The Iowa Hawkeyes now must sit and wait to find out which bowl game wants them after they unraveled down the stretch of the regular season with three straight losses, the latest one, an embarrassing 27-24 loss at Minnesota. The gophers only home victory of the season and just their second win in the series in 10 tries.
The once heralded Iowa defense has become so soft that the Gophers rushed for 216 yards while the Hawks managed only 91 on the ground and only 218 yards of total offense. Special teams also faltered. Minnesota converted an onside kick that led to the game’s first touchdown and the Hawks were penalized for an illegal substitution on a Minnesota punt.
Just over three weeks ago Iowa was still in the hunt for the Big Ten title but if it wasn’t for Indiana dropping a game winning touchdown, the Hawkeyes would not even have a winning record.