5 things we learned from Iowa’s big win over Minnesota

The pig is ours once again!

In seemingly their fourth must-win game of the season, Iowa was once again up for the challenge. It wasn’t at all pretty, but pretty isn’t the Hawkeye way.

In the freezing cold Minnesota weather, Iowa gutted out a gritty 13-10 win over the Gophers. It is Iowa’s eighth, count it, eighth win in a row against a Minnesota program that just can’t figure them out. It was your stereotypical Big Ten West game with both offenses seemingly unwilling to put the ball in the end zone.

Some see it as boring, but for the millions (and millions) of fans in the Sicko Community, this was everything they could have wanted. Here are the five things we learned from Iowa’s big win.

Mo Ibrahim is Definitely Him

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I’ll start this out by giving credit where credit is due to the Gophers. Mohamed Ibrahim is truly a great running back. Without him, Minnesota might as well have stayed home. I mean, they were home already, but that’s besides the point.

Ibrahim was their entire offense, toting the rock 39 times! Thirty-nine carries! This is his fifth game in a row with over 30 carries. You would never be able to tell that this man is coming off a season-ending injury last year. His late-game fumble was really costly, but it should have only been a footnote in this game. His team let him down big time.

Brian Ferentz Can be a Good Play Caller... Sometimes

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Brian Ferentz, you puzzle me man. You called a pretty great first quarter, at least by Iowa’s usual standards. That opening play was fantastic. He was aggressive and got the ball into Sam LaPorta’s hands.

What the heck happened the rest of the game?

Kaleb Johnson only getting eight carries, while Leshon Williams had his name called 11 times is just mind boggling. Johnson looked really good whenever he ran the ball, and he just didn’t get it enough.

If Ferentz isn’t in charge of the running back rotations, then I apologize. That doesn’t excuse the fact that he should’ve leaned on the run game, especially with Johnson playing well, and it almost burned them.

How do you have three straight passes after a big turnover, barely killing any clock before punting it right back after a long Minnesota drive? I just don’t get you man.

Minnesota Absolutely Cannot Beat Iowa, and neither can P.J. Fleck

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Eight in a row. That is eight losses in a row now for the Gophers against Iowa. That is two presidential terms. You could graduate both high school and college as a Minnesotan without seeing your beloved Gophers beat Iowa. Just imagine how demoralizing that must feel, especially in a game that is a rivalry game. I mean, there is literally a bronze pig on the line!

P.J. Fleck is seemingly the perfect coach for Minnesota, because he can’t figure out the Hawkeyes either. He’s 0-6 against Kirk Ferentz, earning losses for two different programs. Ouch.

Cooper DeJean is Iowa's Most Valuable Defender

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I feel like this isn’t something new that we’ve learned this week, more so it’s something that has been reinforced. On a defense full of high caliber players and award contenders, Cooper DeJean has been the most valuable for the Hawkeyes. His big chase down of Mo Ibrahim prevented a sure touchdown, and held the Gophers to only three points. Those three points are the game right there. In addition, he made some key plays on special teams, as he does every week.

Iowa Just Won't Go Away, and Now Control Their Own Destiny

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How about that. A month ago the Hawkeyes were down and out, left for dead. Now, they control their on path to the Big Ten Championship. That’s what kind of year it has been in the Big Ten. With their massive month of November, Iowa is just a win away from punching their ticket back to the Championship game. The final team in their way, Nebraska. Knowing Iowa, they will make us sweat out every second of next week once again.

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