scoring passes in four of six games in 2010. He is now third in career touchdown passes with 44 (Matt Sherman).
Sophomore RB Adam Robinson led Iowa’s ground game with 31 attempts for 143 yards. Robinson had five rushing touchdowns in 11 games as a freshman in 2009 and he has eight this season. He has rushed for over 100 yards in four of six games in 2010 and has six career games over the century mark. He has scored two or more touchdowns in four games this season. Robinson increased his career totals to 310 carries for 1,457 yards. He ranks 22nd in career rushing yards.
Senior DL Karl Klug forced a fumble in the third period after Michigan had reached the Iowa red zone, and the fumble was recovered by junior DE Lebron Daniel. The forced fumble is the fourth for Klug in his career and Daniel now has three fumble recoveries.
Sophomore DB Micah Hyde had the second theft of the season in the third period, leading to an Iowa touchdown and a 28-7 advantage. Hyde also had an interception in the win over Ball State.
Freshman PK Mike Myer converted on a 30-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Myer is now 3-4 on field goals this year. The 30-yarder today is a career-long.
True freshman Don Shumpert saw his first action of the season, becoming the ninth true freshman to play this season. This marks the most true freshman Iowa has played in 12 seasons under Coach Kirk Ferentz.
Instant Replay was used twice in the second period and once in the third. The call on the field, an Iowa touchdown reception, was upheld. Later in the period, a Michigan reception was challenged, and the call was upheld. In the third period, a Michigan reception was reviewed, and the catch and spot of the ball were confirmed.
Iowa returns home the next two weekends, hosting Wisconsin Oct. 23 (2:36 p.m. CT) and Michigan State Oct. 30 (time and TV, TBA).