MINNEAPOLIS – University of Iowa freshman kicker Drew Stevens connected on a 21-yard field goal with :28 seconds remaining in the game to give the Hawkeyes a 13-10 victory over Minnesota on Saturday evening at Huntington Bank Stadium. It was the eighth straight victory for Iowa over the Gophers.
Senior Spencer Petras was 15-for-24 for 221 yards. Freshman Kaleb Johnson led the team with 43 yards rushing on eight carries. Senior Sam LaPorta had four receptions for 95 yards and sophomore Luke Lachey had five catches for 77 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball senior Jack Campbell had 10 tackles (six solo) and two critical forced turnovers in the fourth quarter (forced fumble and interception). Freshman Cooper DeJean had seven solo tackles and junior Quinn Schulte had seven tackles (four solo).
QUOTING KIRK FERENTZ
“Really happy for our guys. Really happy locker room. That’s November football, whatever it takes to get it done, and it took the full sixty today for sure. Really pleased for our guys, pleased to get Floyd back in Iowa City with us. Told the players to enjoy tonight, hard fought victory against a team that played extremely hard, so want them to enjoy that. Then we are back to work tomorrow, we have a short week here so we need to get back on task. A lot to be pleased about.
First of all offensively, Bill Russell’s quote about the most important stat, the only one that counts, is the final score. Don’t disagree with that. Number two is playing clean football, proud of the way the guys protected the football today. Really controlled the clock, and when we needed something we came up with it. Happy about that.
Defensively, not happy about the statistics and giving up as much yardage on the ground as we did. Lot of credit to our opponent and especially that running back, he is a special player and it was an impressive performance. Come up with a couple takeaways at the end there, those were huge, both of them were timely.
Last thing is just special teams, really felt like they did a good job and impacted the game in a positive way for us. That is important in any kind of a game, but especially in this kind of weather you can’t take anything for granted with us fielding a punt and Cooper did a good job there. Downing the punt there on the other end of it, and Tory came up with two good punts there to give us good field position defensively. Drew Stevens continues to play really well as a kicker. A lot of positives there and if you add it all together a really good team win for all of us. Happy to leave town here with a victory.”
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HOW IT HAPPENED
- After shutting the Gophers down on their first possession the Hawkeyes used five plays to drive 59 yards and set up a 38-yard field goal by Drew Stevens.
- On the Hawkeyes’ second offensive possession they drove 12 plays over 6:19 covering 66 yards to set up a one-yard QB sneak by Spencer Petras for the score.
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- Minnesota responded by driving 72 yards over nine plays finishing the drive with a five-yard rush from Mohamed Ibrahim.
- The Gophers tied the game with 8:20 remaining in the third quarter. Matthew Trickett connected from 27 yards out to cap an eight play 76-yard drive.
- A Jack Campbell interception set up a 21-yard field goal by Drew Stevens with :28 seconds remaining in the game to give the Hawkeyes the lead and the win.
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LB Jack Campbell had a fourth-quarter interception following a DB Riley Moss pass break-up and he returned it 30 yards to the Minnesota 45 to set up Iowa’s game-winning field goal.
o The pick is Campbell’s second interception of the season and fifth of his career.
– Campbell had his third career forced fumble, jarring the ball loose from Mohamed Ibrahim in the fourth quarter with the Gophers driving in the red zone. DL Deontae Craig recovered at the Iowa 9 for his first career fumble recovery.
– Campbell finished with 10 tackles – his seventh 10+ tackle game this season and 12th of his career.
o Campbell is now 20th in school history with 287 career tackles.
– QB Spencer Petras had a 1-yard touchdown in the first quarter. It is his second straight game with a touchdown, his third of the season and 12th of his career.
o Petras finished 15-of-24 for 221 yards, completing 63 percent of his attempts. The 221 yards are his second-most this season (246 vs. Michigan).
– TE Sam LaPorta had a career-long 58-yard reception on Iowa’s first offensive play of the game. LaPorta finished the game with four catches for 95 yards before leaving the game with an injury in the first half.
– TE Luke Lachey had a career-high five receptions to finish with 77 yards. His 33-yard reception in the fourth quarter was the second-longest of his career.
o Iowa’s tight ends – LaPorta (4-95), Lachey (5-77) and Addison Ostrenga (1-6) – combined for 10 catches for 178 yards.
– RB Kaleb Johnson had a team-high 43 yards on eight attempts. It is the fifth game this season he has led the team in rushing.
– K Drew Stevens made a 38-yard field goal in the first quarter and the go-ahead 21-yard field goal with 31 seconds remaining. Stevens is 15-of-17 in field goal attempts this season. His 15 field goals are the most by a Hawkeye freshman in program history, moving past Mike Meyer and Nate Kaeding.
– Redshirt freshman FB Eli Miller made his Hawkeye debut in the game.
– The temperature at kickoff was 17 degrees at Huntington Bank Stadium, which is the second coldest temperature in stadium history.
– Iowa forced two or more turnovers for the third straight game. The defense has forced two or more turnovers in seven games this season. Iowa has scored 51 points off 20 opponent turnovers.
– The Hawkeyes limited Minnesota to 87 passing yards. It is the third time this season an opponent’s passing attack hasn’t reached 100 yards (South Dakota State, Nevada).
– Iowa has held eight opponents to 10 or fewer points and nine opponents to 13 points or less.
o It is the first time since 1929 that the defense has allowed 10 or fewer points in eight games. The 1929 team gave up 28 points the entire eight-game season.
– The Hawkeyes have held 10 of their 11 opponents below their season scoring average and all 11 opponents under their season total offense average.
– Neither Iowa or Minnesota committed a penalty in the game.
o It is the first time the Hawkeyes haven’t committed a penalty since 2019 against Mississippi State (Outback Bowl) and it is the first time an opponent has gone penalty free since Wisconsin in 2016.
– Iowa won the toss and elected to defer; Minnesota chose to receive. The Hawkeyes have played 299 games under head coach Kirk Ferentz. Iowa has opened the game on offense 219 times (140-79). The Hawkeyes have opened the game on defense 80 times (45-35).
The Hawkeyes close out the regular season Friday, hosting Nebraska in the Heroes Game at Kinnick Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. (CT) and it will be televised by BTN.