On the coldest day for a football game in the history of Kinnick Stadium, the Iowa Hawkeyes defeated the Michigan Wolverines 24-21. At kickoff the temperature was 18 degrees. But, the cold didn’t put too heavy of a chill on the Hawkeyes as the win made it 3 straight over Michigan in Kinnick Stadium for the first time ever in the series and it gave the Hawks a 7-4 record so far in 2013 with one regular season game to play. The Hawkeyes trailed Michigan 21-7 at halftime but completely locked down Michigan in the second half on the stellar play of the linebacker trio of Anthony Hitchens, James Morris, and Christian Kirksey. Hitchens played arguable his best game of the year and the 4th quarter was probably his finest single quarter effort ever as a Hawkeye. He was relentless in his pressure on Michigan QB Devin Gardner and turned in the key play of the game, stripping the ball from Gardner to kill a late game drive and preserved the victory for the Hawkeyes.
Here are several shots I took of the game. While I was thankful for the sun to be shining to keep us as as warm as possible, it didn’t help my shots. The angle of the sun this time of year gives me fits with exposure and glare.
Up next for the Hawkeyes is a trip to Lincoln to play the final regular season game – The annual Hero’s Game against Nebraska. Let’s Go Hawks!