Week 11: Iowa vs. Michigan in Pictures

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!

Pre-Game

Kinnick did not have nearly the same early morning game day buzz due to the frigid temperatures.

Kinnick did not have nearly the same early morning game day buzz due to the frigid temperatures.

The long snappers getting in some pre-game  snaps

The long snappers getting in some pre-game snaps

Senior Casey Kreiter waving to some family members

Senior Casey Kreiter waving to some family members

few fans brave the cold during pre-game warmups

few fans brave the cold during pre-game warmups

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Fitzgerald Toussaint during warmups.  Has he been around forever?

Fitzgerald Toussaint during warmups. Has he been around forever?

Senior BJ Lowery gets loose

Senior BJ Lowery gets loose

Hawkeye senior kicker Mike Meyer getting warmed up

Hawkeye senior kicker Mike Meyer getting warmed up

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Game Action

Damon Bullock makes a diving catch to keep a drive alive against Michigan

Damon Bullock makes a diving catch to keep a drive alive against Michigan

BJ Lowery breaks up this pass intended for Michigan WR Funchess

BJ Lowery breaks up this pass intended for Michigan WR Funchess

Hawkeye fullback Adam Cox picks up some key yardage in the game-tying touchdown drive.

Hawkeye fullback Adam Cox picks up some key yardage in the touchdown drive that tied the score at 21.

Tevasue Smith (4) sprints to the end zone after making a spectacular one-handed grab.

Tevaun Smith (4) sprints to the end zone after making a spectacular one-handed grab.

Senior Hawkeye LB Anthony Hitchens gets to Devin Gardner just as he releases the ball.

Senior Hawkeye LB Anthony Hitchens gets to Devin Gardner just as he releases the ball.

Lowery breaks up another pass

Lowery breaks up another pass

Jordan Canzeri breaks for the open field

Jordan Canzeri breaks for the open field

Jordan Canzeri breaks for the open field

Hawkeye RB Jordan Canzeri (33) hits the hole

The celebration begins.  7-4 represents quite a turnaround from the 4-8 effort from 2012.

The celebration begins. 7-4 represents quite a turnaround from the 4-8 effort from 2012.

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CJ Fiedorowicz celebrates the games final play as the Hawks win 24-21.

Key Plays

Hawkeye RB Mark Weisman picks up 9 yards

Hawkeye RB Mark Weisman picks up 9 yards and the touchdown to tie the score at 21.

Tevaun Smith makes this one handed grab in the open field and scores the Hawkeye touchdown

Tevaun Smith makes this one handed grab in the open field and scores the Hawkeye touchdown

Hawkeye senior TE CJ Fiedorowicz scores the first touchdown

Hawkeye senior TE CJ Fiedorowicz scores the first touchdown

Senior K Mike Meyer gives the Hawkeyes the lead with this 4th quarter FG

Senior K Mike Meyer gives the Hawkeyes the lead with this 4th quarter FG

Anthony Hitchens gets QB Devin Gardner to fumble the football on this critical play

Anthony Hitchens gets QB Devin Gardner to fumble the football on this critical play

Hitchens comes away with the loose ball to preserve the Hawkeye win.

Hitchens comes away with the loose ball to preserve the Hawkeye win.

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