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Hawkeye football notebook: The cold and close games

[ 0 ] November 23, 2013 |

Michigan_Iowa_FootbalIowa’s 24-21 victory was its third straight over Michigan at Kinnick Stadium, something that’s never happened before. The Hawkeyes also won at home in 2009, 30-28, and in 2011, 24-16. Throw in a 38-28 victory at Ann Arbor in 2010, and Iowa has won four of the last five in the series.

That 2011 game is one that Iowa senior cornerback B.J. Lowery remembers fondly. With the ball at the Iowa 3 and the Wolverines facing a fourth-and-goal play, Lowery knocked down Denard Robinson’s pass intended for Roy Roundtree, Lowery, who batted the pass down with a cast he was wearing on his hand, looked to hook Roundtree on the play.

“Give a little, take a little,” Lowery said.

HOW DID RUDOCK HOLD UP? The coldest home football game in Iowa history didn’t seem to bother Florida native Jake Rudock.

“It’s Iowa, it’s supposed to be cold,” the Hawkeye quarterback said. “The wind was all right. It kind of depends on which way you’re going.

“You just have to judge it and gauge it as best you can.”

Rudock, who grew up in Weston, Fla., threw for two touchdowns, despite 18-degree temperatures and 19 mph winds.

More after video:

TIGHT BATTLES: Close games have become the norm when Michigan visits Iowa. The last six meetings at Kinnick Stadium, dating to 1998, have all been decided by 8 points or fewer. Saturday marked the Hawkeyes’ 10th fourth-quarter comeback since 2009.

“I think the biggest thing is, we grew up a little bit today,” coach Kirk Ferentz said. “Some of the younger guys caught up to the seniors a little bit.”

TEXAS SIGN-OFF: This is the last of a four-year deal between the Big Ten and the Texas Bowl. Bowl representative Brad True said his group is keeping an eye on Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and possibly Nebraska for the final lap before they shift into a deal with the SEC.

Contributing: Bryce Miller, Andrew Logue

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About Rick Brown: Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register. View author profile.

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