IOWA FOOTBALL VS MINNESOTA

Iowa Hawkeyes wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette (6) scores against the Minnesota Golden Gophers Friday, November 13, 2020 at TCF Bank Stadium. (Brian Ray/hawkeyesports.com)

Iowa’s Friday night win over Minnesota had a little bit of everything: a dominate defensive

performance, Tyler Goodson running for a whole lot of yards (again), and just a touch of

pettiness from head coach Kirk Ferentz to close out the 35-7 affair.

Needless to say, there’s a reason Chauncey Golston needed a minute to stop laughing before

answering any postgame questions. As wins go for the Hawkeyes, bringing home Floyd of

Rosedale for the sixth straight year (and leaving a very specific thing behind) made this one

incredibly fun.

Fun with timeouts

When Ferentz called back-to-back-to-back timeouts with 19 seconds left on the clock and a 35-

0 lead, there was some questions as to what in the world was going on. The world got a clear

and concise answer following the game, and it was better than anyone could have guessed.

“They called a timeout I guess to get a look at what we were doing and reconsider so we just

kind of wanted to make sure we got a good look at what they were doing,” Ferentz said. “And,

you know, no sense taking them on the bus with us, right? Figured we’d take Floyd with us and

leave the timeouts here.”

While Ferentz was having his fun, players standing the sidelines had differing reactions. When

asked about it, Golston laughed.

“I don’t know, at first I was like ‘Ugh, OK, coach [going to] do him,’” he said.

Running back Tyler Goodson just wanted to get the game over with.

“I think they were playing games, honestly,” Goodson said. “At the same time, I was ready to

come to the locker room because it was getting pretty cold sitting down there on the sidelines.”

O-line leads to GOODson

Goodson may have been cold on the sidelines, but while on the playing field itself he definitely

was not.

For the second time in two weeks, he rushed for over 100 yards and was Iowa’s dominating

offensive force in the win. A performance that had an impressive offensive line written all over

it.

“As much as I love Tyler, I’ll give the credit to the offensive line and the receivers today,”

quarterback Spencer Petras said. “This is a team that, their defense is tough, they’re physical,

and to open up the holes that they did and the receivers to block the safeties… great job by the

offensive line and the receivers.

 

“T-Good, Mekhi [Sargent], Ivory [Kelly-Martin], whenever they’re in there, I think we all have

great confidence that they’re going to be able to make the plays, and then you see it week-in

and week-out. They run the ball hard, they run the ball really well.”

Defense sinks the boat

After two weeks of rough performances on both sides of the ball, the Iowa defense stepped up

in a big way en route to the win at Minnesota. It held the Gophers scoreless through the first 59

minutes before giving up a throw-away touchdown that didn’t matter in the slightest.

Most notably, thanks to the quick hands of Jack Koerner in the pass defense, the Hawkeyes

extended their streak to 11 straight games with an interception.

“We had a great scheme set up for this week,” Golston said. “We just went out there practicing

hard all week, trying to get better, and we knew that if we came up and we practice hard and

we play hard. All you can do is hope for the best results and you see what we got today.”