Rob Report: Minnesota

HN.com Senior Writer Rob Howe checks in from the Metrodome press box following Iowa's 34-24 loss to the Golden Gophers here on Saturday. Iowa finished the season at 6-6 and now awaits word on its bowl destination. This report includes the travel list, injury report and notes.

MINNEAPOLIS _ The Rob Report from the Metrodome:

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

QB - Tate, Christensen, Farsnworth, Manson

RB - Williams, Ch. Davis, Young, Brown, Sims, Busch, Brownlee, McLaughlin,

WR - Bowman, Brodell, Stross, Christian, Douglas, Manson

TE - Blum, Chandler, Myers, Moeaki, Majerus, Sabers

OL - Narinskiiy, Elgin, Yanda, Olsen, Eubanks, Jones, Doering, Kuempel, Calloway, Ryther, Aumaitre,

DL - Geary, Kanellis, Iwebema, Mattison, Bain, King, Kroul, Jackson, Ewen, Dunn

LB - Humpal, Edds, McGrath, Gabelmann, Miles, Klinkenborg, Angerer,

DB - Merrick, Paschal, Godfrey, Edwards, Dalton, Gardner, Wilson,

ST - Schlicher, Huntrods, Signor, Olsztra, Fenstermaker.

INJURY UPDATE: Adam Shada did not suite up this week after dressing for last week's home finale against Wisconsin, but missed his fourth consecutive game with a knee injury.

Dace Richardson dressed again, but did not see action.

Ryan Bain was dressed, but played only sparingly. Chad Geary saw the most reps in his Hawkeye career.

Alex Kanellis left field with assistance midway through the second quarter. It looked like he injured his left leg.

DUNN MOVED: As talked about this week on the Hawkeye Nation message boards, sophomore Rashad Dunn worked out with the defensive linemen during the pregame warm-ups. The 6-3, 290-pound sophomore from Georgia spent much of his first three seasons with the Hawkeyes working out on the offensive front.

STRONG FRONT: The Hawkeyes enjoyed one of their better games as an offensive line. Mike Elgin, in particular, played very well and got a consistent push throughout the day.

Iowa rolled up 546 yards of total offense, topping the 539 against Purdue for the most this season. Albert Young reached 133 yards, his second time to the century mark this season, and Andy Brodell's seven receptions for 159 yards represented the most by a receiver this season. Drew Tate threw for a season-high 354, topping his 292 at Indiana.

The Hawkeyes averaged 7.4 yards per play.

PULLED: The Iowa coaches pulled two players during the action on Saturday. Jake Christensen replaced Tate for a series in the third quarter, throwing an interception. Marcus Wilson came in at CB for Bradley Fletcher, who was picked on frequently by the Golden Gophers.

BRIGHT SPOT: Freshman receiver Dominique Douglas caught six passes for 67 yards on Saturday. The all-time freshmen leader in receptions and receiving yardage, finished the regular season with 40 receptions for 547 yards.

EXTRA POINTS: Iowa failed to score on its opening drive for the 12th time this season…Brodell became the first Iowa receiver to hit the century mark in receiving yards…Jason Manson started at receiver for a second week in a row and caught two passes for 12 yards…Mike Klinkenborg once again led the Hawkeyes with 10 tackles, marking the ninth time in 12 games that he reached double figures in that statistical category. He led Iowa in tackles in seven games, and paced the Hawkeyes with 129 tackles. Ed Miles finished second with 93…Minnesota converted all three of its fourth down attempts…The Hawkeyes were 0 for 1…Andy Fenstermaker punted once…The Golden Gophers returned three kicks for a total of 80 yards. Iowa opponents returned 37 kicks for 825 yards this season, 22.3 yards per return. The Hawkeyes brought back 25 kicks for 442 yards, 17.7 per return.


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