Nov. 23, 2013
Iowa (7-4, 4-3) scored 17 unanswered points to defeat Michigan (7-4, 3-4) today, 24-21, inside Kinnick Stadium. Iowa has won four of the last five meetings in the series.
Iowa has recorded three straight home wins over Michigan for the first time in program history.
The last seven Iowa-Michigan football games played in Iowa City, dating back to 1998, have been decided by 8 points or fewer, including five by 3 points or fewer.
Iowa held Michigan scoreless in the second half. The Hawkeye defense limited Michigan to three first downs and 45 yards in the second half. Iowa held Michigan to 158 total yards, the lowest opponent total this season.
Iowa rallied from a 21-14 fourth quarter deficit to record its 10th fourth-quarter comeback since 2009. The last fourth-quarter comeback was Oct. 13, 2012 at Michigan State (Iowa trailed 10-3 and 13-6 in the fourth quarter before winning 19-16 in double OT).
Iowa won for the first time this year when trailing at any point during the game. The Hawkeyes had not trailed in any of their previous six victories this season.
Michigan returned an interception for a touchdown in the first quarter. It was the first touchdown scored by an Iowa opponent in the first quarter since Week 1 (Northern Illinois), a span of 10 games. Iowa held the Michigan offense without an offensive touchdown in the first quarter. The Hawkeyes have held 9-of-12 opponent scoreless in the first quarter this season.
LB Brennen Beyer intercepted QB Jake Rudock and returned it seven yards for the game’s first touchdown. It was the first interception return for a touchdown against Iowa since 2010 (at Arizona)
Iowa trailed at half for the second time this season (Wisconsin, 7-6).
Iowa won despite losing the turnover margin for the first time this year. Iowa was -3 in turnovers (lost one fumble, three interceptions; recovered one fumble). The Hawkeyes are 1-4 when losing the turnover margin, 5-0 when winning the turnover margin, and 1-0 when splitting turnover margin. The Hawkeyes are minus-2 overall this season.
QB Jake Ruddock’s 55-yard touchdown pass to WR Tevaun Smith was the third-longest pass play of the season (Duzey, 85; Powell, 74).
RB Damon Bullock rushed for 12 yards today to become the 44th player in program history to rush for 1,000 career yards.
WR Tevaun Smith recorded a career-high 97 receiving yards on five catches.
K Mike Meyer was perfect on three extra point attempts today. He has made a school-record 115 consecutive PAT attempts, which is the fourth-longest active streak in the nation and ranks fourth-best all-time in the Big Ten.
TE C.J. Fiedorowicz caught three passes today, including one touchdown, to extend his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 29. Fiedorowicz has 82 catches for 398 yards over the last 29 games, and has caught all nine career touchdowns during the streak.
DT Carl Davis recorded a career-high eight tackles, including one sack (7 yards and 2.5 tackles for loss (11 yards).
LB Anthony Hitchens forced and recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter to thwart Michigan’s final drive. Iowa’s linebacker trio has accounted for eight turnovers this season. LB James Morris has three interceptions and one fumble recovery, while LB Christian Kirksey has one interception and two fumble recoveries. Hitchens has three forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery.
Instant replay was used three times today.
1) C.J. Fiedorowicz TD (official review: upheld)
2) Michigan interception (official review: upheld)
3) Hitchens fumble recovery (official review: upheld)
Iowa won the toss and elected to defer to the second half. In 2013, the Hawkeyes started on defense against Missouri State (W, 28-14) Iowa State (W, 27-21), Western Michigan (W, 59-3), Wisconsin (L, 28-9) and Michigan (W, 24-21). Iowa has started the game on defense in 36-of-185 games under Kirk Ferentz. The Hawkeyes are 20-16 in those games.
Kickoff temperature was 18 degrees, the coldest kickoff temperature since Iowa hosted Minnesota in 1991 (28-degrees).
The Hawkeyes close the regular season at Nebraska on Friday, Nov. 29 (11 a.m. CT, ABC).