Monday, July 26, 2010

Top Ten Most Memorable - #3

2002 - Iowa 34 - Michigan 9. - Iowa fans like to brag about their rivalry with the Michigan Wolverines. And while many games in the series have gone down to the final minutes, the Hawkeyes haven't been on the winning side often. In 2001, the Hawkeyes almost took down the Maize and Blue in what may have been the most physical game in the series up to the point. However the 2002 game would be different. Played in one of the most storied venues of college football, Michigan Stadium, aka "The Big House," was a raw, rainy cool October afternoon. Michigan didn't think this day would be any different in the series with the Hawkeyes - they were at home on Homecoming - and they felt they outtalented the Hawkeyes at every position on the field. The Hawkeyes took control of the game early with a 10-6 halftime lead. In the second half the Hawkeyes came out more confident and stymied the Wolverine offense. The longest run on the day was a scramble by Wolverine quarterback, John Navarre but the Hawkeye offense could not be stopped. At the end of the day the Michigan fans fled to the parking lots early while those who made the drive from Iowa City celebrated well after the final gun. Perhaps the most memorable part of the game was the Hawkeye team staying on the field and singing the Iowa Fight Song with the 4,000+ fans. It isn't often to beat Michigan at home, but it is more rare to win in convincing fashion.

Amy T #3 - Iowa 24 - Penn State 23 - 2008. Thanks to a late Tyler Sash interception and a Daniel Murray field goal, the Iowa Hawkeyes upset the undefeated Penn State Nittany Lions in perhaps the biggest home win of the Kirk Ferentz era.

Phil H #3 - Iowa 15 - Michigan State 13 - 2009. A school record for consecutive victories to start a season was on the line on a cold and raw October night in East Lansing. It took the entire 60 minutes, but the Hawkeyes continued the winning streak with a touchdown on 4th and 2 from the 2 with :02 on the clock.

Pete #3 - Iowa 15 - Michigan State 13 - 2009.


Anonymous said...

Al's #3 2002 Iowa 34 Michigan 9. I'll add a few things to Matt's detailed game review. This was one of the most sound beatings Iowa has handed out under Coach Ferentz. It felt from the Iowa sideline that Michigan felt all they had to do was show up, which had been the case over recent years. But this was not your average Iowa season this was not your average Iowa - Michigan game. The drive back to IC was even better listening to the Michigan postgame call in show as the sky was falling hard and fast that day in Ann Arbor!

Jon Pippert said...

Pip's #9 - 2009 Iowa 15 Michigan Sate 13. Iowa had yet another tough road game and hadn't won at Michigan State under Coach Ferentz. This was a very physical game and the Michigan State fans were classless. Michigan State went ahead 13-9 on a Touchdown pass with 1:37 remaining. But Ricky Stanzi and the offense came up with a great drive. They got to the Michigan State 7 and were faced with a fourth down with 2 seconds left. Stanzi then hit McNutt on a perfect slant pattern and Iowa was 8-0 for the first time in school history.