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Michigan Football

In battle of wills, Wolverines try to prove toughness against Iowa

Erin Kirkland/Daily

BY LIZ VUKELICH

Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium is notorious for being a destination of disarray for visiting teams.

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Michigan quarterback commit Wilton Speight realizes a dream, but later than planned

Courtesy of Collegiate High School

BY ALEXA DETTELBACH

The three/four-star recruit seemed bound for nearby Virginia Tech. But after surgery to insert a metal rod and eight screws in his shoulder, the plan changed.

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What to Watch for: Iowa

Teresa Mathew/Daily

BY EVERETT COOK

1. Can Michigan figure out a way to pull out a convincing win on the road?

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Notebook: Lewan not named as Outland Trophy semifinalist

Patrick Barron/Daily

BY EVERETT COOK

Taylor Lewan came back for a Big Ten championship. With that out of reach, at least he could have been rewarded for sticking around in Ann Arbor with some individual awards.

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Mattison, Wolverines embrace new defensive motto

Teresa Mathew/Daily

BY LIZ VUKELICH

Sophomore linebacker James Ross III — who led Michigan with 13 tackles against the Wildcats — said on Monday that the defense took responsibility for the four-overtime loss to Penn State last month. So when the Northwestern game was thrust into overtime, it saw it as a shot at redemption.

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Notebook: Third-down woes becoming recurring issue

Erin Kirkland/Daily

BY MATT SLOVIN

During regulation of the Michigan football team’s 27-19 triple-overtime win over Northwestern on Saturday, the Wolverines were 0-for-10 on third downs.

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Football

Recruiting Rundown: Two commits advance in playoffs

BY JAKE LOURIM

Michigan target Da’Shawn Hand dealt the Wolverines a major blow to the 2014 recruiting class when he put on an Alabama hat and said “Roll Tide!” on Thursday.

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Starting job could be in jeopardy for Toussaint, who had concussion last week

Adam Glanzman/Daily

BY ZACH HELFAND

For the better part of three seasons, fifth-year senior Fitzgerald Toussaint has been the running back of choice for Michigan coach Brady Hoke’s football team. He powered a resurgent downhill running game in 2011. In 2012, he toiled through a forgettable season, which ended with a leg injury, but his job was never in danger.

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Five Things We Learned: Northwestern

Erin Kirkland/Daily

BY ZACH HELFAND

Everything had fallen into place for the Michigan football team’s offense. The execution, the bounces, the luck — it had all gone Michigan’s way to set up the best scoring opportunity of the game.

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SportsMonday Column: Allowing Saturday to just be Saturday

Erin Kirkland/Daily

BY EVERETT COOK

EVANSTON — For almost 58 minutes of game time, this was about as bad as football can be played. Neither Michigan nor Northwestern could score points — not because the defenses were playing particularly well, but because the offenses were just that bad.

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