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September 28, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Jake Rudock threw for one touchdown and ran for another, causing Iowa to beat Minnesota on both sides of the ball in a 23-7 victory on Saturday.
Mark Weisman rushed for 147 yards on 24 carries, and Mike Meyer made three of his four field goal attempts to help the Hawkeyes (4-1, 1-0) start the Big Ten with a bang. After losing their opener to Northern Illinois, they've outscored their last two opponents 82-10.
Senior linebackers Christian Kirksey, James Morris and Anthony Hitchens led a stifling effort on defense, including interceptions by Kirksey and Morris of Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson. Nelson hadn't played in two weeks because of an injury, but he started ahead of Mitch Leidner for the Gophers (4-1, 0-1).
Nelson lost 18 yards on nine rushes and completed 12 of 24 passes for 135 yards and one touchdown to Derrick Engel, who had 67 yards on five catches.
Iowa outgained Minnesota 464-165 in total yards and the win lets the Hawkeyes keep possession of the Floyd of Rosedale trophy.
The Gophers went 3-9 in 2010 and 2011, but they beat bowl-bound Iowa teams here in both of those seasons.
The Gophers had an average of 41.8 points and 282.2 yards rushing per game with their first four victories this year.
Punter Peter Mortell, who averaged more than 45 yards on five attempts in the first half, was Minnesota's best asset.
Marcus Jones took a late-third-quarter kickoff out of the end zone for 66 yards, setting up Minnesota's first score. Nelson's best throw came four plays later on a slant pattern to Engel for the 23-yard touchdown. Iowa quickly marched toward an answering score, but senior safety Brock Vereen darted in front of Tevaun Smith in the end zone to intercept Rudock and keep the Gophers in it.
Nelson's keeper on fourth-and-1 gave extended the next drive, but on third-and-10 at their own 43 the sophomore had Engel open on a post route but overthrew him to prompt a punt.Minnesota was the least-penalized team in the conference entering the weekend, but they were flagged five times for 45 yards, including two costly false start infractions.
With this series having started in 1891 and these programs playing for the 107th time, the old-fashioned styles each team took with them to this game was fitting.
Game 8: Minnesota at Illinois
Minnesota plays at Illinois at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The game can be seen on BTN and can be heard on KFAN.
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