MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota -- An old school defensive battle emerged Saturday afternoon at TCF Bank Stadium and a late touchdown by Iowa running back Akrum Wadley proved to be the difference as the Hawkeyes came away with a 14-7 victory.
It wasn't the prettiest win by any stretch, but Iowa (4-2, 2-1) was able to keep the Floyd of Rosedale rivalry trophy and avoid a 1-2 start to conference play. The team still remains in the thick of the Big Ten West standings with much of conference play to be determined.
However, if they have any hope of contending throughout the rest of the slate, they need to be a more consistent team week-to-week both offensively and defensively.
The Hawkeyes found themselves down 7-6 in this matchup with 5:28 to play as both offenses struggled to gain traction throughout the game. Iowa looked completely lost until the team finally broke through with Wadley's ensuing 54-yard touchdown run and eventual two-point conversion to make the game 14-7.
The Minnesota offense did their best to match Iowa's late score, but the Gophers eventually turned it over on downs on an incomplete pass from quarterback Mitch Leidner in the end zone with 48 seconds to play.
The game turned out to be a complete opposite of last year's matchup which turned out to be a thrilling 40-35 Hawkeye win in Iowa City. From the start, each team's defenses dominated the opposing offense and enforced their will this time around.
The Hawkeye defense was able to hold the Gophers to 268 total yards on the day and forced three turnovers, and although Iowa accumulated 321 total yards, they did match Minnesota with three turnovers of their own.
The only overall bright spot for the Hawkeyes offensively was the aforementioned Wadley who finished the day with 107 yards rushing on 14 carries, again proving he's Iowa's most explosive playmaker that needs consistent touches. Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard finished 17-of-31 passing for 142 yards and also threw two interceptions while taking a beating yet again.
Iowa is now set to face Purdue on the road next Saturday at 11 a.m.