The University of Minnesota Golden Gopher concluded their 2009 season Saturday with a 12-0 shutout loss versus the Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium.
The Minnesota defense was present, holding the Hawks to only 12 points and the offense outgained Iowa 201 to 172, but the offense still floundered, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Minnesota remains bowl-eligible resulting from last week's victory versus South Dakota State.
The Hawkeyes have maintained the Floyd of Rosedale rivalry trophy with the victory and move to second place in the Big Ten conference, according to the Des Moines Register. Finishing with a 10-2 record and a national ranking, it was the best start to a regular season for Iowa.
The push for a BCS bowl game is now out of teams hands, according to the Register. "I think I've counted 37 different scenarios," Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said. The team is rallying for a BCS bowl game but it is not certain where the team will end up finishing its season.
The Gophers finish the season with a 5-6 record, but maintain hope for future seasons spent in TCF Bank Stadium, citing good defensive performances against the Big Ten's top three teams: Ohio State, Penn State and Iowa. Minnesota is likely to return to the Insight Bowl versus a Big 12 conference opponent on Dec. 3, according to the Pioneer Press.