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.
Wolitarsky Finishing Career In Home State
Drew Wolitarsky could not have dreamt for a better location for his final collegiate game.
Three Gophers To Play In January Showcase Games
Hendrick Ekpe, Mitch Leidner and Jonah Pirsig have accepted invitations to play in post-collegiate games in January.
Carpenter, Richardson Recognized by AP
The Associated Press named its All-Big Ten on Monday with Emmit Carpenter earning first team honors and Steven Richardson being named second team.