Date: Nov. 13, 2020
Time: 6:00 p.m. CT
Site: Minneapolis, Minn.
Stadium: TCF Bank Stadium
Series: Minnesota 62-49-2
Streak: Iowa W5
Last: Iowa won 23-19 on Nov. 16, 2019 in Iowa City
Last Minnesota Win: 51-14 on Nov. 8, 2014, in Minneapolis
FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
1. Minnesota plays its second home game of the season on Saturday when it faces Iowa. The game will be the 114th meeting between the border rivals and Minnesota leads the series 62-49-2 and is 39-18-1 at home. Since 1935, the schools have played for the coveted Floyd of Rosedale, which is a 98-pound bronze pig trophy.
2. Mohamed Ibrahim leads the nation in rushing yards per game with an average of 190.3. He ranks 24th in the nation in rushing yards (571) despite playing in only three games. The 23 people above him have all played in six or more games and the next closest individual who has played in only three games is Xazavian Valladay of Wyoming, who ranks 61st with 397 yards. Ibrahim ranks tied for fifth nationally in rushing touchdowns (10) and everyone ahead of him or tied with him has played in at least six games.
3. Mohamed Ibrahim leads the Big Ten in rushing attempts (97), rushing yards (571), rushing touchdowns (10) and scoring (60). Ibrahim’s 10 touchdowns have covered a collective 34 yards (16 and 5 yards against Michigan; 1, 2, 1 and 1 yards at Maryland and 1, 2, 1 and 4 at Illinois). His 26 career touchdowns (9 in 2018, 7 in 2019 and 10 in 2020) rank seventh in school history and his nine career 100-yard rushing games ranks tied for ninth. Ibrahim’s three career 200-yard games tie him with Laurence Maroney, Chris Darkins, Darrell Thompson and Garry White for the most in school history.
4. Mohamed Ibrahim rushed a career high 41 times (most for a Gopher since Laurence Maroney rushed 43 times against Wisconsin in 2005) for 207 yards and four touchdowns at Maryland. He rushed 30 times for 224 yards (tied his career high) and four touchdowns at Illinois. Ibrahim became the first Big Ten back to rush for 200 yards and four touchdowns in consecutive games since Larry Johnson did so for Penn State in 2002. Ibrahim is only the second Gopher ever to record two consecutive 200-yard rushing games (Terry Jackson II in 2002 vs. Northwestern and Michigan State) and his eight touchdowns in two consecutive games is a school record. At Maryland, Ibrahim’s four touchdowns all came in the first half, making him the second Gopher ever to rush for four touchdowns in one half. Minnesota’s all-time rushing leader (and radio analyst) Darrell Thomson rushed for four second-half scores against Bowling Green in 1986.
5. Minnesota is 15-4 under Coach Fleck when it has a 100-yard rusher and the Gophers are 20-3 all-time under Coach Fleck when they score first.
BIG MO TALKS
Gopher running back Mohamed Ibrahim talked to MNN sports director Mike Grimm about his hot start:
info and photos courtesy of Gopher Sports (photo credit Brace Hemmelgarn and Mitchell Layton)