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Iowa comes from behind to defeat Michigan 24-21


IOWA CITY (WKZO)- Michigan looked like they were in prime position to defeat Iowa as they led 21-7 at halftime, but they could not hold on as the Hawkeyes rallied to defeat the Wolverines 24-21.  

Iowa started the third quarter strong as Jake Rudock hit Tevaun Smith as he eluded taklers all the way to the endzone on a 55-yard touchdown reception to cut the Wolverines lead to 21-14.

In the fourth quarter, the Hawkeyes once again drove it down the field and Mark Weisman ran over Wolverines and carried them to the endzone on a nine-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 21.  Mike Meyer added a 34-yard field goal to give the Hawkeyes the lead 24-21.

The Wolverines had one more chance as they were driving down the field, but Devin Gardner fumbled the ball in Hawkeyes territory and Iowa recovered and was able to run out the clock.

The game started out well for Michigan as Brennen Beyer picked off Rudock and returned it seven-yards for a touchdown to give the Wolverines a 7-0 lead.

After Iowa tied the game up at seven, Michigan moved the ball into the endzone on a short field in the second quarter as a scrambling Gardner found A.J. Williams for his first career catch and touchdown on a two-yard pass to put the Wolverines up 14-7.  Jeremy Gallon later hauled in a nine-yard pass from Gardner to put the Wolverines up 21-7 at halftime.

The Wolverines only managed 158 yards of total offense on the day.  Iowa had four turnovers to Michigan's one, but the fumble by Gardner was a costly turnover.

The Wolverines 7-4 (3-4 Big Ten) look to beat their rivals the Ohio State Buckeyes next Saturday and hand Urban Meyer his first loss at OSU head coach.  Game time is TBA and the game can be heard on 1660 the Fan.