a. Michigan didn't get a rush play for more than 12 yards. To me this is the key to the game. It certainly was my biggest concern, their capacity to break big ones. This is the only game this year, I predict, where Michigan's longest play goes for 12.
b. Forcier's line. He is the fourth QB to be humiliated by the Iowa defense, third to be benched (and Clark should've been benched). Someone else will calculate his in-game pass efficiency, but I'm sure it's in the 50-range. Happily for us, his coach then piled on with a televised meltdown and with luck QBForce-Nobel-Peace-Prize-Mother-Theresa-Tate is permanently twisted now in the head. Rodriquez lost control of himself in this game, and it was good to see.
c. Stanzi seems to drink from the idiot savant's cognitive dissonance cup all right. And it is scary bad when he sees someone the other 70,000 people watching don't see -- and then initiates a conversation with him and attempts to play nice and share his football, before the meds kick in. Still and all, our QB play for the season is better than the collective opposing QBs' play.
d. We all thought last year's 32 turnovers was an irreproducible quirk. However, we are >20% ahead of that pace.
e. We should remember that there probably isn't a team in the Big Ten that doesn't think it can beat Iowa. We just got 5 takeaways but yielded 28 points and won by 2. And we returned to clock management hell, while descending to a new circle -- pushing a 48 yard field goal to 53.