Rutgers is looking to add some momentum to its playoff chances after defeating Iowa 29-27 on Saturday.

The Ragin’ Cajuns entered the game ranked No. 1 in the AP poll and won their first bowl game since 2013.

The win was a major boost for Rutgers, which has not made the NCAA tournament since 2011.

Coach Steve Pikiell said the win was the culmination of a solid, organized game that featured strong leadership from the team.

He said the offense, which had a big game in the opening half, had a good day in the second half, with seven touchdown passes and just one interception.

Rutgers (3-2) is in third place in the Big Ten standings and four games back of fourth-place Wisconsin.

Iowa (4-2), which lost to Rutgers last week, has a game in hand on fifth-place Ohio State.

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery called the victory “definitely a great way to start the season.”

The Hawkeyes were in the middle of a three-game losing streak that included three straight losses to Big Ten opponents.

McCaffery said the defense was outstanding against the run and that the offense was very focused in the fourth quarter, as they had been the previous two days.

He called the run game a major problem for Iowa and the defensive play in the first half was a key factor.

Iowa quarterback Kyle Bolin completed 11 of 17 passes for 122 yards.

Rochester (3 -3) had a very productive day in its season opener, which ended in a 20-20 tie in the final minute.

The Gophers had a solid day of running and throwing in the end zone.

Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck said he’s disappointed that Minnesota lost to Iowa, which it had beaten 13 times in the last 12 years.

Minnesota had won eight games in a row when it lost to the Hawkeyes.

Minnesota quarterback Matt Cassel threw for 183 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in a 43-38 loss to Iowa.

The Badgers are coming off a 33-30 win at Iowa State on Saturday night.

Minnesota was without wide receiver Jeremy Kerley, who was suspended for the first six games of the season for violating team rules.

He returned to practice for the second straight day and was active in practice for a fourth straight day.

The loss snapped a streak of two consecutive victories for Minnesota over Iowa State.

The Vikings have won five of six overall and three of four at home.

Iowa State beat Nebraska 28-27 in the season opener last month.

The Hawkeyes have won eight straight at home against Iowa State and five of seven in Ames.

Iowa was led by the most prolific rusher in the conference in Jordan Howard, who rushed for 113 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries.

Iowa wide receiver Tyler Lydon also had his best game in a long time.

He caught seven passes for 140 yards and a touchdown.

The Hawks have averaged just over 300 yards passing per game in their last two games.

Minnesota has won nine straight at Iowa and is 6-0 against the Hawkeye’s five previous trips to Kinnick Stadium.

Minnesota is coming off an embarrassing loss to Wisconsin in which the Badgers ran out of gas.

Minnesota was outscored 42-0 in the game.

Minnesota led 28-0 at halftime.

Iowa’s defense was held to just 34 yards on 17 carries.

The Gophers are 6-1 at home this season after finishing 8-4 last season.

They lost at Michigan State on Nov. 24.

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