After the Hawkeyes dashed across the field as time expired to retrieve the Floyd of Rosedale rivalry trophy, they accidentally demolished the wooden case that housed the prized pig.
"Everybody was pushing against us," center Rafael Eubanks told the Iowa City Press-Citizen. "Tom (Busch) and I and a couple other guys fell on the box and got some weight on there."
The game started out with Iowa throwing its weight around against the Golden Gophers. The Hawkeyes dominated the first quarter with 14 points, eight first downs and 143 total yards, while limiting Minnesota to no points, no first downs and 15 yards of offense.
Iowa led 21-10 at halftime, but couldn't get anything going offensively in the second half against the nation's worst-ranked defense and held on for a victory that made the Hawkeyes bowl eligible for a seventh straight season. Iowa has won three straight and four of its last five.
"An ugly win is a lot better than a pretty loss," said linebacker A.J. Edds. "We'll take a win any way we can get it. Sure, we want to play better, here and there, but a win is a win and we have the pig back."
GAME BALL GOES TO: RB Albert Young — The senior carried 21 times for 92 yards and ran for two touchdowns, a 1-yard plunge in the first quarter and a 12-yard burst in the second quarter. He went over the 3,000-yard rushing mark for his career, finishing the contest with 3,078 career yards on 643 carries.
KEEP AN EYE ON: FS Brett Greenwood — The redshirt freshman walk-on had seven tackles (four solos) and broke up two passes, including Minnesota's two-point conversion attempt late in the fourth quarter.
LOOKING GOOD: The Hawkeyes went 3-for-3 in the red zone with three touchdowns. During their three-game winning streak, they have scored 10 touchdowns and one field goal in their last 11 trips into to the red zone.
Iowa recorded a takeaway in its 19th consecutive game, the longest streak in the Big Ten, when junior cornerback Bradley Fletcher intercepted a pass in the third quarter.
LB A.J. Edds — The 6-4, 244-pound sophomore had a career-high 11 tackles against Minnesota and ranks second on the team this season with 70.
CB Charles Godfrey — The senior had four tackles and broke up four passes against the Golden Gophers. He leads the Iowa secondary in tackles (60) and leads the team in interceptions (five), and passes broken up (nine).
STILL NEEDS WORK: Iowa managed only 296 yards against a Gophers defense that entered the game ranked dead last in the nation in total defense, allowing 548.5 yards per game. It was by far the fewest yards against Minnesota this year, eclipsing the previous low of 459 yards by Ohio State on Sept. 29.
After converting 5-of-6 third downs in the first quarter, Iowa was 2-of-10 the rest of the game.
Minnesota sacked sophomore quarterback Jake Christensen three times, bringing the season total to a staggering 42 sacks allowed by the Hawkeyes for minus-248 yards.
Two redshirt freshmen made their season debuts for the Hawkeyes: DE Karl Klug (6-4, 235) and DB Derrick Smith (6-0, 185). Klug had one tackle. Iowa has played 31 freshmen this season, including 11 true freshmen — the third-highest total in the nation.
LB Jacody Coleman pulled a hamstring on the opening kickoff and did not return. He is considered questionable for Saturday's regular-season finale against Western Michigan.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We're just thrilled to get the win. Minnesota competed extremely hard, especially in the second half, but we did what we needed to do to win the game. We're playing better. We're not playing perfect, but we're playing better." — Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz after his team's third consecutive win.