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Stanley's 4 TD passes send Iowa past Minnesota 48-31

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Whether it was the touchdown on a fake field goal or the two true freshmen cornerbacks forced by injuries into the starting lineup, Iowa had to work hard to hoist that bronze pig.

Nate Stanley sure put in his share of sweat equity.

Stanley overcame two costly turnovers with four touchdown passes, and the Hawkeyes used four interceptions and five sacks of Minnesota's Zack Annexstad to beat the Gophers 48-31 on Saturday for the fourth straight time.

For Iowa (4-1, 1-1 Big Ten), this was a welcomed follow-up after losing a three-point lead with less than a minute left in the game against Wisconsin the last time out.

''I think everybody just took what happened two weeks ago on their own shoulders,'' Stanley said, ''and really decided to hone in and lock in.''

Stanley completed 23 of 39 attempts for 314 yards, finding T.J. Hockenson, Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Nick Easley and Noah Fant for scores. Hockenson added a short touchdown run on the fake kick to help the Hawkeyes beat the Gophers for the 14th time in the last 18 meetings and keep the Floyd of Rosedale trophy for another year.

Annexstad finished 17 for 33 for 218 yards and three touchdowns, as the Gophers (3-2, 0-2) continued the rollercoaster ride of a true freshman walk-on quarterback.

''To be into that game with that experienced of a team and that mature of a team and to have the start we had,'' coach P.J. Fleck said, ''that thing could've been 64 to nothing.''

Anthony Nelson had three sacks for Iowa. Riley Moss (two) and Julius Brents (one), the new starting cornerbacks, combined for three interceptions. Moss, a frequent target by Annexstad, hauled in one in the end zone late in the second quarter while landing on his back.

Turning to not one but two rookies at a critical position midway through a season is unusual, but starters Matt Hankins and Michael Ojemudia were hurt.

''Unnerving would be a good word,'' Ferentz said.

The game was full of rarities, actually.

Hockenson, who teamed with Fant to give the Hawkeyes seven receptions for 105 yards from their tight ends, supplied the most surprising play in the second quarter of a game filled with highlight-reel moments.

On fourth-and-goal from the 4, the typically conservative Ferentz approved the swinging-gate formation with the entire line except the center motioned right. The snap went diagonally to Hockenson, who hustled from the shifted backfield around the corner to reach the end zone.

''They convinced me,'' Ferentz said, ''and it was like however many guys on our staff versus one, so I guess that's one vote I did lose.''

Fleck called a fake punt a little later that backfired, when the pass by Jacob Herbers from midfield fell incomplete. The Hawkeyes went the other way for a touchdown and a 28-10 lead.

GROWING PAINS

Though they trailed 21-7, the Gophers didn't wilt. The fearless Annexstad, who hobbled off the field with an aggravation of his sprained ankle after one of Nelson's sacks in the second quarter, kept going deep. Sometimes he threw too high and other times too far inside, but he found Rashod Bateman seven times for 65 yards and two touchdowns and connected with Tyler Johnson six times for 107 yards and a score.

''He's learning,'' Johnson said. ''He has a lot of weight on his shoulders, but he's hanging in there.''

STANLEY'S TURNOVERS

On the first play after the first interception by Moss, Stanley rolled right and threw into traffic with 1:12 left before halftime. Jacob Huff picked the ball off at the 27 and returned it to the 6, setting up Johnson's touchdown catch.

''It was not a smart play,'' Stanley said. ''I should have just thrown that ball away.''

In the third quarter, Carter Coughlin blew by left tackle Alaric Jackson for a strip-sack of Stanley that was recovered by Thomas Barber at the 10 and returned to the 3 to set up a touchdown run by Seth Green that cut Iowa's lead to 31-24. That was as close as the Gophers got, though.

''We need to figure out how to close that gap,'' Coughlin said.

PILING UP THE POINTS

This was the third-highest combined score in the 112-edition series. Iowa's victories in 1994 (49-42) and 2005 (52-28) are the only ones higher.

THE TAKEAWAY

Iowa: The Hawkeyes responded authoritatively to the disheartening defeat by West Division favorite Wisconsin. Stanley directed each of the first two drives for touchdowns, and he produced plenty of clutch throws throughout the afternoon as the Hawkeyes moved the chains on 12 of 21 plays on third or fourth down.

Minnesota: After giving up 315 yards rushing on 37 attempts to Maryland, the Gophers defense muscled up and limited Iowa to 106 yards on the ground on 40 carries. There were several costly coverage breakdowns in an inexperienced secondary now missing star safety Antoine Winfield Jr. for the season because of a foot injury, but the way the front seven played ought to serve Minnesota well the rest of the way toward trying to reach bowl eligibility.

