Three cool things:
1. Iowa wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos was silenced by himself and his coaches in this one.
In part it’s because he’s “speechless” or at least that’s what he told reporters on the field after Iowa won this game. The other part is that the record he earned in this one speaks for itself.
Johnson-Koulianos, a senior, set Iowa’s career receiving yardage record with 2,274 that day, passing Tim Dwight (2,271).
“He’s a big-time player whenever his number is called, he didn’t disappoint,” Iowa wide receiver Marvin McNutt said. “That’s something we look for because DJK is a playmaker. Any time he’s out there he can do amazing things with the ball.”
Johnson-Koulianos scored three touchdowns in this one. His first touchdown was a 14-yard crossing route on third down and 10. His next catch was on a 31-yard post-corner route that gave Iowa its first lead at 14-7. His final touchdown was on a 19-yard post where he beat the cornerback inside for an easy score.
“DJK is the man,” Iowa guard Adam Gettis said. “He’s a good kid, and he’s one of my favorite players on the team. I like playing for him. He gets the guys going. He has great hands, great feet. I’m just glad he’s one my side. I wouldn’t want him on the other side.
“He’s a playmaker, and that’s what he’s on the team for, to make plays.”
I remember it getting weird about talking after this game. It’s too bad that’s a takeaway.
2. What games were you putting into Iowa’s 50-50 bin at this point? By 50-50, I mean a game in which it’s 50-50 whether or not Iowa would win. Because I kind of think you have to now, I put Iowa State in this category. The Cy-Hawk is going to be bloody knuckles. I’m sorry, it just is.
So, in 50-50 games, I had Ricky Stanzi with a 13-7 record, counting all three of his bowl wins (maybe that Outback Bowl over South Carolina shouldn’t go in this, but it was a bowl and we’ve seen how those haven’t been easy).
3. Remember Tate Forcier?
What I remember about him is that he might be the father of recruits who put their offers through the social media “thumbs up, thumbs down” process. Everyone offered Forcier, including Iowa.
Even the Google trail has gone cold on Forcier.
Quote: ”There’s no excuse for giving up as many yards as we did, but we can make corrections and get better. All that matters is we won today.” — safety Tyler Sash
Note: The very next weekend at Kinnick, Bret Bielema forever ________ his Hawkeyedom. I’ll let you fill in the blank.
Why No. 48? — It was a quality win in Michigan Stadium. It probably should’ve led to something more.
PREVIOUS COVERAGE OF THE GAME
Game story from 2010
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — There is no lead storyline.
Every play mattered. Big and small. A block, a big TD catch, a defensive stop. The interceptions, the running back and the fifth-year senior middle linebacker.
Every effort was a brick in a foundation that finally, eventually, reached to the top of the giant scoreboards that loom over Michigan Stadium.
Against a late-afternoon autumn sky, it all mattered and the scoreboard said Iowa.
The No. 15 Iowa Hawkeyes (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) had just enough of everything in Saturday’s 38-28 victory over Michigan (5-2, 1-2) before 112,784 fans at Michigan Stadium.
Iowa’s defense bottled and then broke Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson. Gunslinger Tate Forcier replaced Robinson, who was held to 201 total yards before leaving with a shoulder injury, and pulled the Wolverines to within a touchdown with 6:55 to play.
But quarterback Ricky Stanzi finished a flawless day with an ugly little completion that running back Adam Robinson turned to gold, a 26-yard gain on a check-down, and Mike Meyer’s 30-yard field goal sealed it.
In the end, all that mattered was 38-28. Getting there was sort of nutty, but that’s all that mattered.
A lot went right for three quarters.
Stanzi was fantastic, completing 17 of 24 for 248 yards and three TDs. Senior wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos caught four passes for 70 yards and three TDs. On his third TD reception, a 19-yarder in the fourth quarter, Johnson-Koulianos became Iowa’s career leader in receiving yards with 2,274, surpassing Tim Dwight’s 2,271.
“I’m speechless,” Johnson-Koulianos said to TV cameras.
Robinson carried the ball a career-high 31 times for 143 yards and two scores.
Iowa had the better Robinson. OK, Iowa had the more durable Robinson, who again walked out of the locker room gingerly.
“Just to come away with the win, that shows the character of our team,” Robinson said. “We were able to come together as a team and mesh under a lot of adversity. I think that’s something that’s going to help us later in the season.”
Be good if it kicked in this week. The Hawkeyes host Wisconsin (6-1, 2-1) in the massive matchup in the Big Ten. The Badgers knocked off No. 1 Ohio State, 31-18, at Camp Randall Saturday night.
Iowa’s defense was the unit that faced adversity at Michigan Stadium.
Iowa had obviously geared to stop or at least contain Denard Robinson. After a 12-yard gain on a sweep, Robinson was smacked by linebacker Tyler Nielsen and tackle Mike Daniels. He left with a shoulder injury and was replaced by Forcier.
After a Micah Hyde interception that led to Iowa’s 35-14 lead, it was bombs away with Forcier.
Forcier drove an offensive machine that gashed Iowa for 522 yards, the most against the Hawkeyes since Ohio State ran up 530 yards in a 31-6 victory over Iowa in 2005.
“Not happy about the yards,” cornerback Shaun Prater said. “The ‘W’ is nice and that’s what it’s all about, but what they did to us ... we need to clean that up. It feels like a loss that way.”
The numbers belie what was an opportunistic defensive effort.
The Hawkeyes converted four Michigan turnovers into 14 points. Safety Tyler Sash returned a first-quarter interception 36 yards to set up a score. Hyde’s interception turned into Adam Robinson’s 11-yard TD run in the third.
The first-team defense was also on the field for a blocked field goal. D-lineman Adrian Clayborn was officially credited with the block. Sash kept the opportunistic theme going when he let the ball roll to the Iowa 10, looked off the Michigan field-goal unit and picked it up and ran.
He gave Iowa a first down at Michigan’s 48. The drive ended in Adam Robinson’s first TD.
Yeah, there were yards, but everything mattered. It takes more than yards to win.
Michigan found that rhythm with Forcier. After a day of taking what Michigan handed to them, the Hawkeyes had some pressure. The Wolverines scored two TDs in less than four minutes.
Then Iowa made every play that mattered.
Stanzi hit Marvin McNutt for 17 yards. Then, Stanzi threw low to Robinson, who scooped the ball up, broke three tackles and, 26 yards later, converted a third-and-8.
Meyer booted a 30-yarder. Then, on Michigan’s last lunge, middle linebacker Troy Johnson picked off Forcier, slid and called it a day.
That was a fifth-year senior making his third career start.
See, it all matters.