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Wadley's Run Gives Iowa the Win Over Minnesota

Iowa entered Saturday needing a win to keep themselves in the middle of the race for the Big Ten West crown.

The Iowa Hawkeyes and the Minnesota Golden Gophers have meet every year since 1914. It is one of the oldest rivalries in college football and these two teams just simply do not like each other. Iowa beat Minnesota last year to reclaim the Floyd of Rosedale trophy and the two teams met today with that and leverage in the Big Ten West on the line.

After watching the Hawkeyes battle Northwestern last weekend in a 38-31 contest, one would've probably predicted a higher scoring game. However, that was not the case at TCF Bank Stadium today.

It was pretty much ugly from start considering Minnesota didn't complete their first pass until midway through the second quarter. The Gophers started the game with a punt and Iowa followed suit on their first drive.  Minnesota would punt on their second drive, but it appeared Iowa would have something going on their second drive.

They converted on a 4th and 1, but penalties hurt them and they wound up missing a 50 yard field goal.  The Gopher offense hoped back on the field, but gave the ball up on a fumble and Iowa looked like they could be in business.  

The Hawkeyes took a shot downfield for Jerminic Smith, and had him, but the Gopher DB won the battle and intercepted the pass. The Gopher offense continued it's struggles and found themselves in a 3rd and very long before they had to punt again.  

Iowa had their most productive drive converting a couple of third downs and getting a long run from LeShun Daniels down inside Minnesota's 10. Unfortunately the Hawkeyes could not find the end zone and would have to settle for a Keith Duncan field goal which gave them a 3-0 lead. 

Iowa struggled with dropped passes and Minnesota just couldn't figure it out on offense as the teams limped into the locker room scoring a combined three points over the course of the first 30 minutes.

Iowa opened the half with a 20 yard pass completion to Riley McCarron and couple of good runs from LeShun Daniels, but would once again be forced to settle for a Keith Duncan field goal which made it 6-0. 

The Gophers answered on the very next drive with a Shannon Brooks touchdown run to make it 7-6.  

The teams continued to punt and turn the ball over until Akrum Wadley broke off a 54 yard touchdown run to give Iowa it's most exciting play of the game. The Hawkeyes went for two and converted to make it 14-7 with just over five minutes left in the game.

Iowa's defense continued it's suffocating play and made life hard for QB Mitch Leidner. Minnesota punted a couple times and turned the ball over on a Brandon Snyder interception with little time left.  However, there was enough for Minnesota to at least make a run at things one last time. 

And make a run they did. The Gophers got down inside the red zone, but failed to convert on a 4th and 15, which gave Iowa the ball and Floyd for another year.

This makes Iowa 2-for-2 in rivalry games this season.

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