MI beats Iowa, 10-3, in old-fashioned slugfest


RECEIVING-Iowa, Ragaini 6-46, Goodson 5-62, Smith-Marsette 4-60, Tracy 4-26, B.Smith 2-45, Sargent 2-21. The Wolverines moved offensive coordinator Josh Gattis down to the sideline after two games in the press box and the move paid instant dividends as they set season highs in total yards (476), touchdowns (seven) and points against the Scarlet Knights, and they hope to ride the momentum to their first victory against Iowa since November 17, 2012.

The Hawkeyes' All-American quarterback, Nate Stanley, came in with 136 consecutive throws over two years without an interception, but MI picked off two aerials during the first half. The run game, meanwhile, averaged just 3.9 yards per carry.

MI took one snap to run out the clock.

Well, let's start on a positive note.

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Iowa had a chance to tie the game late in the fourth quarter with the ball in MI territory, but the Wolverine defense held on for the 10-3 win to improve their record to 4-1.

Two weeks after getting completely dominated at the line of scrimmage in a blowout loss at Wisconsin, Michigan was on the other side of that equation this week. Toren Young led Iowa in rushing with just 40 yards. Neither team could establish a reliable running game. Some of that is the product of a stout Iowa defense, but it does not look like the MI offense has taken any steps forward as the season has progressed.

The total yards were almost even. MI gained 267 to Iowa's 261. If the Wolverines drop this game, the calls for Jim Harbaugh's job are only going to get louder. But the following two weeks - a trip to No. 12 Penn State and home game against No. 9 Notre Dame - will likely set the tone for the rest of the season.