Throw Back Thursday: Iowa beats Minnesota for share of B1G Championship
While it’s not on the same level of the Red River Rivalry or the game between Michigan and Ohio State every season, Minnesota and Iowa have one of the top rivalries in college football — and they certainly have one of the best trophies.
The venerable Floyd of Rosedale is a giant pig that the Hawkeyes and Golden Gophers spar for every season. The winner gets to joyfully grab the giant statue and parade it around the stadium. It’s so big it usually takes a few players to move it around.
It’s truly a sight to see.
Minnesota and Iowa have had some great battles for Floyd of Rosedale, but perhaps none of them were more epic than in 2002, when Iowa absolutely routed Minnesota, 45-21. Not only did the Hawkeyes win Floyd of Rosedale in that moment, but they also clinched a share of the Big Ten Championship.
It was a huge moment for Iowa. So big, in fact, that Iowa students rushed the field and typical field-rushing mayhem ensued.
The Iowa on BTN Twitter handle remembered the moment from 2002, with video and all:
The year is 2002, @HawkeyeFootball has just clinched a share of the Big Ten Conference Championship in their win over Minnesota.
— Iowa On BTN (@IowaOnBTN) October 4, 2018
Iowa went on to play USC in the Orange Bowl, ultimately losing. The win over Minnesota will be a lasting memory for Iowa fans, though, and it’s well worth a trip down memory lane.