Teams that run the ball and stop the run win more than they lose and that was on display in the Minneapolis Saturday as the Iowa Hawkeyes shoved around out manned Minnesota in a 23-6 win. The Iowa defense held Minnesota ground game to just 30 yards on 27 carries and may have pitched a shutout had it not been for a long kickoff return that set up the Gophers only touchdown.
The Hawkeye offense churned out 246 yards of rushing, including 147 from junior running back Mark Weisman who averaged more than six yards per carry. It was also a solid effort from quarterback Jake Rudock who completed 15 of 25 for 218 yards and a touchdown.
The Hawkeyes have already equaled last years win total of four just five games into the season and if they can beat Michigan state on Saturday they would also equal last years total of Big Ten victories with half of the season remaining.