Found September 30, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
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...
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