It was a game of missed opportunities for the Iowa Hawkeyes as they fall to the Michigan Wolverines in the Big Ten championship game. The Hawks failed to capitalize with touchdowns on three opportunities inside the Michigan 10 yard line in the first three quarters, coming away with only one field goal. On their opening offensive possession Iowa drove the ball to the Michigan 15 yard line but missed fullback Monte Pottebaum on a pass that would have resulted in a touchdown. Iowa attempted a field goal, but the 33 yard kick was wide right. Michigan scored on long plays on their next two drives before Iowa again drove deep into Michigan territory, stalling this time at the four yard line. Shudak’s 22 yard attempt was good and Iowa made the score 14-3. In the second quarter both defenses stepped up for their teams, allowing a combined total of 93 yards of total offense between the teams.
In the second half Michigan’s offense was able to take control of the flow of the game. They scored on an 83 yard touchdown drive in the third quarter when Hassan Haskins ran it into the endzone from four yards out. After Haskins touchdown Iowa made a switch at quarterback, bringing in Alex Padilla. Coach Kirk Ferentz attributed it to an injury that had occurred in the first half to Spencer Petras. Michigan scored three more times in the fourth quarter on a one yard Haskins run, a five yard Cade McNamara to Erick Hall pass, and a one yard Donovan Edwards run. When the dust settled Michigan won the game and the Big Ten Championship 42-3. Michigan, who moves to 12-1, will be part of the college football playoff, but where they will rank and who they will play will be determined on Sunday afternoon. Iowa, who moves to 10-3, will likely have a bid to the Citrus Bowl awaiting them Sunday afternoon. However, bowl bids are still unofficial as of the writing of this article.