UP NEXT

Iowa: Plays at Indiana next Saturday.

Minnesota: Plays at No. 3 Ohio State next Saturday.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:27
91-M.Recinos extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
48
31
Touchdown 1:32
10-M.Sargent runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
65
yds
04:03
pos
47
31
Point After TD 5:35
38-E.Carpenter extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
41
31
Touchdown 5:40
5-Z.Annexstad complete to 13-R.Bateman. 13-R.Bateman runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
65
yds
03:44
pos
41
30
Field Goal 10:03
91-M.Recinos 20 yards Field Goal is Good.
3
plays
7
yds
02:08
pos
41
24
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:03
91-M.Recinos extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
38
24
Touchdown 4:07
4-N.Stanley complete to 87-N.Fant. 87-N.Fant runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
65
yds
03:29
pos
37
24
Point After TD 7:36
38-E.Carpenter extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
31
24
Touchdown 7:39
17-S.Green runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
2
plays
3
yds
00:41
pos
31
23
Field Goal 11:50
91-M.Recinos 40 yards Field Goal is Good.
9
plays
43
yds
00:00
pos
31
17
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:53
38-E.Carpenter extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
17
Point After TD 1:35
91-M.Recinos extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
10
Touchdown 1:40
4-N.Stanley complete to 84-N.Easley. 84-N.Easley runs 21 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
69
yds
00:28
pos
27
10
Field Goal 4:12
38-E.Carpenter 49 yards Field Goal is Good.
7
plays
48
yds
01:45
pos
21
10
Point After TD 5:57
91-M.Recinos extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
7
Touchdown 6:01
38-T.Hockenson runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
14
plays
74
yds
06:09
pos
20
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:58
38-E.Carpenter extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
7
Touchdown 1:03
5-Z.Annexstad complete to 13-R.Bateman. 13-R.Bateman runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
60
yds
04:45
pos
14
6
Point After TD 5:48
91-M.Recinos extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
0
Touchdown 5:58
4-N.Stanley complete to 6-I.Smith-Marsette. 6-I.Smith-Marsette runs 60 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
62
yds
01:26
pos
13
0
Point After TD 8:49
91-M.Recinos extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 8:54
4-N.Stanley complete to 38-T.Hockenson. 38-T.Hockenson runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
53
yds
04:42
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 18 20
Rushing 5 8
Passing 13 9
Penalty 0 3
3rd Down Conv 10-19 3-11
4th Down Conv 2-2 0-2
Total Net Yards 417 289
Total Plays 79 67
Avg Gain 5.3 4.3
Net Yards Rushing 106 86
Rush Attempts 40 31
Avg Rush Yards 2.7 2.8
Net Yards Passing 311 203
Comp. - Att. 23-39 18-36
Yards Per Pass 8.0 5.6
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-3 5-31
Penalties - Yards 5-45 2-10
Touchdowns 6 4
Rushing TDs 2 1
Passing TDs 4 3
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 4
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 4
Punts - Avg 4-41.5 4-37.8
Return Yards 119 43
Punts - Returns 0-0 1-6
Kickoffs - Returns 2-83 1-16
Int. - Returns 4-36 1-21
Kicking 8/8 5/5
Extra Points 6/6 4/4
Field Goals 2/2 1/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Iowa 4-1 1414101048
Minnesota 3-2 7107731
311 PASS YDS 203
106 RUSH YDS 86
417 TOTAL YDS 289
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
N. Stanley 4 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59% 314 4 1 155.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.7% 1153 9 4 145.8
N. Stanley 23/39 314 4 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
I. Kelly-Martin 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
20 47 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
50 181 1
I. Kelly-Martin 20 47 0 15
M. Sargent 10 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 33 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
53 184 4
M. Sargent 9 33 1 11
T. Young 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 18 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
54 286 2
T. Young 5 18 0 7
I. Smith-Marsette 6 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 31 0
I. Smith-Marsette 1 6 0 6
B. Ross 36 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 20 0
B. Ross 1 5 0 5
T. Hockenson 38 TE
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 4 1
T. Hockenson 1 4 1 4
N. Fant 87 TE
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -2 0
N. Fant 1 -2 0 -2
N. Stanley 4 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 9 0
N. Stanley 1 -3 0 -3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
I. Smith-Marsette 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 78 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 209 1
I. Smith-Marsette 3 78 1 60
B. Smith 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 68 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 146 0
B. Smith 5 68 0 26
N. Easley 84 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 52 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 184 2
N. Easley 6 52 1 21
T. Hockenson 38 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 49 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 287 1
T. Hockenson 3 49 1 30
I. Kelly-Martin 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 40 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 47 0
I. Kelly-Martin 2 40 0 25
N. Fant 87 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 27 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
