Rob Report: Minnesota

The Hawkeye Insider weekly rundown from publisher Rob Howe includes news, notes, injuries and observations.

MINNEAPOLIS - The Rob Report is back for its 11th season of Iowa Hawkeyes football. Today we look at Iowa's 23-7, Week 5 win against Minnesota at TCF Bank Stadium.


Jordan Lomax remained out of the Hawkeye lineup for a fourth week in a row after injuring his hamstring in Game 1. True freshman Desmond King started once again in his place at cornerback.

Running back Michael Malloy did not dress. He's missed the first five games for an undisclosed medical issue, according to Coach Kirk Ferentz.

Iowa guard Connor Boffeli fell to the turf on the games final play and laid on the ground for some time. He walked off the field under his own power and Ferentz said in the postgame that it was more of a scare.


-Iowa has won four of its last five Big Ten openers, including two in a row against Minnesota.

-The Hawkeyes rushed 45 times for 246 yards today. Iowa has rushed for 200-plus yards in five straight games to start the season.

-The Hawkeyes held the Gophers 252 yards below their season average for rushing yards. Minnesota entered the game averaging 282 rushing yards per game, but managed just 30 yards on 27 carries against Iowa. Iowa's defense has not allowed a rushing touchdown this season. Hawkeye opponents have rushed 145 straight times without a score.

-The Hawkeyes recorded a season-high four sacks today. DL Nate Meier's 6-yard sack in the second quarter was the first sack of his career. DL Louis Trinca-Pasat's 6-yard sack in the second quarter was the first sack of his career. LB James Morris and DL Dominic Alvis also recorded sacks for Iowa.

-WR Damond Powell's 74-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter is Iowa's longest play from scrimmage this season, and the 23rd longest touchdown reception in school history. Powell is averaging 51.5 yards per catch this season (4 catches, 206 yards).

-LB Anthony Hitchens finished the game with a team-high 10 tackles to raise his career total to 205.

-QB Jake Rudock's 4-yard touchdown rush in the second quarter was his fifth rushing touchdown this season. The last Iowa quarterback to rush for more than five touchdowns in a single season was Nathan Chandler (6 in 2003).

-RB Mark Weisman had 24 carries for 147 yards. The 100-yard rushing game was his fourth of the season, and eighth of his career.

-LB Christian Kirksey's interception in the second quarter was the fourth of his career, and first this season. LB James Morris' interception was his second of the season, and fourth of his career.

-Mike Meyer was 3-4 on field goal attempts and 2-2 on PATs. Meyer has 53 career field goals, the third highest total in school history. Only Nate Kaeding (67) and Rob Houghtlin (54) have more career field goals. Meyer also moved into third place on Iowa's all-time scoring list. He has 278 career points, trailing only Kaeding (373) and Houghtlin (290).

-Meyer has made a school-record 100 consecutive PAT attempts, the sixth longest streak in Big Ten Conference history.

ALL DRESSED UP: Iowa players in uniform for the game.

QB - Rudock, Beathard, Sokol, Shimonek.

RB - Weisman, Bullock, Canzeri, Daniels, Plewa, Cox.

WR - Martin-Manley, T. Smith, Shumpert, Cotton, Hillyer, Powell, Haluska, McCarron, Vandeberg.

TE - Fiedorowicz, Hamilton, Duzey, Krieger-Coble, Kittle.

OL - Scherff, Boffeli, A. Blythe, Walsh, Donnal, Van Sloten, MacMillan, Simmons, Gaul, Ward, Welsh.

DL - Ott, C. Davis, Trinca-Pasat, Alvis, Hardy, Cooper, J. Johnson, Meier, Ekakitie.

LB - Kirksey, Morris, Hitchens, Perry, Alston, Collins, Fisher, Spearman.

DB - Lowery, Lowdermilk, T. Miller, Fleming, Law, Gair, G. Smith, Draper, Lile, King.

Specialists - Meyer, Koehn, Kornbrath, Kreiter, Kluver.

Special Teams:

Kickoff - Meyer, Law, Alston, Lowery, Spearman, Miller, Perry, Collins, Smith, Gair, Kirksey.

Kick Return - Cotton, Kittle, Krieger-Coble, Perry, Gair, Duzey, Meier, Hamilton, Plewa, Hillyer, Cox.

Punt - Kornbrath, Kreiter, Alston, Lowdermilk, Morris, Perry, Cotton, Smith, Plewa, Kirksey, Miller.

Punt Return - Martin-Manley, Fleming, Perry, Fisher, Law, Cotton, Alston, Kittle, McCarron, Plewa, Lowdermilk.

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