ANN ARBOR, Michigan (Ticker) -- No. 14 Iowa made its path to Pasadena a little clearer with a 34-9 romp over eighth-ranked Michigan in a Big Ten Conference game.
Brad Banks threw for 223 yards and three touchdowns as Iowa (8-1, 5-0 Big Ten) won its sixth straight game and snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Wolverines. It was Iowa's first win at Michigan since October 6, 1990. That season, the Hawkeyes made their fifth appearance in the Rose Bowl, which they lost to Washington.
Iowa and fourth-ranked Ohio State are the only teams without a Big Ten loss. The teams do not meet this season and the Hawkeyes have home games against Wisconsin and Northwestern the next two weeks before completing the regualar season at Minnesota on November 16.
"I'm really proud of our football team," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. "Our guys played an outstanding game. I can say with confidence when we play our game we're a good team, but we still have some challenges ahead of us."
Fred Russell was bothered by a hand injury and was limited to 28 yards on 20 carries after coming off his fifth 100-yard outing of the season in last week's 24-8 win at Indiana. But Jermell Lewis picked up the slack, carrying 18 times for 109 yards. It was his second 100-yard game of the year, giving the Hawkeyes a 100-yard rusher in 11 of their last 12 games.
"Michigan is a great team and they fought hard, but we played our game today," Lewis said. "Any great defense if you put them out there long enough they'll get tired. We watch tapes and we knew when we got the ball we could run with it."
Michigan (6-2, 3-1) was held to 22 yards rushing on 20 carries and suffered its worst home since a 34-0 defeat to Michigan State in 1967.
The Hawkeyes held a 22-12 advantage in first downs, outgained the Wolverines, 399-171 and controlled the time of possession, keeping the ball for over 38 minutes.
Iowa had four sacks to bring its Big Ten-leading total to 28. Under heavy pressure, John Navarre was just 14-of-33 for 112 yards.
"I think both of us have very good teams. I don't want to say Iowa's better, but they played a fundamentally sound game and won today," Navarre said. "It usually takes a big play or a turnover to swing a game like this. We had a good game plan, we knew we had to throw to star the game because they were loading up in the box to stop the run.
We had opportunities, but we didn't capitalize on some of them," Navarre added. "Defenses are made to stop offenses and they did a pretty good job today. That was the most (pass) rush we've had. They pinned their ears back and came after us."
The Wolverines were within 10-6 at halftime despite being outplayed for most of the first 30 minutes. With 1:52 to go in the second quarter punter Scott Bradley fumbled the snap and Rondell Biggs recovered the ball at Iowa 2-yard line. Chris Perry gained a yard on first down and scored on second down, leaving the score 10-6 after Phillip Brabbs missed the extra point.
Perry did little else though, as he was held to 14 yards on nine carries.
Michigan closed within, 10-9, when Adam Finley kicked a 40-yard field goal 2:29 into the third quarter. The Wolverines stopped the Hawkeyes on the following possession, but Markus Curry fumbled a punt and safety Scott Boleyn recovered the ball on the Michigan 16. Banks found C.J. Jones, who made a diving catch for a three-yard touchdown to give Iowa a 17-9 lead with 8:57 left in the third.
"The turning point, the biggest play of the game, was when we mishandled that punt," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said. "After that it was pretty tough sledding. Iowa got the ball on the short end of the field and scored the touchdown. That's a big momentum change. Following that we couldn't get it going."
Lewis had a five-yard run to push the margin to 24-9 with 2:58 left in the third. He took a shovel pass from Banks and turned it into a 23-yard touchdown to make it 31-9 just 13 seconds into the fourth.
"They had a blitz on and I wanted to get back far enough to not get sacked. He (Lewis) executed well and took it upfield," Banks said about the shovel pass. "We wanted to come out and keep them off balance. The coaches did a great job with the play calling. Running is a second priority, you always want to get the ball off. I was in a rhythm. I was feeling good in practice and it carried over into the game."
Nate Keading, who kicked a 19-yard field goal in the first quarter, booted one from 27 yards out to complete the scoring with 2:49 remaining. Keading has made 20 straight field goals.
Iowa scored on its first possession of the game to quiet the crowd of 111,496 as Banks tossed a 39-yard pass to Jones.
Michigan safety Cato June left the field on a stretcher in the fourth quarter after a tackle.