Late TD sparks Gophers to 22-21 victory over Iowa
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota coach Jerry Kill needed to keep his worn-down defense off the field a little longer if the Gophers were going to come back and complete the upset of Iowa.
The onside kick was just the trick.
"Sometimes you've got to roll the dice," Kill said.
MarQueis Gray's fourth-down sprint for the pylon from the 2-yard line in the closing minutes lifted Minnesota to a 22-21 victory Saturday over Iowa, giving the Gophers possession of the Floyd of Rosedale bronze pig trophy for the second straight year.
Trailing 21-10, Gray sneaked for a first down on fourth-and-1 at the Minnesota 42 and hit a jumping Da'Jon McKnight for a 21-yard completion before Duane Bennett capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run with 8:22 left.
Then, with Iowa playing almost 15 yards back on the kickoff, Kim Royston -- who had a game-high 16 tackles -- recovered the onside attempt. Gray had a pair of sharp passes for first downs to move the ball forward and then, on fourth-and-goal at the 2, ran to his right to scrape the edge of the end zone with 2:48 remaining.