Hawks Make Mark in Big House
RB Jermelle Lewis
RB Jermelle Lewis

Posted Oct 27, 2002

There is a new bully on the Big Ten Block. He wears Black & Gold and has just destroyed an opponent in the biggest house of all. As Halloween approaches, notice of this shocking event has been spread nationwide.

The word is D-O-M-I-N-A-T-I-O-N! Iowa dominated Michigan on Saturday in every sense of the word. The Hawks were superior in running, passing, kicking, special teams, defense and coaching. What does that leave? The Hawks only trailed Michigan in popcorn sales as, after all, the game was in the Big House.

The 34-9 whipping was the worst defeat suffered by the proud Maize and Blue since 1967! To put that in proper perspective, LBJ was President, the Beatles had just released SGT. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band and the first Super Bowl was played that year. No one had blown out Big Blue in the Big House like this in the ensuing 35 years

Many of the 111, 496 fans in attendance had exited before the end of the game when happy Hawkeye players were able to hoot and holler with their loyal fans in a mostly empty Michigan Stadium.

Brad Banks engineered the potent Iowa offense like the All-Big Ten quarterback that he should be. Brad threw for three touchdowns and 222 yards while also keeping Michigan off balance with his electric feet, totaling 53 yards rushing. Banks masterfully handled the offensive game plan devised by Kirk Ferentz and his offensive coordinator, Ken O’Keefe.

Jermelle Lewis came off the bench in the second half when Fred Russell injured a hand trying to stiff-arm a defender. Lewis showed both speed and power as he rushed for over 100 yards and scored two touchdowns in what may prove to be his coming out party.

However, all the kudos don’t go to the offense, as the Iowa defense was magnificent. Michigan was held to a mere 22 yards of rushing! The defensive scheme devised by Norm Parker not only stuffed the Michigan running game, it had the rather statuesque Michigan quarterback, John Navarre, totally out of sync. While trying to avoid the Iowa sack attack, led by Howard Hodges, Navarre completed only 14 of 33 passes for 112 yards. Navarre, and his replacement, Spencer Brinton, were sacked 5 times.

Nate Kaeding kicked two field goals to run his consecutive field goal streak to twenty, including seventeen this season.

Perhaps Hawkeye Head Coach Kirk Ferentz summed up the day best when commenting on the player celebration with the fans after the game when he said “I enjoyed that. I'd be lying if I said I didn't.”

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