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Iowa beats Minnesota 14-7 to retain Floyd of Rosedale

The 2016 edition of "Floyd of Rosedale" resembled the original contest back in 1935.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Iowa Hawkeyes have been battling for the Floyd of Rosedale trophy since November 9, 1935.  Today, both teams decided to reenact the original 1935 ballgame, which Minnesota won 13-6 for a majority of the game.

Iowa took a 3-0 lead to the locker room after 30 minutes of "action".  They doubled their lead to 6-0 after their opening drive of the second half.

Then the Gophers woke up.  Minnesota took their opening possession of the second half 58 yards in eight plays culminating in a 9-yard touchdown run by sophomore tailback Shannon Brooks.

After the quick burst of points that followed intermission the defenses returned to their staring roles.

Until the 5:28 mark of the fourth quarter when Iowa finally delivered a blow to a tired Gopher defense.  Hawkeye junior running back Akrum Wadley went 54 yards on a 1-play touchdown drive and after the successful two point conversion the Hawkeyes led 14-7.

Minnesota had three possession to try to even the score with Iowa.  They responded with a three-and-out on offense, then Mitch Leidner was intercepted with 2:39 remaining by Brandon Snyder, and finally (with 1:26 left on the clock and needing to go 88 yards) the Gophers made it exciting.  Using Leidner's arm the Gophers moved the ball to the Hawkeye 13 with 1:00 left. However, what followed was four Leidner incompletions and a false start.

The Gophers (3-2, 0-2) return to the east coast next Saturday to take on the Maryland Terrapins (4-1, 1-1).

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