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Maxx Williams leads Minnesota laugher over Iowa, 51-14, to reclaim the bronze pig

  • Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams (88) makes a catch for a touchdown against Iowa defensive back Desmond King (14) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)

    Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams (88) makes a catch for a touchdown against Iowa defensive back Desmond King (14) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)  (The Associated Press)

  • Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock (15) throws a pass as he is hit by Minnesota defensive back Eric Murray (31) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)

    Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock (15) throws a pass as he is hit by Minnesota defensive back Eric Murray (31) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)  (The Associated Press)

  • Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock (15) throws a pass as offensive lineman Jordan Walsh (65) blocks Minnesota defensive lineman Theiren Cockran (55) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)

    Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock (15) throws a pass as offensive lineman Jordan Walsh (65) blocks Minnesota defensive lineman Theiren Cockran (55) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)  (The Associated Press)

Maxx Williams caught three of Mitch Leidner's four touchdown passes, and Minnesota ran for 291 yards in a romp past Iowa 51-14 on Saturday afternoon to retake the Floyd of Rosedale trophy after a two-year absence.

The Gophers (7-2, 4-1) smothered the Hawkeyes for a season-low 84 yards rushing and swarmed the visitor sideline when it was over to hoist the heavy bronze pig the teams have played for since 1935. They moved back into a first-place tie with idle Nebraska in the Big Ten West Division, with a road game against the Huskers looming in two weeks. Wisconsin is a half-game back, and the Gophers finish this grueling month with a trip to play the Badgers.

The Hawkeyes (6-3, 3-2) opened the game with a short touchdown run by Mark Weisman, one of three third-down conversions during that 76-yard drive, but they just rolled over right after that.