Michigan had steamed through the early portion of its schedule and looked like a Big Ten championship contender. Then the Wolverines went to Iowa City, and they ran into a road bump; a lackluster day from Denard Robinson and a controversial call late combined to help Iowa upset Michigan, 24-16.
Robinson led the Wolverines with 194 passing yards and two touchdowns, and had another 55 yards on the ground, but he looked like he had a third touchdown pass late. Robinson connected with Junior Hemingway with seconds remaining on what could have been a game-tying touchdown, but officials ruled it an incomplete pass on the field and then upheld that ruling on review.
Michigan couldn't score after that play, either, leaving Iowa with a controversial victory.
The Hawkeyes got 132 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Marcus Coker in the win. And James Vandenberg threw for 171 yards and another touchdown.
It's been a long week for Iowa, coming off of a loss against one of the worst teams in the FBS, lowly Minnesota. But the Hawkeyes appear to be trying to make up for it this week, and enter halftime leading ranked Michigan 17-6.
Iowa's James Vandenberg is 9-of-12 for 114 yards and a touchdown passing, while Marcus Coker has chipped in 74 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Denard Robinson has been less successful for Michigan, completing six of his 13 passing attempts for 64 yards, a touchdown and an interception. (Michigan missed the extra point.) He's rushed for just 10 yards, though his longest run went for 19. Fitzgerald Toussaint has 46 yards on nine carries to lead the Wolverines on the ground.
Of course, Iowa led Minnesota 21-10 in the fourth quarter before losing that one. So don't give up on Michigan in this one just yet.
After holding the Wolverines to a punt on their opening possession, the Hawkeyes mixed the run and the pass to drive 76 yards on six plays to take a 7-0 lead. Marcus Coker reached the end zone on a bruising four-yard run. The play was set up by two straight big gains on slant passes from junior quarterback James Vandenberg.
The Wolverines promptly went three-and-out on their next possession, giving the Hawkeyes the ball back near the 50 yard line. So far, everything is going Iowa's way.