Observations on the overtime
win over Iowa, 23-20!
1-Iowa's offense creates five red
zone opportunities including one in overtime for 20 points while
our offense creates three red zone opportunities including one
in overtime for 16 points and the win. We matched and surpassed
their intensity in the second half, and while we lost the first
half, we did what we needed to for the win. How about the undefeated
2-Henne was 14 of 21 for 207 yards,
1 pick and 2 TDs! We were five of thirteen on 3rd and 4th down
conversions, 19 first downs and 342 yards in total offense on
63 plays. Jason Avant has 7 catches for 105 yards and 1 TD. Steve
Breaston's big play of 52 yards gave us the lead. We've been forced
to punt 6 times by a tough Iowa defense who also stopped a drive
with a pick by Merrick and forced a fumble by Bass, but didn't
convert either opportunity into points with that fumble being
a red zone opportunity. Abdul Hodge had 20 tackles and Greenway
had 16 tackles each to lead their defense. Hodge also forced the
3-Kevin Grady had 62 yards on 18
carries, but it was 4th stringer, Jerome Jackson, who scored the
winning touchdown that concluded an 11 carry, 44 yard day. Michael
Hart left the game after his ankle was taped 3 times; he had 17
yards on 5 carries plus one 9 yard catch. Max Martin comes in
and fumbles on his first play, but it wasn't called a fumble.
We got a break there.
4-Defense won this game by shutting
down the Iowa offense in the second half, and in overtime. It
was won of the most heroic efforts I've seen by a Michigan defense
that definitely matched the Iowa intensity level in the second
half and in overtime. Grant Mason had 12 tackles and Prescott
Burgess had 11 tackles to lead a stingy, tough Wolverine defense.
Burgess also had one sack. Our best defensive player, Lamarr Woodley,
left the game with an injury, and Woods had 4 tackles, 2 for loss
including one sack and a tipped pass while Tim Jamison had another
sack as he replaced an injured Alan Branch at the other end. John
Thompson came in to replace Chris Graham in the second half and
had 8 tackles including 3 for loss. David Harris and Brandon Harrison
had 8 tackles each, and Morgan Trent really played well with 6
tackles. Harris was credited with the field goal block. Jamar
Adams had 7 tackles, and replaced Brandent Engelmon who started,
but didn't last long in this tough hitting affair.
5-Drew Tate was 27 of 39 for 288
yards and 2 TDs, one pick and 3 sacks. Herb Grigsby has 5 catches,
2 for TDs for 68 yards while Scott Chandler had 8 catches for
90 yards. Clinton Solomon had 8 catches for 76 yards. Albert Young
had 153 yards on 30 carries, but Thompson led our left side to
stop the Hawkeye attack in the second half. Still, they ended
up with a 14 play advantage that our defense negated; although,
gametacker is reporting us with a 20 minute time of possession
advantage (I think that is wrong). Iowa had 23 first downs, and
411 yards in 77 offensive plays with 5 of 16 in 3rd down conversions.
We forced the Hawkeyes into 6 punts. Iowa fumbled twice, but only
lost the ball once on the interception by Harrison.
6-Jake Long is back and played some
in the game including at the end where we ran over right tackle
for the win. Iowa took 11 penalties for 94 yards while we had
3 for 29 yards. That was a huge difference, but in the end either
team could have won. Crable really goofed on the stupid hold in
overtime when we had them stopped.
7-Special teams didn't win or lose
the game, but while Schlichter hit two of three field goals and
Rivas hit one of one; it was the tipped field goal by Harris that
stood out as the special teams play of the game. Ryan punted well
6 times with 3 downed inside the 20. Breaston had no punt returns
and 2 kickoff returns, but a ferocious Hawkeye unit limited him
to only 30 yards.
8-I thought a safety should have
been called on the kickoff that was tipped, then kicked by the
Iowa player into the end zone for a touchback rather than a safety.
The impetus of the ball placed the ball on the one, but it was
the kick by the player that placed the ball in the end zone.
9-This game reminded me of the Purdue
game a year ago, 16-14, where Shazor leveled the Purdue receiver,
Bryant, to win a low scoring defensive struggle. We really missed
a chance to ice the game with the interception drop by Harris,
and then Tate outhustling and outgrabbing Harris for the fumble
on the next play.
10-If I don't post a halftime or
end of the game summary, it will be because I've had a heart attack
or stroke with the nailbiting games that we persist with. 5 of
our Big Ten games this year have been decided in the last 24 seconds
or in overtime: 3 wins, 2 losses. Lloyd Carr get his 100th win!
The Northwestern game will be huge next week at night in Evanston
with the Wildcats having a spread offense that will cause us real
problems. If we can survive, we'll be in position to meet the
Buckeyes in Ann Arbor for a possible title match.
Observations on the first half with
1As everyone can see, we are
completely being outplayed in every phase of the game: offense,
defense and special teams. We arent matching or meeting
Iowas intensity, and it is reflected in the score. Iowa
converts on two offensive red zones for 14 points while we convert
our one red zone attempt for 7 points.
