Rob Report: Minnesota

HN.com Senior Writer Rob Howe offers his views from the press box in Kinnick for the last time before they rip that sucker down. We'll have new digs next year. In this week's edition, we talk dressed list, Jovon's chase for the INT record, King and Kroul kicking tail, Kirk Ferentz meeting his son at midfield for SR. Day, and more in this HN.com Premium Story.

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

Wide Receivers - Ed Hinkel, Andy Brodell, Calvin Davis, Clinton Solomon, Herb Grigsby, Matt Melloy, Kennon Christian, Eric McCollom, Trey Stross, .

Quarterbacks - Drew Tate, Jason Manson, Cy Phillips, Jake Christensen.

Running Backs - Damien Sims, Marques Simmons, Tom Busch, Shonn Greene, Marcus Schnoor, Albert Young, Sam Brownlee, Kevin Sherlock, Champ Davis, Corey Robertson, Kelvin Bailey, Adolphus Shelton.

Offensive Line - Ben Gates, Dace Richardson, Mike Jones, Seth Olsen, David Walker, Marshal Yanda, Brian Ferentz, Rob Bruggeman, Ben Cronin, Mike Elgin, Clint Huntrods, Greg Dollmeyer, Dan Doering, Rafael Eubanks, Nyere Aumaitre, Kyle Calloway, Wesley Aeschliman, Andy Kuempel, Rashad Dunn, Andrew Payton/l.

Tight End - C.J. Barkema, Scott Chandler, Brandon Myers, Tony Moeaki, Ryan Majerus, Michael Sabers, Bret Chinander, Lucas Cox.

Defensive Line - Mike Follett, Kenny Iwebema, Matt Kroul, Mitch King, Alex Kanellis, Bryan Mattison, Ryan Bain, Nate Roos, Ted Bentler, Anton Narinskiy, NateRoos, Ted Bentler, Vernon Jackson, Travis Meade, Grant McCracken, Justin Collins.

Defensive Backs - Khaliq Price, Harold Dalton, Antwan Allen, Charles Godfrey, Devan Moylan, Bradley Fletcher, Richie Williams, Miguel Merrick, Andrew Becker, Jovon Johnson, Marcus Paschal, Adam Shada, Joel Gentile, Justin Edwards, Chris Rowell.

Linebackers - Abdul Hodge, Ed Miles, Chad Greenway, Mike Humpal, Gavin McGrath, Zach Gabelmann, Mike Klinkenborg, Tyler Bergan, B.J. Travers, Pat Angerer, John Isgrig. Specialists - Daniel Olsztra, Andy Fenstermaker, John Gallery, Kyle Schlicher, Kyle Kesselring.

FATHER'S DAY: Kirk Ferentz stood at midfield with his wife Mary when their son Brian, the Iowa center, was introduced during pre-game ceremonies. Brian hugged his mom first then got a big hug from his father, who through the binoculars seemed to be getting a little misty.

AIR SOLOMON: Iowa receiver Clinton Solomon cashed in on his first collegiate pass. The senior took a reverse handoff from Tate, stopped in the middle of the field and hit Hinkel in stride for a 26-yard TD pass.

Solomon covered most of the 26 yards through the air. He played QB in high school.

Turns out the play was not called from the sideline but in the huddle by Tate.

ALMOST A RECORD: Jovon Johnson remained one interception short of school's all-time record. The senior picked off a pass Saturday, but was positioned at least five times to tie the mark of 18 held by Nile Kinnick and Mitchell, but he came up short on those balls.

One of Johnson's best chances of the day came when he seemed to have the ball jarred loose by safety Marcus Paschal, who also was going for the ball.

"He owes me one for that one," Johnson joked. "Somehow, someway he's got to pay me for that one. He really owes me on that one because he knocked me out."

Jovon picked off a pass in the third quarter, his third of the season.

" I was playing cover two, so if you think about it there's no way I should have been there," he said. "But we had talked about it on the sideline and they hurt us early with that play. I got a jam on a guy and I saw him going inside and the quarterback started scrambling. I just went underneath him and made a play."

MEETING THE CHALLENGE: Iowa defensive tackles Mitch King and Matt Kroul passed their test against Minnesota's tough center-guard combination of Greg Eslinger and Mark Setterstrom, two likely first-team all-Big Ten picks.

"My buddy Matt over here went against the all-American guard," King said while standing next to Kroul in the postgame interview room. "He worked hard today, and he did a very good job at it.

"We both went against the center. We just felt that if we worked hard and out worked him, we'd get the edge. I felt like we pushed him a little harder than he usually is pushed. So, that's how we got the edge."

NOWHERE TO HIDE: The Hawkeyes shut down the No. 1 ranked rushing offense in the country. The Golden Gophers were averaging a national best 295.0 yards on the ground before Iowa limited them to 129 on 34 carries.

Iowa held the visitors to their second-lowest rushing output of the season. Minnesota gained just 113 at Penn State, the only other time it played on grass this season. The Gophers ran for more than 300 yards in seven of their first 10 games this season.

CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES: They had been waiting all season, and the Iowa fans rushed the field for the first time after thumping the Gophers.

Many in the group surrounded receiver Ed Hinkel and started chanting "Eddie, Eddie" after the senior tied a stadium record with four TD catches.

GOOD LUCK CHUCK: A fond farewell goes out to Associated Press Editor Chuck Schoffner, who covered his last game Saturday. Chuck is retiring after covering Iowa college and high school sports since 1979.

Chances are better than good that if you've read a sports section in this state in the last 26 years, you've read more than one story by Chuck. As good as Chuck was at his job, he easily was one of the nicest guys in the profession.

EXTRA POINTS: The Alamo, Outback and Motor City Bowls attended Saturday's game…On Grigsby's big stiff arm reception in the first quarter, Solomon threw a wonderful block…After Iowa took a 14-0 lead, you could see Coach Ferentz walking down the sideline telling his players to keep it up. The Hawks let leads slip away against Michigan and Northwestern…Sims came in for Young on the third series…Coach Ferentz called a second quarter timeout to argue that a Minnesota lineman committed a false start penalty…Matt Kroul tipped the pass that was intercepted by Greenway…David Walker and Ben Cronin played during the drive that culminated in Hinkel's fourth touchdown reception…Johnson and Allen came off the field together between plays in the fourth quarter holding hands.


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