Big Ten Conference

Iowa dominates Gophers in 35-7 rout at TCF Bank Stadium

See, the Gophers trailed 35-0 at TCF Bank Stadium, still cemented to the starting line with the Hawkeyes but a speck in the distance.

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz must have taken some offense at that — running back Tyler Goodson even called out the Gophers for “playing games” — and proceeded to cycle through three consecutive timeouts in an instantly iconic display of Midwestern passive-aggressiveness.

The Gophers’ game plan seemed stubbornly focused on predictably feeding those two players, despite Iowa’s tough rush defense and quarterback Tanner Morgan’s off night.

One drive in the third quarter went 74 yards on 17 plays and ate up nearly 11 minutes, but it ended when Iowa’s Jack Koerner got a hand on Brock Walker’s missed 39-yard field goal try.

The Gophers tried to put up a fight in the beginning, even intercepting Hawkeyes quarterback Spencer Petras, but left gaping holes toward the end when Iowa had no qualms about running up the score.

Linebacker Mariano Sori-Marin took a 15-yard penalty for a blindside block, with Fleck following with his own 15-yard call for unsportsmanlike conduct, something the coach said he still didn’t fully understand.

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