MINNEAPOLIS - Apparently, Iowa's issue with stopping the run is not behind it.
For the third time in their last four games, the Hawkeyes yielded more than 200 yards on the ground. Minnesota blasted them for 291 rushing in Saturday's 51-14 win here at TCF Bank Stadium.
Iowa bounced back by holding Northwestern to 105 last Saturday in a 48-7 triumph. The Golden Gophers opened old wounds with their read option with quarterback Mitch Leider and running back David Cobb complemented by jet sweeps from K.J. Maye.
"They schemed us pretty good today. They were able to get to the outside and they were able to get numbers on us," Iowa Free Safety Jordan Lomax said.
The Golden Gophers came into the game averaging 214 yards a game on the ground. They enjoyed 4.9 per carry against Iowa.
"We're just not containing the ball, knowing our rules, not getting off blocks, not being physical. It's a credit to them. They had a good scheme but we just didn't come out and play like we should have," Hawkeye Strong Safety Johnny Lowdermilk said.
Leidner picked up a game-high 77 yards rushing on 11 carries. He engineered the option with high efficiency. In addition, he completed 10 of 13 passes for 138 yards and four touchdown passes.
"He was accurate with his deep ball today," Lowdermilk said. "They got us on play-action a couple of times but we knew that's what they wanted to do. You know, run, run, run and then get you on play-action. They executed their stuff today and we didn't."
INJURY REPORT: Tight end George Kittle retuned to the lineup after missing last week with an undisclosed injury. He played special teams on Saturday.
Running back Jordan Canzeri (ankle) suited up and worked out before the game but did not play. Ferentz said his junior wasn't 100 percent healthy and there was no need inserting him into a blowout.
"There was no sense adding to the carnage," he said.
Linebacker Travis Perry crumbled to the field late. Ferentz said he hoped it wasn't anything structural that would require surgery but did expect the junior to miss time.
UNCHARACTERISTIC RESPONSE: The normally calm, cool and collected Ferentz appeared ready to let loose during Saturday's post game press conference. He kept it together, for the most part, but did show a crack late in the session.
The veteran coach slipped a naughty word into a response that caught quite a few regular media members off guard. It certainly wasn't a glaring slip it just was out of character.
"They all count. This is a Big Ten game. Shit, they're all important," Ferentz said when asked if he was surprised at the effort considering what was at stake in the game.
The coach also let loose a few "bullcraps."
TRAVEL SQUAD: Iowa players in uniform for Minnesota game at TCF Bank Stadium.
RB: Parker, Wadley, Canzeri, Gilson, Kenny, Plewa, Bullock, Weisman,
WR: Mitchell, McCarron, Vandeberg, Martin-Manley, Powell, Hillyer, Smith.
TE: Kittle, Krieger Coble, Duzey, Hamilton,
OL: Boettger, Myers, Croston, Welsh, Walsh, Ward, Blythe, Gail, Simmons, Donnal, Scherff.
DL: Bazata, McMinn, Ekakitie, Meier, Ott, Spears, Rathjen, Davis, Johnson, Hardy, Trinca-Pasat.
LB: Perry, Jewell, Alston, Fisher, Bower, Niemann
DB: King, Rucker, Taylor, Ward, Mabin, Draper, Fleming, Gair, Lowdermilk, Lomax,
ST: Koehn, Ellis, Kornbrath, Kidd, Kluver.
SPECIAL TEAMS: How the Hawkeye return and coverage teams lined up on Saturday against the Gophers.
Kick Return: Parker, McCarron, Kittle Coble, Jewell, Weisman, Fisher, Kittle, Perry, Kenny, Niemann, Hillyer.
Kick Coverage: Koehn, Draper, Lomax, Niemann, Perry, Taylor, Jewell, Gilson, Fisher, Gair, Rucker.
Punt Return: McCarron, Mabin, Alston, Gair, Niemann, Hillyer, Perry, Mitchell, Fisher, Taylor, Kittle.
Punt Coverage: Kornbrath, Micthell, Fleming, Kluver, Wadley, Perry, Lowdermilk, Weisman, Jewell, Bower, Fisher.
EXTRA POINTS: Iowa inserted backups in the fourth quarter with Miles Taylor and Anthony Gair coming in at safety with Minnesota native Malik Rucker and Sean Draper at cornerback. The second-team offensive line from left to right was Ike Boettger, Boone Myers, Eric Simmons, Sean Welsh and Cole Croston….The Hawkeyes started the game with Jonathan Parker and Jacob Hillyer on the field along with tight ends Ray Hamilton and Jake Duzey. They faked the jet sweep to Parker then handed to Weisman up the middle, in a new alignment…redshirt freshman receiver Derrick Mitchell played on two special teams units, including gunner on punt coverage…Weisman scored a rushing touchdown for the seventh straight game. He has rushed for a touchdown in 12 of the last 13 games…Weisman's 1-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter was his 30th career rushing touchdown. He is the third player in program history to rush for 30 or more touchdowns in a career (Sedrick Shaw, 33; Tavian Banks, 33)…Johnny Lowdermilk paced Iowa in tackles with 13 and Josey Jewell added nine, both career highs…Andrew Stone recorded his first career catch and first career touchdown reception (24 yards) today.