Saturday, October 10, 2009
Iowa sparked by Moeaki, turnovers, special teams
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Tight end Tony Moeaki is showing how valuable he can be when healthy, and Iowa has a two-score lead on Michigan in the fourth quarter.
Moeaki caught his second long touchdown pass of the game, but the story for Iowa has been special teams and opportunistic defense. The Hawkeyes have totally outplayed Michigan on special teams, from covering kicks and punts to returning the ball to Daniel Murray's career-high three field goals. The Wolverines have been pretty bad in the third phase, culminating with Greg Mathews' muffed punt on the same play Michigan was flagged for roughing Ryan Donahue.
Field position totally set up Moeaki's 42-yard touchdown, as Michigan's Zoltan Mesko had to punt from his end zone two plays earlier. Michigan's offense really hasn't been that bad, but turnovers are completely killing the Wolverines tonight.
Michigan entered Kinnick Stadium having committed eight turnovers in five games. The Wolverines already have four.