ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Iowa has fallen down a well and it can’t reach its cellphone to call for help.
Michigan rolled up 331 yards total offense and took a 28-10 halftime lead before a billionty people at the Michigan Stadium on Saturday.
It’s now a question of how far Iowa has fallen and how much ground can be made up between however badly today turns out and September 2013.
Michigan’s final scoring drive of the first half was 8th graders against 7th graders.
Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner hit wide receiver Jeremy Gallon for a 31-yard gain to Iowa’s 35. Gardner faced no pressure and easily found Gallon tucked between cornerback Micah Hyde and safety Tanner Miller.
The next play was even worse. Gardner rolled right and almost teased Iowa D-end Joe Gaglione to come and get him. When Gaglione got close, Gardner cut up field and found wide receiver Roy Roundtree for a 17-yard gain to Iowa’s 18. This was almost teasing at this point.
The scoring play was a fake sweep to the right and then a throwback screen to the opposite side of the field. Running back Vincent Smith scored untouched from 18 yards to make it 28-10.
The Wolverines scored TDs on all four of their first-half possession. You’ll see the mountainous amount of time Gardner had to throw the ball on a third-and-goal from Iowa’s 1 somewhere on either SportsCenter or the Big Ten Network. It was otherworldly. Nothing came of it, but it will be held up as what’s wrong with Iowa.
Can’t rush the passer. Can’t keep up.
After a timeout, Michigan made it 21-10 when Gardner scored on fourth-and-1.
Gardner was 11 for 14 for 204 yards and two TDs, including a 37-yard TD to Roundtree on a third-and-17. Denard Robinson, the most dynamic offensive player in Michigan history, didn’t play QB with the injured elbow, but he did rush seven times for 72 yards, including a 40-yarder.
Iowa linebacker James Morris didn’t start. He has various injuries, including one in the upper torso, but he ended up going out there in the second quarter. Linebacker Anthony Hitchens (flu) was out.
Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz topped his career high (five) with seven catches for 62 yards in the first half. Iowa’s lone TD was a 16-yard pass to freshman TE Henry Kreiger-Coble.