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Iowa football’s 15th-best win of the past 50 years

[ 0 ] August 15, 2014 |
Jermelle Lewis and No. 13 Iowa leveled eighth-ranked Michigan 34-9 in 2002. (Register file photo)

Jermelle Lewis and No. 13 Iowa leveled eighth-ranked Michigan 34-9 in 2002. (Register file photo)

Michigan rushed for 22 yards. Iowa’s Jermelle Lewis came off the bench to rush for 109 yards. That is just a snapshot of the 34-9 beatdown No. 13 Iowa put on No. 8 Michigan before a crowd of 111,496 at Michigan Stadium on Oct. 26, 2002.

“I’ll never forget it,” Iowa tight end Dallas Clark said. “This was for all the people who played for the Hawks, who wore the Tigerhawk and couldn’t beat Michigan.”

The Wolverines had a pretty good idea they couldn’t run on Iowa’s defense. Nine of the Wolverines’ first 10 plays from scrimmage were passes.

Lewis had begun the week as Iowa’s No. 3 running back. But Aaron Greving left the team, then Fred Russell left the game with a hand injury. Lewis scored twice, on a 5-yard run and a 23-yard shovel pass from quarterback Brad Banks.

“I never thought I’d be playing in the Big House, in the biggest game of my life, with the best guys in the world,” Lewis said.

In addition to shutting down Michigan’s running game, Wolverine quarterback John Navarre managed just 112 yards through the air.

Iowa improved to 8-1 overall and 5-0 in the Big Ten with the victory. The Hawkeyes would end up undefeated in conference play and earned a berth in the Orange Bowl. Iowa lost there to No. 5 USC, 38-17. The previous three Hawkeye teams that had won at Michigan had gone to the Rose Bowl.

 

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About Rick Brown: Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register. View author profile.

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