Gopher grids take on Cyclones in Insight BowlMinnesota Sports
- For the third time in four seasons the Minnesota Golden Gophers will take part in the Insight Bowl when they clash with the Iowa State Cyclones on New Year's Eve at Sun Devil Stadium
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TEMPE, Arz. (Sports Network) - For the third time in four seasons the Minnesota Golden Gophers will take part in the Insight Bowl when they clash with the Iowa State Cyclones on New Year's Eve at Sun Devil Stadium.
The Gophers fell to Kansas last season, 42-21 in this bowl, and were also defeated by Texas Tech 44-41 in overtime back in 2006. Overall Minnesota is just 5-8 in bowl games and has dropped its last three postseason contests. The last time Minnesota captured a victory in a bowl game was in 2004 when the Gophers slipped past Alabama, 20-16, in the Music City Bowl.
2009 was an inconsistent season for Minnesota, which finished with a mere 6-6 mark on the year. The Gophers held on for a postseason berth despite dropping four of their last six matchups.
Just like the Golden Gophers, the Cyclones went through peaks and valleys all year and finished with a mere 6-6 ledger. The team also closed out its regular season in a slump, losing three of its last four games. This is the 10th bowl appearance for Iowa State, and the first for the team since 2005. The Cyclones have dropped seven of their nine bowl matchups, but one of their two victories came in the 2000 Insight Bowl, as Iowa State defeated Pittsburgh, 37-29.
The Golden Gophers hold a commanding 22-2-1 edge over Iowa State in the all- time series, but over the past 85 years these two schools have only collided three times. All three matchups went in favor of Minnesota, including the last meeting in 1997 when the Golden Gophers pounded Iowa State, 53-29.