Gophers Live High On The Hog, Defeat Hawkeyes, 27-24, To Win Floyd Of Rosedale

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Gopher Seniors Finally Bring Home A Trophy With 27-24 Victory Over Iowa

(Sports Network) – Duane Bennett rumbled into the end zone from six yards out with 4:31 left in the fourth quarter to lift the Minnesota Golden Gophers over the 24th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes, 27-24, in the final regular-season game for each school.

Bennett carried the ball 11 times for 63 yards for the Gophers (3-9, 2-6 Big Ten), who won back-to-back games to finish the season. DeLeon Eskridge rushed for 95 yards on 21 carries and also scored once.

Minnesota senior quarterback Adam Weber completed 13-of-26 passes for 164 yards in the annual battle for Floyd of Rosedale. Iowa had won eight of the last nine meetings between these teams.

Ricky Stanzi connected on 10-of-22 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns for the Hawkeyes (7-5, 4-4), who lost three straight to end the year.

Marcus Coker carried the ball 21 times for 89 yards. Marvin McNutt and Derrell Johnson-Koulianos each caught a TD pass, with Johnson-Koulianos also adding an 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

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Minnesota Golden Gophers 27, Iowa Hawkeyes 24 - Gophers Force Huge Turnover

On the first play of Iowa’s latest drive, they handed the ball again to freshman Marcus Coker. Coker cut back and appeared to have a big lane to run through, but then got popped by Troy Stoudermire, and the ball flew out onto the TCF Bank Stadium turf.

After a scrum for the football, the referee stood up and signaled that the Gophers had recovered, and had first-and-ten from the Iowa 44-yard line.

With just about three minutes left in the football game, the Gophers are hanging on to a 27-24 lead.

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