|Date of game: 11/8/2014
Recap: Minnesota vs. Iowa
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Mitch Leidner tossed four touchdown passes and also ran for a game-high 77 yards, as Minnesota cruised to a 51-14 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes in a Big Ten Conference tussle at TCF Bank Stadium.
Leidner completed 10-of-13 attempts for 138 yards, and three of his four TDs went to Maxx Williams. David Cobb had 16 carries for 74 yards and a score to help move the Golden Gophers (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) into a first-place tie with Nebraska and Wisconsin in the conference's West Division.
Jake Rudock completed only 10-of-19 passes for 89 yards and an interception for the Hawkeyes (6-3, 3-2), who were also held to a season-low 84 rushing yards in an all-around forgettable performance.
Iowa opened the game with a 12-play, 76-yard drive, which Mark Weisman finished off with a one-yard touchdown plunge to stake the Hawkeyes an early 7-0 lead. That run was one of three third-down conversions on the drive.
However, it was all Minnesota the rest of the way. KJ Maye tied the score with a nine-yard touchdown run at the 5:38 mark of the opening frame.
The Golden Gophers began to pull away in the second quarter with four unanswered touchdowns leading into the break. Leidner gave Minnesota its first lead on a 44-yard scoring strike to Donovahn Jones with just under 13 minutes remaining until intermission.
Leidner followed that up with a nine-yard TD pass to Williams midway through the second quarter.
Cobb made it a 28-7 game at the 3:51 mark with a six-yard touchdown run, which was set up by defensive tackle Steven Richardson's sack and strip on the previous possession.
Leidner then hooked up with Williams for a four-yard TD with 31 seconds to play in the half.
The Golden Gophers picked up right where they left off as they opened the second half with an 11-play, 75-yard drive. Leidner found Williams again for a three-yard scoring strike to end that drive.
A one-yard run by Rodrick Williams, Jr. made it 48-7 with 11:34 remaining in regulation, and Ryan Santoso added a 35-yard field goal midway through the final frame before Iowa's C.J. Beathard closed out the scoring with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Stone in the final minute.
Minnesota racked up 291 rushing yards and improved to 6-0 at home this season.Game Notes