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Football

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Mon, 11/10/2014
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The Gophers’ aerial assault looked downright dangerous against Iowa in a game that honored military veterans nationwide.

On the day that quarterback Mitch Leidner threw a new career-high in touchdown passes, perhaps no player in the air attack looked more impressive than the field general himself.

The redshirt sophomore helped orchestrate a Minnesota offense that ran over a reeling Hawkeyes defense on its way to a 51-14 victory.

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Minnesota now possesses three of the four traveling trophies it plays for.
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Mon, 11/10/2014
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Floyd of Rosedale has a new home.

The traveling trophy is now in Minnesota’s possession after a 51-14 walloping of Iowa on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.

The Hawkeyes blew out Minnesota the past two seasons but got a taste of their own medicine Saturday.

As the game ended, the Gophers raced across the field, ready to reclaim Floyd.

“Once we sort of knew that we had the game, everyone lined up … just having fun with it, getting ready to run across the field as fast as we could,” redshirt sophomore tight end Maxx Williams said.

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Mon, 11/10/2014
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Recap: After Iowa scored a touchdown on its opening drive, Minnesota scored 51 consecutive points and ended up winning the game 51-14.

The Gophers’ defense forced three turnovers in the first half, allowing Minnesota to score 28 second-quarter points.

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Mitch Leidner led the way, passing for 138 yards and four touchdowns.

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Minnesota blew out Iowa in a 51-14 victory on Saturday, taking back the Floyd of Rosedale rivalry trophy.
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Mon, 11/10/2014
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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.

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Publish Date: 
Fri, 11/07/2014
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Assistant sports editor Jack Satzinger and sports reporter Grant Donald preview the Gophers' weekend football game against Iowa Hawkeyes.
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David Cobb and the Gophers last won the Floyd of Rosedale rivalry trophy in 2011.
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Thu, 11/06/2014
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When David Cobb was a freshman, he didn’t care about pigs. The Floyd of Rosedale, a bronze hog rivalry trophy, didn’t mean much to him.

He didn’t hate Iowa. He just wanted to win.

That’s what Minnesota did in the star running back’s first season at Minnesota, pulling off an unlikely 22-21 victory against a bitter rival.

When Iowa blasted the Gophers for 182 rushing yards en route to a 31-13 victory the next season, Cobb began to understand the rivalry.

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Iowa running back Mark Weisman has had success against Minnesota the past two years.
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Thu, 11/06/2014
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Iowa running back Mark Weisman arrived in Iowa City, Iowa, as a walk-on in 2011 after initially committing to play for Air Force Academy.

Since then, Weisman has earned a scholarship and has crushed the hopes of his northern neighbors multiple times.

In his two career games against the Gophers, the 6-foot, 240-pound senior has combined for 324 rushing yards and one touchdown, leading Iowa to blowout victories in both games.

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The football team will close out the season with three ranked opponents.
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Wed, 11/05/2014
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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.”

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Iowa should prove to be Gophers' easiest opponent among its next four.
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Tue, 11/04/2014
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In case people didn’t get the memo, the Gophers football team might boast one of the toughest end-of-season schedules of any Big Ten program.

It starts with Iowa at home. Next, it’s No. 13 Ohio State at home. Then, the No. 15 Cornhuskers in Nebraska. Finally, the Gophers go to Wisconsin to take on the No. 25 Badgers.

Yikes.

Out of all those games, it’s arguable that the Hawkeyes are perhaps the least intimidating, which is exactly why the Gophers need to defeat them on
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The Gophers are emphasizing hydration after some players cramped last week.
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Thu, 09/11/2014
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When the Gophers took the field on Saturday, they were greeted by 73 degrees and sunshine — similar weather to what they’ll see in Fort Worth, Texas, this Saturday against TCU.

After seeing multiple players on defense go down with cramps against Middle Tennessee State, the Gophers are looking to hold up better this time around.

“It is a concern … you can’t have your good players cramping up. It wasn’t that hot or anything like that,” head coach Jerry Kill said after Saturday’s game.

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