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Posted on Sat, Nov 5, 2011 : 11:45 a.m.

In-game updates: It's Michigan at Iowa football

By Jim Knight


Denard Robinson passed for 194 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday.

Melanie Maxwell |

Final shot: Michigan drove the Iowa 3-yard line in the final seconds, but four consecutive pass plays — including a close call to Junior Hemingway that was reviewed — came up empty.

Iowa 24, Michigan 16: Kevin Koger caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Denard Robinson. Robinson led the eight-play, 57-yard drive with runs of 2, 5 and 14 yards.

Iowa 24, Michigan 9: Nobody touched Marcus Coker on his second touchdown run of the day, a 13-yarder. Iowa controlled the clock with an 11-play, 62-yard drive that took 5:27.

Iowa 17, Michigan 9: Brendan Gibbons kicked a 32-yard field goal to cap a 10-play, 45-yard drive that included a 22-yard run by Denard Robinson.

Big interception: Christian Kirksey intercepted Denard Robinson's pass on the 1-yard line, ending a Michigan drive with 1:02 to play in the half.

Iowa 17, Michigan 6: Mike Meyer kicked a 42-yard field goal four plays after Denard Robinson lost a fumble on the Michigan 31-yard line. Robinson is off to a slow start. He's 5-of-11 passing with a touchdown and has rushed for minus 9 yards.

Iowa 14, Michigan 6: Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg led a 68-yard, 11-play drive that ended with a 1-yard pass to Brad Herman. The key play: Vandenberg hit Kevonte Martin-Manley with an 8-yard pass on a fourth-and-seven play from the Michigan 34-yard line. Vandenberg is 8-of-11 passing for 111 yards.

Iowa 7, Michigan 6: Denard Robinson scrambled in the pocket and found Fitzgerald Toussaint for a 5-yard touchdown as Michigan went 60 yards in 12 plays. Toussaint rushed six times for 35 yards on the drive. The extra point snap was botched.

Iowa 7, Michigan 0: Iowa marched 76 yards in six plays on its first possession as running back Marcus Coker bulled in on a 4-yard touchdown run. Coker ran four times for 12 yards. Iowa quarterback James Vanderberg connected on passes for 44 yards and 20 yards in the drive.


This one has to be about defense, right?

The Michigan football team brings Denard Robinson and an offense averaging 34.8 points and 441.2 points a game to Kinnick Stadium today to face Iowa.

Iowa averages 39.2 points a game at home, but has struggled against teams with a mobile quarterback. Last week, the Hawkeyes lost to Minnesota, 22-21, in large part because they couldn't contain quarterback MarQueis Gray, who passed for 193 yards and a touchdown and ran for 62 yards and a touchdown.

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Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson warms up before the Michigan at Iowa football game.

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larry kramer

Sat, Nov 5, 2011 : 9:04 p.m.

hemmingway made a one-handed catch of a lifetime--only to be denied that forever moment by the refs. how proud they must be to shaft this kid!


Sat, Nov 5, 2011 : 8:01 p.m.

really al borges???? Twice in games we lost, you have the best freakin athlete in america and you don't use his skills. I don't claim to be Vince Lambardi, but even I know to use Drobs legs in those situations. ridiculous play calling. with 16 seconds, it's simple. you roll him out and give him three simple options. 1. hit the wide open receiver 2. run it in 3. throw into the 23rd row Each play takes 5 seconds. you have him do that three times and he can get it done in 16 seconds. I would not blame Dnard one bit for this loss. His coaches keep putting him position to fail. Poor coaching today folks. Our DC has kept us in every game this year. Our OC has cost us two games.


Sat, Nov 5, 2011 : 8:12 p.m.

Hoke is the new joke. You're Absoulutely right about not using Denard's skills. And Al Borges had an extra week to prepare for this fiasco?


Sat, Nov 5, 2011 : 7:34 p.m.

Agree with mookie, That looked like a TD, and perhaps even interference on the last play, but UM just seemed flat most of the game while Iowa came out fighting like their lives depended on it. The road in the B10 is tough, especially this year it seems. Michigan better make some corrections and come out fired up and ready to play next week because, not only is the game on the road against a pretty good Illinois team, but it comes against an Illinois team that has had two weeks to prepare and will also be fighting to save their season, much like Iowa.

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Sat, Nov 5, 2011 : 7:28 p.m.

Two thoughts: 1) A very odd set of plays at the very end. 2) Big Ten Refs have to be the worst in the FBS. No. 2 is not an excuse for losing the game, just a fact. Their bad calls are indiscriminate and go both ways Good Night and Good Luck


Sat, Nov 5, 2011 : 7:38 p.m.

I am with you Edward on the play calling at the end of the game. I know everyone is looking for Denard to roll out with a run/pass option but that does not mean you do not call it.


Sat, Nov 5, 2011 : 7:27 p.m.

It's the old story of which Michigan will show up today...Good Michigan, or Bad Michigan. Today, it was Bad Michigan...again.


Sat, Nov 5, 2011 : 7:22 p.m.

Even though IA had the refs in their pocket, they deserve the win. Michigan played like crap on offense and if this poor offensive play calling continues we will be stuck at 7 wins! Hopefully the can re-group and win a few more games this season?


Sat, Nov 5, 2011 : 7:16 p.m.

How was that Hemingway catch not overturned? Looked like a pretty easy call after watching the replays. That said, Michigan had plenty of chances today and didn't capitalize. Congratulations to the kids from Iowa.