This season hasn’t been smooth sailing for the Iowa Hawkeyes, but it appears they’ve found their groove over the past two weeks. On Friday night, Kirk Ferentz led his team to a dominant win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Iowa’s defense bottled up Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan, holding him down to 167 passing yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.
In an effort to avoid getting shut out, Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck used his timeouts late in the game to orchestrate a meaningless touchdown drive. Clearly that didn’t sit well with Ferentz, who then decided to use all his timeouts in the final 19 seconds of the game.
When asked about that decision, Ferentz said “We figured we’d take Floyd with us and leave the timeouts here.”
Ferentz is referring to the Floyd of Rosedale trophy which is awarded to the winner of the annual Iowa-Minnesota game. It’s rare for him to take jabs at opposing coaches, but it’s obvious that he didn’t like what Fleck did late in the game.
Kirk on the 3 timeouts.
"Figured we'd take Floyd with us and leave the timeouts here."
— Chad Leistikow (@ChadLeistikow) November 14, 2020
Fleck apparently didn’t understand why Ferentz used all three timeouts, telling reporters “No idea. They called three timeouts. I have no idea what happened.”
While this season has been filled with ups and downs for Iowa, it’s been a long-lasting nightmare for Minnesota. Despite entering the season with high expectations, Fleck’s crew currently owns a 1-3 record.