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No. 2 Michigan turned the Big Ten football championship game into a blowout Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium, crushing No. 13 Iowa 42-3 for its first conference title since 2004.
Michigan is 12-1 and will get a spot in the College Football Playoff. Iowa falls to 10-3 and awaits its bowl bid Sunday.
» Box score: No. 2 Michigan 42, No. 13 Iowa 3
» Hlas column: For Hawkeyes, a big pile of nothing
4th Quarter updates
1:25 4th: Michigan 42, Iowa 3
Donovan Edwards threw a touchdown pass in the first quarter. Now he has a rushing touchdown, reaching for a 1-yard score to put a bow on this one.
It was a six-play, 36-yard drive after the interception.
4:21 4th: Michigan 35, Iowa 3
The one thing Michigan was missing in this game was a defensive takeaway. Caden Kolesar came through, picking off an Alex Padilla pass that was tipped by Sam LaPorta at the Iowa 36.
5:24 4th: Michigan 35, Iowa 3
Michigan is showing off at this point. Erick All hauled in a one-handed touchdown catch, a 5-yard pass from Cade McNamara.
The eight-play, 81-yard drive also included a 38-yard McNamara pass to All on a flea flicker.
9:19 4th: Michigan 28, Iowa 3
Alex Padilla completed three straight passes and ... Iowa went three-and-out again and punted again. The Hawkeyes gained only 10 yards and there was a false start penalty thrown in. Michigan takes over at its 19.
11:16 4th: Michigan 28, Iowa 3
If it wasn’t wrapped up already, it is now.
Hassan Haskins leaped into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown run, his second TD of the game.
Like his first, this was set up by a Luke Schoonhaven catch. Schoonhaven reached out with one hand to tip the Cade McNamara pass to himself for a 22-yard gain.
It was a four-play, 36-yard drive after the blocked punt.
12:49 4th: Michigan 21, Iowa 3
Gavin Williams picked up 11 yards on a first-down run but there was nothing else doing for Iowa. Aidan Hutchinson pressured Alex Padilla on third-and-8, resulting in an incomplete pass.
Michigan’s Cornelius Johnson blocked the punt and the Wolverines start their next possession at the Iowa 36.
14:02 4th: Michigan 21, Iowa 3
Michigan went three-and-out, but probably isn’t too bothered based on the state of the Iowa offense. The Hawkeyes start their latest drive from their 24 after a 64-yard Brad Robbins punt.
3rd Quarter updates
1:10 3rd: Michigan 21, Iowa 3
Alex Padilla entered the game at quarterback for Iowa, replacing Spencer Petras (9-22, 137 yards). He led a 14-play, 60-yard drive but the Hawkeyes turned it over on downs at the Michigan 15.
On fourth-and-3, Padilla was pressured and had to dump it to Tyler Goodson, who was dropped in the backfield for a loss of 7. Padilla was 6 of 7 for 29 yards on the drive, most of the production coming from screen passes, including a 17-yarder to Goodson to convert on third-and-8.
It was progress, but not enough this late in the game.
8:23 3rd: Michigan 21, Iowa 3
Michigan’s first drive of the second half was a 10-play, 82-yard beauty to extend its lead.
Hassan Haskins scored on a 4-yard run after Cade McNamara delivered a 27-yard strike to Luke Schoonmaker.
13:27 3rd: Michigan 14, Iowa 3
Iowa converted a third-and-10 to open the second half as Sam LaPorta stretched across the line to gain for an 11-yard pass from Spencer Petras, but the Iowa QB was 1-for-5 on the series and the Hawkeyes punted. Michigan’s first drive of the half starts at its 18.
2nd Quarter updates
Half: Michigan 14, Iowa 3
Big plays were the story of the first half. Michigan scored on a 67-yard run and a 75-yard trick play. Iowa had a chance to score on a trick play but couldn’t convert, and was 1-of-2 on field goals.
The Hawkeyes totaled 161 yards (4.4 per play), Michigan 253 (8.7).
Spencer Petras completed 8 of 17 passes for 126 yards for Iowa and Tyler Goodson ran 12 times for 24 yards. Sam LaPorta was the leading receiver with three catches for 46 yards.
Michigan quarterback Cade McNamara was 11-of-19 for 62 yards. Donovan Edwards threw a 75-yard touchdown pass on the aforementioned trick play. Blake Corum’s 67-yard touchdown on his only carry made him the team’s leading rusher in the first half.
Iowa had the only takeaways with a Jack Campbell interception and a Jermari Harris pick at the goal line to end the half.
0:51 2nd: Michigan 14, Iowa 3
Spencer Petras briefly went to the locker room after taking a big hit on Iowa’s previous drive, but stayed in the game. There was a review for targeting on that play but no penalty called.
On Iowa’s final drive of the half, Petras threw an incomplete pass and was sacked by Aidan Hutchinson on second-and-10 for a loss of 10.
1:21 2nd: Michigan 14, Iowa 3
Michigan had more success than its previous two drives, getting to midfield with a 15-yard Cade McNamara run on third-and-12 and a 13-yard McNamara pass to Hassan Haskins. But the Iowa defense prevented a game-changing scoring drive before the half. Seth Benson blitzed and sacked McNamara for a loss of 9 on third-and-7. Iowa takes over at its 20.
