Hawks still feel sting of last year's loss at Minnesota

2011-10-27T17:00:00Z Hawks still feel sting of last year's loss at MinnesotaBy STEVE BATTERSON, sbatterson@qctimes.com Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

IOWA CITY, Iowa --- Shaun Prater has watched the tape again and again, every painful second of it.

The vision of Minnesota football players wildly celebrating every first down, every successful play and then dashing from one frozen sideline to the other to hoist the prized pig presented to the winner of the annual border battle between the Golden Gophers and Hawkeyes remains vivid in the Iowa senior's mind.

"You don't forget something like that," Prater said.

What transpired in the 23-degree weather a year ago at TCF Bank Stadium was as biting as the late November air.

Minnesota grabbed a 10-0 lead, led most of the game and then used a 6-yard run by Duane Bennett with 4 minutes, 31 seconds remaining to earn Floyd of Rosedale with a 27-24 victory over the Hawkeyes.

"I was standing right there next to the trophy when they came running over to get it," running back Marcus Coker said. "I just got out of the way. It shouldn't have happened. We didn't come ready to play."

Coach Kirk Ferentz still has trouble putting a finger on just what went wrong for the Hawkeyes in the loss.

"My guess is they probably practiced a lot better than we did, although our practices weren't bad that week," Ferentz said. "I remember the week fairly well, but for the 60 minutes the game went on, they beat us in every phase possible, including coaching. They got the job done. We didn't."

Even in warm-ups, Ferentz did not sense what was coming.

"Once the game started, it clearly looked like we weren't interested in competing," he said. "That's not a good thing. They were excited about being there. We weren't."

Iowa players still struggle with that.

"We didn't come out ready to play," Coker said. "I can't explain why that happened. We went up there feeling like we were ready to go, but once the game started, there was nothing there."

Receiver Marvin McMutt remembers that things didn't get much better.

"We made a lot of mistakes in all three phases. Our minds weren't where they needed to be that day," he said.

Defensive end Broderick Binns said once the Hawkeyes fell behind, they were never able to fully recover.

"We fell asleep. The first quarter was bad, but so was the second, third and fourth quarters," Binns said. "They took our trophy because they earned it."

Opponents have emptied the Iowa trophy case of traveling trophies in recent seasons.

Wisconsin earned possession of the Heartland Trophy with a 31-30 win over the Hawkeyes on Oct. 23, 2010, a little more than a month before Minnesota took Floyd of Rosedale for the first time since 2006.

Iowa State then claimed ownership of the interim version of the Cy-Hawk Trophy with its triple-overtime win over Iowa Sept. 10.

"That hurt for all us seniors, it was our last chance against Iowa State," offensive lineman Adam Gettis said. "It's tough. You see guys coming, they're knocking people over to get at the trophy. You just congratulate them and get out of the way."

Quarterback James Vandenberg, who earned his first victory as a starting college starting quarterback in a 12-0 win over the Gophers two years ago, looks forward to being on the other end of a trophy dash.

He considers that a byproduct of progress for the Hawkeyes, who have not lost consecutive games to the Golden Gophers since dropping three straight from 1998-2000.

"It would be huge for us to go up there and get a win," Vandenberg said. "We lost our first trophy game this year, so to go there and get something they took from us a year ago would be big."

FRESHMAN LEAVES PROGRAM: John Raymon, a freshman defensive end on the Iowa football team, has withdrawn from classes and left the Hawkeye program.

A 6-foot-5, 240-pound native of Richboro, Pa., Raymon is not among the 10 true freshmen who have seen action for Iowa this season. A prep all-American prior to his senor year at Council Rock North High School, Raymon played just three games during his senior year of high school due to injury.

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