Michigan Suffers First Loss of the Season at Iowa

The Iowa Hawkeyes (6-4, 4-3) upset the No.3 Michigan Wolverines (9-1, 6-1) beating them 14-13 on Saturday night in Iowa City.

The Wolverines haven’t won in Kinnick Stadium since 2005 and have now lost to Iowa in five of their last six total contests.

Wilton Speight went from having his best game of the season to arguably his worst as he went 11 for 26 while throwing for just 103 yards and no touchdowns.

Chris Evans ran for 52 yards on eight carries while De’Veon Smith ran for 28 yards on 12 carries.  As a team, the Wolverines ran for just 98 yards, a new season low.

The receivers weren’t much better for the maize and blue as they caught just 11 passes for 103 yards with Jake Butt leading the charge.

On a night where six top-25 teams were upset, this game stood out.  The Wolverines took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter after a field goal by Kenny Allen.  They then went up 10-0 on a seven-yard touchdown run by Ty Issac.

However, the momentum quickly changed after the Hawkeyes swarmed De’Veon Smith in his own end zone for a safety.  After scoring a touchdown and missing the two-point conversion on the ensuing drive, Iowa went into the half down just 10-8.

On thew first play of the second half, Khalid Hill fumbled the ball in Wolverines territory on a kickoff from Iowa.  The Hawkeyes were able to capitalize on the turnover and take a 11-10 lead on a field goal.  After several unsuccessful possessions, Michigan answered with a field goal of their own in the fourth quarter to take a 13-11 lead.

From there, the two teams had relentless back and forth bouts on possessions.  Then with 1:23 left in the game, the Hawkeyes drove to the Michigan 15-yardline where Keith Duncan made a 33-yard field goal to put the game on ice.

Not only does this loss hurt the Wolverines, but it also makes their road to the College Football Playoff a lot more difficult.  They are now one of five teams with one loss in the top 10, two of whom (No.2 Clemson and No.4 Washington) also lost on Saturday.

There’s no telling where the selection committee will place any of these teams in Tuesday’s new rankings, but many of these resume’s are almost too similar to truly separate one from the others.

Now, the maize and blue will almost certainly have to win out in order to punch their ticket to the playoff.  This would include a win at No.5 Ohio State and a win in the Big Ten Championship game.

For now, however, Michigan will look to recover from this stinging defeat next Saturday when they host the Indiana Hoosiers in their final home game of the season.


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