In a rivalry that dates back to 1891, the Minnesota Gophers hosted the Iowa Hawkeyes on November 8, 2014 on a brisk fall day in Minneapolis, Minnesota. At, Floyd of Rosedale, the trophy that has been played for since 1935 and has, since 2012 resided in Iowa. The Gophers, heading into the game, were coming off a tough loss against Illinois and fans were cautiously optimistic about the Iowa game.
In 2013 the Hawkeyes came into Minneapolis and crushed the Gophers 23-7, the score at halftime was 17-0.
When Iowa scored on their opening possession the crowd was silenced, fearing the worst. Minnesota answered, however, with a score of their own to tie the game at seven.
The next 44 points would be scored by the Gophers in dominant fashion, leaving the final score 51-14 with Iowa’s final score came with 14 seconds left in the game.
David Cobb led the rushing with 74 yards and a TD but it was Maxx Williams who caught five of Mitch Leidner’s 10 passes, gaining 46 yards, three touchdowns who stole the show. On third and seven Williams dove on the Iowa sideline and caught the ball but it was ruled out of bounds on the field. After a review the ruling was reversed and Williams helped the Gophers convert the third and seven and keep the drive alive. Williams would score a couple plays later.
Williams scored his second touchdown of the game seconds before the half on a diving four yard catch to put the Gophers up 35-7 at the half.
Other notable players were Cedric Thompson (1 forced fumble and nine tackles), and LB Jack Lynn who helped out on a tackle for loss, recovered a fumble and broke up two passes. The Gophers defense sacked Iowa’s QB Jake Rudock four times and generally frustrated the Iowa offense after their first drive touchdown.
Minnesota improves to 7-2 and will host Ohio State next week to wrap up the 2014 home schedule. The last two games will be on the road against Nebraska and the Gophers will close out the 2014 regular season at Wisconsin.
Stay tuned to The Minnesota Sports Report for photos and a story from the Ohio State game.