Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/17/14
After starting the year 4-0, the University of Minnesota football team suffered its first loss of the season Saturday as the Gophers opened up Big Ten play on the road against the Iowa Hawkeyes. Minnesota fell behind early and never recovered, losing 31-13 in the first conference game of 2012. Head coach Jerry Kill's team now has a bye week before hosting Northwestern, but Saturday's loss will surely leave a sour taste in the Gophers' mouths for the next two weeks. Here are five things we learned from Minnesota's loss Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.1. Welcome to the Big Ten, Gophers.The Gophers' 4-0 start? It's looking a bit deceiving after Minnesota was routed at the hands of Iowa in the conference opener. The Gophers were gaining confidence in themselves after winning four straight games to open the year and surpassing last year's win total in the process. But Minnesota's non-conference schedule left something to be desired. After a triple-overtime win on the road against UNLV, the ...
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