Here’s what’s special about Iowa-Minnesota football this fall
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October 6th, 2018…
— Ron Johnson (@3RonJohnson) January 6, 2018
ANSWER: Iowa’s football series with Minnesota is the school’s oldest, and this year marks the 100th anniversary of a special moment in the series history.
On Nov. 9, 1918, the Hawkeyes finally beat Minnesota in a football game. The Gophers had won the first 12 games in the series, which began in 1891. Almost all of those Minnesota victories were shutouts and only one was within one score. So when the Hawkeyes pulled out a 6-0 victory against the Gophers, it was big news.
But it wasn’t the biggest news of the day but the fact it even made local newspapers is surprising 100 years later. Of course, World War I ended on Nov. 11, 1918. In the edition that day of The Cedar Rapids Gazette, nestled between stories of royal capitulation in several German states, was the headline “Iowa Surprises Minnesota Team by Defeat 6 to 0.”
“Iowa surprised Minnesota and converted 5,000 homecoming day fans, local folk and visitors into raving joy-mad maniacs Saturday afternoon by defeating the Gophers 6 to 0 in the most exciting game play on the Old Gold field in many a year,” wrote The Gazette. “It was the first time in the history of the two teams that the Hawks returned victors.”
It was the second time the schools competed on Iowa’s homecoming.
As for the 2018 battle in Minneapolis, it’s homecoming for the Gophers. It’s only the second time since 1974 that Minnesota will play Iowa for its homecoming. From 1983 through 2010, the teams met in mid-to-late November for one of the programs’ season finale.
Of course no mention about the Iowa-Minnesota rivalry would be complete without bringing up the prize porker, Floyd of Rosedale. The teams have played for the 98.3-pound bronze trophy annually since 1936. In 1935, they played for a real live hog.
Iowa has won the last three meetings, but the Gophers lead the overall series 62-47-2. In the battle for Floyd, Minnesota leads 42-39-2 with Iowa winning 13 of the last 17.
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