Rapid Reaction: Iowa goes down to the wire to upset Minnesota
Iowa did it again, winning a key Big Ten West game despite minimal offense.
Winning the turnover battle 2-0, the Hawkeyes persevered 13-10 on the road, holding off Minnesota despite ceding 263 rushing yards to star running back Mohamed Ibrahim.
Iowa scored 10 first-quarter points, then got a game-winning 21-yard field goal from Drew Stevens with 28 seconds remaining.
Ibrahim’s 19th straight game of 100+ rushing yards wasn’t enough for Minnesota, which outgained Iowa 399-280. The Hawkeyes made plays when they need to and set up a meeting vs. Nebraska on Friday. The Hawkeyes will likely make the B1G title game with a victory then.
Ibrahim’s 19th TD surpassed the 18-touchdown program record set by Gary Russell during the 2005 season.
But Minnesota quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis didn’t add much for the Gophers, finishing 7-of-15 passes for 87 yards. Tanner Morgan, a 6th-year senior, was again not able to play for Minnesota.
Spencer Petras completed 15 of 24 passes for 221 yards for Iowa, with no touchdowns and no interceptions.
Sam LaPorta was a catalyst with Iowa’s first score, catching a 58-yard screen pass from Petras during the series.
That series concluded with a 38-yard field goal by Stevens with 9 minutes, 1 second left in the first quarter that gave Iowa a 3-0 lead.
LaPorta, a senior tight end who had 5 catches for 95 yards, limped onto the sideline and into the medical tent with 1:19 left in the first quarter. The team’s leading receiver didn’t play the remainder of the game.
But Petras found another target in tight end Luke Lachey, who contributed 3 catches for 44 yards in the first half.
Iowa took a 10-0 lead during a 12-play, 66-yard scoring drive that lasted 6:19. Petras capped the drive with a 1-yard quarterback sneak with 42 second left in the first quarter.
Minnesota pulled within 10-7 on a 5-yard touchdown run from Ibrahim with 10:24 left in the first half.
Gophers kicker Matthew Trickett missed a 34-yard field-goal attempt with 38 seconds left in the first half that would’ve tied the game at 10.
Trickett did succeed on a 27-yard field goal at 8:27 of the third quarter that pulled Minnesota even at 10.