IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) – The Iowa Hawkeyes beat the Minnesota Gophers 23-19 Saturday night at Kinnick Stadium, halting Minnesota’s perfect season at 9-0.
This is Iowa’s fifth straight year beating Minnesota and holding on to the ‘Floyd of Rosedale’ trophy.
The Hawkeyes exploded in the first half, getting in the endzone three times in the first half for the first time since they stomped on Middle Tennessee State 48-3 in week four. Iowa took a 20-6 lead into the second half.
Minnesota re-took the field with passion, outpacing Iowa 142 to 41 in third quarter yardage. Entering the final quarter, Iowa’s lead had shrunk to 20-13.
Kieth Duncan nailed a 27-yard field goal to push the lead back to 10 with 7:13 left in the game, but Minnesota punched it in on its next possession. However, Gopher Kicker Brock Walker missed the point after, so it was 23-19 with 3:27 left to play.
Iowa’s defense held when it mattered, picking off backup quarterback Cole Kramer to seal the game.
This is Iowa’s first win over a ranked opponent this year.