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The defense of the Iowa Hawkeyes (4-1, 1-0 in Big Ten) dominated Minnesota (4-1, 0-1) in its 23-7 win over the Golden Gophers for the Floyd of Rosedale on Saturday.
The Hawkeyes have won four games in a row — the first time since the 2010-2011 season — and are off to their best start in four years.
Iowa’s offense has grabbed most of the attention thus far, because of first-year starter Jake Rudock and running back Mark Weisman. The defense however, has proved to be just as vital in the Hawkeyes four-game winning streak.
On Saturday, head coach Kirk Ferentz’s unit sacked Minnesota quarterback Phillip Nelson four times — Nelson played his first game in two weeks after suffering an injury earlier in the season.
The Hawkeyes had only registered two sacks coming into their matchup against the Golden Gophers.
Iowa’s defensive line disrupted Nelson and the Minnesota offense all afternoon by consistently penetrating the offensive line and not allowing the Golden Gophers to get into any type...
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Iowa is 5th in nation in 3rd down conversions per game (8.8) 6th best in nation. Last year just 5.0/gm. HUGE jump
— Jon Miller (@HawkeyeNation) September 30, 2013
Iowa is converting 53% of third downs. Last year, they converted 33.95%. Rudock has been Kid Cool on third and Shmedium.
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Jake Rudock threw for one touchdown and ran for another and Iowa beat Minnesota on both sides of the ball in a 23-7 victory on Saturday.
Mark Weisman rushed for 147 yards on 24 carries, and Mike Meyer made three of his four field goal attempts to help the Hawkeyes (4-1, 1-0) start the Big Ten with a bang. After losing their opener to Northern Illinois, they've outscored their...
(Eds: Updates, stands.) By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer There are a ton of reasons why Iowa has blossomed into a potential Big Ten contender.
But the biggest one is the simplest one: Iowa is playing like Iowa again.
Iowa is back to running the ball, stopping the run and excelling on special teams. All three of those phases have been crucial for the resurgent Hawkeyes (4-1, 1...
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...
MINNEAPOLIS -- The defense should seemingly have the advantage when an opposing offense is faced with a 3rd-and-long situation. That simply wasn't the case Saturday for the Gophers in their 23-7 loss to Iowa.
Minnesota's defense couldn't get off the field as the Hawkeyes continuously made plays on third down, especially on 3rd-and-long. Iowa converted on 8-of-14 third...