The pig stays put.
Minnesota beat Iowa 22-21 in what has to be considered the biggest upset in the Big Ten this season. In fact, it probably rates as the biggest upset during conference play in any major league.
The Golden Gophers came into the game 1-6, having been outscored 144-31 in three Big Ten games. They looked like the worst BCS AQ team in America.
But crazy things happen in rivalry games. None crazier than this.
Minnesota scored two touchdowns in the final 8:22 and came up with a big defensive stop on fourth down to kill Iowa's last chance. Jerry Kill, who signed a seven-year contract this week, held nothing back as he went for the onsides kick after the first fourth-quarter touchdown, and the recovery led to the winning score.
MarQueis Gray had perhaps his best game at quarterback, throwing for 193 yards and a touchdown and running for 62 yards. He scored the winning TD on a three-yard run on third and goal, moments after a touchdown had been called back for an illegal motion penalty. Duane Bennett added 101 yards on 20 carries, plus a score.
How in the world did this happen? Well, Kill certainly used the Floyd of Rosedale as motivation all week. Minnesota upset Iowa last year to win the pig and approached this rematch as its Super Bowl. Even though Iowa outgained the Gophers, Kill's team made fewer mistakes and just plain wanted it more.
You have to feel good for the Gophers, who have been through an awful lot this year. Unless, of course, you're a Hawkeyes fan.
This is a tremendously embarrassing loss by Iowa. Marcus Coker ran for a whopping 252 yards on 32 carries, but somehow the Hawkeyes managed only three scores against one of the worst defenses in the country. And their season-long defensive shortcomings ended up costing big time today, as they just couldn't get a stop to slow Minnesota's momentum.
Iowa was actually in pretty good position in the Big Ten Legends Division race with Michigan State losing today. A win over Minnesota would have created a four-way tie for first place, and the Hawkeyes get both Michigan and Michigan State at home in November.
Instead, you have to wonder now where Iowa's season is going. Kirk Ferentz is going to hear some major criticism this week, which will be even louder than the carping that took place after the Iowa State loss in Week 2. The Hawkeyes are 0-2 in rivalry games and still must go to Nebraska to end the year.
But for now, raise a toast to the Gophers. Might as well make it a bacon-infused cocktail.