Game report: Iowa Hawkeyes 13, Minnesota Golden Gophers 10

A huge late interception by Jack Campbell and a field goal by Drew Stevens leave Iowa in control of the court in the Big Ten championship game

Game report: Iowa Hawkeyes 13, Minnesota Golden Gophers 10

Iowa Hawkeyes defenseman Joe Evans, 13, sings the fight song with teammates and fans as they receive the Floyd of Rosedale trophy following their Big Ten Conference soccer win against the Minnesota Golden Gophers Saturday at Huntington Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Celebrations, November 19, 2022. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

MINNEAPOLIS — A look at the Iowa Hawkeyes’ 13-10 win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Huntington Bank Stadium.

turning point

Iowa’s Deontae Craig rebounded from Minnesota running back Mohamed Ibrahim at the Hawkeyes 9 with 5:07 left. Iowa’s offense went three and out, with Minnesota taking over at 45 after a Tory Taylor punt.

Ibrahim and the Gophers traded football to the Iowa 33. On third and seventh games, the Minnesota quarterback threw an oblique pass to receiver Lemeke Brockington, which got hold of Iowa cornerback Riley Moss, and the ball turned into a linebacker in the air deflected by Jack Campbell, who intercepted it and returned it to the Minnesota 45 with 2:06 to go. Campbell was ruled to have touched the sideline out of bounds at the 45, although the replay showed he had missed the touchline and should be credited with a pick-6 touchdown.

Still, Iowa quarterback Spencer Petras fell behind in the first game after the turnover, connecting low over center with tight end Luke Lachey for 33 yards with the Minnesota 12. The Gophers burned their two remaining timeouts when Iowa ran three straight runs around to get the ball to the Minnesota 3.

Freshman kicker Drew Stevens then hit a 21-yard field goal with 28 seconds left of the win.

Based on the numbers

8th – The Hawkeyes earned their eighth straight win over the Gophers, their streak up.

8th — Iowa held an opponent to 10 or fewer points for the eighth time this season.

14 – Iowa won its 14th consecutive November game.

19 – Minnesota running back Mohamed Ibrahim had his 19th straight 100-yard rushing game.

58 – Iowa’s first game was a 58-yard catch-and-run by tight end Sam LaPorta. It was the Hawkeyes’ longest passing game of the season. The Hawkeyes went from one 21-yard line to another 21 in the game and then decided on a field goal.

115 – This was Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz’s 115th win of the Big Ten Conference, which propelled him to third all-time in the league with Amos Alonzo Stagg.

263 — Rushing yards for Ibrahim. That came out on 39 carries. The last running back to rush for 200 yards against Iowa was Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor (205 in 2019). Ibrahim’s mileage set a record at Huntington Bank Stadium. It was his fifth 200-yard game of his career.


* The door to a second straight Big Ten West title was further opened for Iowa at 2:33 p.m

That’s when Jake Moody scored his fourth field goal of the game with nine seconds remaining to give Michigan a 19-17 win over Illinois at Ann Arbor. It put Illinois 4-4 in the Big Ten and left Iowa and Purdue 5-3 at the top of the West Division.

That win in Iowa means the Hawkeyes need only beat Nebraska to repeat themselves as the league’s West representative in the Big Ten title game next Friday. Iowa owns the tiebreaker over Purdue because it defeated the Boilermakers a few weeks ago.

* The temperature and over/under were below freezing. The temperature at kick-off was 17 degrees Fahrenheit. The over/under was a college football all-time low of 31.5 points.

Floyd of Rosedale said the last time he was this cold a pound of bacon sold for 31 cents.

Several Minnesota players came out shirtless for the first pregame warm-ups. The purpose was unclear. Maybe they lost a bet. Maybe they’ve lost their minds.

injury report

Hawkeye tight end Sam LaPorta hobbled off the field after a catch-and-run play for 24 yards in the first quarter against the Minnesota 12. He did not return due to an apparent knee injury.

Iowa fullback Monte Pottebaum was apparently injured on the same drive and replaced by redshirt freshman Eli Miller.

Iowa wide receiver Arland Bruce returned for a game after an injury-related absence. Offensive guard Beau Stephens, who was injured against Wisconsin last week, did not play. In his place, Nick DeJong started.

Minnesota senior quarterback Tanner Morgan didn’t play, leaving duties to freshman Athan Kaliakmanis. A helmet-to-helmet hit by Iowa linebacker Seth Benson sent Kaliakmanis to the sidelines for two games to be evaluated for a possible concussion. Junior Cole Kramer replaced him.

Next game

Iowa plays Nebraska (3-8, 2-6) at Kinnick Stadium on Friday at 3 p.m. The Cornhuskers lost 15-14 at home to Wisconsin on Saturday. The Badgers scored with 35 seconds remaining.