Iowa Liveblog

Submitted by Brian on October 10th, 2009 at 11:36 AM

Woo! This one is going up early because I'm in lovely Davenport and am about to go off the grid. At 7:30 tonight, Tim and others lead you through a magic wonderland of liveblogging. Enjoy or die. If you don't know why your posts aren't appearing, or have other questions, check the Live Blog Chaos Mitigation Post.



October 10th, 2009 at 9:50 PM ^

Michigan's three tunrovers.

Also, I noticed just prior to that long third down completion that an Iowa player tackled the Michigan defender. No call.

I was shocked that Iowa got a delay of a game on that FG attempt. Maybe the officials thought, "oh crap we need to at least call one penalty against Iowa."

Hopefully, UM comes out firing on target in the second half.


October 10th, 2009 at 10:58 PM ^

They have failed in everyone of them. Hopefully this is just a sign of their youth and inexperience more then anything else.

We need them to answer again


October 10th, 2009 at 11:49 PM ^

The anti-RR sentiment was so bad that I wondered whether it was all trolls. If it was actual UM fans, there were a lot of them jumping off the bandwagon. I'm sure they will be back after a quality win, though.

For perspective, they faced the #12 team on the road in a very difficult place to play, kept within two points, and had a chance to win with less than a minute left. I would have liked a win, but to overcome the first four turnovers and put themselves in the position they were in at the end shows a lot of growth for a young team.

This was a game I had pencilled in as a loss at the beginning of the year, and I still think they will beat someone they "should" lose to this season. This can still be a very good year.


October 11th, 2009 at 12:08 AM ^

I guess that is the downside of starting off 4-0. Everyone seems to have forgotten that this is still a young team that still doesn't have all the personnel needed to run this system.

I think all the critics need to remember that at the beginning of the season, Michigan was pegged as a 7-5 or 8-4 team at best. This team is beating the teams they should, and hanging in with the ranked ones.

It would have been nice to get this win, seeing as outside the turnovers, Michigan generally outplayed Iowa, but with a young team, you have to expect that you are going to lose some of the close ones on the road.

As for the Michigan-folding-under-pressure comment - are you serious? Did you not watch the Notre Dame, Indiana, and MSU games? This team is handling the pressure as best as freshman-led team can.

Patience is needed. "Those who stay will be champions."


October 11th, 2009 at 3:41 AM ^

I think Rodriguez made a mistake by keeping Forcier out of the game on the last series (although he may not have had a choice, if the reports of a 'heated exchange' are true), but I understand his thought process. Denard did complete enough passes on that touchdown drive to keep Iowa from just loading up the box on every down, and we only needed to get into field goal range. Coaches like to stick with what's working right now, not what worked a week ago or two weeks ago. Can't really knock his logic.

At the end of the day, you can't turn the ball over 4 times and expect to upset the 12th-ranked team on the road.


October 10th, 2009 at 11:59 PM ^

...and I tried to post Iowa vs. Michigan highlights. If Grant Wahl can do it here, why can't I do it there?

Now I just need to find a way to get administrator rights to the ESPN soccer CIL...