HELLUVA FINISH BOYS.
FERENTZ TALKED ABOUT THE TEAM'S WIN. (Source)
Kirk Ferentz after Iowa beats Michigan (via Samuel Louwagie)
THE PLAYERS SPOKE TOO. Marc Morehouse has postgame video from Anthony Hitchens, Jake Rudock, James Morris, Drew Ott, Carl Davis, Mark Weisman, Tevaun Smith, C.J. Fiedorowicz and Christian Kirksey. The topics: the win and there something about Drew Ott riding a moped across the Midwest.
LET'S GET RECAP-Y. Iowa overcame the cold weather and four turnovers to defeat Michigan Saturday. The Hawkeyes celebrated their seniors final day in Kinnick and it was a trio at linebacker that had the final say in the game's outcome. Iowa held Michigan to 158 total yards and 10 first downs. Down 21-7 at the half, the Hawks put on their big boy pants in the second half and ran over Michigan to tie the score at 21. It was senior Mike Meyer's field goal with a little over six minutes to go that put Iowa ahead. Anthony Hitchens recovered a Wolverine fumble to seal the win.
HOW ABOUT SOME NCAA STATS? If you look at Iowa's offensive statistics you'd wonder how they arrived at 7-4. It's been the defense that's carried this team this season. Iowa's total defense is ranked 11th nationally. The pass defense ranks 10th, rush defense 20th. Iowa's scoring defense, one of the key statistics, allows only 18.9 points per game. That places them 13th in the nation.
BOWL STUFF. With the win against Michigan, Iowa's bowl prospects are improving. Once considered a lock for the Heart of Dallas Bowl, now Iowa is considered for a trip to Phoenix for the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. ESPN places Iowa there. As does SB Nation and CBS Sports. The possible opponent: Texas. A win over Nebraska and Iowa ties for second place in the Legends Division (if Minnesota loses). The Hawks would tie Minnesota and Nebraska but would have defeated them both. It then comes down to the travelling fan base and if the Big Ten gets two BCS teams (Wisconsin is one spot away at #15 in the latest BCS rankings). Friday's game with the Huskers could be for more than the Hero's Trophy. It could also mean a trip to Florida to represent the Big Ten in the Outback Bowl.
IOWA BASKETBALL IMPROVES TO 5-0. It was the last of the cupcakes before it gets real this week. Iowa hosted Penn Friday night in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Jarrod Uthoff is making a case for more minutes as he was the team's star Friday night. Uthoff scored 19 points in Iowa's 86-55 win over the Quakers.
IOWA WOMEN GET BACK TO WINNING WAYS. The Hawkeye ladies went to Cedar Falls to take on in-state rival Northern Iowa yesterday. Sam Logic dropped in 17 points and 10 rebounds in a 67-60 Hawkeye win. Freshman Ally Disterhoft continues to impress as she added 14 points.
- Iowa-Penn post-game blog: For Jok, it's just another game
- In a career of Kinnick memories, this one ranks near the top
- Iowa-Michigan notes: Weisman back to form
- Drew Ott's big adventure
- Rudock crash lands and then picks up the pieces
- Dienhart: Iowa builds season to remember
- Hawkeyes living right going into the finale
- Preparation and Focus play key Role for Hawkeyes
- Podcast: ‘On Iowa' with postgame audio
- Ferentz lauds seniors for Hawkeyes' turnaround season
- "We're not a second half team?"
- Stat Pak: Fantastic second half for the offense
- Battered Nebraska a Three Point Favorite Hosting Iowa