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Gophers At Hawkeyes Score: Iowa Strikes First With Field Goal

Not really the start that the Minnesota Golden Gophers wanted in the 2012 battle for Floyd of Rosedale, but it could have been much worse.

The Iowa Hawkeyes got the ball first in this one, and on their second play of the drive, Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg found tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz for a 46-yard gain down to the Minnesota 29. The play was the longest given up by the Gophers this season, and the first play of 30 yards or more that the Gopher defense has allowed in 2012.

Iowa couldn't do much from there, however, as they only gained three more yards. The Hawkeyes brought in kicker Mike Meyer, and he knocked home a 46-yard field goal to give the Hawkeyes an early 3-0 lead at Kinnick Stadium.

With 12:35 remaining in the first quarter, the Iowa Hawkeyes lead the Minnesota Golden Gophers by a score of 3-0. Minnesota's first possession will be starting momentarily.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.