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Updates from Iowa's 14-7 win at Minnesota, as they happened.
The Gophers moved to the Iowa 13 with under a minute to play, but were unable to convert.
Minnesota benefited from two replay reviews that turned incompletions into completions, then Brian Smith made a leaping 23-yard catch while falling backward on the sideline to the Iowa 13.
But four straight incompletions sealed the Hawkeye victory, including Greg Mabin's pass break-up in the end zone on fourth and 15.
The Hawkeyes improve to 4-2, 2-1 in the Big Ten, while Minnesota is now 3-2, 0-2 and likely falls out of the Big Ten West title race.
Akrum Wadley saved the game for Iowa.
A 54-yard run capped off by some high-stepping gave Iowa its first touchdown of the game almost 55 minutes in.
It's the Hawkeyes' longest play from scrimmage of the year.
LeShun Daniels added the 2-point conversion for a touchdown-extra point advantage.
C.J. Beathard's second interception is a drive killer.
Beathard had to come out of the game for one play because of a broken knee brace. The next two snaps, he fumbled the exchange, then lofted a bad pass that was picked off by Kamal Martin with just under seven minutes to go.
According to the ESPN2 broadcast, the Hawkeyes have now run 29 plays in Minnesota territory, yet have not found the end zone.
Shannon Brooks powers his way through Greg Mabin on the outside for the first touchdown of the game, a 9-yard bash.
The extra point gives the Gophers the lead.
Iowa's best drive of the game results in a 28-yard Keith Duncan field goal and 6-0 lead.
On third and goal, Jerminic Smith came down with a C.J. Beathard pass in the end zone, but it was toe was out of bounds. There was no video review.
The Hawkeyes caught a break to begin the half as Desmond King fumbled the opening the kickoff. The ball rolled out of bounds and Iowa went 60 yards in 10 plays.
HALF: IOWA 3, MINNESOTA 0
Turnovers: 3 (Minnesota 2, Iowa 1). Points: 3.
Iowa breaks the deadlock with Keith Duncan's 22-yard field goal. He's 3-for-3 this season, all within 25 yards. Miguel Recinos was short on a 50-yarder in the first quarter.
The best offensive play of the first quarter was the last one, as running back LeShun Daniels broke through the line before being tripped up from behind after a gain of 31 to the Minnesota 7.
But the Hawkeyes had to settle for a field goal after two runs for little gain and an incomplete pass to Riley McCarron in the end zone -- broken up Damarius Travis.
After Brandon Snyder recovered a fumble forced by Bo Bower, Iowa went play-action on first down looking for the end zone.
But KiAnte Hardin, tipped the ball away from Jerminic Smith and picked it off on the goal line to give it right back to Minnesota's offense.
Hardin was one of four Gophers suspended four games after being investigated for an alleged sexual assault. No charges were field and the players were reinstated this week.
Clearly Hardin is already making an impact.