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Halftime of Iowa at Minnesota, Hawkeyes lead 28-17

Fast start by Hawkeyes puts Gophers in an early hole

NCAA Football: Iowa at Minnesota Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota offense took till their third possession to have positive yardage while Iowa scored on their first two possessions.

Gopher offense got into a rhythm on their third possession highlighted by a Chris Autman-Bell 36-yard reception and was capped by a Rashod Bateman 3-yard fade in the end zone. This cut the lead to 14-7. Iowa scored again on a fake field goal, Minnesota kicked a field goal on their ensuing possession making the score 21-10.

But Iowa drove on their final possession, taking just 27 seconds before Nate Stanley hit Nick Easley for a 21-yard touchdown.

Things bounced around after that. Annexstad hits Tyler Johnson on a crossing route that Johnson takes 52 yards to the Iowa 28. He then throws a pick in the end zone. On Iowa’s first play, Stanley throws a ball into the chest of Jacob Huff for an other interception. Then Minnesota scores 2 plays later as Annexstad hits Johnson for a 6-yard score.

And we sit at 28-17 at the half with Iowa receiving the second half kickoff.

Key Stats

  • Gopher defense was solid against the run allowing only 43 yards on the ground.
  • The Gopher defense allowed Iowa to convert 5/10 on 3rd down.
  • Iowa’s Nate Stanely has 210 yards passing on 14/22 passing.
  • The Iowa defense has 4 sacks in the first half, all of them coming from the right side of the Gopher offensive line (insert contemplating emoji).