P.J. Fleck unfazed by Kirk Ferentz's late timeouts in 2020 Iowa-Minnesota game
Sometimes, college football can be petty. There may not have been a better example of that than last season at the end of the Iowa-Minnesota game in the Twin Cities.
Trailing Iowa 35-0 in the final seconds of the fourth quarter, Minnesota was knocking on the door of a touchdown, hoping to avoid a shutout against the rival Hawkeyes. With 19 seconds to play and the Gophers facing a 1st-and-goal from the 9-yard line, Kirk Ferentz used all three of his timeouts.
After the game, Ferentz explained his decision humorously.
“Figured we’d take Floyd with us and leave the timeouts here,” he said.
Eight months later, P.J. Fleck was asked how he felt about Iowa’s decision to drop all three timeouts in the closing seconds of the game. He sounded pretty unfazed.
“Timeouts are there to be used,” Fleck said, per HawkCentral. “That doesn’t affect me one bit. And you know what? We haven’t beat ‘em. So they can do what they want to do. They have Floyd of Rosedale. They have the pig. They have something we really want in their trophy case.”
Iowa has been Fleck’s white whale. The Golden Gophers have posted victories over every other team in the B1G West but own an 0-4 record against the Hawkeyes.
Maybe last year’s antics from Ferentz add a little fuel to Minnesota’s fire this year. Regardless, Fleck believes he and his team have no reason to complain when they still have yet to take home Floyd of Rosedale.