2Henne is 8 of 13 for 103
yards, 1 pick and 1 TD! We are one of five on 3rd down conversions,
12 first downs and 173 yards in total offense on 34 plays with
almost 2 minutes time of possession advantage. Jason Avant has
4 catches for 58 yards and 1 TD. Weve been forced to punt
4 times by a tough Iowa defense who also stopped a drive with
a pick by Merrick. Hodge and Greenway have 9 tackles each to lead
3Kevin Grady has 49 yards
on 12 carries. Michael Hart has left the game and had his ankle
taped 3 times; he has 17 yards on 5 carries plus one 9 yard catch,
but wont play much in the 2nd half if at all. Max Martin
comes in and fumbles on his first play, but it wasnt called
so hes back on the pine for the rest of the game.
4Defense looks bad! Grant
Mason has 6 tackles, Harris and Burgess have 5 each. Woodley left
the game with an injury, and Woods had 4 tackles, 2 for loss including
one sack while Tim Jamison has another sack as he replaced an
injured Alan Branch at the other end.
5Drew Tate is on fire, and
is 14 of 19 for 153 yards and 2 TDs, no picks and 2 sacks. Herb
Grigsby has 4 catches, 2 for TDs for 36 yards while Scott Chandler
has 5 catches for 67 yards. Clinton Solomon has 3 catches for
35 yards. Albert Young has 93 yards on 12 carries as the Hawkeyes
continue to attack our left side successfully blocking Burgess
and Graham, and forcing our safeties and backs to come up to make
tackles. Iowa has 12 first downs, and 242 yards in 37 offensive
plays with 4 of 8 in 3rd down conversions. We forced the Hawkeyes
into 3 punts. We are lucky they didnt convert the turnover
6Jake Long is back and played
some in the game. Iowa has taken 8 penalties for 67 yards, and
if it werent for that and the missed fumble call, wed
be further behind.
7I dont like our chances
because we arent meeting their intensity and toughness,
but hope our players and coaches will re-group and respond in
the 2nd half.
Iowa has earned 5 victories, and
although upset by intrastate rival, Iowa State, has only one loss
in the Big Ten to Ohio State. Both losses came on the road, they
are undefeated at home. They will be tough at home in Iowa City
with a strong defense.
Their offense is led by Junior quarterback
Drew Tate who has guided the Hawkeyes to the top of the Big Ten
in Red Zone efficiency with converting 23 of 24 attempts for 15
TDs and 8 field goals. Tate averages 192 yards per game with 53%
completion rate; he has not been spectacular, but he has been
efficient when it counts and is #2 in the Big Ten in efficiency
with a 154.4 rating behind Drew Stanton. Senior Clinton Solomon
is his favorite target with 20 receptions and 6 TDs. Sophomore
Albert Young has rushed for over 102 yards per game, and has 133
all-purpose yards per game. Their offensive line is led by former
Michigan recruit, Junior Guard Mike Jones, and Kirk Ferentz' son,
Brian, at center.They are the worst team in the Big Ten in time
of possession advantage, but as Indiana learned after 101 plays
and 40 minutes of possession, it is the final score on the scoreboard
Their defense leads the Big Ten
in red zone defense allowing opponents only 13 conversions in
21 attempts, 12 TDs (5 by run and 7 by pass) and 1 field goal.
Conversely, they are the worst in the Big Ten in opponent 3rd
down conversions allowing 55 of 120 for 45.8%. I guess this is
your "bend, but don't break" defense. They have only
allowed opponents 17 points per game. Senior Linebacker Chad Greenway
leads the conference in tackles with 93 which averages to 13 per
game. Senior Linebacker Abdul Hodge is the 4th leading tackler
in the conference averaging over 11 tackles per game. Javon Johnson
is an excellent defensive back with 2 interceptions so far, and
Redshirt Freshman Mitch King is doing a nice job on the defensive
line; he has 7 tackles for loss and 3 forced fumbles. Sophomore
Kenny Iwebema is their sack specialist with 5 sacks from the defensive
end position. Former Michigan Coach Greg Mattison's son, Bryan
is the other defensive end; he wanted to play at Michigan, but
we couldn't find a scholarship for him. He was a Sporting News
Freshman All-Big Ten last year.
The strength of their special teams
is their field goals where Junior Kyle Schlicher is 9 of 10, best
in the Big Ten. They have the worst kickoff return team averaging
only 12.8 yards per return; this starts them in poor field position.
Senior receiver Ed Hinkel does a nice job in punt returns, and
hurt Michigan in previous games; however, he won't return punts
due to a broken arm so Javon Johnson gets the call. Iowa always
has great special teams, and that is because Ferentz is such a
great coach; they are #2 in the conference in net punting. They
also are the least penalized team in the Big Ten so they typically
don't beat themselves with a lack of discipline.
It looks like another low scoring
Michigan 20 Iowa 16