Iowa wins! 10-2 feels pretty good

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Hooray! 10-2! Fiesta? Orange? Who cares...it was a great season. The last couple of weeks were hard to get through, but it's hard to complain about a 10 win season. Kind of like today...it was pretty ugly, but it's hard to complain with a win in a rivalry game.

The defense played great as it has all year long and posted its first shutout of the year and second in a row against the Gophers. The defensive line put a lot of pressure on Weber and the secondary should have picked off at least 3 or 4 of his passes. The Iowa D held Minnesota to 14 of 42 passing for just 158 yards with 0 TDs and 1 INT. That is a QB rating of 59.2 (that's pretty terrible). The defense also kept Minnesota's running game in check giving up only 48 yards on the ground. And the goal line stand was certainly impressive.

The offense...well there's not much to say. Vandenberg struggled for the most part but made a couple of key plays when needed. The run game not got going, though Robinson had a couple of nice carries, on the first drive especially, before he re-injured his ankle. The offense didn't even gain 200 yards. But was able to score a few points on good field position and that was enough. Murray did well on both field goals but that blocked PAT was not pretty.

Players of the Game:

Defense - A.J. Edds and Pat Angerer
The only two seniors starting on the defense had big performance for their Kinnick farewell. Edds had an interception on one of Minnesota's trick plays where they had Weber and Gray on the field at the same time. He also finished with 8 tackles. An gerer was all over the field and had a team high 16 tackles.

Offense - Derrell Johnson-Koulianos
Iowa only completed 11 passes today and 7 of them were to DJK. He did have a drop, but played very well otherwise. He was the only receiver consistently getting open and caught a slant for 15 yards that set up the games only touchdown.

Trophies:
Iowa against retains all 3 rivalry trophies with wins over Iowa State, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Floyd of Rosedale is by far the coolest trophy of the 3, so it's definitely nice to keep in the trophy case.
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