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HALFTIME: Iowa 21, Michigan 7

Posted on 16. Oct, 2010 by in Iowa Football


By Brendan Stiles

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — At halftime inside Michigan Stadium, the No. 15 Iowa Hawkeyes lead the Michigan Wolverines, 21-7.

Iowa did not get off to a great start. After a 3-and-out by the Hawkeye offense on its opening possession, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson was able to orchestrate a 75-yard scoring drive, completed by a touchdown pass to running back Vincent Smith that gave the Wolverines an early 7-0 lead.

The Hawkeyes would eventually clamp down defensively, and after forcing a 3-and-out the following Michigan possession, Iowa responded when quarterback Ricky Stanzi found wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos for a 14-yard touchdown pass to tie it at 7-7.

Momentum began going in the Hawkeyes’ direction when Robinson threw an interception to Iowa safety Tyler Sash. Four plays later, Stanzi found Johnson-Koulianos again for a 31-yard touchdown strike, giving the Hawkeyes a 14-7 lead.

Johnson-Koulianos has three catches for 51 yards. He is seven receptions away from breaking Kevin Kasper’s career mark of 157 catches, and now just 16 receiving yards away from surpassing Tim Dwight as Iowa’s all-time leading receiver.

Michigan’s offense began to move the ball after the Hawkeyes took the lead, but a 38-yard field goal attempt was blocked by defensive end Adrian Clayborn and returned by Sash into Wolverine territory. Iowa capitalized on the Michigan miscue, as running back Adam Robinson ran into the end zone from four yards out to give the Hawkeyes their current 21-7 cushion.

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