What could have been a battle of two undefeated teams for the Little Brown Jug next Saturday in The Big House in Ann Arbor to kick-off Big Ten play for the Wolverines is now, well not as Minnesota lost at home in the TCF Bank Stadium to Iowa 23-7 on Saturday.
In the game, the Golden Gophers compiled only 165 yards total offense with 30 of them coming from the ground-game.
Sophomore Philip Nelson started the game for Minnesota and completed 50% of is passes, 12-24 with one touchdown and two interceptions.
Iowa held the time of possession advantage with 36 minutes compared to the 23 for the Gophers.
Prior to the game, Minnesota managed to earn their four victories against teams outside of the conference. Their first taste of conference play didn’t go so well as (4-1) Iowa rushed for 246 yards against the Gopher defense. That’s success the Wolverines will attempt to recreate next Saturday in Ann Arbor.
The battle for the Little Brown Jug has really, annually not been much of a battle and going back 40 years, the Gophers managed to win the game against the Wolverines only 3 times since 1973 with their last victory coming in 2005 with a 23-20 victory in Ann Arbor.
So much for drama. But one thing we have learned this season watching our Maize and Blue is, any game is lose-able. And no team should be overlooked. Even Minnesota.