Oct. 29, 2011
2011 University of Minnesota Football
Minnesota [2-6, 1-3] 22, Iowa [5-3, 2-2] 21
October 29, 2011
• Today’s game was the 105th meeting between Minnesota and Iowa. It is the second-most games played against a Big Ten foe, trailing only Wisconsin (120 games).
• Minnesota now leads the all-time series 61-42-2.
• Today’s game marked the first consecutive home games for either team in the series since 1949-50, when the Gophers split a pair of games at Memorial Stadium in Minneapolis.
• The back-to-back wins versus Iowa marks the first time the Gophers have retained the Floyd of Rosedale trophy since winning three straight games during 1998-2000.
• It was the first time these two rivals have met in the month of October since a 21-16 Iowa victory at the Metrodome on Oct. 23, 1982. With today’s win, Minnesota Improves to 27-6-1 versus Iowa in games played in October.
• The victory was the first in Big Ten play for first-year Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill.
• Minnesota held Iowa scoreless through the first quarter, marking the second-consecutive scoreless quarter turned in by the Gophers. Minnesota held Nebraska without a point during the fourth quarter of last week’s game.
• The 7-7 halftime score marked the first time Jerry Kill’s team has been tied or led at the break versus a Big Ten opponent. Minnesota held a 20-17 halftime lead versus Iowa in the 2010 season-finale.
• Minnesota forced an Iowa fumble in the third quarter. It was the first turnover forced by the Gophers since Troy Stoudermire intercepted a pass versus Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 17. It also snapped a streak of six consecutive fumbles forced by Minnesota that had been recovered by the opposing team.
• MarQueis Gray completed a career-long 61-yard pass to Devin Crawford-Tufts in the second quarter. Gray’s previous best had been a 59-yard completion to Malcolm Moulton versus Miami (Ohio).
• Gray completed 11-of-17 passes for 193 yards and one touchdown, with no interceptions.
• Gray also rushed the ball 11 times for 62 yards and the go-ahead three-yard TD run with 2:48 remaining in the fourth quarter. It was Gray’s third rushing TD this season, and he increased his season rushing total to 490 yards.
• The 61-yard reception by Crawford-Tufts was the longest of his career, with his previous long being 13 yards. Crawford-Tufts added a 39-yard reception in the third quarter to give him two catches for 100 yards and his first career 100-yard receiving game.
• Duane Bennett rushed 20 times for a season-high 101 yards and scored his third TD of the season. It was Bennett’s first 100-yard rushing effort since having 18 carries for 104 yards versus South Dakota on Sept. 11, 2010.
• Dan Orseske boomed a career-long 68-yard punt (48 net yards) in the first quarter. His previous career-best effort had been a 64-yarder against New Mexico State on Sept. 10.
• Brandon Kirksey recovered a fumble in the third quarter, which led to a Minnesota field goal. It was Kirksey’s first career fumble recovery.
• Kim Royston registered a career-high 16 tackles (eight solo), marking the most by a Minnesota player since Royston recorded 15 tackles versus Iowa State in the 2009 Insight Bowl on Dec. 31, 2009. Minnesota’s 2010 season-high was Gary Tinsley’s 14 tackles at Wisconsin.
• Royston has recorded 10 or more tackles in six of eight games this season.
• Royston also recovered the fourth-quarter onside kick, which led to Minnesota’s game-winning scoring drive.
• Mike Rallis also finished with a double-digit tackles total, his second such game of the season, recording 10 stops (seven assisted). Rallis registered a career-high 13 tackles versus New Mexico State.
• Offensive guard Caleb Bak and defensive back Grayson Levine each made their first career appearance for the Gophers.
• Jordan Wettstein added the PAT on the Gophers’ first TD, marking his first career point scored. He later added a 28-yard field goal. Wettstein has previously kicked off, but it was his first career PAT and field goal attempt.