September 29, 2012; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeye running back Mark Weisman (45) is tackled by Minnesota Golden Gopher cornerback Michael Carter (23) in the first quarter at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-US PRESSWIRE

Big Ten: Minnesota football no longer undefeated, falls to Iowa 31-13


Minnesota football at Iowa – The Iowa Hawkeyes put up 24 unanswered points in the first half, as Minnesota football fell in Iowa City 31-13.

Quarterback Max Shortell completed 20 of 33 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns, but threw three costly interceptions. The telling statistic about this game was the fact that Minnesota could not get the ground game going. Gopher rushers were led by Shortell’s 16 carries for 46 yards.

Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg completed 18 of 31 attempts for 192 yards and a passing score, but the real story for the Hawkeyes was running back Mark Weisman. Weisman carried the ball 21 times for 177 yards and a touchdown, averaging 8.4 yards per carry.

Minnesota football (4-1, 0-1 Big Ten) have an open weekend next Saturday, but will host Northwestern at TCF Bank Stadium on Oct. 13. Iowa (3-2, 1-0 Big Ten) also has an open weekend next weekend; however, the Hawkeyes will travel to Spartan Stadium to take on Michigan State football Oct. 13.

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