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Live blog: Michigan vs. Iowa

Michigan takes aim at its eighth win of the season in a tough road game at Iowa. Follow the action here with regular updates throughout the game by Angelique S. Chengelis of The Detroit News.

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Michigan tried to make it two in a row on the road but after building a two-touchdown lead in the first half, the Wolverines could get nothing done offensively in the second half.

Iowa scored 17 points in the second half to beat Michigan, 24-21, in frigid conditions at Kinnick Stadium.

Michigan is 7-4, 3-4 Big Ten and Iowa improves to 7-4, 4-3.

Michigan had 113 yards in the first half but gained only 10 yards in the third quarter and 35 in the fourth.

Devin Gardner was 13-of-28 for 98 yards and two touchdowns.

Michigan returns to Michigan Stadium on Saturday for its final regular-season game against Ohio State.

Iowa’s Mark Weisman bullied his way on a nine-yard touchdown run to tie the game.

Michigan and Iowa are 21-21 with 12 minutes left in the game.

The Wolverines entered the second half with a 21-7 lead, but Iowa struck quickly to pull within a touchdown and just added the Weisman touchdown to draw even.

Michigan lost 10 yards in the third quarter.

Michigan has relied plenty on its defense in the first half, but its offense put together a nice drive toward the end of the first half to give the Wolverines a 21-7 lead over Iowa in chilly conditions at Kinnick Stadium.

Michigan had two first-half intereptions, and both led to touchdowns.

Brennen Beyer had a first-quarter interception he returned for a touchdown for the Wolverines’ first score. Blake Countess got his fifth interception of the season, giving Michigan the ball at the Iowa 28-yard line. Michigan went 28 yards in seven plays and tight end A.J. Williams caught a two-yard pass from Devin Gardner.

The U-M defense has made several stops in this game, including in the first quarter when Iowa went for it on fourth down and five when Cam Gordon tipped Jake Rudock’s pass. Jibreel Black had tipped the pass on the play before.

Michigan scored for the third time just before the end of the first half when Gardner directed a 10-play, 47-yard drive. Michigan made two, third-down conversions — which had become a bit of a rarity for the Wolverines — enroute to the score.

Gardner, looking more comfortable this drive, completed a nine-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Gallon.

 

Michigan has taken advantage from another standout defensive play and now leads, 14-7 at Iowa.

Blake Countess earned his fifth interception of the season with Iowa in third down and nine, giving Michigan the ball at the Iowa 28-yard line.

Michigan drove 28 yards in seven plays, including what has become a rarity — a third-down conversion. The Wolverines were 0-for-3 in third downs in the first quarter, making in five quarters in regulation without a conversion, but this time, Michigan made good.

On third down and four, quarterback Devin Gardner looked for an open receiver, then took off running to his left for eight yards.

Tight end A.J. Williams scored on a two-yard pass from Gardner.

Michigan’s first score came from its defense when Brennen Beyer intercepted Jake Rudock and returned it seven yards for the touchdown. In the first quarter, Michigan had 19 total yards to Iowa’s 117. Michigan’s defense stopped Iowa on a fourth-down attempt.

Iowa took advantage of ideal field position and has tied the game, 7-7 against Michigan in frigid conditions at Kinnick Stadium.

A 19-yard punt into the wind by Michigan’s Matt Wile gave Iowa the ball at the Michigan 45-yard line.

The Hawkeyes drove the distance in seven plays and scored on a five-yard pass from Jake Rudock to tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz with 3:39 left in the first quarter.

On Michigan’s previous offensive series, the Wolverines continued to struggle, going backwards on consecutive plays to force the punt.

Michigan started its fifth different offensive line combination in this game with Erik Magnuson moving from right guard to left guard, and Kyle Kalis returning to the lineup at right guard.

 

Iowa’s first series began and ended quickly.

And not exactly the way the Hawkeyes’ had anticipated, as Brennen Beyer intercepted Jake Rudock and returned it seven yards for the touchdown. Michigan leads 7-0 with 13:19 in the first quarter.

Jake Ryan was hitting Rudock when he was attempting the throw.

Fitz Toussaint started at tailback for Michigan. But running back Thomas Rawls was taken off the field after the opening kickoff with an apparent injury to his right leg.

 The conditions are bitterly cold and windy at Kinnick Stadium, and that certainly will be a factor in Michigan’s game at Iowa today.

When the teams took the field for early pre-game warm-ups, it was minus-1 degree with the wind chill factored in. The kickers spent a good deal of time practicing into the 22 mph-wind.

Michigan is 7-3, 3-3 Big Ten and looking to win a second straight after picking up a victory in triple overtime at Northwestern last week. Iowa is 6-4, 3-3 and coming off a bye.

Michigan coach Brady Hoke said Friday night on his post-practice video on MGoBlue.com that the “freshmen” running backs will start today. The means Derrick Green, who started at Northwestern, likely will get the start again. De’Veon Smith, a freshman, also got carries last week at Northwestern.

Green got the start a week ago because senior Fitz Toussaint was on the sideline but did not play after a concussion limited him in practice. Toussaint is on the dress list for Iowa.

With Green and Smith, the Wolverines were able to snap consecutive games of negative rushing yards.

Iowa has a tough front seven and hasn’t allowed a first-quarter touchdown in eight of 10 games. The Hawkeyes are tied for No. 10 nationally for fewest red-zone touchdowns allowed.

They also are third in total defense in the Big Ten, yielding an average 319.2 yards a game, and in scoring defense (26.6 points). They also have allowed only four rushing touchdowns this season.

There were no surprises on Michigan’s travel roster.