Ferentz used all three of his timeouts with Iowa up 35-0 and 19 seconds remaining at frigid TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Minnesota, which had left many of its starters in to try to score and avoid a shutout, was first to call timeout after reaching Iowa’s 4-yard line. Iowa then proceeded to use all three of its timeouts.
“They called a timeout, I guess, to get a look at what we were doing and reconsider,” Ferentz said. “So we just wanted to make sure we got a good look at what they were doing. No sense in taking them on the bus with us. [The media] have reminded me of that a couple times over the last 22 years.
“Figured we’d take Floyd with us and leave the timeouts here.”
Ferentz and Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck had a very quick handshake following the game.
“They called three timeouts, I don’t know,” Fleck said. “I have no idea what happened.”
Iowa retained Floyd with its sixth consecutive victory against Minnesota, the Hawkeyes’ longest-ever streak in a series that started in 1891. The Hawkeyes’ social media team celebrated the win by mocking Fleck’s “Row the Boat” motto.
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Iowa, which started the season 0-2, has won its last two games by a combined score of 84-14.