College Football

Iowa football Game Report: Hawkeyes 17, Minnesota 10

Hawkeyes bounce back after overtime loss last week to keep the Floyd of Rosedale

Iowa Hawkeyes tight end Noah Fant (87) pulls in a pass for a first down as Minnesota Golden Gophers defensive back Justus Harris (26) defends during the fourth quarter of their football game at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Iowa Hawkeyes tight end Noah Fant (87) pulls in a pass for a first down as Minnesota Golden Gophers defensive back Justus Harris (26) defends during the fourth quarter of their football game at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

PLAY OF THE GAME

The Setup — Iowa looked like it had corrected whatever offensive woes that had befallen the Hawkeyes for the last several weeks when Saturday’s game against Minnesota got started, going 80 yards in five plays for an opening-drive touchdown. But following that drive, the Hawkeyes had a punt, an interception, four more punts and a fumble to end the half.

The first drive of the third quarter, though, was much better. The Hawkeyes drove to the Minnesota 45 in four plays, setting up a first down. Iowa lined up with one wide receiver left, two tight ends, a fullback and a tail back.

Noah Fant went in motion …

What Happened — … and took off on a slant across the field, finding himself wide open near the 10 yard-line. Quarterback Nate Stanley, who has missed on several long throws this season, lofted the ball to his tight end.

The sophomore quarterback had seen a throw like this bounce off Ihmir Smith-Marsette earlier in the game and end up as an interception. No such bad luck this time.

The Results — The ball seemed to hang in the air forever before dropping perfectly in the hands of Fant, who ran the final 10 yards in for the touchdown, which put Iowa up, 14-7.

That touchdown ended up being the winning score, as Iowa and Minnesota both added field goals before the game was over. Fant ended the game with three catches for 67 yards and that one touchdown.

-Jeremiah Davis

REPORT CARD

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B- — You play enough 17-10 games, eventually you’re going to win one.

-Mike Hlas

B — It’s better to have a 98-pound bronze pig than not have it.

-Marc Morehouse

B — Winning ugly still is winning, yes. Carrying Floyd back to the locker room staves off the ugliness Iowa will see on film — for now at least.

-Jeremiah Davis

BRIAN FERENTZ LETS OUT STRING OF EXPLETIVES IN IOWA PRESS BOX

Just before the end of the first half, the Iowa football team had driven into Minnesota territory with less than a minute to go. Running back James Butler caught a Nate Stanley pass and went 19 yards before he fumbled, the ball recovered by Minnesota.

Butler initially was ruled down, but it was overturned upon review, giving possession to the Gophers.

Hawkeyes offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz was not happy with the call. As coaches left their coaches box when time expired, Ferentz let out a string of expletives heard by most in the press box — words too blue to reprint here.

Ferentz expressed his unhappiness with the play being reviewed.

When the halftime break was over, security officials were seen outside one of the boxes in the press box. As Ferentz walked by on his way back to his coaches box, he was seen and heard saying, “it’s (expletive) bull----.”

Iowa led Minnesota at halftime, 7-0, and had 166 total yards on offense — 80 of which came in five plays of the first drive of the game, which ended in an Akrum Wadley 12-yard touchdown.

-Jeremiah Davis

BARTA MAKES APPEARANCES

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Iowa athletics director Gary Barta made a pair of appearances at Hawkeyes events this weekend for the first time since it was announced he’d take a leave of absence while being treated for prostate cancer.

Barta was at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Friday night for the men’s basketball team’s season-opening exhibition win against William Jewell. Barta also was at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday for the Iowa football team’s game against Minnesota.

The football team awarded Barta with the game ball in the locker room as the Hawkeyes celebrated their victory, according to Iowa officials.

On both nights, Barta was in good spirits, and was seen laughing and shaking hands with several people wishing him well. Barta told Land of 10 he would return to work on a part-time basis next week. Deputy AD Barbara Burke has been acting athletics director while Barta has been on leave.

-Jeremiah Davis

BY THE NUMBERS

166 — Yards at halftime for Iowa

80 — Yards on Iowa’s first drive of the game

9 — Iowa punts in 15 drives

7 — Drives that went three-and-out for Iowa

4 — Sacks by Iowa, the last of which sealed the win

3 — Straight games Iowa has hoisted the Floyd of Rosedale trophy

-Jeremiah Davis

INJURY REPORT

The Iowa football team made it through Saturday’s game against Minnesota relatively unscathed on the injury front, though starting running back Akrum Wadley did give Iowa fans a scare.

The senior running back left the game in the first half with an undisclosed upper body injury. He remained there through halftime, but did return to play in the second half. Wadley finished the game with 70 yards on 16 carries and a 12-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. He had 10 carries for 31 yards in the second half.

While Wadley was out, senior James Butler got several carries. Butler saw his return to the field after dislocating his right elbow against North Texas in Week 3. Butler had 11 carries for 28 yards and one catch for 19 yards, which ended in a fumble.

Senior linebacker Josey Jewell also made his return this week, after missing action at Northwestern with an injured shoulder. Jewell led the Hawkeyes with 11 tackles and two quarterback hurries.

-Jeremiah Davis

UP NEXT

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Iowa returns to Kinnick Stadium for back-to-back home games, welcoming No. 6 Ohio State — surely to be ranked higher than that upon arrival — fresh off a comeback, 39-38, win against No. 2 Penn State on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes (7-1, 5-0 Big Ten) have won six straight games since their Week 2 loss to Oklahoma at home, and overcame a 35-20 deficit to the Nittany Lions on Saturday to get the victory. Iowa-Ohio State will kick off at 2:30 p.m. and be televised on ESPN.

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