Halftime: Iowa 17, Michigan 6

November, 5, 2011
11/05/11
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Michigan has been in this position before, trailing at the half and needing a big second-half performance. The Wolverines have been a good closing team. But they haven't done it in a hostile road environment yet.

Give Iowa a lot of credit so far for bouncing back strong from last week's disheartening loss at Minnesota. The Hawkeyes came out with a lot of energy and scored on their first drive.

Michigan looked a little flat early and has made a lot of mistakes. A Denard Robinson fumble that was caused and recovered by Tyler Nielsen killed one promising drive. Robinson also threw an interception deep in the red zone late in the half. The Iowa defense, which has struggled all season, has bottled up Shoelace in holding him to just 10 rushing yards on seven carries. The Wolverines have just 128 total yards and haven't generated many big plays.

Meanwhile, the Hawkeyes' offense is doing a good job of mixing the run and pass. Marcus Coker has rushed for 74 yards and James Vandenberg is 9-of-12 with a touchdown pass to Brad Herman.

Michigan has been a much better team in the second half most of the season, while Iowa has been pretty vulnerable. So this is a long way from being finished. But if things don't change, we'll have a major shakeup in the Big Ten Legends Division race.

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