Gophers crush Hawkeyes

Published 1:03 am Sunday, November 9, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Maxx Williams caught three of Mitch Leidner’s four touchdown passes, and Minnesota ran for 291 yards in a romp past Iowa 51-14 on Saturday afternoon to retake the Floyd of Rosedale trophy after a two-year absence.

The Gophers (7-2, 4-1) smothered the Hawkeyes for a season-low 84 yards rushing and swarmed the visitor sideline when it was over to hoist the heavy bronze pig the teams have played for since 1935. They moved back into a first-place tie with idle Nebraska in the Big Ten West Division, with a road game against the Huskers looming in two weeks. Wisconsin is a half-game back, and the Gophers finish this grueling month with a trip to play the Badgers.

The Hawkeyes (6-3, 3-2) opened the game with a short touchdown run by Mark Weisman, one of three third-down conversions during that 76-yard drive, but they just rolled over right after that.

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No. 25 Wisconsin 34, Purdue 16

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Joel Stave threw two touchdown passes and Melvin Gordon ran for 205 yards Saturday as No. 25 Wisconsin rolled past Purdue 34-16.

The Badgers (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten, No. 25 CFP) have won four straight overall and remained in a three-way tie atop the West Division. Wisconsin has won nine straight in the series and still hasn’t lost at Purdue since 1997.

The Boilermakers (3-7, 1-5) lost their fourth straight.

Things didn’t go exactly according to script.

After Gordon ran for Wisconsin’s first score, he caught a 27-yard TD pass before Stave closed the half with a 9-yard TD pass to give the Badgers a 24-6 lead.

Purdue closed to 24-16 in the third quarter. But Tanner McEvoy’s 13-yard TD run late in the quarter sealed Wisconsin’s win.