MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – Iowa (7-4, 5-3) defeated Minnesota (7-4, 4-4), 13-10, on Saturday at Huntington Bank Stadium to keep possession of the Floyd of Rosedale. The Hawkeyes are tied for first place in the Big Ten West Division.
A huge Minnesota turnover in the fourth quarter by Minnesota – an interception deep in Iowa territory – and then a big pass play when Iowa took over on the next play, led to the winning field goal in this ice cold slugfest. Iowa was robbed on the interception which was returned for a touchdown, but an official erroneously called the runner out of bounds.
The Hawkeyes have won eight straight over the Gophers and 18 of the last 22 meetings. Six of the last eight games have been decided by a touchdown or less.
The win is head coach Kirk Ferentz’s 115th career Big Ten Conference victory, tying him with Amos Alonzo Stagg for the third-most in conference history. Ferentz only trails Michigan’s Bo Schembechler (143) and Ohio State’s Woody Hayes (153).
LB Jack Campbell had a fourth-quarter interception following a DB Riley Moss pass break-up and he returned it 30 yards to the Minnesota 45 to set up Iowa’s game-winning field goal.
The pick is Campbell’s second interception of the season and fifth of his career.
Campbell had his third career forced fumble, jarring the ball loose from Mohamed Ibrahim in the fourth quarter with the Gophers driving in the red zone. DL Deontae Craig recovered at the Iowa 9 for his first career fumble recovery.
Campbell finished with 10 tackles – his seventh 10+ tackle game this season and 12th of his career.
Campbell is now 20th in school history with 287 career tackles.
QB Spencer Petras had a 1-yard touchdown in the first quarter. It is his second straight game with a touchdown, his third of the season and 12th of his career.
Petras finished 15-of-24 for 221 yards, completing 63 percent of his attempts. The 221 yards are his second-most this season (246 vs. Michigan).
TE Sam LaPorta had a career-long 58-yard reception on Iowa’s first offensive play of the game. LaPorta finished the game with four catches for 95 yards before leaving the game with an injury in the first half.
TE Luke Lachey had a career-high five receptions to finish with 77 yards. His 33-yard reception in the fourth quarter was the second-longest of his career.
Iowa’s tight ends – LaPorta (4-95), Lachey (5-77) and Addison Ostrenga (1-6) – combined for 10 catches for 178 yards.
RB Kaleb Johnson had a team-high 43 yards on eight attempts. It is the fifth game this season he has led the team in rushing.
K Drew Stevens made a 38-yard field goal in the first quarter and the go-ahead 21-yard field goal with 31 seconds remaining. Stevens is 15-of-17 in field goal attempts this season. His 15 field goals are the most by a Hawkeye freshman in program history, moving past Mike Meyer and Nate Kaeding.
Redshirt freshman FB Eli Miller made his Hawkeye debut in the game.
The temperature at kickoff was 17 degrees at Huntington Bank Stadium, which is the second coldest temperature in stadium history.
Iowa forced two or more turnovers for the third straight game. The defense has forced two or more turnovers in seven games this season. Iowa has scored 51 points off 20 opponent turnovers.
The Hawkeyes limited Minnesota to 87 passing yards. It is the third time this season an opponent’s passing attack hasn’t reached 100 yards (South Dakota State, Nevada).
Iowa has held eight opponents to 10 or fewer points and nine opponents to 13 points or less.
It is the first time since 1929 that the defense has allowed 10 or fewer points in eight games. The 1929 team gave up 28 points the entire eight-game season.
The Hawkeyes have held 10 of their 11 opponents below their season scoring average and all 11 opponents under their season total offense average.
Neither Iowa or Minnesota committed a penalty in the game.
It is the first time the Hawkeyes haven’t committed a penalty since 2019 against Mississippi State (Outback Bowl) and it is the first time an opponent has gone penalty free since Wisconsin in 2016.
Iowa won the toss and elected to defer; Minnesota chose to receive. The Hawkeyes have played 299 games under head coach Kirk Ferentz. Iowa has opened the game on offense 219 times (140-79). The Hawkeyes have opened the game on defense 80 times (45-35).
Minnesota leads the overall series, 62-52-2. However, the Hawkeyes have won eight straight and 18 of the last 22 meetings against Minnesota.
The Hawkeyes close out the regular season Friday, hosting Nebraska in the Heroes Game at Kinnick Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. (CT) and it will be televised by BTN. If Iowa wins the game, they are the Big 10 Western Division Champions for the second straight year. They would face the winner of Michigan – Ohio State, whom play next weekend as well. Iowa seeks its 8th straight win over the Cornhuskers. The winning streak began in 2013 with a 38-17 win. Iowa beat Nebraska, 28-21, last season.