The Gophers started swarming power back Mark Weisman, but he still rushed for more than 100 yards. When Minnesota failed to get a steady pass rush, quarterback Jake Rudock started peppering the secondary with mid-range passes. Take away an ill-advised throw in the fourth quarter, which led to an interception, and it was a solid effort.
The Hawkeyes halted Minnesota’s running game, holding the Gophers to 13 yards in the first half. Normally, that would be a good thing, except the Gophers started moving the ball through the air. If Philip Nelson were a more accurate passer, things could have gotten very dicey.
Iowa was on the verge of putting the score out of reach, until Jake Rudock threw his third fourth-quarter interception this season. It was an end zone shot into double coverage, picked off by Brock Vereen with 13:58 remaining, and Iowa leading 20-7. Love the gutsy play calling, but don’t be greedy. Take the field goal.
FIRST-QUARTER DOMINANCE: For the fourth consecutive game, Iowa didn’t allow a first-quarter point. That dominance was underscored with the Hawkeyes holding Minnesota’s rushing attack – averaging 282 yards a game coming in – to six yards on six first-quarter carries. Iowa led 17-0 at halftime. It led the Gophers 24-0 at halftime a year ago in a 31-13 win at Kinnick Stadium.
FINALLY, A PASS RUSH: The Hawkeyes’ maligned pass rush registered FOUR sacks Saturday after having two total in the first four games. They had only 13 all of last season in 12 games, which tied for 113th nationally out of 120 Football Bowl Subdivision teams.
MEYER MILESTONES: After Damond Powell’s 74-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter, Iowa placekicker Mike Meyer converted his 100th consecutive PAT. His last extra-point miss was Oct. 30, 2010, against Michigan State. His 23-yard field goal later was his 52nd as a Hawkeye, the No. 3 total in school history.
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