Hawkeyes Lead Gophers 3-0 at Halftime in Defensive Battle


MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — The battle for the Floyd of Rosedale has proven to be a defensive battle to this point as Iowa went into the halftime locker room Saturday afternoon with a 3-0 lead over Minnesota.

After a scoreless first quarter, Iowa was able to get on the board first when Keith Duncan kicked a 22-yard field goal following a 31-yard run by LeShun Daniels to get in the red zone.

Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard is 10-of-17 passing for 67 yards and one interception while Daniels leads the team in rushing with 38 yards on eight carries.

Both teams’ offenses have struggled through two quarters but Iowa does hold the advantage in total yards (137-101) and the turnover battle (2-1).

Iowa defensive back Brandon Snyder recovered a first quarter fumble forced by linebacker Bo Bower and Manny Rugama picked off Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner in the second.

Iowa will receive the ball to start the second half.