MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Gophers finally got their first Big Ten win.

Beating rival Iowa required some important contributions from several players who began the season in the shadows of the roster.

Injury fill-in Jordan Wettstein perfectly executed an onside kick in the fourth quarter to give the Gophers a key possession, and he also made his first college field goal attempt. Freshman wide receiver Devin Crawford-Tufts caught two long passes to set up a touchdown and a field goal. Kyle Henderson and Christyn Lewis, a pair of players who began the year as backups in the secondary, have taken on starting roles.

Rebuilding a struggling program takes a lot of time — and overachievement. That’s precisely the message new coach Jerry Kill has been spreading.

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