After the Gophers’ dominating victory over Iowa last weekend, head coach Jerry Kill went home and watched Minnesota’s next opponent — Ohio State — with a bowl of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream at his side.
After the Buckeyes game and his ice cream were finished, Kill had trouble sleeping because of Ohio State’s impressive victory over reigning conference champion Michigan State.
As the final seconds ticked off the clock, the Gophers sprinted across the field to reclaim Floyd of Rosedale.
Fans swarmed the new guest of honor, storming the field.
While there was no clear winner in the race to the rivalry trophy, there was a clear winner on the field. The Gophers coasted to a 51-14 victory over Iowa on Saturday, jumping into a tie atop the Big Ten West.
After Minnesota extended its lead to 35 points early in the third quarter, there was little doubt as to which team was going to take home Floyd this year.
After Illinois upset Minnesota last month, head coach Jerry Kill could see his players needed a break from football.
“You can tell when kids are fatigued a little bit. We needed to get them back and playing fast,” Kill said, adding that the team’s bye week came at the right time. “I think they needed it from a mental capacity.”
Iowa should prove to be Gophers' easiest opponent among its next four.