MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Brad Banks and Iowa finished the job on Saturday. Now it is time to sit and wait.
Banks threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores as fifth-ranked Iowa completed Big Ten Conference play undefeated for the first time in 80 years by running all over Minnesota, 45-21.
The Hawkeyes set a school record with their 11th win and are playing as good as any team in the country. But Iowa completed its regular season on Saturday and must watch as the rest of the season plays out before finding out where it will spend the holidays.
Iowa (11-1, 8-0 Big Ten) is part of a pack of one-loss teams still in contention for a berth in the Fiesta Bowl. Kirk Ferentz's club does not play second-ranked and Big Ten rival Ohio State, which currently has the inside track on the trip to Tempe.
Iowa can clinch the Big Ten title next week if Michigan upsets the undefeated Buckeyes.
"It was really a special win," Ferentz said. "It was a great day for our team and coaches, and for the state of Iowa."
The Hawkeyes also are a prime candidate for an at-large BCS berth and they made a serious case for one on Saturday.
Fred Russell and Jermelle Lewis added touchdown runs for the Hawkeyes, who rolled up 365 yards on the ground. Russell carried 17 times for 194 yards for the highest rushing total by a Hawkeye since Tony Stewart had 194 against Iowa State in 1988.
Lewis gained 109 yards on 19 carries for the Hawkeyes, who have won nine straight games, matching their longest since winning the last four games in 1956 and the first five in 1957.
"I can't put this feeling into words," Ferentz added. "There is no better feeling in sports. Money can't buy a feeling like this."
Banks also made his final case for Heisman Trophy consideration, throwing TD passes to Maurice Brown and Clinton Solomon and scoring on runs of 11 and one yards. Banks completed 9-of-17 passes for 100 yards and ran seven times for 38 yards.
"It feels good to be where we are at right now," Banks said. "Our hard work definitely paid off for us. I've been playing and feeling very confident."
Minnesota (7-4, 3-4) turned the ball over six times to lose its third straight game after a 7-1 start.
"Turnovers were our undoing. We had six turnovers and they scored touchdowns on four of them," Minnesota coach Glen Mason said. "We gave them a miniature field, which really put our defense in tough situations."
Iowa won the Floyd of Rosedale Trophy, a bronzed pig that goes to the winner of the annual game, and completed conference play undefeated for the first time since 1922.
Iowa has won 10 straight Big Ten games for the first time since a 13-game run from 1921-23.
Iowa drove 80 yards in five plays on the opening possession of the game, capped by a 10-yard touchdown run by Russell.
The Golden Gophers tied it briefly at 7-7 on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Asad Abdul-Khaliq to Antoine Burns. But the Hawkeyes answered quickly as Russell broke free for a 53-yard run to set up a six-yard TD run by Lewis that made it 14-7 after one quarter.
The Hawkeyes increased their lead to 14 points 1:38 into the second quarter. Defensive end Howard Hodges recovered a fumble by Abdul-Khaliq at the Minnesota 15 and Banks ran into the end zone from 11 yards out two plays later.
Banks then went to the air, throwing a 31-yard touchdown pass to Brown to make it 28-7.
Minnesota cut the halftime deficit to 28-14 with an 11-play, 80-yard drive that ended with a one-yard TD run by Abdul-Khaliq.
Hodges made another big play early in the third quarter when he forced a fumble by Thomas Tapeh that was recovered by Derek Pagel at the Minnesota 37. Banks soon followed with a six-yard TD pass to Solomon that increased the lead to 35-14. Nate Kaeding kicked a 21-yard field goal and Banks scored on a one-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Abdul-Khaliq completed 18-of-30 passes for 205 yards and was intercepted twice. He also scored on a one-yard run in the third quarter.
"Our guys are feeling like any other team does after a loss," Abdul-Khaliq said. "We're feeling pretty low."
The crowd of 65,184 was the largest to watch a Golden Gopher game at the Metrodome.