The Iowa Hawkeyes picked up their first Big Ten victory of 2018 and retained the Floyd of Rosedale trophy Saturday with a 48-31 win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Iowa picked off four Minnesota passes on a day it started two true freshmen cornerbacks. Those freshmen -- Riley Moss (2) and Julius Brents -- each came up with interceptions. Safety Geno Stone had the other.
Iowa QB Nate Stanley wasn't immune to the turnover bug. A late first-half interception and second-half fumble set up Gophers touchdowns. But he also made some key throws, completing 23 of 39 for 314 yards and four touchdowns.
The passing game was key on a day Iowa gained just 2.7 yards per rush, going for 106 yards on 40 attempts. The Hawkeyes did get a rushing TD from tight end T.J. Hockenson on a fake field goal attempt out of a swinging-gate formation. Hockenson also had a touchdown reception.
Iowa (4-1, 2-0) jumped out to a 14-0 lead and never trailed, leading 28-17 at halftime. It was the Hawkeyes' fourth straight win over the Gophers (3-2, 0-2).
Iowa visits Indiana next week at 11 a.m.
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IOWA — T.J. Hockenson 3 pass from Nate Stanley; Miguel Recinos kick (7-0, 8:49 1st)
IOWA — Ihmir Smith-Marsette 60 pass from Stanley; Recinos kick (14-0, 5:48 1st)
MINN — Rashod Bateman 3 pass from Zack Annexstad; Emmit Carpenter kick (14-7, 0:58 1st)
IOWA — Hockenson 4 run; Recinos kick (21-7, 5:57 2nd)
MINN — Carpenter 49 field goal (21-10, 4:00 2nd)
IOWA — Nick Easley 21 pass from Stanley; Recinos kick (28-10, 1:35 2nd)
MINN — Tyler Johnson 6 pass from Annexstad; Carpenter kick (28-17, 0:53 2nd)
IOWA — Recinos 40 field goal (31-17, 11:41 3rd)
MINN — Seth Green 1 run; Carpenter kick (31-24, 7:36 3rd)
IOWA — Noah Fant 5 pass from Stanley; Recinos kick (38-24, 4:03 3rd)
IOWA — Recinos 20 field goal (41-24, 9:20 4th)
MINN — Bateman 7 pass from Annexstad; Carpenter kick (41-31, 5:35 4th)
IOWA — Mekhi Sargent 2 run; Recinos kick (48-31, 1:27 4th)