5:00 2nd: Michigan 14, Iowa 3
Third-and-7 turned into third-and-17 for Iowa after a holding penalty. Spencer Petras connected with Keagan Johnson for a 13-yard gain to the Michigan 49, but Iowa chose to punt again. Tory Taylor’s 40-yard punt was fair caught at the 9, the third straight Michigan drive that will start inside its 10.
7:30 2nd: Michigan 14, Iowa 3
Two straight three-and-outs inside its own 10 for Michigan as Iowa continues to win the field-position battle. Jack Campbell blitzed on third-and-8 to force a throwaway. Iowa takes over at its 45 after a Michigan timeout and punt from the end zone.
9:08 2nd: Michigan 14, Iowa 3
Iowa’s drive started with a 13-yard Spencer Petras pass to Charlie Jones, but stalled from there with a 2-yard Tyler Goodson loss and two incompletions. The good news is Tory Taylor pinned Michigan even farther back with a 41-yard punt that was fair caught at the 3.
10:53 2nd: Michigan 14, Iowa 3
Iowa forced a Michigan three-and-out, with Kaevon Merriweather nearly picking off a third-and-5 pass but settling for a breakup. Iowa takes over at its 41.
12:31 2nd: Michigan 14, Iowa 3
Iowa benefited from a third-down unsportsmanlike conduct penalty when it was about to go three-and-out, but a second-and-8 tripping penalty then derailed the drive anyway. The Hawkeyes ran on the ball on second-and-23 and third-and-20 and Tory Taylor pinned Michigan at its 6 with a 46-yard punt.
1st Quarter updates
0:17 1st: Michigan 14, Iowa 3
Iowa had given up explosive touchdowns on back-to-back plays when A.J. Henning started the latest drive with a 29-yard run as Michigan looked for more of the same.
But then the Hawkeyes came up with an interception, as they’ve been to known to do. Jack Campbell picked off a pass that slipped through the hands of a Michigan receiver and Iowa took over at its 33. That ties the school record for team picks in a season (23).
1:26 1st: Michigan 14, Iowa 3
Iowa’s offense put together a good response after falling behind 14-0 but again had to settle for a field goal.
After a rare miss early, Caleb Shudak came back with a 22-yard make to get the Hawkeyes on the board.
It was a 10-play, 71-yard drive, with Spencer Petras’ 28-yard pass to Charlie Jones getting the Hawkeyes in scoring range. Petras started the possession with a 22-yard toss to Luke Lachey
5:27 1st: Michigan 14, Iowa 0
It’s Michigan’s turn for a trick play and, unlike Iowa, the Wolverines executed.
Donovan Edwards took a backward pass and threw a 75-yard bomb to Roman Wilson for a touchdown on the first play of the drive.
5:37 1st: Michigan 7, Iowa 0
After a great start, Iowa’s offense didn’t have much of a follow-up. The Hawkeyes went three-and-out after the Michigan TD, with two incomplete passes. The Wolverines take over at their 19.
6:38 1st: Michigan 7, Iowa 0
Michigan is on the board first. Blake Corum bounced a run to the outside and went 67 yards for a touchdown.
It was a four-play, 80-yard possession.
8:35 1st: Iowa 0, Nebraska 0
Iowa had multiple opportunities to score on its first drive, but came up empty.
Fullback Monte Pottebaum was wide open in the end zone on a trick play, but tripped and couldn’t reel in running back Gavin Williams’ pass that was slightly overthrown.
Then, Caleb Shudak uncharacteristically missed a 33-yard field goal.
It was otherwise a promising 10-play, 59-yard drive that included Spencer Petras passes to tight end Sam LaPorta for 15 and 21 yards and a third-and-6 conversion via a pass interference penalty drawn by Keagan Johnson.
13:17 1st: Iowa 0, Nebraska 0
Iowa forced a three-and-out on Michigan’s opening drive. Cornerback Riley Moss tripped up Mike Sainristil for a 1-yard gain on third-and-3. Iowa’s first drive starts at its 26.
Iowa cornerback Matt Hankins is out. The second-team all-Big Ten honoree has missed the last two games and likely won’t play again this season.
Iowa cornerback Terry Roberts (bone bruise) was not listed on this week’s depth chart, but was dressed and warming up Saturday night.
What’s at stake in Big Ten championship
An Iowa win would send the Hawkeyes to the Rose Bowl.
Michigan would be headed to the College Football Playoff.
And of course, there’s the conference championship neither side has won since 2004. The Hawkeyes haven’t claimed an outright Big Ten title since 1985, Michigan since 2003.
Big Ten championship pregame storylines
Iowa must be at its very best to get its biggest win under head coach Kirk Ferentz, writes Gazette columnist Mike Hlas.
Gazette reporter John Steppe is predicting a Michigan victory.
“If everything goes right, Iowa is capable of winning this game,” John writes in his analysis. “But teams that take care of the ball and pressure Iowa’s quarterbacks have given the Hawkeyes problems in 2021. Michigan does both.”
How to watch Iowa vs. Michigan in Big Ten championship
Kickoff time: 7:17 p.m. CT
Radio: Hawkeye Radio Network
Listen online: The Varsity Network