Found September 30, 2012 on
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For the first time this season the University of Minnesota football team was on the losing end of a game. And for the first time this year, the Gophers did not earn passing grades on their report card. Minnesota lost a one-sided game to rival Iowa on the road in the team's Big Ten opener, falling by a 31-13 final. Here are the grades for the 4-1 Gophers after their first defeat of 2012.Running offense: C-
Running back Donnell Kirkwood had emerged as the go-to rusher for the Gophers over the past two games, as he had one 100-yard game and nearly missed out on another 100-yard performance. But he had just 33 yards on 12 carries, an average of 2.8 yards per carry. Kirkwood's longest run of the day went for just seven yards. Meanwhile, quarterback Max Shortell had a team-high 46 yards rushing on 16 carries. K.J. Maye had three carries for 15 yards but lost a fumble on one of his carries.Passing offense: C
Shortell, making his second start of the year in place of the injured Ma...
BEST OF MAXIM
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- With an injured MarQueis Gray unable to play, Max Shortell got the start for the Gophers. The sophomore threw two touchdowns and three interceptions in Minnesota's loss. Following the game, he took questions from the media.
MINNEAPOLIS With each win head coach Jerry Kill and the Gophers pile up, the buzz in Minnesota continues to grow. Now that the Gophers are 4-0, there have been talks about a possible bowl game, something that hasn't happened at Minnesota since 2009.
But by the same token, the Gophers' 4-0 record must be taken with a grain of salt. Those four wins came against nonconference...
The 78th Battle for Floyd of Rosedale has begun in Iowa City. Floyd is the bronze pig awarded to the winner of the Minnesota/Iowa game since 1935.
Above, Iowa FS Tanner Miller snatches away a Minnesota pass from QB Max Shortell (Marqueis Gray is out with a high ankle sprain). Miller looks to be behind a step but makes the best of his positioning by coming down with the ball....
Minnesota (4-0) at Iowa (2-2) (3:30 p.m. ET, on ESPN 2)
Line: Iowa -7
Last meeting: Minnesota 22, Iowa 21 (2011)
3 Players to Watch:
1) Mark Weisman (RB, Iowa): The Hawkeyes just may have found something in their fullback turned halfback. Weisman ran wild over Central Michigan last week, racking up 217 rushing yards and three touchdowns. If Iowa can establish...