Gophers’ self destruction led to Hawkeyes important first-half touchdown

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Gophers continually fell apart at the end of the first half against the Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday.

Minnesota was flagged four times as Iowa was able to go 46 yards to take a 10-3 lead at the break.

“As undisciplined as we’ve ever been,” P.J. Fleck said at halftime on KFAN.

The Gophers average only three penalties per game this season, which is one of the lowest rates in the country. A lack of flags have been a standard under Fleck.

On third and four with three minutes left in the half, the Gophers had wrapped up Iowa quarterback Deacon Hill for a no gain, but defensive end Danny Striggow was flagged for a face masking penalty.

Later on in the series, the Gophers had a pass interference penalty on cornerback Justin Walley on a second down. Iowa got a first down.

On the next play, defensive end Jah Joyner was flagged for offside at the 6-yard line. Iowa got a first down at the 3.

Then on third down at the 1, Tyler Nubin was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for poking the ball away once Hill’s sneak attempt was stopped. Iowa got another first down and Hill scored.

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