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Saturday, October 10, 2009
Stanzi exploits Michigan secondary for big plays

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Michigan's secondary has been a weakness all season, and Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi knows it.

Stanzi repeatedly took advantage of the Wolverines' back four on a 9-play, 78-yard scoring drive. The key play came on third-and-24 after a bad snap pushed back the Hawkeyes. Most teams would run a draw or a screen to set up a punt, but Iowa wisely attacked downfield and Derrell Johnson-Koulianos made an electrifying grab over cornerback Donovan Warren.

Iowa surprisingly continues to attack Warren, the Wolverines' best defensive back, but Stanzi is having success. He also found a leaping Trey Stross for a 33-yard gain on third-and-6. Stross also beat Warren.

If the Wolverines don't improve in the back four or generate more pressure on Stanzi, Iowa could start to pull away.