Iowa heads into its bye week with some much-needed momentum, as the Hawkeyes had been dead-in-the-water following their home loss to the MAC's Central Michigan.
A strong win over rival Minnesota—their first trophy-game win since beating Iowa State in 2010—helped to give the program some confidence and restore fans' hopes that not all is lost on the 2012 season.
Nevertheless, while Iowa played a strong game against the Gophers, it helped that Minnesota played a horrible game.
If the Hawks had been as "on" as they could have been, the starters would have been off the field by the middle of the third quarter.
As the schedule only gets tougher going forward, Iowa has plenty of issues to work on.
They will have to be ready when the Hawks head to East Lansing in two weeks, a venue at which Kirk Ferentz has a career record of 1-4.