19 196 5
N. Fant 4 27 1 12
T. Young 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 2 0
T. Young 0 0 0 0
M. Sargent 10 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 55 0
M. Sargent 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
A. Nelson 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 3.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 3.0
A. Nelson 3-0 3.0 0
C. Golston 57 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
C. Golston 1-0 1.0 0
A. Jones 52 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
A. Jones 1-0 1.0 0
G. Stone 9 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
G. Stone 0-0 0.0 1
J. Brents 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
J. Brents 0-0 0.0 1
R. Moss 33 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 2 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 2 0.0
R. Moss 0-0 0.0 2
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Recinos 91 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 6/6
SEASON FG XP
7/10 18/18
M. Recinos 2/2 40 6/6 12
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Rastetter 7 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 41.5 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
17 43.2 2
C. Rastetter 4 41.5 2 47
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
I. Smith-Marsette 6 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 41.5 49 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 36.7 49 0
I. Smith-Marsette 2 41.5 49 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
Z. Annexstad 5 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
51.5% 218 3 3 118.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
52.1% 924 8 5 117.4
Z. Annexstad 17/33 218 3 3
S. Green 17 TE
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 16 0 1 17.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 23 1 1 174.4
S. Green 1/2 16 0 1
J. Herbers 47 P
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
J. Herbers 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
M. Ibrahim 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 62 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
48 258 0
M. Ibrahim 13 62 0 11
B. Williams 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 28 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
79 311 1
B. Williams 5 28 0 13
S. Green 17 TE
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 27 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
28 93 5
S. Green 8 27 1 8
Z. Annexstad 5 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 -31 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
17 -80 0
Z. Annexstad 5 -31 0 -3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
T. Johnson 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 107 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
28 402 6
T. Johnson 6 107 1 52
R. Bateman 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 65 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
27 257 3
R. Bateman 7 65 2 17
C. Autman-Bell 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 61 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 220 0
C. Autman-Bell 3 61 0 34
M. Ibrahim 24 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 1 0
M. Ibrahim 2 1 0 5
D. Douglas 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 4 0
D. Douglas 0 0 0 0
J. Gibson 3 DL
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. Gibson 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
C. Coughlin 45 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
C. Coughlin 1-0 1.0 0
Ja. Huff 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
Ja. Huff 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
E. Carpenter 38 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 4/4
SEASON FG XP
8/9 15/15
E. Carpenter 1/1 49 4/4 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Herbers 47 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 37.8 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
26 41.5 1
J. Herbers 4 37.8 1 44
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Beebe 44 TE
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 16.0 16 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 16.0 16 0
C. Beebe 1 16.0 16 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Douglas 82 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 6.0 6 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 6.0 6 0
D. Douglas 1 6.0 6 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:36 IOWA 47 4:42 10 53 TD
7:24 IOWA 38 1:26 3 62 TD
0:58 MINN 35 0:47 4 3 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:10 IOWA 26 6:09 14 74 TD
4:05 MINN 35 0:53 4 -10 Punt
2:08 MINN 49 0:28 5 49 TD
1:29 IOWA 20 0:00 1 80 INT
0:53 MINN 35 0:20 4 9 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:25 MINN 35 0:00 9 43 FG
8:59 IOWA 12 0:07 2 85 Fumble
7:36 MINN 35 3:29 10 65 TD
0:33 IOWA 28 0:04 3 6 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:39 IOWA 37 1:28 3 3 Punt
12:11 MINN 9 2:08 3 7 FG
5:35 MINN 35 4:03 9 65 TD
0:45 IOWA 5 0:00 1 -2
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 IOWA 35 1:18 5 -6 Punt
8:49 IOWA 35 0:50 4 -14 Punt
5:48 IOWA 35 4:45 12 75 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 MINN 17 2:36 5 13 Punt
5:57 IOWA 35 1:45 7 43 FG
3:08 MINN 44 0:56 4 5 Downs
1:35 IOWA 35 0:06 4 47 INT
1:12 IOWA 6 0:14 2 6 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:46 IOWA 35 2:39 8 21 Punt
8:20 IOWA 3 0:41 2 3 TD
4:03 IOWA 35 2:59 9 47 Downs
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:48 MINN 25 0:00 1 75 INT
13:05 MINN 17 0:10 2 74 INT
9:24 IOWA 35 3:44 11 65 TD
1:27 IOWA 35 0:38 6 27 INT