Rob Report: Minnesota

Hawkeye Insider site manager Rob Howe checks in with news and notes from the press box, including an injury report, dressed list and more.

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Notes from the Iowa's win against Minnesota here on Saturday afternoon.

All-Dressed Up: Iowa players in uniform for the Minnesota game:

QB - Vandeberg, Weinke, Suess

RB - O'Meara, Rogers, Reisen, Brown, Wegher, Robinson, Morse, Leppert, Griswold

WR - Johnson-Koulianos, Davis, Sandeman, Nordmann, Evans, Cotton, Stross, Pregnont, Staggs, McNutt, Steinbrecher, Kuchel,

TE - Gimm, Spading, Griggs, Reisner, Derby, Furlong, Herman, Getz, Moeaki. Kuempel, McMillan, Haganman, Gettis, Zusevics, Doering.

OL - Koeppel, Eubanks, Vandervelde, Clark, Boffeli, Tobin, Bulaga, Reiff, Calloway, Ferentz, Van Sloten,

DL - Nardo, Forgy, Hundertmark, Daniel, Covert, Bigach, Daniels, Hopkins, Meade, Binns, Klug, Ballard, Clayborn,

LB - Nielsen, Peterson, DiBona, Tarpinian, Hunter, Davis, Johnson, Edds, Angerer, Kreiter

DB - Spievey, Sash, Hyde, Cato, Donatell, Conklin, Swanson, Castillo, Herbst, Nielsen, Greenwood, Greiner, White, Prater, Rowell, Lowe.

ST - Mossbrucker, Murray, Donahue, Knipper, Guthrie, Schulze.

Injury Report: Dace Richardson tried to return from a broken bone in his leg suffered at Michigan State on Oct. 24, but still was on crutches in a boot on Saturday. Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz said he expected the senior back for the bowl.

Jeremiha Hunter (ankle) was out of the starting line-up for the first time this season. His backup, Jeff Tarpinian, also was hurt. Troy Johnson started.

Adam Robinson re-injured the ankle that kept him out for two games late in the first half when he was rolled up on by a tackler. He did not return. Iowa Ferentz said that Robinson's injury was not as severe as when he originally hurt the ankle at MSU.

Pat Angerer missed a series in the first half after when he turned an ankle. Trainers taped it up and he went back into the action.

Ferentz also said that Brandon Wegher as torn cartilage in his rib cage.

The coach said he expected all of his injured players back for the bowl.

Special Teams: Who played on which units against Minnesota:

Kick Return - Johnson-Koulianos, Davis, Daniels, Leppert, Nielsen, Gimm, Davis,

Kick Coverage - Murray, Rowell, Nielsen, N. Nielsen, O'Meara, Hyde, Swanson, Davis, Herman, Lowe, Cato.

Punt Return - Sandeman, Rowell, Swanson, Hyde, Lowe, Nielsen, Cato, White, Ballard, Klug, O'Meara.

Punt Coverage - Donahue, Spievey, Lowe, O'Meara, Angerer, Johnson, Nielsen, Morse, Schulze, Sash, Edds.

Quick Notes:

-Reps from the Orange, Cap 1/Champs and Outback bowls were in attendance. The Fiesta did not attend.

-Rick Stanzi is off of crutches.

-In the second quarter, Binns got a rest with Ballard moving out to DE. Daniels came in at DT.

-Jason White was called for roughing the punter late in the third quarter.

-Seantel Henderson and C.J. Fiedorowicz visited Iowa City on Saturday. Henderson is the No. 1 ranked player overall by Scout. Fiedorowicz is a top tight end.

-Iowa has now won eight of the last nine games against the Gophers. Minnesota's last win at Kinnick was in 1999.

-The Gophers lost to a ranked opponent for the 14th time in a row and the fourth time this season.

-The teams combined for 372 yards of offense on Saturday.

-The Hawkeyes were 1 of 13 on third-down conversions. They converted their first one of the day. Minnesota was 4 of 20 on third down.

-Iowa ran the ball 36 times for 54 yards, while the Gophers were 36 for 48 yards.

-Angerer recorded a game-high 16 tackles to finish with 135 in 12 games. Johnson picked up 11 stops, including a sack, a tackle for loss and a forced fumble.

-Iowa reached double figures in wins for the fourth time in 11 seasons under Ferentz and for the third time in the regular season.


Iowa DT Christian Ballard on Iowa deserving a BCS bid - "I feel like we had a very tough schedule playing some top notch teams on the road. We played at Ohio State, at Penn State and at Michigan State. They're all good teams. We lost our starting quarterback, but didn't miss a beat the next week (at Ohio State). We came out today and showed what our defense can do. Hopefully people see that and know that we are a Big Ten contender and we can play with anyone in the country."

Minnesota Coach Tim Brewster on Iowa's fourth-quarter goal line stand: "Iowa is in the top ten in defense in the country. They're an outstanding defensive football team. A lot of the problems that we had today, offensively, were certainly a result of the Iowa defense. We had opportunities against an outstanding defensive football team to make some plays that we didn't make and we need to make those plays when they present themselves. But again, I give great credit to Iowa's defense. Their whole defense is excellent. They've got as good a front four as there is around. They play well in coverage.""

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