Iowa at Michigan Postgame Notes

Nov. 17, 2012

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Iowa at Michigan Postgame Notes
November 17, 2012

Michigan beat Iowa 42-17 today, snapping the Hawkeyes’ three-game win streak over the Wolverines. Today was Michigan’s first victory over Iowa since a 20-6 win in 2006 in Ann Arbor.

PK Mike Meyer made a 27-yard field goal in the second quarter. Meyer is 17-of-20 this season and 45-of-57 for his career in field goal attempts. He extended his school record PAT streak to 80 today. Meyer, who ranks fifth in Iowa career scoring, increased his career scoring total to 234 points. Meyer’s five points today increased his single-season scoring total to 75 points, surpassing his freshman total of 73 points. His single-season high in scoring is 86 points (2011).

Iowa was 3-4 in the red zone, scoring two touchdowns and a field goal, and turning the ball over on downs. The Hawkeyes have scored on 170 of the last 199 red-zone possessions (117 TDs and 54 FGs), dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Michigan was 4-4 in the red zone, scoring four touchdowns.

CB Micah Hyde intercepted his first pass of the season and eighth of his career in the fourth quarter. Iowa was unable to convert the Wolverine turnover into points. The eight career thefts tie eight others for 18th in Iowa history. The Hawkeye defense has collected at least one takeaway in 10-of-11 contests this season and 75 of its last 86 games, dating back to 2006. Iowa’s offense did not have a turnover for the fifth time this season. The Hawkeyes improved their turnover margin to +12 this season.

TE C.J. Fiedorowicz caught a career-high eight balls today for a career-high 99 yards. The eight catches are the most by a Hawkeye since Keenan Davis had 10 against Pittsburgh a year ago. The eight catches are the most by a Hawkeye tight end since Scott Slutzker had eight for 167 yards against Penn State on Oct. 21, 1995. Fiedorowicz had four receptions for 27 yards on Iowa’s first-quarter scoring drive.

LB Christian Kirksey recorded eight stops today to become Iowa’s third player to top 200 career tackles this season (CB Micah Hyde and LB James Morris). Kirksey entered Saturday with 192 tackles.

Ten of Iowa’s 11 first-half receptions were caught by tight ends; C.J. Fiedorowicz had seven, while Henry Kreiger-Coble caught three in the first stanza.

Starting for the first time in their careers today were linebackers Quinton Alston and Travis Perry, and tight end Henry Krieger-Coble. Iowa entered the game with 15 different first-time starters this season, a total that ranked 17th in the nation. Alston and Perry had two and one tackles, respectively. Krieger-Coble had a personal-high three catches for 24 yards and a 16-yard touchdown reception. He had his first reception of his career in the first quarter. Iowa has had 15 different players catch at least one pass this season.

Iowa had a 14-play, 75-yard touchdown drive in the first period. The 14-play drive is the Hawkeyes’ longest scoring drive (in terms of plays) since the opening drive of the year vs. Northern Illinois (14 plays, 58 yards resulting in a field goal). Iowa has had three 14-play drives this season (field goal vs. Northern Illinois; non-scoring drive vs. UNI; touchdown vs. Michigan).

Linebackers James Morris and Anthony Hitchens did not start today due to injury, snapping starting streaks of 16 and 10 games, respectively. Morris did enter the game in the second quarter; he finished the contest with three tackles. Hitchens did not see action.

RB Mark Weisman returned to the starting lineup today, starting his fifth contest of the season. Weisman finished the contest with 16 carries for 63 yards. He also tied his career high with three receptions, including the first touchdown reception of his career, a 13-yard score in the fourth quarter.

P Connor Kornbrath had a career-long 60-yard punt in the second quarter, besting his previous long of 53 yards at Indiana two weeks ago.

Today was Iowa’s first game against a ranked opponent this season.

Michigan won the toss and elected to defer. The Hawkeyes have started on offense eight times this season. The Hawkeyes have started on offense in 143-of-173 games. Iowa is 16-14 in the games it has started on defense under Ferentz.

Iowa did not score on its opening possession. The Hawkeyes have failed to score on their opening possession five times this season. Michigan scored a touchdown on its opening drive. The Wolverines are the sixth Hawkeye to score on their first possession this year.

Instant replay was used once today.
1) A Michigan touchdown run was reversed following replay in the first quarter. Replay showed the runner’s knee was down on the half-yard line. The Wolverines scored on the following play.

Iowa played in front of its largest road crowd in its program history today, 113,061. The previous largest crowd was 112,784 at Michigan Stadium in 2010.

Iowa will play its regular season finale next Friday when it hosts Nebraska in the Heroes Game. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. (ABC) at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City.

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