MINNEAPOLIS -- Chuck Hartlieb passed for 278 yards and broke an Iowa passing record as the Hawkeyes outlasted the Minnesota Gophers 31-22 Saturday night in the Big Ten finale.
Hartlieb, who moved into fifth place in the Big Ten record books with 3,310 yards on the season, completed 23 of 33 passes. He broke former Hawkeye quarterback Chuck Long's single season passing record of 3,297 yards.
The Hawkeyes, who will meet North Carolina State in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, finished the season with a 4-1-3 conference record and 6-3-3 overall. The Gophers finished the season 0-6-2 in the Big Ten and 2-7-2 overall.
The Hawkeyes were led on the ground by Mike Saunders, who scored three touchdowns while rushing for 123 yards in 27 carries.
Iowa led 25-22 entering the fourth quarter, and George Murphy added field goals of 22 and 40 yards.
Trailing 13-12 at halftime, Iowa jumped out ahead in the third quarter on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Hartlieb to Jerald Moore. The score was 18-13 after a two-point conversion pass attempt fell incomplete.
The Gophers pulled within 18-16 on a 20-yard field goal by Berglund, then went ahead when Scott Schaffner found Jason Bruce in the end zone for a 24-yard TD pass. The two-point conversion failed.
Iowa took the lead for good on its next possession when Saunders carried the ball one yard for his third touchdown of the night, giving the Hawkeyes a 25-22 lead at the end of the third quarter.
The Hawkeyes marched 83 yards in 12 plays on their first possession and scored on a 1-yard run by Saunders to lead 6-0. Jeff Skillett's extra point failed.
The Gophers rallied on their next possession when Terry Stewart scampered 38 yards to set up a 27-yard field goal by Brent Berglund to make it 6-3.
The Hawkeyes struck early in the second quarter when Hartlieb connected with Saunders on a 28-yard pass that brought Iowa down to the Gopher's 12-yard line. A personal foul and three plays later, Saunders dove in from one yard out for his second touchdown of the night. The two-point conversion failed, and the Hawkeyes led 12-3 lead.
The Gophers cut the lead to 12-6 on a 50-yard career-high field goal by Berglund, and got a second lucky break on the Hawkeye's next possession when punter Tork Hook accidently downed the ball at Iowa's 29-yard line.
Chris Gaiters pulled down an 11-yard pass from Schaffner four plays later for a TD that put the Gopher's on top 13-12.