Scores

Final

Minnesota 13

(4-1, 0-1 Big Ten)

Iowa 31

(3-2, 1-0 Big Ten)

Coverage: ESPN2

12:00 PM ET, September 29, 2012

Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA

1 2 3 4 T
MINN 0 0 7 613
IOWA 3 21 0 731

Top Performers

Passing: J. Vandenberg (IOWA) - 192 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: M. Weisman (IOWA) - 21 CAR, 177 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Barker (MINN) - 5 REC, 74 YDS

Iowa tops rival Minnesota, earns Floyd of Rosedale bronze pig trophy

Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Mark Weisman ran for 177 yards, 155 in the first half, to lead Iowa to a 31-13 win over Minnesota on Saturday and give the Hawkeyes possession of the Floyd of Rosedale bronze pig trophy.

Christian Kirksey's 68-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter sealed the win for Iowa (3-2), which bounced back from last week's disappointing 32-31 loss to Central Michigan to win the Big Ten opener for both schools.

Minnesota (4-1) was off to its best start since 2008, but couldn't get anything going on offense Saturday. Max Shortell threw three interceptions and the Gophers managed only 75 yards in the first half. The Hawkeyes scored three touchdowns during a six-minute span of the second quarter to jump out to a 24-0 halftime lead.

Weisman punched in an 8-yard run on the first play of the quarter.

Then the Gophers went three-and-out, and Iowa's normally conventional offense pulled a surprise with a flea-flicker on the first play of the drive. Weisman pitched the ball back to James Vandenberg, and the senior quarterback found a wide-open Jordan Cotton for a 47-yard score.

Minnesota was forced to punt again and Micah Hyde's 27-yard punt return gave Iowa the ball at midfield. Six plays later, Vandenberg's 1-yard dive into the end zone finished off the drive.

Weisman only carried five times in the second half.

Weisman, a fullback-turned-tailback, was inserted into Iowa's starting lineup because of injuries, and the walk-on has responded with 507 yards and seven touchdowns the last three games.

Minnesota won the previous two meetings with Iowa, rallying from behind in both games to win the rivalry trophy. The Gophers couldn't muster a comeback this time.

Minnesota lost a fumble to open the second half. Shortell responded with a 79-yard drive that ended in a 9-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Fruechte, cutting the Hawkeyes' lead to 24-7 midway through the third quarter.

The Gophers had three more possessions without Iowa scoring, but Minnesota punted once and Shortell threw two interceptions -- the second returned for a TD by Kirksey after the linebacker made a nice play to catch the ball.

Quarterback MarQueis Gray missed his second straight game for Minnesota, which hasn't won at Kinnick Stadium since 1999.

Saturday was Kirk Ferentz's 200th game as Iowa's head coach.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MINN
IOWA
1st Downs1515
Total Yards299374
Passing197192
Rushing102182
Penalties4-298-56
3rd Down Conversions6-155-12
4th Down Conversions1-20-0
Turnovers40
Possession32:0527:55

Passing Leaders

MinnesotaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Shortell20/331976.023
IowaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Vandenberg18/311926.210

Rushing Leaders

MinnesotaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Shortell16462.9012
Kirkwood12332.807
IowaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Weisman211778.4144
Vandenberg252.514

Receiving Leaders

MinnesotaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Barker57414.8024
Henry22814.0027
IowaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Davis6508.3020
Fiedorowicz25025.0045

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMINNIOWA
FG12:35Mike Meyer 44 Yd 03
SECOND QUARTERMINNIOWA
TD14:55Mark Weisman 8 Yd Run (Mike Meyer Kick) 010
TD13:03Jordan Cotton 47 Yd Pass From James Vandenberg (Mike Meyer Kick) 017
TD08:50James Vandenberg 1 Yd Run (Mike Meyer Kick) 024
THIRD QUARTERMINNIOWA
TD07:12Isaac Fruechte 9 Yd Pass From Max Shortell (Jordan Wetstein Kick) 724
FOURTH QUARTERMINNIOWA
TD05:15Christian Kirksey 68 Yd Interception Return (Mike Meyer Kick) 731
TD00:41Drew Goodger 1 Yd Pass From Max Shortell (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 1331