After IU lost to Illinois, it appeared that IU would be 3-2 after the trip to Iowa. IU's surprising win at Kinnick changed the profile of IU's season, and the Hoosiers improved to 5-1 with a win over a historically awful Minnesota team. Here's the box, here's the recap.
The Hoosiers didn't play overly well against Minnesota's defense, one of the worst in Division I-A, but still managed nearly 500 yards in offense and punted only twice. IU and Minnesota were tied at 14 after the first quarter, but IU led 27-14 at halftime and the Gophers never challenged again. Minnesota's Adam Weber was productive, but threw two interceptions.
Bryan Payton, filling in for injured Marcus Thipgen, was outstanding. He gained 90 yards on 13 carries and scored three touchdowns. Lewis was himself. Ray Fisher led the way for the receivers with 9 catches and 106 yards. Minnesota should be vastly improved, so I don't know that this game holds much insight for what will be IU's final trip to the Metrodome.