3:30 PM ET, October 4, 2003
Kinnick Stadium, IOWA CITY, IA
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- For the second straight week, Iowa found itself trailing by two touchdowns early in the first quarter. This time, the Hawkeyes didn't panic.
Iowa (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 23 Associated Press)capitalized on opportunistic special teams, a stubborn second-half defense and clutch throws by quarterback Nathan Chandler to come from behind and win 30-27 against Michigan (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today, No. 9 Associated Press) Saturday.
Michigan's Braylon Edwards catches a touchdown in front of Grant Steen, but it was Iowa dancing after the game.
The Hawkeyes (5-1, 1-1 Big Ten) scored 20 straight points and then stopped Michigan's last-ditch comeback attempt to beat the Wolverines (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten) for the second straight year.
"We're not a great come-from-behind football team," said Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz, whose team never recovered after spotting Michigan State two early touchdowns in a loss last week.
"But I couldn't be more proud of our guys than I am right now. Michigan has an excellent football team and the way we bounced back after their first two scores showed how much heart we have on this team."
It also showed the only statistic that matters is the one on the scoreboard.
Michigan outgained the Hawkeyes 463-295, and Wolverine quarterback John Navarre threw for a career best 389 yards.
The Wolverines were nearly unstoppable in the first half, as Navarre threw for 224 yards.
Running back Chris Perry scored the Wolverines' first touchdown on a 5-yard run eight minutes into the game. On their next possession, Navarre marched the Wolverines 64 yards in seven plays, capped by a 14-yard TD pass to Braylon Edwards.
"We just didn't panic," Iowa defensive lineman Jared Clauss said. "They were doing some very good things ... but we knew we had to correct some things and clean up our mental errors and get back out there."
Iowa cut Michigan's lead in half when Chandler scored on a 6-yard bootleg late in the first quarter. Chandler was 17-of-34 for 195 yards and two touchdowns.
Fred Russell ran for 110 yards on 26 carries and Nate Kaeding kicked three field goals on a day Iowa honored its former legendary coach, Hayden Fry.
After being picked apart by Navarre in the first half, Iowa's defense tightened, shutting down the running game and forcing Navarre into a series of wild throws.
"We needed to execute. We had some plays we didn't get done ... and they did a good job of taking things away," said Navarre, who is 0-6 on the road against ranked teams.
Michigan made it exciting at the end as Navarre threw a 41-yard TD pass to Braylon Edwards with 3:43 remaining, cutting Iowa's lead to 30-27.
The Wolverines then forced an Iowa punt, and Navarre marched Michigan across midfield with less than two minutes to go. But three consecutive incomplete passes sealed the victory, Iowa's second straight over the Wolverines.
Michigan spent the week talking about avenging last year's 34-9 loss to the Hawkeyes, the worst home defeat for the Wolverines in 35 years. But once again, Michigan couldn't stop Iowa when it mattered.
Iowa took its first lead on Kaeding's 31-yard field goal with 2:34 left in the third quarter. The Hawkeyes created the scoring chance when Chris Smith blocked a punt and Iowa took possession at the Wolverine 14.
Iowa extended its lead late in the fourth quarter when Chandler capped a time-consuming, 79-yard drive with a 31-yard touchdown pass to Ramon Ochoa. Ochoa beat two defenders and crossed the goal line just before being stripped of the ball, giving Iowa a 30-20 lead.
Michigan answered quickly with its best series of the second half. The Wolverines marched 86 yards in seven plays, capped by Navarre's 41-yard strike to Edwards.
Michigan's Jason Avant had seven catches for 175 yards, including a 71-yarder in the first half, while Edwards had seven catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||10-22||6-18|
|4th Down Conversions||0-2||0-0|
|TD||7:56||CHRIS PERRY 5 YD RUN (GARRETT RIVAS KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 51 yards.
|TD||4:01||BRAYLON EDWARDS 14 YD PASS FROM JOHN NAVARRE (GARRETT RIVAS KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 64 yards.
|TD||2:20||NATHAN CHANDLER 6 YD RUN (NATE KAEDING KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 54 yards.
|FG||14:50||GARRETT RIVAS 47 YD FG|
Drive info: 8 plays, 54 yards.
|FG||11:46||NATE KAEDING 34 YD FG|
Drive info: 8 plays, 34 yards.
|FG||9:58||GARRETT RIVAS 26 YD FG|
Drive info: 6 plays, 72 yards.
|TD||0:19||CALVIN DAVIS 6 YD PASS FROM NATHAN CHANDLER (NATE KAEDING KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 9 yards.
|FG||5:40||NATE KAEDING 25 YD FG|
Drive info: 8 plays, 20 yards.
|FG||2:34||NATE KAEDING 32 YD FG|
Drive info: 4 plays, 1 yards.
|TD||5:16||RAMON OCHOA 31 YD PASS FROM NATHAN CHANDLER (NATE KAEDING KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 79 yards.
|TD||3:43||BRAYLON EDWARDS 41 YD PASS FROM JOHN NAVARRE (GARRETT RIVAS KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 86 yards.