Iowa finds a way past Minnesota to keep Floyd and control B1G West


MINNEAPOLIS — Jack Campbell offered the why before delivering the wow in Iowa’s 13-10 win in Minnesota on Saturday.

Long before Drew Stevens hit a 21-yard field goal with 28 seconds remaining to allow the Hawkeyes to retain possession of Floyd of Rosedale, Iowa’s senior linebacker demonstrated his leadership beyond the game-changing turnovers he was involved in late in the last quarter was Hawkeyes’ eighth consecutive victory in the Frontier.

Iowa was locked in a 10-10 fight with the Golden Gophers and Minnesota’s Mohamed Ibrahim was busy amassing 263 rushing yards when Campbell cornered his teammates on the touchline at Huntington Bank Stadium.

“He told us all about these being the moments you dreamed about as a kid and why we do what we do,” said linebacker Seth Benson. “He talked about how we are there for each other, how we play for each other and how we had to keep working.”

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Safety Kaevon Merriweather said Campbell encouraged everyone to “keep fighting, keep fighting”.

Campbell then put his words into action.

“The ball won’t find you. You have to want it,” Campbell said. “We didn’t want to give up”

Minnesota was on the move, having marched 88 yards in 16 games, when a Campbell Ibrahim strike knocked the ball out of his hands on his 14th carry of the drive.

Deontae Craig recovered at the Iowa 9-yard line and gave the Hawkeyes possession with 5 minutes and 7 seconds remaining.

“I was just trying to put a hat on the ball as coach[Phil Parker, Iowa’s defense coordinator]talks about it all the time,” Campbell said. “I’m just trying to make a difference.”

Iowa didn’t gain a yard on the ensuing possession, and the Golden Gophers took over from a punt by Tory Taylor at their own 45-yard line.

Four snaps later, Campbell delivered again.

When Riley Moss parried a pass thrown by Athan Kaliakmanis, Campbell picked it up and returned the interception 30 yards to Minnesota’s 2:06 45 yards to play.

Officials ruled that Campbell stepped out of the field on the return and denied him a pick six, but did not stop him from completing his objective.

“I just wanted to do what I could to put the ball back in the offensive hands and give us a chance to win,” Campbell said. “We brought Floyd home for the eighth year in a row and as a senior that means a lot. I wanted the younger guys on this team to know what that felt like and build on that legacy.”

The work remained, and quarterback Spencer Petras hit Luke Lachey with a 33-yard pass to get the ball on the 12 and in position for Stevens to hit a game winner that extended a four-game winning streak and Iowa positioned to play a share of his second straight Big Ten West Division championship in Friday’s 3 p.m. home game against Nebraska.

“With every win comes another great opportunity for us,” said Lachey.

The Golden Gophers mustered 399 yards of offense, including 312 on the ground, but mustered just 10 points against a defense that has held eight of their 11 opponents to 10 points or fewer.

“Our defense did a great job of giving us a chance, but they always do,” said Petras, who hit 221 of Iowa’s 280 yards on 15 of 24 passes.

The Hawkeyes and Gophers traded field goals in a second half of the low-scoring game.

After a rare error by the Big Ten leader in field goal accuracy, Minnesota’s Matthew Trickett never missed a second opportunity to level the game.

After shooting wide to the right from 34 yards in the last minute of a first half that ended with a 10-7 lead in Iowa, it was just his second miss in 13 attempts this season. Trickett struck from 27 yards on the Golden Gophers’ first drive in the second half to forge a 10-10 tie that lasted into the final minute of the fourth quarter.

The Golden Gophers answered the Hawkeyes’ first touchdown drive by using the pass to set up a short touchdown run.

Minnesota, coming into play with the Big Ten’s second-most productive ground play, was limited to 19 rushing yards in the first quarter as Iowa opened up a 10-0 lead.

Kaliakmanis, starting at quarterback in place of the injured Tanner Morgan, hit Daniel Jackson on a 29-yard cross route and followed with completions of 12 and 7 yards before tagging to Ibraham for a 5-yard touchdown run.

Ibrahim’s national-leading 19th rushing touchdown of the season put Minnesota (7-4, 4-4 Big Ten) up 10-7 with a 10-24 lead in the first half.

“He sees the hole so well,” Benson said. “If you rock back, he hits that hole. If you don’t swing, he’ll go where the hole is. He’s so good.”

The Hawkeyes (7-4, 5-3) blew to get their first result as well.

Petras, who connected on eight of his first nine passes, hit Sam LaPorta for a 58-yard gain on Iowa’s first play.

An incompletion and a fumble by Petras forced the Hawkeyes to settle for a 38-yard field goal from Stevens and a 3-0 lead with 9-01 left in the first quarter.

Iowa reached the end zone on his next possession and capped a 12-play drive for 66 yards with a one-yard sneak from Petras.

“It was a game that lasted the full 60,” said Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz. “We are excited to bring Floyd back to Iowa City.”

IOWA-FG Stevens 38, 9:01.

IOWA-Petras 1 run (Stevens Kick), :42.

MIN-Ibrahim 5 run (tricket kick), 10:24.

MIN-FG Trickett 27, 8:20.

Rush Yards 28-59 50-312

Comp Att Int 15-24-0 7-15-1

Time of possession 24:47 35:13

RUSHING-Iowa, Ka.Johnson 8-43, L.Williams 11-38, G.Williams 2-8, Petras 5-(down 14), (team) 2-(down 16). Minnesota, Ibrahim 39-263, A Kaliakmanis 4-32, Potts 5-13, B Williams 1-3, Kramer 1-1.

PASSING-Iowa, Petras 15-24-0-221. Minnesota, A. Kaliakmanis 7-15-1-87.

RECEIVE-Iowa, Lachey 5-77, LaPorta 4-95, Brecht 2-21, Ragaini 1-11, Bruce 1-7, Ostrenga 1-6, G.Williams 1-4. Minnesota, Jackson 2-43, Brockington 2-25, Spann-Ford 2-12, Ibrahim 1-7.

MISSED FIELD GOALS-Minnesota, Trickett 34.

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