Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  By TYLER MASON  |  Last updated 9/29/13
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota was welcomed to Big Ten play by the Iowa Hawkeyes, who topped the Gophers 23-7 in Saturday's conference opener at TCF Bank Stadium. For Minnesota, the loss erased any sort of momentum and positive vibes gained from its 4-0 start in non-conference play. The Floyd of Rosedale trophy will reside in Iowa City for another year as the Hawkeyes have now won this rivalry game two years in a row. The Gophers have to regroup after Saturday's ugly loss and prepare for a tough test on the road at Michigan next weekend. Here's a look at the grades for Minnesota's performance Saturday. Running offense: F Minnesota's identity through its first four games was a run-first offense that found plenty of success on the ground. Saturday against Iowa, the Gophers lost the battle in the trenches and couldn't do anything by running the ball. Minnesota ran for just 30 yards on 27 carries, an average of only 1.1 yards per carry. The Gophers saw junior Donnell Kirkwood return to ac...
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