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November 23, 2013

Smith bolts Iowa back within a score of Michigan after three

IOWA CITY — Down two touchdowns entering the second half, there might have been some Hawkeye fans wondering if there offense could find the ability to get to the end zone twice over the next 30 minutes against Michigan.

Tevaun Smith answered that question very quickly, taking a pass from Jake Rudock into the end zone on a spectacular catch and dash of 55 yards just 85 seconds into second half as Iowa pulled within 21-14 of the Wolverines entering the final 15 regulation minutes at Kinnick Stadium in 2013.

Jordan Canzeri set up the scoring play for the Hawkeyes with a 12-yard run to start the second half followed by a three-yard gain to Iowa's 45. Rudock then found Smith down the middle inside the Michigan 40, where Smith avoided two tackles and outran two more Michigan defenders to the end zone on a play that electified Kinnick Stadium.

Iowa had one more deep drive into Wolverine territory in the third quarter, but Rudock again was hit on a pass and picked off to end the drive. It was a similar play to Rudock's first of his three interceptions back in the opening quarter, which allowed Michigan to take a 7-0 lead when Brennen Bayer ran the lofted pass into the end zone from seven yards out for a touchdown.

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