MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota coach Jerry Kill had just finished addressing his team after last week's win over San Jose State when he was approached by Eric Kaler, the president of the university.
"I've got a lot of stuff on my mind after the game. He shook my hand and said, Good win. I'd sure like to have that pig back,'" Kill said.
That perfect nonconference record by the Gophers (4-0) won't mean much if they don't beat Iowa, one of their two biggest rivals. They'll play at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday afternoon. After wins at home over the Hawkeyes in 2010 and 2011, the Gophers traveled south last year and lost decisively, 31-13.
"They honestly just kicked our butt, and they kicked it for four quarters. They didn't just kick it for a half," Kill said this week as his team prepared for the annual game for the Floyd of Rosedale trophy, the bronze pig that goes to the winning side. "How do you prevent that? You go back to work and try to get better, and we'll see if we got any b...