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 downs, which in part led to the Hawkeyes' dominance in time of possession (36:01-23:59).
"I think it's deflating for everybody," head coach Jerry Kill said of his team's inability to stop Iowa on third down. "If you'd been in our pregame stuff, we talked about how critical third down is. They executed on third down and we didn't. That's part of football. You've got to get off the field on third down."
Never was it more glaring than during an Iowa scoring drive in the third quarter that chewed 6:42 off the clock on 15 total plays. The Hawkeyes converted three plays of 3rd-and-8 or more on the drive to move the ball d...