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Dad of RB Kingston Davis says son will transfer from Michigan

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Michigan’s the latest football program to see its roster hit with the annual spring personnel attrition.

The father of Kingston Davis confirmed to Sam Webb of Scout.com that his son informed UM officials earlier Friday of his intention to transfer from the Wolverines.  Apparently there were two reasons that triggered the running back’s decision: a crowded backfield and chatter that he would be changing positions.

While 2016 leading rusher De'Veon Smith is gone, the Wolverines’ second-, third- and fourth-leading rushers from last season — rising sophomore Chris Evans (614 yards), rising junior Karan Higdon (425), rising fifth-year senior Ty Isaac (417) — all return. Kareem Walker, a four-star 2016 recruit rated as the No. 4 running back in the country, sat out last season because of academics but should be a part of the rotation as a redshirt freshman. They also added four-star (O'Maury Samuels) and three-star (Kurt Taylor) backs as part of their 2017 recruiting class.

A three-star 2016 recruit, Davis was rated as the No. 1 fullback in the country in that year’s class. As a true freshman, the 6-1, 245-pound back carried the ball twice for 17 yards.

Iowa stuns No. 3 Michigan in deja vu thriller

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The last time Jim Harbaugh went to Iowa City, his No. 2-ranked Wolverines lost to Iowa on a last-second field goal. History repeated itself Saturday night.

Keith Duncan knocked in a 33-yard field goal as time expired to give his Hawkeyes a 14-13 win over No. 3 Michigan. Coupled with losses by No. 2 Clemson and No. 4 Washington, Iowa’s win secured the first day in which Nos. 2, 3 and 4 lost on the same day since… Oct. 19, 1985 — the same day No. 2 Michigan lost to No. 1 Iowa in Harbaugh’s last visit to Kinnick Stadium.

Michigan had a chance to chill away a win when Channing Stribling intercepted C.J. Beathard at the Michigan 16-yard line with 1:54 remaining, but the Wolverines — as was the case the entire second half — could not move the ball. An incomplete pass on 3rd-and-8, with Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight throwing on a bum shoulder, stopped the clock at 1:36, and an 8-yard Desmond King punt return aided by a ticky-tack 15-yard facemask penalty gave Iowa the ball at the Michigan 36.

Iowa moved into field goal territory after its first play on the ensuing possession, but an 8-yard Beathard draw on 3rd-and-7 with 16 seconds remaining turned Duncan’s field goal into a chip shot.

Playing in their first true road game of the year — Rutgers don’t count — Michigan jumped out to a 10-0 lead when a botched fake punt set the Wolverines up for a short field and a 26-yard Kenny Allen field goal at the 4-minute mark of the first quarter and, one Iowa missed field goal later, a 9-play, 72-yard march resulted in a 7-yard Ty Isaac scoring run midway through the second quarter.

But Michigan’s offense struggled mightily to move the ball for the rest of the night, starting with a De'Veon Smith safety on the Wolverines’ next possession to put the Hawkeyes on the board. Iowa didn’t score on the next possession, but a 3-and-out resulted in a 7-play, 52-yard drive culminating in a 3-yard pass from Beathard to Akrum Wadley on 4th-and-goal to pull the Hawkeyes within 10-8 at the half.

Michigan fumbled the second half kickoff, and Iowa moved 36 yards in five minutes to set Keith Duncan up for a go-ahead 25-yard chip shot. After four straight punts, Michigan moved back in front when Allen nailed a 51-yard field goal at the 9:35 mark of the fourth quarter.

Michigan could not protect that lead, though, as Speight was intercepted in field goal range with 3:43 remaining. After starting hot, Speight closed the day hitting only 11-of-26 passes for 103 yards and an interception, while the ground game pounded out only 98 yards on 35 carries.

Iowa threw for only 66 yards but managed to rush for 164 yards on 64 clock-chewing carries.

In addition to serving as the highlight of the season, Iowa clinches a bowl trip by moving to 6-4 on the season.

Michigan, meanwhile, drops to 9-1 on the season and 6-1 in the Big Ten, still needing a win at Ohio State on Nov. 26 to reach the Big Ten championship and, ultimately, the College Football Playoff.

Michigan holds slight lead over Iowa at the break

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Iowa leads the box score but Michigan leads the scoreboard through one half in Iowa City.

A 7-yard Ty Isaac touchdown run has staked Michigan to a 10-8 lead despite the Wolverines gaining 124 total yards to Iowa’s 130. The Wolverines led 10-0 after Isaac’s score, then put Iowa on the scoreboard when DeVeon Smith was tackled inside his own end zone for a safety.

Iowa mounted a 7-play, 52-yard drive, capped by a 3-yard C.J. Beathard toss to Akrum Wadley with 1:27 to go before the break to pull within six. The Hawkeyes went for two but Beathard’s pass fell incomplete.

Wilton Speight started hot but closed the half hitting 8-of-17 throws for 79 yards. Michigan has rushed for 45 yards on 15 carries.

Beathard hit 6-of-13 throws for 51 yards with a score, and Wadley has rushed 10 times for 47 yards.

Michigan will receive to open the second half.

Status of Michigan RB Ty Isaac is none of your business according to Harbaugh

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It can be difficult to read between the lines at times when it comes to Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, but it sure seems as though running back Ty Isaac is not thought of particularly fondly by the Wolverines head coach. That assumption can be made given Isaac’s gradual drop off the Michigan depth chart and Harbaugh’s lack of information regarding his status when pressed about the situation Monday.

“That’s an internal matter,” Harbaugh said Monday (per MLive.com) when asked about Isaac’s absence from the depth chart this week. “I’ll keep you posted. (It’s) none of your business … that’d be another way to say it.”

Isaac transferred to Michigan from USC last year. Michigan, with Brady Hoke as the head coach, filed for an NCAA appeal to have him eligible to play immediately in 2014, but that was denied by the NCAA. ISaac sat out the 2014 season with the hope of getting to play in 2015. Isaac is currently second on Michigan’s roster in rushing with 205 yards in seven games. He rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown against UNLV in mid-September byt has carried the football more than twice in a game just once since then, and his high rushing total since that UNLCV game is 17 yards against Maryland on six carries.

Isaac’s last action was seen three weeks ago against Michigan State, when he carried the football twice for a gain of five yards. He traveled but not play at Minnesota this past weekend.

Wolverines to be without leading rusher, starting corner vs. Terps

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The weather/field conditions won’t be the only things having an effect on Michigan’s offense Saturday afternoon.  And their defense for that matter.

According to mlive.com, De’Veon Smith was not on the travel roster for UM’s game against Maryland in College Park and will not play against the Terps.  The running back sustained a lower-leg injury in the Week 4 win over BYU, and was extremely limited throughout the week in practice.

Smith currently leads the Wolverines with 331 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns.  He’s added four receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown coming out of the backfield the first four games.

With Smith out, Ty Isaac, UM’s second-leading rusher with 170 yards but tops with a team-leading 8.5 yards per carry, will be expected to carry more of the running-game load.

In addition to Smith, starting cornerback Channing Stribling will be out as well.  No reason was given for his absence, with a school spokesperson telling the website that head coach Jim Harbaugh will explain the situation after the game.