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College Football: Iowa’s offense non-existent in loss to Michigan in Big Ten Championship game, loses 42-3

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – No. 2 Michigan (12-1, 8-1) defeated No. 13 Iowa (10-3, 7-2), 42-3, on Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium at the 2021 Big Ten Championship Game, as the offense failed to come up with any places at crucial times.

Michigan snapped Iowa’s streak of six straight wins against ranked opponents.

LB Jack Campbell intercepted Michigan in the first quarter and DB Jermari Harris intercepted Michigan on the final play of the second quarter. Campbell’s interception tied the Iowa single season school record (23). Harris’s interception set a new single-season school record (24).

RB Tyler Goodson had a career-best six receptions (28 yards).

RB Gavin Williams tied his career high with 56 yards rushing on a career-best 12 carries. Williams was Iowa’s leading rusher, snapping RB Tyler Goodson’s streak of 15 straight games as Iowa’s leading rusher.

Iowa had two interceptions Saturday to raise its season total to a school-record 24. Iowa leads the country in interceptions (24). The Hawkeyes have 88 interception since 2017, more than any team in the country. Eleven different Hawkeyes have at least one interception this season. Four Hawkeyes have at least three interceptions this season (Belton 5, Moss 4, Hankins 3, Harris 3). The last time Iowa had four players with at least three interceptions in a single season was 2018 (Gervase 4, Hooker 4, Stone 4, Ojemudia 3).

Iowa is plus-19 in turnover margin in its 10 wins and minus-five in its three losses.

Iowa won the toss and elected to defer. The Hawkeyes have played 287 games under head coach Kirk Ferentz. Iowa has opened the game on offense 213 times (136-77). The Hawkeyes have opened the game on defense 74 times (42-32).

Attendance was 67,183, a Big Ten Championship Game record.

Potential targeting foul on Michigan (no foul)

The CFP selection show begins Sunday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m. (CT) on ESPN. The semifinal participants are announced at 11:15 a.m. The New Year’s Six pairings (Rose, Sugar, Fiesta and Peach Bowls) are announced at 1:30 p.m. The complete Big Ten bowl lineup will be announced by the conference at 5:30 p.m.

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